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Ice Cream Cake


easy to make icecream cake

The first overnight trip we took the girls on after they were born was to Papaw Tony and Nana’s house. As you might imagine newborn twins caused quite a stir. Lots of family came over to see the newest members of the Pressley clan. As you might also imagine, there was lots of good food brought as well.

birthday cake icecream cakeOne of the best desserts of the day was an ice cream cake made by one the The Deer Hunter’s cousin’s wife. I liked it so much she made sure I got a copy of it-that’s it below.



The funny thing is I’ve kept the recipe all these years, but never made it one time until the girls’recent birthday.

About a week before their birthday I was studying on what kind of cake to make them for the special day. I even ask them what they wanted, but didn’t really get a firm answer. Then one morning I woke up with the ice cream cake on my mind and new that was what I would make.


Ice Cream Cake

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 4 cups crushed rice chex cereal
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (I’m sure other flavors would be good and a box of ice cream isn’t truly a half of a gallon, but it worked fine)
  • Chocolate syrup (My recent health issues have resulted in no chocolate for me-so I used caramel syrup instead)

Combine butter, coconut, chex cereal, sugar, and pecans-mix thoroughly. Layer half of the mixture in the bottom of an oblong tupperwear dish.

Spread softened ice cream on top of mixture. Ice cream will spread easily if you set it out for 10-15 minutes then beat it with a mixer (I didn’t need to use the mixer).

Drizzle ice cream with syrup and top with remaining chex mixture. Cover and put in freezer until firm.


best icecream cake

The ice cream cake is just as good as I remember it being! It is really sweet, I’m sure you could play around with the ingredients and make it suit your tastes better if you don’t have an extreme sweet tooth like me.



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  • Reply
    Beth Brown
    October 10, 2017 at 9:54 am

    This looks delicious!

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    Lee Mears
    October 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    This sounds really good..
    I have another ice cream recipe that is really really good, and has graham cracker and saltine crust which is good as I don’t like graham cracker crust, its just too sweet.
    Also, ice cream isn’t ice cream any longer. My favorite was Bryers and about two years ago ? I noticed a difference and looking at the ingredients it also now has all the preservatives and GUMS in it as well.
    It will stand alone when melted.! I’m not wasting calories on fake ice cream.
    The only real pure ice cream I can find, cream, milk, sugar and vanilla, is the Fresh Market brand
    at The Fresh Market.
    Thanks for recipe and Happy Birthday to your lovely young ladies.

  • Reply
    October 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I never heard of this Ice Cream Cake before, but it sounds good. …Ken

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    wanda Devers
    October 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Sounds delicious! I love coconut!
    I have made ice cream layer cakes & they are good too. Just line a round cake pan with plastic wrap and fill and level with softened ice cream. Refreeze and pop out into the middle of two cake layers. Frost & refreeze. You can pick your favorite flavors and it’s so much cheaper than the Dairy Queen.

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    October 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

    That looks and sounds delicious! And would surely be refreshing on a humid, drizzly, yet hot day like today. And yesterday. Belated Happy Birthday to the girls 🙂

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    Ron Stephens
    October 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

    So how did they like it? We will have to pass this recipe along to our daughter for the two ice cream guys in their house.
    I got rain! I have picking to do today. Hallelujah.

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 9, 2017 at 8:11 am

    That is different from any I have seen. Will have to try it at our next family gathering

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    Miss Cindy
    October 9, 2017 at 6:47 am

    That really looks and sounds good. How come I’ve never tasted Ice Cream Cake? Seems like the perfect combination of sweet and crunchy with just a hint of salt!
    When will you be making this again?

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