Eggless Ice Cream Cake Recipe

ice cream cake recipe

I can say that this ice cream cake recipe is a classic example for serendipity. I think you can guess where I'm going if you've read my choconut muffins story. To cut the long story short, my first batch of muffins did not come out well. The bottoms were moist but the tops were dry. I wanted to bake another batch of those delicious chocolate muffins, but didn't know what to do with the first batch, then an idea flashed in my head. Why not turn it into an ice cream layered cake? See, watching Food TV does help, especially Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Cooking. I'm a big fan of her innovative ideas.

Now back to the ice cream cake recipe, I won't say this recipe is my discovery, but come on guys, I need some credit here for thinking quickly and not wasting food. Right? I've seen Oreos Cookie Pie crust in stores, so that was also an inspiration. I've always wanted to buy it and make something. My idea was similar to that. I wanted to crush the muffins, both tops and bottoms in a food processor, put it in a pie tin and layer with ice cream and freeze it. I had vanilla ice cream at home. I wanted a Neapolitan Ice Cream look so thought of going with strawberry and chocolate flavors. Then realized that my mother in law is not a big fan of strawberry and she likes pistachios. Unlike India we don't get pistachio flavored ice cream here. I thought why not go with instant pudding mix. I've seen it being used by Food TV chefs all the time. So thought of giving it a try.

The beauty of this cake is there is no set of baking procedure or must have ingredients. You can play with your imagination. Anyway I'll list what I used and what other variations can be made.

I used:
1. Muffin crumbs.
2. 1 packet JELLO Instant Pudding Mix, pistachio flavor.
3. Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
4. Walnuts and Pistachios, unsalted and chopped.

Other Variations:
1. Crush Oreos cookies or brownies, or line the pan with frozen pound cake, or use ready made pie crust.
2. You can either go with all pudding mixes with different flavors or cool whip or all ice cream layers or mix and match.
3. Toppings are also limitless, from fudge sundae, caramel topping etc.


Stage 1:

Crush the muffins in a food processor.

muffin crumbs

Stage 2:

I used a 9 inch round cake pan. First I thought of using a pie tin, then I changed my mind. I lined the pan with plastic wrap because I vaguely remembered something similar to this in one episode of Food TV. I wrapped it completely covering the entire pan and also left some extra outside so that I can lift the cake with the wrap once it freezes.

line the cake pan

Stage 3:

I pressed half the quantity of muffin crumbs on the bottom of the pan, nice and firm. Actually I had stored the muffins in the refrigerator to dry them up so it will powder easily in a food processor. If I had left the moist bottoms out,it would have become one big lump I guess. Reserved the other half for another layer.

press the crumbs

Stage 4:

Prepared the pudding as per the directions of the package. It was very easy. Just pour the mix in milk and stir. Initially it's in a liquid form and within 5 minutes it firms up. I also mixed some chopped pistachios to the pudding.

prepare pistachio pudding

Stage 5:

Now top the crumbs with the pudding and form a nice thick layer and top it with pistachios again.

top with pudding

Stage 6:

Top the pudding layer with the remaining muffin crumbs.

Stage 7:

Now a layer of vanilla ice cream over the muffin crumbs. I microwaved the ice cream with the paper container for 15-25 seconds, so I could spread it.ย Give the final touch of adding some more walnuts and pistachios.

top with vanilla ice cream

Stage 8:

Freezing for 4 hours should be fine. Carefully remove the cake with the help of the plastic wrap. When I took it out after 4 hours it was good, but another 1 or 2 hours should be perfect. Slice and serve it!

slice of ice cream cake

My Notes:

1. You can also try this with a loaf pan.
2. I noticed that when pudding freezes it's very hard than the ice cream. If you don't like that to happen you can make all ice cream layers or dig in after thawing it for a couple of minutes.
3.ย The taste was out of the world. I miss Indian Cassata ice cream very much. The taste of this ice cream cake was very much similar to that, I think it was because of the pistachios and walnuts.

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  1. Madhuram

    Thanks Sandhya, you should try it and will definitely love it. It’s so delicious.

  2. sandhya

    the cake looks delicious… will surely try this…

  3. Madhuram

    Thank you Mansi. You too have an interesting blog, added your eggless scones and almond cookies to my list.

    Actually I was also thinking of getting strawberry pudding (I don’t know whether they make them) or ice cream and mix strawberry slices in them and then top it on the muffin crumbs. Since my mil does not like strawberry I went with pistachio. It was very very tasty. My mil wanted seconds.

  4. Mansi

    My first time here, and I’d like to say you have a great space here:)

    that ice cream cake looks divine, I make the pistachio pudding a lot and add fresh or frozen berries to it…like the idea of adding muffin crumbs…kind of makes it like an ice cream pie:)

  5. Madhuram

    Sushma, glad you liked it. You are welcome anytime.

    Sowmya, Mamatha thank you for visitng my site.

    Rachel, thank you for coming back. Ya, sure it was very moist for an eggless muffin.

    Anjali and Laksh, thanks a lot for including the blog in your blogroll. (Laksh, I’ll send you a mail to your gmail id)

    Akay, what do you have for me? Can’t wait to just hop over there!

    Dhivya, ungalukku gmail id la mail pannaren. (my over cautious husband’s advice)

  6. Laksh

    WOW! Awesome blog you have going. The recipes are mouth watering. Got here from Akay’s. Have blogrolled you on mine.

    Read your about me section and wonder which suburb of philly you are in. I am at Malvern.

  7. Anjali J.

    it really look s delicious. i can imagine the taste just looking at the pictures ๐Ÿ˜€ i loved ur blog.. i will add u in my favourite bloggers list.

  8. rachel

    eggless and yet the cake has a lovely texture..looks airy as well…

  9. Mamatha

    Discovered your blog today – you have a very nice site. Keep up the good work.

  10. sowmya

    lovely idea using the crumbs of muffins..nice toppings..innovative..

  11. Akay

    Check my blog – have something for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your kind words in my blog.

  12. sushma

    Hey im left wth no words.. can i hv something… lovely presentation with step by step procedure..

  13. dhivya

    Glad u like my pie:))nan tamil dhan madhuram:))unga icecream cake sema super..which part of tamilnadu u r from?

  14. Madhuram

    Cham, thanks for visitng again. I still have some more, do you want?

  15. Cham

    Fabulous cake ๐Ÿ™‚ Really pretty and should have been vanished soon i guess….

  16. Madhuram

    Thanks Dhivya, Hima, A-kay, Trupti, Uma. You and other enthusiastic bloggers inspire me a lot.

    Thanks A-kay, I’ve learnt a new word from you today, “botching”. Good one.

  17. Uma

    the cake looks marvellous. simply delicious.

  18. Madhuram

    Thanks DivyA, it tasted great too.

  19. dhivya

    wow!wonderful recipe and pictures!!!eggless cooking sounds great!like ur blog..keep rocking

  20. Trupti

    wow..this cake looks delicious , nice photos & nice description & easy to make..thanks for sharing this recipe.

  21. A-kay

    Now, I feel like botching up a batch of muffins to make the ice-cream cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. DivyA Vikram

    Wow! that looks innovative..I too love sandra lee s shows

  23. hima

    looking great and eggless too. Love it.

  24. Madhuram

    Yes Nithu, it tasted amazing. I checked with the ingredients in the ice cream box and pudding box also and eggs were not mentioned. So I think it’s 100% eggless ice cream cake.

  25. Nithu

    Wow!! looks so good. Should have tsated great. I am fond of ice creams. My parents and inlaws dont eat eggs. It’s a good recipe for them. Book marked.