A Word From The Cook
“Cookies, Brownies and Ice Cream combine to make one of the best cakes you'll ever taste! Just pick your favorite Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors and you're ready to make an easy ice cream cake recipe!”
2-3 hours (includes set time in the freezer)
- 4 Pints of Ben & Jerry's (or your favorite super premium) ice creams
- Your favorite soft Chocolate Chip Cookies or Brownies (homemade, packaged, or store bought)
- For "frosting" (optional):
- 1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream, plus 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
- Caramel or chocolate sauce
- Note: A Springform pan is the easiest pan to use, but you can also use standard 9 inch cake pans. Watch our video to see how we work with both types of pans to release the frozen ice cream cake.
- Step 1 – Choose your Flavors!
- Choose two complementary flavors of ice cream. In the cake shown here, we used Ben & Jerry's Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch, and Phish Food.
- Then decide whether you want to use brownies or chocolate chip cookies as your middle layers. Cookies or brownies can be made from scratch, or store bought.
- Step 2 – Layer Ice Creams with Cookies (or Brownies)
- Layer cookies or brownies on the bottom of your Springform pan so that the bottom is completely covered. Break them apart and/or crumble them as needed, so there aren't any holes.
- Layer 2 pints of softened ice cream over your bakery layer. Spread ice cream evenly over bakery layer and smooth it evenly.
- Add a second layer of bakery (cookies or brownies) over the first ice cream layer. Again, ensuring the ice cream is completely covered.
- Place in freezer to set until initial layers are frozen hard enough to press a second layer of ice cream into the pan (45 minutes to an hour).
- Remove from freezer and add two more pints of softened ice cream on top of second bakery layer. Return cake to freezer to set until completely frozen (45 minutes to an hour).
- Step 3 – Frost, Set, & Serve
- If you plan to "frost" your cake with freshly whipped cream, prepare cream while cake is setting in freezer. Alternatively, you can drip caramel or chocolate sauce over top of cake (as shown above). You can use store bought sauce or make your own, using our recipe.
- To prepare the whipped cream frosting, pour whipping cream into a stand-up mixer or medium sized bowl (if using a hand mixer). Whip cream on medium speed until cream begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar and turn up speed to high. Continue to blend until cream is whipped to stiff peaks. Stiff peaks that don't fall over when you lift beater(s) from cream.
- Once cake is fully frozen, release and remove the sides of the Springform pan. Smooth sides of cake with an offset spatula.
- Spread frosting over top and sides of cake, and return to freezer to set one last time - about 20 minutes. If desired, you can also decorate with caramel or fudge sauce as shown (in addition or instead of whipping cream). We microwave some caramel sauce to make it "pourable."
- Let cake sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before cutting/serving. You can make make 2-3 days in advance.