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This Brownie Ice Cream Cake is the perfect summertime treat! It has a chewy brownie bottom layer, hot fudge, vanilla ice cream, and a homemade whipped cream topping! And don’t worry I give you lots of options to take it up a notch!

This Brownie Ice Cream Cake is an easy way to impress your guests. Chewy brownie on the bottom, topped with hot fudge sauce, vanilla ice cream, and a homemade whipped cream topping. #brownie #icecream #cake

When I think of summer I immediately thing of ice cream. And it happens to be my favorite dessert. It’s cool, refreshing, and comes in so many flavors it never gets boring. So I thought I would create an ice cream cake!

Some other recipes that scream summer that you can find around here are: Strawberry Lemonade Margarita, S’more Cookie Bars, and BBQ Marinated Chicken Kabobs.

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This Brownie Ice Cream Cake is an easy way to impress your guests. Chewy brownie on the bottom, topped with hot fudge sauce, vanilla ice cream, and a homemade whipped cream topping. #brownie #icecream #cake

This Brownie Ice Cream Cake has been a big hit this summer at my house! The kids have loved having this for dessert almost every night. That’s one thing about being a food blogger after testing a recipe for a couple rounds then making it for photos there is always plenty of leftovers, lol! And when it comes to sweets I try to get them out of the house so I don’t eat them all!

However, the kids begged not to let this go………… and I caved………. and so we have been eating a lot of ice cream cake. 🙂

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This Brownie Ice Cream Cake is perfect for summer birthdays! A chewy brownie on the bottom, topped with hot fudge sauce, vanilla ice cream, and a homemade whipped cream! #brownie #icecream #cake

Tips:

There are loads of options when it comes to this cake!

  • Use any ice cream flavor you want. Mint, strawberry, Oreo, chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter cup……..oooooh now I want to make another one!!
  • There is a layer of hot fudge sauce in between the ice cream and brownie and you decide if you want to keep it or not. In this layer, you can add crushed cookies (like Oreos), candies (like peanut butter cups), nuts…. you name it.
  • I chose to decorate this cake with homemade whipped cream. You can substitute store-bought whipped topping if you prefer or leave it off and decorate it with whatever you are putting in the middle. Drizzle with hot fudge and chopped cookies, sprinkle with nuts, and chopped fruit.
  • Also, if you want to go bold and make this a triple layer cake go for it! Make two layers of ice cream (use different flavors) for the ultimate Brownie Ice Cream Cake!!
This Brownie Ice Cream Cake is a basic recipe with lots of suggestions to take it to the next level. #brownie #icecream #cake

How to serve:

  • You will need to take it out of the freezer for a good 15 minutes before serving. That way it has some time to thaw a little and makes it easier to cut through the brownie layer.
  • Use a long serrated knife and wipe it clean after each slice. You can also warm the knife in hot water to help cut through.
  • Personally, I am never patient enough to wait and I just make my husband muscle through it, lol!!
5 from 3 votes
This Brownie Ice Cream Cake is an easy way to impress your guests. Chewy brownie on the bottom, topped with hot fudge sauce, vanilla ice cream, and a homemade whipped cream topping. #brownie #icecream #cake
Brownie Ice Cream Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Freezing Time
8 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

This Brownie Ice Cream Cake is the perfect summertime treat! It has a chewy brownie bottom layer, hot fudge, vanilla ice cream, and a homemade whipped cream topping! And don't worry I give you lots of options to take it up a notch!

Course: Dessert, Frozen Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ice cream cake
Servings: 8 -10
Calories: 1212 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
Brownie Layer:
  • 3/4 cup (177ml) canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (340g) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3/4 cup (100g) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (70g) cocoa powder (any type)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Ice Cream Layer:
  • 1.5 quart (1.41L) ice cream (flavor of choice)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup (118-177ml) hot fudge sauce
Whipped Cream Frosting:
  • 2 cups (473ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (50g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • sprinkles for topping
Instructions
Brownie:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Line a 9″ round cake pan with foil leaving enough to overhang around the edges. This will help you to remove it from the pan later. 

  2. In a large bowl combine the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix just until combined and no more. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or just until edges are set and a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. (The toothpick should not be wet with batter). Let cool completely in pan.

Ice Cream Layer:
  1. Let ice cream soften so it’s easier to work with. Meanwhile, Line another 9″ round cake pan with plastic wrap. Be sure to leave plenty of overhang to cover ice cream with. 

  2. Once ice cream is soft enough spoon into prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Try to press out any air pockets. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 8 hours and up to 3 days. 

  3. Once ready to assemble remove brownie from pan and remove foil. Place on desired cake stand or plate. Spread hot fudge sauce over top of the brownie. 

  4. Remove ice cream from pan and remove plastic wrap. Quickly place on top of hot fudge sauce. Cover cake with plastic wrap and place back in the freezer for 30 minutes. 

Whipped Cream Frosting:
  1. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer whip the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form. 

  2. Remove cake from freezer and spread whipped cream all over the ice cream and brownie. You can pipe decorations if you like! Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until whipped cream is solid. 

Recipe Notes
  1. Nutrition info calculated using regular vanilla ice cream.

How to serve an ice cream cake:

  • If serving shortly after making this cake remove from freezer and use a long serrated knife wiping clean after each slice.
  • If this has been in the freezer awhile remove and let stand for a good 15 minutes before cutting into it. 

Customize your ice cream cake!

  • Use any ice cream flavor you want. Mint, strawberry, Oreo, chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter cup……..oooooh now I want to make another one!!
  • There is a layer of hot fudge sauce in between the ice cream and brownie and you decide if you want to keep it or not. In this layer, you can add crushed cookies (like Oreos), candies (peanut butter cups), nuts, you name it.
  • I chose to decorate this cake with homemade whipped cream. You can substitute store-bought whipped topping if you prefer or leave it off and decorate it with whatever you are putting in the middle. Drizzle with hot fudge and chopped cookies, sprinkle with nuts, and chopped fruit.
  • Also, if you want to go bold and make this a triple layer cake go for it! Make two layers of ice cream (use different flavors) for the ultimate Brownie Ice Cream Cake!!
Nutrition Facts
Brownie Ice Cream Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1212 Calories from Fat 621
% Daily Value*
Fat 69g106%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Cholesterol 220mg73%
Sodium 317mg14%
Potassium 823mg24%
Carbohydrates 142g47%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 102g113%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1705IU34%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 314mg31%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

30 thoughts on “Brownie Ice Cream Cake”

  1. This looks amazing! To make it super quick, could I substitute a boxed brownie mix for the brownie layer? My only concern is that it might freeze differently and be too hard to cut but would
    love your thoughts!

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    • While I haven’t tried it myself, I think it should work without any problem. Let me know how you like it.

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  2. 5 stars
    I made this with a layer of caramel and chopped pecans in between the layers. I also used pralines and cream ice cream. Everyone loved it. Thank you for your ideas.

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    • You could try….I didn’t because I was afraid the soft ice cream would soak into the brownie too much before it hardened.

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  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for this!! I searched many recipes on the web and wanted s round cake. I actually sliced the brownie base in half and now can make another one! It was great, thank you

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  4. This is a perfect summertime recipe! Can’t wait to try this with our family gathering next week!

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  5. Wowza, this sounds magnificent! You’ve combined 3 of my fave things so it must be heavenly! Putting it on my “go-get-this-right-now” grocery list!

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  6. 5 stars
    I can’t believe there are so many different ways to customize this brownie ice cream cake, Malinda! It really looks amazing and can I just say your piping skills are totally fabulous too. I can’t wait to try this recipe for my family’s end of the year summer party. They are going to love it! Happy summer, CoCo

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  7. I love this recipe! It combines two of my favorite things (ice cream and brownies) into chocolately perfection!

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  8. My mouth is watering! Ice cream cakes are one of my favorite desserts but they’re SO expensive! This looks so good, Malinda! Thanks once again for joining me this week! xo

    Reply
    • Yes, they are VERY expensive and often times it’s what my kids want for their birthday cake so I had to come up with a solution!! Thanks Kendra and thanks for having me!!

      Reply

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