Ice cream cake

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Ice cream cake
Ice Cream swiss roll.jpg
Ice cream swiss roll
Main ingredientsIce cream
VariationsBerries, fruits, sponge cake
Chocolate ice cream cake

An ice cream cake is a cake with ice cream as the filling for a swiss roll or a layer cake. A simpler no-bake version can be made by layering different flavors of ice cream in a loaf pan.[1]

Ice cream cake is a popular party food, often eaten at birthdays and weddings, particularly in North America and Australia. It is not as well known in Europe. In the UK ice cream swiss roll cakes are known as Arctic rolls.


Ice cream cake was originally made from biscuits and cream. Victorian era desserts called Bombe glacée (or just bombes) consisted of ice cream and fruit in decorative molds. Sometimes these desserts were lined with cake or biscuits. Ice cream cake recipes dating to the 1870s have also been found.

In the modern era, ice cream cakes are a popular dessert choice for Fourth of July celebrations, and many cakes prepared for this day are decorated with patriotic motifs, often garnished with whipped cream, red berries and blueberries.[2] Other versions are elaborate flag cakes made with alternating layers of ice cream and sorbet.[3]


In a typical assembly, the cake component is baked in the normal way, cut to shape if necessary, and then frozen. Ice cream is shaped in a mold as appropriate, and these components are then assembled while frozen. Whipped cream is often used for frosting, as a complement to the two other textures, and because many typical frostings will not adhere successfully to frozen cake. The whole cake is then kept frozen until serving, when it is allowed to thaw until it can be easily sliced but not so much as to melt the ice cream.

U.S. market[edit]

Ice cream cakes are popular in the U.S. Carvel has a history of themed cakes advertised on television including Fudgie the Whale and Cookie Puss.[4] Baskin-Robbins, Dairy Queen, Friendly's, Cold Stone Creamery, and other retailers also sell ice cream cakes.


  1. ^ The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. 2015.
  2. ^ "3-Ingredient 4th of July Ice Cream "Cake"". Betty Crocker.
  3. ^ "Ice Cream Flag Cake". Food Network.
  4. ^ McGowen, Lauren; Dempsey, Jennifer (2009). Carvel Ice Cream. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-6709-9.

Further reading[edit]

  • Stewart, Martha; (2007). Everyday Food.
  • Johnson, Ann. (2008). About Ice Cream Cake. EHow. Demand Media
  • Dean, Sydney. (2010) Ice Cream Cake Powerpoint. Upload & Share PowerPoint Presentations and Documents.
  • Bejin, Samantha (2013) Lets party. Penguin books

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