18 Ice Cold Ice Cream Cakes You Need To Try This Summer

Now that the kids are almost out of school and the summer heat is about to be upon us, there's nothing better to cool off with, than a big slice of homemade ice cream cake. Everyone loves desserts from cheesecakes to sweet bread and even yummy muffins for breakfast, but if you're an ice cream lover, why not take dessert to the next level with one of these cool cake recipes? There's something for everyone—from chocolate ice cream cakes and fruit-forward cakes to vegan ice cream cakes and even gluten-free ice cream cake options here.

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Why Is Ice Cream Cake So Popular?

Ice cream cakes really came into their own in the 1980s with companies like Baskin Robbins and Dairy Queen coming up with a new, delicious way to celebrate a special occasion.

Over the years, their popularity has never wavered because not only are they yummy, but there is literally no limit on the flavors. You can make any variety of ice cream into an ice cream cake with just a little imagination.

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Whether you're getting together with family and friends in the backyard, or celebrating a summer birthday, these cakes will surely impress. Try a few of our favorites (such as Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich Cake or Coconut Lime Ice Cream Loaf), pin them and most importantly, enjoy!

Best Ice Cream Cakes

<p>Kitchen Gidget</p>

Kitchen Gidget

This cake features layers of hot fudge, peanut butter, whipped topping and peanut butter cups.

<p>Andrew Purcell</p>

Andrew Purcell

Impress guests with this simple frozen twist on old-fashioned strawberry shortcake.

<p>Lauren Volo</p>

Lauren Volo

This no-bake ice cream cake, from Tasty Dessert, is an easy make-ahead treat for your next party.

<p>An Italian In My Kitchen</p>

An Italian In My Kitchen

An easy cake made with a chocolate wafer base, two types of no-churn ice cream,  chocolates and a drizzle of melted chocolate to bring it all together.

<p>Beyond Frosting</p>

Beyond Frosting

This layered cake features two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them. It’s covered in whipped cream and garnished with candied lemons.

<p>Kitchen Mason</p>

Kitchen Mason

The perfect indulgent dessert, this glorious raspberry brownie ice cream cake recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.

<p>Flippin Delicious</p>

Flippin Delicious

This ice cream cake makes the most epic celebration cake ever!

<p>Dani's Cookings</p>

Dani's Cookings

Made completely from scratch, this ice cream cake combines a brownie base, vanilla cherry ice cream and chocolate ice cream. It is topped with chocolate glaze and fresh cherries!

<p>Bake Play Smile</p>

Bake Play Smile

This cake has a delicious triple layer, of chocolate, vanilla and mint-flavored ice creams. It is packed full of cookies, chocolates and more!

<p>Flavor the Moments</p>

Flavor the Moments

Layers of no-churn coconut lime cheesecake ice cream layered with a salty-sweet macadamia nut cookie crust. It’s an easy dessert that’s guaranteed to impress!

<p>An Italian In My Kitchen</p>

An Italian In My Kitchen

A classic Italian dessert, made with an Italian sponge cake your favorite ice cream flavors. Adding a chocolate drizzle brings it to the next level!

<p>An Italian In My Kitchen</p>

An Italian In My Kitchen

There is so much chocolate, you are going to love it—creamy homemade no-churn ice cream with a deliciously decadent chocolate ganache.

<p>What The Fork</p>

What The Fork

This cake is for chocolate and peanut butter lovers. Gluten-free delicious.

<p>My Kitchen Love</p>

My Kitchen Love

This ice cream cake has thin layers of brownie cookies with thick chocolate chip ice cream. Topped with whipped cream and extra sprinkles!

<p>Delicious Little Bites</p>

Delicious Little Bites

A rich and delicious over-the-top ice cream cake.

<p>Pastry Chef Online</p>

Pastry Chef Online

This cake is layered and frosted with no-churn cream. Delicious.

<p>Let's Eat Cake</p>

Let's Eat Cake

This cake has a chocolate cake base and a center of chocolate and hazelnut HemisFares gelato that’s wrapped in a layer of crushed hazelnut cookies.

<p>Living the Gourmet</p>

Living the Gourmet

A decadent summer treat with buttery graham crackers mixed with almonds and hot fudge syrup.

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