Fudgy Ice Cream Cake


Don't forget dessert! A fudgy, gooey ice cream cake is not only impressive to look at, but it's also easier to make than you might think.


  • Cooking spray

  • ¼ cup light corn syrup

  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream, divided

  • ½ stick unsalted butter

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for serving

  • Salt

  • 3 pints vanilla ice cream

  • 18 graham crackers

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar


  1. Lightly coat an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray; line pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 6-inch overhang on two sides. Freeze pan at least 10 minutes.

  2. In a medium pot, combine corn syrup, 1/4 cup cream, butter, granulated sugar, cocoa, and pinch of salt; bring to a boil, whisking, over medium-high. Remove from heat and let fudge sauce cool. Meanwhile, remove 1 pint ice cream from freezer and let soften, about 15 minutes.

  3. Evenly press softened ice cream into pan. Top with a single layer of graham crackers, breaking to fit. Drizzle with 1/4 cup fudge sauce and freeze 15 minutes. Repeat twice, omitting sauce on final layer. Wrap in plastic and freeze until firm, 8 hours (or up to 3 days). Cover and refrigerate remaining fudge sauce.

  4. To serve, invert pan and run under tepid water to loosen cake. Invert onto a platter and remove plastic. Microwave fudge sauce in 30-second increments until pourable. Pour over cake and freeze to solidify, 5 minutes.

  5. In a large bowl, using a mixer, whip 1 1/2 cups cream and confectioners' sugar on high until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Dollop cake with whipped cream and dust with cocoa. Serve immediately.


Cook's Notes

You want your ice cream to be just soft enough to work with -- too soft and the cake will be icy. Take each pint out to soften while the cake layers are freezing.

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