Homemade Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Cake

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Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake is a delicious dessert that you can enjoy any time of the year. Surprisingly, it’s very easy to make homemade Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake. We are excited to walk you through the step-by-step process of how you too can easily make a delicious ice cream cake to enjoy whenever you desire. 

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Ice Cream Cakes

Ice cream cakes are amazing to enjoy for any special occasion, or simply just as a summertime dessert. You can make an ice cream cake as easy or as complicated as you want it to be.

There are several different places where you can purchase an ice cream cake, however, the cost of purchasing one can be quite high. Today I am so excited to walk through the process of making your own homemade version of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake. I hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. 

The Ideal Summertime Treat

Ice cream cake is the perfect summertime treat. Making ice cream cake works perfectly for any summertime get-together especially, however, it also works great for any time of the year. Having an ice cream cake helps to mix things up from your traditional desserts. 

Good Ice Cream Cake

There’s nothing quite like a good ice cream cake. Sometimes having a good ice cream cake can be hard to find. This is why making your own ice cream cake is the perfect solution. Not only is it low cost, easy to do, does not require much time, but it also makes the best ice cream cake.

Ben and Jerry’s: Ice Cream Cakes

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake is quite easy to make from scratch. Of course, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is an essential ingredient for your ice cream cake. The great thing about making your own homemade Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake is that you can customize it to your heart’s desire. 

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt

Not only can you make Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake using Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but you could also try using frozen yogurt, or even sorbet if desired. There are so many different options when you make a homemade ice cream cake that you get to make it just the way you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be complicated, instead, it is simply delicious. 

Cookies & Brownies

There are a ton of different ways you can make your copycat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake. Before you begin, it’s a good idea to stop and determine what kind of crust you want to have on your ice cream cake.

There are many different options to choose from, such as using Oreo cookies, crushed cookies, a combination of a candy bar and cookies, etc. 

Our favorite and perhaps the most straightforward way is to use a base of chocolate chip cookies, or brownies. This allows you to have a firm crust to your ice cream cake that will not give way and provide a solid base. From there, you can begin to build your ice cream cake. 

A few of our favorite brownie recipes, if you wish to make them from scratch include atomic brownies and big ol brownie. Below, we will also provide details for our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe do you use as your base.

Of course, you can simply use a box mix instead for your cookies or brownies if desired. It all depends on how much you want to tackle. 

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Making Your Own Ice Cream Cake

Now, let’s turn our attention to how you can make your own amazing Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake from scratch. This can be fun to do, so don’t fret, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of how you can easily do this at home. 

How To Make Ice Cream Cake

Recommended Equipment:

Plastic wrap

9-inch springform pan

Cake stand

Parchment paper

What You’ll Need:

Ice Cream 

Prepared chocolate chip cookie dough or brownie batter

Whipped Cream Topping

Heavy cream

Powdered sugar

Vanilla extract

Topping Ideas

Hot fudge or chocolate syrup

Carmel sauce

Sprinkles

Cookies or brownie chunks

Maraschino cherries 

Watch How To Make:

What To Do:

Bake your base…

Begin by preparing your chocolate chip cookie dough or brownie batter, whichever you prefer to use (only one is needed). Once prepared, line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper, grease your springform pan, and add your raw dough. Bake until your cookies or brownies are done to your liking. Remove from the oven and allow to fully cool. We would even recommend placing it into your refrigerator and chill.

Add Ice Cream…

After your cookies or brownies have chilled, remove them from the refrigerator, and cover with your desired ice cream. Pat your ice cream down using parchment paper, or plastic wrap so that your ice cream forms a solid topping of your brownie or cookie. Set plastic wrap directly on your ice cream, and freeze. We recommend allowing your ice cream to freeze inside of your pan for at least two hours, or until it is solid. 

Freeze The Ice Cream…

While your ice cream is freezing, prepare your whipped cream. We recommend using whipped topping to decorate your cake, however, if desired, frosting may be used instead. 

Make Whipped Cream…

To make your whipped cream, add your heavy cream to a mixing bowl, and whisk on high until stiff peaks form. Add 1/3 to ½ cup of powdered sugar, and whisk until combined. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and mix in. Refrigerate until your ice cream is set and you are ready to decorate. 

Remove From Pan…

Once your ice cream layer is solid, remove from the freezer and then carefully remove your springform pan from around the edges of your cake. Now you can decorate your cake. 

Decorate…

To decorate your cake, cover the outside of your cake with your whipped topping. Add fudge, chocolate syrup, caramel, cookies, brownie chunks, cherries, and sprinkles as desired. Feel free to get creative and decorate your cake any way you want. Be sure to freeze your cake until you are ready to serve it, then serve and enjoy. 

Please note that you may want to allow your cake to thaw slightly before you serve. This will allow you to cut the cake better. Otherwise, it can be very difficult to cut. 

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Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Now that your creative juices are flowing, it’s time, to begin making your delicious creation. Below is our recipe to guide you, however, please feel free as always to get creative and add your own twist to the recipe. You can use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, however, please note the brownies may be used as your base instead if desired. 

Homemade Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients

48 oz Ice Cream, Cookie Dough is what we used, but please use your favorite

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 

Whipped Cream Topping

1-pint heavy cream

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping Ideas

Hot fudge or chocolate syrup

Carmel sauce

Sprinkles

Cookies or brownie chunks

Maraschino cherries 

Instructions 

Step One

Before you begin, you will want to fully prepare your chocolate chip cookie dough (or brownie batter). Then, once prepared, line the bottom of your springform pan with parchment paper, and lightly grease the bottom and edges with cooking spray.

Add your dough to the bottom of the pan and press down to form one large cookie. Preheat your oven to 375°F and bake until the center of a cookie is no longer doughy. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate to chill. 

Step Two

After your cookie base has chilled, remove it from the fridge, and add your ice cream. Pack your ice cream onto the top of your cookie using parchment paper, or plastic wrap to press it solid.

Make it so that your ice cream is at least 1 inch thick. After the ice cream has been pressed into place, set it into the freezer and allow to freeze for approximately two hours, or until solid. 

Step Three

While your ice cream is freezing, prepare your whipped cream. To do this, pour your whipped cream into a mixing bowl and beat with a whisk on high until stiff peaks form. Add powdered sugar and whisk to combine, then add vanilla and mix in. Refrigerate until you are ready to use.

Step Four

When your ice cream is frozen solid, it’s time to decorate your cake. Begin by removing the edge of your springform pan, then take your prepared whipped cream and add it to the top and the side of your cake. Next, as desired decorate your cake using chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, whipped cream, cookies, Maraschino cherries, and sprinkles.

Place the cake into the freezer until you are ready to serve. Shortly before serving, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for a few minutes then serve and enjoy. 

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Homemade Ice Cream Cake Tips

Tip 1: Line Your Pan

One of the most helpful things you can do when making this ice cream cake is to line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper before adding your cookie dough, or brownie batter and baking it. This will help you be able to remove your cookie or a brownie from the pan easily. 

Tip 2: Chill, Freeze, Freeze

It is extremely important to follow the above steps to chill your cookie after it has been baked before adding your ice cream on top of it. If you skip the step, your ice cream is just going to melt and you’ll end up with a mess. 

After your ice cream has been added to the cookie, it is important to freeze it until solid before decorating your cake. If you skip this step your ice cream is going to be soft and your cake will not turn out well. 

Then, before serving allow your whole cake to freeze, or store in the freezer until you are ready to use. 

Tip 3: Decorate

We suggest decorating your cake with a base of whipped cream, and then any other decorations you may desire. You can also use buttercream frosting instead of whipped cream if desired. Feel free to get creative with the step and decorate your cake in any way you wish. 

Customize Your Cake

One of the best things about making anything from scratch or homemade is that you have free reign to customize your recipes any way you wish. We are going to go over a few ideas of how to customize this copycat recipe for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake below. 

Our Ice Cream of Choice:

Let’s begin with the ice cream. The type of ice cream you use can determine the overall flavors of your cake. We like to use cookie dough ice cream with a cookie base, however, you can get creative and use any kind you wish. Some great ideas include wheels tracks, cookies and cream, brownie batter, cake batter, and many more. Simply get creative and use the kind you like the best. 

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Cake With Brownie Bottom

Another thing you can do to customize your ice cream cake is to change up the base of your cake. Of course, you can use cake as your base, however, it’s also fun to use cookie dough as we have recommended above, but you can also use a brownie as the base of your cake. Any of these options will give you a delicious ice cream cake. 

Ben & Jerry’s, Ice Cream, Cake Batter

For all of you who enjoy cake batter ice cream, you can easily make an ice cream cake with this as your theme. Simply prepare a single layer of cake in the bottom of your pan and then freeze. Next top with a layer of ice cream and then freeze. Finally, decorate any way you desire for a cake batter-themed ice cream cake. 

Have the best party ever with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake! 

Homemade Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake is the perfect dessert for a party. No matter what occasion, or what you are celebrating, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, retirement, or any other occasion, you can’t go wrong with an ice cream cake. 

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Birthday Cakes!

Making a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake is a delicious way to celebrate birthdays as well. This allows you to make things a bit simpler with a cake that already contained your ice cream. Plus, this cake can be made in advance and enjoyed whenever you want it. 

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FAQs

Where can you find this ice cream? 

Ben and Jerry’s ice cream can be found at grocery stores and ice cream shops mostly, but you can also find the ice cream at other locations such as some gas stations. 

What Is In This Layered Ice Cream Cake? 

We recommend using a mixture of chocolate chip cookie and ice cream layers for the ice cream cake. However, you can also use brownies, or cake to form here layers as well. 

This Easy Recipe Takes the Cake 

Homemade ice cream cake is so amazing to enjoy. No matter what time of year, ice cream cake is a delicious dessert that is hard to beat! 

Life is better with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Ice Cream Cakes!

Life is always better with a bit of ice cream in it. With this recipe for homemade Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake, you can’t go wrong. The process of making a homemade ice cream cake is very easy, and it can be enjoyed for any occasion. Give this recipe a try for yourself and taste the deliciousness. 

Make your cake today!

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