Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake

Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake | Cookies and Cups

This Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake is perfect for summer days or birthdays! Everyone will love it!

My kids are fairly jaded when it comes to desserts.

When they come home from school and there is a giant plate of cookies waiting for them, they don’t even waggle an eyebrow.



Same old, same old.


Our house is generally filled with some sort of baked treat.  And for the most part they don’t care.

Unless it’s chocolate chip cookies.

Then they act like it’s major.


But this cake.

This cake gets a reaction.

They actually said, “hooray” when they saw it.

Who even says hooray anymore?

Anyhow, I’m gonna take it as a sign.



In all honesty, the idea for this came when I asked my 8 year old what dessert he wanted for his birthday.

Turns out he had been thinking it through already…

Brownie on the bottom, ice cream on top with whipped cream and sprinkles, says he.

So I followed his instruction.  For the most part.


See, I’m not an ice cream cake person.  You wanna know why?

In so many words, the frosting sucks.  It’s a weird whipped topping that is neither Cool Whip or whipped cream.  Needless to say, I am not a fan.  But I’m also, not a fan of frozen buttercream…call me crazy.


I basically owned this problem.

I used chocolate frosting and put it INSIDE the cake.  Like fudge filling.

So yeah, it worked and I am a genius.


And now I’ve made this cake twice in 2 weeks.



Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake.

Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake | Cookies and Cups

It’s really super simple.

Bake up some brownies in an 8×8 or 11×7 pan.  But make sure the pan has deep sides, because you are going to be topping the brownie with stuff.


Also, I used a boxed mix…and if you do as well, just note that I used the “non family sized” mix.  I didn’t want the brownie to be too thick.

If you would prefer to make your own brownies from scratch, well, good for you!
 photo IMG_2665_zpsf9c9caee.jpgLet those cool in the pan.

Then top it with some chocolate frosting.

You can use the canned frosting if you want or here’s my recipe for chocolate fudge frosting.

Full disclosure, I used canned.

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Then pop that in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes.  During this time grab your ice cream out of the freezer to let it soften up.

We chose Cookie Dough Ice Cream.  Well, because it rules.

But honestly, use whatever type of ice cream you like best!


I bet Cookies and Cream or Mint Chocolate Chip would be fantastic on this! photo IMG_2674_zpsde8b15e7.jpg

Use the whole 1.5 quart container.

 photo IMG_2676_zps38fd3b3a.jpgThe. Whole.Thing.

 photo IMG_2678_zps39e52511.jpgSpread it on as best you can.  I used an off-set spatula.

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Then you can cover that with foil and stick it in the freezer until you’re ready to serve it!

You will need to give it at least 3 hours.


When you are ready go ahead and make some whipped cream. photo IMG_2690_zps189dd0b3.jpgAnd then spread that all over top…

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Don’t forget the sprinkles! photo IMG_2701_zpsf4ffc0c8.jpgAnd then I dare you to try a pretty picture of it.



But it doesn’t matter because it’s so dang tasty!  And this is coming from a girl who doesn’t like ice cream cake!

Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake | Cookies and Cups


Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake
12 servings
  • 1 box Brownie Mix, 15-18 oz (NOT Family Sized) made according to package directions in an 8x8 pan
  • 1½ cups chocolate frosting
  • 1.5 qts Cookie Dough Ice Cream (or your favorite flavor)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • sprinkles to garnish
  1. Spray an 8x8 or 11x7 deep-dish baking dish with cooking spray. Sides need to come up at least 3 inches to leave room for the ice cream and whipped cream layer.
  2. Bake brownies according to package directions.
  3. Let cool completely before moving on to next step.
  4. Spread chocolate frosting onto cooled brownies.
  5. Place frosted brownies in refrigerator.
  6. Now remove ice cream from freezer and allow to soften for about 30 minutes.
  7. Remove brownies from refrigerator and top with ice cream, spreading evenly.
  8. Cover and place in freezer for at least 3 hours.
  9. Before serving prepare your whipped cream. Place heavy whipping cream in bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and add in granulated sugar. Beat cream on high speed for about 2 minutes until it becomes thick.
  10. Spread onto ice cream cake and serve immediately.
store air-tight in freezer for up to 2 weeks. Allow to soften 10-15 minutes before serving if frozen solid.



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Oh my gosh, screw pretty pictures. This looks so mouth-watering!! Love the whole chocolate frosting layer, so clever

Belinda @themoonblushbaker

I want a mum like you to make me this when I came home as a kid…. So dreamy…

Cookbook Queen

You know who says hooray? I do. Not even kidding. (you knew we were friends for a reason — you need a hooray person in your life)

I am so excited about this brownie cake — Jon David will LOVE IT!!!


Shelllllly- you are the best! I love putting the idea of putting the frosting in the cake. This looks phenomenal. I’m so excited to make this! I think I may layer with the chocolate frosting. Hm.


My family is the very same way, but for this? The would totally say hooray too!



I want this cake!


Can you say…best mom ever?! I feel like this is everything Baskin Robbins WANTS to be…but seriously isn’t.

Sarah | The Sugar Hit

Ugh, this cake looks amazing. Your kids must think you’re a wizard.

Mimi @ Culinary Couture

Best.birthday.cake. EVER. Using the frosting INSIDE really is genius!


Pretty sure I would shout hooray if I saw this too! Looks delicious 🙂

movita beaucoup

I’m seriously enjoying the store-bought aspects of this epic treat. I mean, I went to baking school this year, and sometimes I’m all: seriously? I need something NOW. Screw you, Scratch! (And then I eat a bag of chips.) I’m pretty sure I need to make this cake immediately.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Helloooooo beautiful! LOVE this!

Colleen @ What

This is absolutely fabulous! Love the frosting IN the layers!

Lori @ RecipeGirl

I want me some of this ice cream cake! Now!


Oh this looks ridiculous and I mean that in the best possible way. Do you think using Brownie Batter ice cream would be overkill? Yeah I didn’t think so. 🙂


Just out of curiosity…what is your favorite boxed brownie mix?


Thats what I typically use! Just wanted to see if I was missing out on anything 🙂


This looks unbelievably good! I’ve heard those Ghirardelli brownie mixes are great, and that Turkey Hill ice cream looks so rich and creamy. Wish we had it out here so I could get it easily!

Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper

Oh wow! This looks and sounds amazing! That frosting layer sound divine.


My niece was very excited about something yesterday and I joined in by saying “Hooray!” She looked at me all serious and said “Stop it.” So, I guess “hooray” is definitely out. Tell your family.

Love this! Want this. Must make this.


Is there a chance to get adopted by you?
I’d waggle my eyebrows to death and give you nicknames like ‘world’s best gooey melting cookie ice crem MUMMY’ every day!


Holy YUM! I don’t even know where to begin with this, I love everything about it! 🙂

Angie | Big Bear

now I think that those are beautiful photos! What a fantastic idea! I’d say hooray for this!

Glory/ Glorious Treats

Oh I’ve been dreaming of ice cream cake recently! My mom used to make them in the summer, and I haven’t had one for so long! This looks perfectly delicious!

Angie Bennett

My son told me he wanted a cake with sugar cookies, ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Trying to figure that one out….

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

I love this idea for an ice cream cake!! Seems so easy!


Oh my goodness! My boys are going to dive face first in that sprinkle top! Yum! So cute!

Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg

Simple and delicious! I love ice cream cakes. Thanks for sharing.


Ok, when is the next holiday or pot luck??? I’m on a diet (and shouldn’t have even READ this recipe but…… Let’s see…..Payday Friday! That’s a holiday in my book! Let’s celebrate!!!!


My 15 year old requested an ice cream cake for his birthday. Not one I made either. I was a little insulted but then i realized it’s because we ALWAYS have cake or cookies or something working in the kitchen so it’s just something he’s not used to getting very often. At least that’s how I’m going to interpret it.

This does look good. I like the chocolate frosting in the middle. I think brownies always need frosting.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

Ok so my birthday is in 10 days…
I NEED this!!! And I have a feeling I will be making it for myself. Or at least making it for my fiance’s birthday. And mint-chip ice cream would be AMAZING, you’re right! Though, cookie dough is fab, so I don’t know how I’ll choose!

bridget {bake at 350}

I just love you, Shelly. I love how your dessert mind works!


Oh my! That looks so good and easy to do! You had me at box mix and cookie dough ice cream!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

This may just be the best kind of ice cream cake ever!

Ashley Dicey

This looks absolutely delicious! I was wondering if you can use store bought whipped cream? I don’t not have a stand alone mixer:(

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

You are a genius!! This looks fantastic! 🙂

jen @ one curly fry

This looks amazing!


Your son is a genius for requesting and your are genius for creating this. Thanks for sharing! *hurries of to buy ice cream and brownies*


This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it. One question, instead of making the whipped cream, would it work if I used Cool Whip instead?


My dear m-i-l always got ice cream cake from our local DQ – not my fav, but this – can’t wait to make it!


I make my son’s birthday cake every year, he found your cake on pintrest and I made it today for his bday…so yummy!

Renee @ Awesome on $20

It looks plenty cute to me. And it looks like I want to eat the whole thing by myself. Fantastic.

Emily @ Life on Food

I want to be a kid in your house. This is pretty much the best thing I have seen all week.


About how many people does this serve?


Wow girl what a treat!!! Can I eat this for breakfast?!


Brownies and ice cream…my husband’s favorites. I love this, Shelly!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

This is heaven. The only thing that could make it better is the addition of peanut butter.


I am totally pretending it is my birthday so I can make this cake! LOVE it!

Jana Allen

This looks amazing!! Why two weeks for freezing though? Do you have to freeze it for that long or could you eat it the same day you make it. I’m impatient! lol!


I tried making this once! Except on a much smaller scale since the birthday girl already had another cake.

This looks delicious!! I love how you added the frosting in the middle!


You know why you like it so much? Because it’s not cake. It’s a brownie with ice cream, frosting, and whipped cream. You have made an ice cream brownie. Not an ice cream cake.