Red White and Blue Layered Ice Cream Cake - Vanilla Ice Cream is placed in the center of two baked cakes (one red and one blue), for a stunning patriotic dessert.
This blog post was originally published June 2015 and re-published May 2021.
Apparently ice cream cakes are going wild on Tiktok right now. A Tik Tok trend apparently. Don't you just love when a dessert trend is announced as a hip new thing, only to realize you've been doing it for ages?
Flavors and/or Colors
This ice cream cake can be made with whatever your preferred cake flavors and/or ice cream flavors are. Since I was going for a patriotic theme, I chose colors/flavors that went with my theme. Go with your own theme.
You start this dessert by baking the cakes. My original plan was to mix food coloring into a homemade white cake batter but when I was food shopping I saw a mix for a blue cake! And it was under two bucks, how could I pass that up? If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that my cake didn't exactly look blue when it came out of the oven, but thankfully, the center ended up being perfect. So you can either make your own cake and color it with food coloring or you can buy the colored mix. There are so many colors available these days. For the red, I went with a red velvet mix.
Prep The Ice Cream
After your cake is baked and cooling, you'll want to prepare the ice cream. I sat my ice cream out on the counter for about 10 minutes to soften. While it was softening, I lined a cake pan (same size as what I baked) with parchment and spread the ice cream in the pan. I popped that back into the freezer and left it there until it firmed up again, about an hour.
For the frosting, I took a huge shortcut, which some of you might not be on board with. I stirred together a can of frosting and a tub of cool whip. I'm sure you healthy ones want to click right away at the thought of that and yes I know how easy it is to make frosting, but I honestly, just didn't feel like it. If you prefer to make something homemade, go right ahead. I choose convenience on this one.
Once cakes are cooled, frosting is ready and ice cream is firm, start your layers. If your cakes have that funky dome in the center, take a serrated knife and trim it so you have a flat surface. Using the edges of the parchment, pull the ice cream out of the pan and place on the cake. Top with another cake and frost using the Cool Whip/Frosting mixture. Work quickly so the ice cream doesn't melt. Decorate the top as you wish with sprinkles or colored sugar. Pop it back in the freezer until ready to serve.
You can also use two layers of ice cream and one layer of cake in the center if you prefer.
As you can tell by my photos, I didn't stick the cake back in the freezer before I cut into it and it started to melt. I have zero patience and the kids were chomping at the bit to have a slice. I chose their smiles over a beautiful picture of cake and that's just the way it is sometimes.
Printable Recipe Card
Printable Recipe Card
Red White and Blue Layered Ice Cream Cake
- 1 boxed cake mix blue
- 1 boxed cake mix red velvet
- OR 1 boxed cake mix white and color half blue and half red with food coloring
- 1.5 Quart vanilla ice cream
- 16 oz prepared frosting vanilla
- 8 oz Cool Whip
- Optional: Sprinkles colored sugar etc. to decorate
- Bake cakes, in 8 inch pans, according to package instructions. Let cool.
- Line an 8 inch cake pan with parchment, leaving a bit of an overhang of parchment to lift ice cream with.
- Allow ice cream to soften, by leaving out of freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Once ice cream is softened, spread into lined cake pan. Place back in freezer until firm, about an hour.
- Stir together Cool Whip and frosting until well blended.
- Layer in this order: red cake, ice cream, blue cake. Frost the entire cake with frosting mixture. Decorate if desired. Place back in freezer to firm up, about an hour before serving.