Here is the ULTIMATE summer dessert. Ice cream in cake form- how could it get better than that? This Vegan Ice Cream Cake is decadent, creamy central, pure bliss and the perfect treat for any summer celebration!
how to make a vegan ice cream cake
I think it’s safe to say most of us grew up with Dairy Queen ice cream cakes at birthday parties. They were the dessert every kid wanted at their parties. Well, friends, there is a new badass ice cream cake in town and it’s this one.
The base of this gluten free ice cream cake is a crumbly cocoa mixture that isn’t overly sweet but mimics the Dairy Queen hard chocolate crust. But keep a handful of this crumb base to sprinkle on the top of the cake. Then the fudgy second layer is next. It’s creamy thanks to a mix of coconut cream and melted dark chocolate. You only use half of this mixture because it’s also the top layer. The middle layer is the best layer. The ice cream layer. Choose vanilla, choose coffee, choose whatever. Next, comes the waiting time, where the ice cream needs to set before you add the last chocolate layer with the cookie crumble on top. All in all the preparation for this vegan ice cream cake takes 30 minutes, but the freezer time is closer to 4.5 hours, or overnight. Patience is key. You can do it!
Coffee flavoured ice cream is probably my favourite. It’s definitely always one of my go-tos- mint chip might be tied for first too. But I’m not sure HOW good a mint chip ice cream would be in this cake, so I stuck with coffee. If that isn’t your thing, honestly any type of ice cream would work here (maybe even mint chip). My favourite brands of vegan ice cream are Nada-Moo, Coconut Bliss and So Delicious.
But coffee is how I rolled with this vegan ice cream cake recipe and it sure didn’t disappoint. It is a big-time Picky Husband favourite as well as Mom Approved! My mom was visiting when I was wrestling with this recipe and it was awesome having her here for feedback. I initially got the inspiration from her for this recipe so her input was just what I needed.
Many moons ago, she used to make a homemade ice cream cake for family birthdays. It wasn’t vegan or gluten-free at the time but I found myself dreaming about that cake a few months back. I knew I had to do my best to recreate it. It was very special having Mom in town so she could try it and know what I was going for. And she loved it! She’s also a huge coffee fan so anything coffee is usually going to vibe perfectly with her. I will say Adam and I had a good chuckle because she decided to eat this cake sans fork! Mom ate it more like an ice cream sandwich. It was pretty adorable and it actually kinda worked! It just got a little messier than if you enjoyed it with a fork.
here are some reasons why I love this gluten free Ice Cream Cake, so listen up!
- If you’re a coffee-lover, you are going to love this rich, delicious dessert. Loaded with a thick layer of vegan ice cream- it’s mouthwatering and ever so satisfying. If you are making this gluten free ice cream cake for kiddos, you can easily swap the coffee ice cream flavour out for their favourite.
- You don’t need to turn on the oven in the heat to enjoy a tasty dessert in the summer. This vegan ice cream cake recipe involves no oven, which will make each bite just that much more enjoyable. Knowing you didn’t have to stand in a puddle of your own sweat to make this cake is a BONUS.
- This dairy free ice cream cake is a little more time consuming due to the freezer time. But friends, it’s such a fun cake to make! It’s something so different for you to share with family and friends for celebrations. They will be shocked to hear that it is vegan and gluten free. The actual process to make the cake is super straightforward, it just requires some hours in the freezer so that all the layers can set together.
- It’s happiness in a bite, truly. But word of advice: let it thaw a little before digging it. You want that ice cream to be soft and almost a little melty to fully enjoy all the flavours.
So eat this vegan ice cream cake however you want, with a fork, with a spoon, or with your fingers- it all tastes the same and it all tastes amazing. This mouthwatering gluten free ice cream cake is bound to put smiles on the faces of anyone who bites into it.
vegan ice cream cake
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 8 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- 5-6 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
Second Layer/ Top Layer
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 100 g dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Ice Cream/ Middle Layer
- 500-1000 mL Vegan Coffee Ice Cream (500ml is used in my pictures for when I used a 7″ springform pan- if you want a thicker layer, use 1000ml))
- Mix together all of the bottom layer ingredients until it sticks together.
- Add a piece of parchment paper to the bottom of a 7″ springform pan (See notes about what springform pan to use). Set aside 1/4 cup of the bottom layer to sprinkle on the top of the ice cream cake at the end. Add the rest of the bottom layer mixture to the parchment paper and press down hard on the mixture so that it sticks together.
- Place in the freezer for 10-20 minutes while you prepare the second layer.
Second/ Top Layer
- Melt the 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a pan over low heat. Then add the 100g of dark chocolate to the pan to melt. Once melted, add the coconut cream and the maple syrup to the chocolate mixture and thoroughly combine. Once combined, take off the heat. It should be thick and creamy.
- At this point, take your ice cream out of the freezer to let it thaw and get a little soft so it is easier to spread on.
- Remove the bottom layer from the freezer and add 1/4-1/2 cup of the chocolate/coconut layer to the top of the bottom layer. It should just be a thin layer. Place back in the freezer for 20 minutes. Set the rest of the chocolate/coconut mixture to the side. Leave it to sit out on the counter until you need it next.
Ice Cream Layer
- After 20 minutes, remove the cake from the freezer and begin adding the ice cream on top of the chocolate/coconut layer. I used a metal spoon to help spread it smoothly and evenly. My ice cream was quite soft at this point which made it easier to spread. It is your choice whether you want to use 500-1000 mL of ice cream. I found in the 7″ springform pan 500ml was perfect.
- Place back in the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until frozen.
- Remove the cake from the freezer, and begin spreading the last layer of the chocolate/coconut mixture on top of the ice cream layer. Spread it evenly and then top with the 1/4 cup of the base mixture you set aside at the beginning.
- Place back in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Before eating the cake I recommend letting it sit out for at least 20 minutes to thaw and soften. That’s when I felt it was the best consistency etc.