I hope you are sitting down for this one – Grandma Gail’s Ice Cream Cake. This is THE dessert that will get you invited back to every party! This is a staple for my good friend and pilates mate, Erica. She promised me that I could even make it – Erica walked me through how to make this scrumptious ice cream cake step-by-step. As many of you know, I am not the world’s greatest cook – but I kid you not, this is EASY to make and ridiculously amazing to eat!

Ice Cream Cake

Grandma Gail’s Ice Cream Cake

  • 1 Sara Lee Family Size Pound Cake (16 oz.)
  • 2 – 1.5 quart containers of ice cream – we used Edy’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Edy’s S’mores (Erika advises 1 chocolate based and one vanilla based for the “wow” factor when you slice into it!)
  • 1 – 20 oz. jar hot fudge (I am personally biased towards Sanders Hot Fudge because it is hands down the best hot fudge ever! Click on this link to purchase – you won’t be sorry!)
  • 1 – 8 oz. bag of crumbled Heath candy

You will need a head start with this recipe – you will want to make it the night before you need it so it has time to really get nice and frozen. Let the ice cream soften on the counter a bit (you don’t want it melted, just soft enough so you can spread it!)  We also prefer a 9-inch spring form round pan (this will make getting it out a piece of cake – not pun intended!) – There are a ton out there but here is a link if you want to purchase.  Wrap the bottom of the pan in tin foil to help catch any melting ice cream while preparing.

  1. Cut the cake into 1/2 inch slices.
  2. Layer the cake, on it’s side, along the bottom of the pan filing in as much as possible – minimize gaps.
  3. Take your first ice cream and layer the ice cream over the cake slices – use the entire container. Smooth and flatten.
  4. Divide the hot fudge in half and spread the first half over the ice cream into an even layer – cover all of the ice cream with the hot fudge.
  5. Divide the bag of heath into half and sprinkle the first half evenly over the hot fudge.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5.
  7. Cover the top of the cake with wax paper and seal with tin foil, put in freezer over night
  8. Slice, serve & enjoy!!
Layer 1

A bowl of food, with Cake and Ice cream


Layer 2

A bowl filled with different types of food, with Cream and Cake


Be sure to check out some of my other Easy Desserts that I Can Even Make & Delicious and Super Easy Desserts (are you starting to see the EASY theme here?)

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  1. Sounds yummy. I do not have a spring form cake pan. Do you suppose if I lined a tube pan with parchment it would work…
    I don’t bake that much but this is on a recipe I would like to try.

  2. Hi Jenn! This sounds fantastic and I love how easy it is! I can imagine what a big hit this is at parties. Thanks so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinning – hope you’re having a great week!

  3. This looks AMAZING! I will have to find a GF option and give it ago:)


  4. What a GAWGEOUS cake! Very lovely recipe! Thanks a million for sharing at our Weekend Potluck party..did I miss seeing a link back to the party? Looking forward to your return to next week’s party. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  5. Oh man, I love easy and decadent desserts like this one. I am contemplating putting my pants back on and running to the grocery store so I can make this right now! Thanks for the share!

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