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This homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is super easy to make, infinitely customizable, and perfect for all your summer parties. Layers of chocolate brownie, two flavors of ice cream, & whipped cream topping will have everyone oohing and ahhing!

Discover more ice cream treats like Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream, Pina Colada Ice Cream, and No Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

A slice of homemade ice cream cake.

Why We Love Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake is probably my favorite summer dessert, and this strawberry ice cream cake recipe is my new go-to recipe. It has a fudgy brownie bottom, layers of vanilla and strawberry ice cream, and is topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.

The fudgy brownie bottom, layers of ice cream, and fresh berries make this cake completely delicious and indulgent. Plus, you’ll love how simple and easy the recipe is. So if you’re looking for the perfect summer dessert for birthdays, BBQs, or potlucks – then this strawberry ice cream cake is definitely for you.

Homemade ice cream cake with a brownie bottom, layers of vanilla and strawberry ice cream, then topped with whipped cream and berries.

How To Make Ice Cream Cake

  1. Make a batch of brownies and bake them in a 9-inch springform pan. I used a box mix for this. I also have a delicious and simple homemade Homemade Brownies recipe that you could use instead.
  2. Take your vanilla ice cream out of the freezer to soften a bit.
  3. Scoop about 16-20 scoops of softened ice cream on top of the cooled brownie and spread flat.
  4. Place the cake in the freezer to harden up a bit.
  5. Take the strawberry ice cream out of the freezer to soften up. Then scoop the softened strawberry ice cream over top of the vanilla ice cream, and spread flat. (Check out the photo below).
  6. Pop it back in the freezer and freeze for at least 2 hours.
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to top of an ice cream cake with whipped cream, fudge and fresh strawberries

Customize The Flavors

You can customize your cake recipe with your 2 favorite flavors of ice cream, or just use one type of ice cream and make one layer that’s twice as thick. I’m pretty fond of this vanilla and strawberry combination though.

Here are a few other combinations we love:

  • Orange 50/50: Blondies base, vanilla ice cream, and orange sherbet.
  • Triple Chocolate: Chocolate brownie base, chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce swirled between the layers.
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry: Brownie base, strawberry ice cream, and chocolate ice cream.

How To Serve

Garnish the cake with whipped cream or whipped topping and fresh strawberries. A little fudge drizzle adds a lovely final touch.

When you’re ready to serve, take a thin knife and trace between the sides of the pan and the side of the cake. Then unclip the springform to release the cake. To cut the cake, use a sharp large knife to make 8-10 slices.


Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep frozen. It will last about a month. If storing in a deep freezer, you might want to let the cake sit out for 10 minutes before cutting.

A slice of neapolitan ice cream cake with a layer of brownie, vanilla ice cream, then strawberry ice cream.
  • Dip your knife in a cup of hot water first so that it’s easier to cut through the frozen ice cream.
  • I don’t usually frost ice cream topped cakes, but you could spread on a buttercream frosting while the cake is frozen.
  • For more strawberry flavor, add a layer of strawberry sauce or strawberry jam in between the cake layers.

Easy Ice Cream Recipes

A close up of a slice of Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

4.88 from 8 votes
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is super easy to make, infinitely customizable, and perfect for all your summer parties. Layers of brownie,  two flavors of ice cream & whipped cream topping will have everyone oohing and ahhing!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • Brownie mix + ingredients to prepare brownies choose a box that makes 8×8 or 9×9 inch square brownies
  • 1- quart vanilla ice cream
  • 1- quart strawberry ice cream
  • 4 oz strawberries sliced, for garnish
  • whipped cream for garnish
  • fudge sauce for garnish
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  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line the bottom of a 9 inch round springform pan with parchment paper. 
  • Prepare brownies according to box instructions. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes. (It’ll be slightly shorter than the time on the box for an 8-inch x 8-inch or 9-inch x 9-inch square pan). 
  • Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool fully.
  • Remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer and allow to soften at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes. 
  • Scoop ice cream and place on top of the brownie bottom. Smooth using a flat knife or spatula. 
  • Place in the freezer to harden for 1 hour. 
  • Remove the strawberry ice cream from the freezer and allow to soften for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Take the ice cream cake out of the freezer and scoop the strawberry ice cream on top of the vanilla ice cream. Smooth the top flat.
  • Place the cake in the freezer to harden for 2 hours (or longer).
  • To serve, decorate with whipped cream, berries & fudge sauce. 


*Store leftover cake covered in the freezer. 
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Calories: 606kcalCarbohydrates: 89gProtein: 9gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 282mgPotassium: 384mgFiber: 2gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 703IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 237mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.


Fiona blogs over at Just So Tasty where she shares easy, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats. A peanut butter lover, chocolate connoisseur, and sprinkle addict - she hopes to make your life sweeter, one cookie at a time. She also teaches yoga, because life is all about balance.

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  1. Anne says:

    This recipe seems so easy to do, thank you for sharing! After freezing and before serving, how does the brownie soften enough to eat? Do you undercook the brownie to help with it getting too hard in the freezer? Thank you for the tips!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      No need to undercook. Just remove from the freezer and let it sit out for about 10 minutes and it should be fine.

  2. MasterCakes says:

    Your creations are always so stunning. Love the gorgeous layers and all those strawberries! MasterCakes

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank You!

  3. Julie Saldana says:

    I totally agree that with hot weather like where I live, I would love to eat an ice-cream cake like this than any normal cake! It is really delecious, Fiona!

  4. Natalie says:

    It’s so hot here these days, I wouldn’t mind a piece of this beauty! Looks so delicious and refreshing ♥