Ice Cream Cake

um hello birthday cake. hello 1 billion calories. hello deliciousness.

This is what I made for my dear boyfriends birthday this past weekend. It was decadent. It was amazing. And it got eaten up in 10 minutes flat after a days worth of time layering this masterpiece!

It was pretty extravagant to say the least. I mean you only have 1 birthday a year, and apparently calories don’t count on that day so in my book that means, EAT UP!!!

Now there is no exact science to making a layered ice cream cake… just lots of patience and licking your fingers… so here is a template for making your own creation. Feel free to change up ice cream flavors or any other aspect you want!

Ice Cream Cake



  • Mint Chip Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream
  • 3 thin 9-inch brownies
  • 2 thin 9-inch cookies
  • Cream Cheese Frosting


  • On a cake stand, place one of the thin 9-inch brownies. Spread some of the mint chip ice cream on top of the brownie and add a 9-inch cookie on top. Gently press down on the cookie so the ice cream is evenly spread between the layers. Transfer cake into the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes. Once re-frozen spread a layer of Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream followed by a brownie. Freeze. Add another layer of Mint Chip Ice Cream followed by a cookie. Freeze. Add a layer of Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream followed by a brownie. Freeze. Remove from freezer and quickly frost with cream cheese frosting. Place back into freezer until ready to serve.

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    • Gaby

      ya and my appetite was equally as out of control.

  1. Emily

    This looks AMAZING! I’m putting in a special request for my birthday!

  2. Mary

    This cake looks UNBELIEVABLE! It is perfect for a summer treat. I cannot wait to try it πŸ™‚

  3. Sonja {ActiveFoodie}

    HOLY HELL that looks AHmazing!!!! Can I order one for my birthday please??!!

  4. Thomas


    Thanks babe……

  5. Maria

    Happy Birthday to Thomas! What a great way to celebrate! Glad you guys had a fun celebration!

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet

    You are the best girlfriend ever. In fact, I’m pretty sure my husband would like to date you because of this.

    • Gaby

      hahaha thank you!!! Next time you and your hubby make it out to LA I’ll whip one up for the both of you!

  7. Allison [a for aubergine]

    i need to make this ASAP, even if i don’t have someone to eat it with! dang…

  8. Katie Dawson-Roberts

    I can say from first-hand experience that this cake tasted PHENOMENAL! It looks so delicious in the picture, but seriously it tasted even better than it looks. You really outdid yourself Gaby this cake was beyond delicious.

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  10. Cindy Aguilar

    Okay, this looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING…!!! Lucky Thomas πŸ™‚ I want to make this πŸ™‚

  11. monika

    This is all of my favorite sweet things rolled into one!
    I am drooling just looking at the photo!
    I am on my way to LA for some cake!!

  12. Teresa & Chris Dawson

    Gabs – that cake was the best – outstanding! You went over and beyond on the food for Thomas’ birthday…thank you….YUM…..

    • Gaby

      Thank you!!! So glad we got to spend the weekend with you guys! xoxo

  13. Betty

    I’m just trying to think of who has a birthday coming up soon so I have an excuse to make this! Absolutely beautiful. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  14. Avril

    I sooooo agree with Betty! I may just have to go out on a limb and make this cake “just because” πŸ™‚

    • Gaby

      and I would without a doubt make you this birthday cake everyday if it was your birthday. And then we would have to go on some serious runs… because we would be large and in charge!

  15. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Wow, what a masterpiece! Haha, I love the description of all the layers. Not only can you bake, but you have a great sense of humor. Lucky boyfriend! Can’t wait to try this sometime this summer!

  16. Dana

    Are you INSANE? And are you busy on July 26th? Because that is my birthday and I don’t want to make my own cake. πŸ™‚

    • Gaby

      omg if I could fly up to Seattle and make this for you I totally would!!! I need to get my butt up there to visit again! xoxo

  17. Eliana

    This is like the KING of all ice cream cakes. What a wonderful way to celebrate!

  18. grace

    this is wrong on oh-so-many levels but right on the one that matters–my knees get weak just taking about how awesome it must taste!

  19. jenjenk

    wow. i never knew you were so eeeevvvviiiiiillll!! this just looks way too sinful for any mere mortal to be allowed to eat! πŸ™‚

  20. Flannery

    OMG! I MUST try this! Now to create the perfect accompanying cocktail…

  21. Sprinzette

    Wow – just found your blog. This cake looks amazing – not sure I can brave making it, but it sure is a post to salivate over. Look forward to looking around the rest of your site.

  22. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    Oh wow, that looks sinfully good. My birthday’s coming up too, do I get this?

  23. Kim in MD

    Gaby- I discovered your blog several weeks ago and I just love it! It is just gorgeous!

    In case I get brave enough to attempt this recipe, I have a question regarding the cake and brownie layers in this cake. Did you use one cookie/brownie recipe and then divide it between three 9″ cake pans? If so, how long (approx.) did you bake the layers?

    Thanks for sharing your amazing recipes! πŸ™‚

    • Gaby

      Hi Kim!

      Thanks for the question! I did use one box of brownie mix and cookie dough and then divided it into thirds and baked them all evenly. I had to keep a close eye on each layer as I baked it since its hard to tell how long it will take. I would start with 10 minutes and check from there to see how things are going!

  24. Becky

    This looks amazing! I want to make it for my boyfriend’s birthday. Do you have a recipe for cream cheese frosting you could share?

    Thanks for all the inspiring recipes!