Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake

This Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake is the BEST Ice Cream Cake EVER! You’ve got a thick fudgy brownie layer on the bottom topped with creamy chocolate frosting, cookie dough ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles!

The BEST Ice Cream Cake In All of the Land!

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. They have even, on occasion, bypassed my fresh baked cookies for Oreos. I kid you not.

BUT since I just chalk that up to kids being weird, I don’t let them get to me. However, they do, every so often, have a pretty fab idea. Which bring me to…

Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake can be made with your favorite ice cream flavor!

I cannot take full credit for the inception of this cake. You wanna know why? I actually don’t like ice cream cake. GASP I KNOW.

Let me explain a quick minute before I lose you. The thing is generally ice cream cakes are…well…all ice cream. I know, I know, duh. I am an oddball. Ice cream isn’t my favorite. I mean I love it when ice cream is filled with delicious extras, but I kinda-sorta pick those out and leave all the ice cream.

But that’s why this is the BEST Ice Cream Cake…it is filled with all sorts of other yummy things that while it is definitely an ice cream cake, it is a Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake topped with chocolate frosting, cookie dough ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles. You’re into this, right?

How To Make Ice Cream Cake

How To Make Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake

It’s really super simple, and there are tons of variations that we will get to in a minute. But first let’s start with the basics:

  1. 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 all the extras and you don’t want it to overflow! I used a boxed brownie mix for ease in this recipe, but 100% absolutely you can bake brownies from scratch. My Fudgy Brownies recipe would work great! More on the size of the brownie mix in a minute.
  2. Top the brownies with some frosting! You can make your own homemade chocolate frosting, or certainly you can use canned chocolate frosting. Completely up to you and your willingness. Pop the pan in the fridge for 30 minutes to let the frosting set up.
  3. While the frosting is chilling, pull out your ice cream from the freezer to let it soften up, so it will spread easily.
  4. You’re pretty much done at this point. Cover the cake with cling wrap and let it freeze for a few hours.
  5. When you’re ready to serve it up, make some homemade whipped cream and spread that on top of the ice cream and then finally SPRINKLES!
The BEST Ice Cream Cake ever is Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake!

Ice Cream Cake FAQs – This Recipe is Totally Adaptable!

Here’s where I am going to try to answer all your questions! There are TONS of adaptations to this “recipe”, and I want to set you up for success. So let’s chat…

What Size Brownie Mix Do I Use?

Ok, here’s the deal. I wrote this recipe using a “regular” sized brownie mix, not a “Family Size” brownie mix. Generally a “Family Size” brownie mix says Bake in a 9×13 Pan on the front. When I buy and make Family Size brownies I always bake them in a 9×9 pan, because I like thicker brownies. But for this recipe a thicker brownie in a 9×9 pan might not leave enough room for all your ice cream unless the pan has tall sides. AND if you use a 9×13 sized pan, the layers of brownie, ice cream, and frosting will be super thin. Have I confused you yet?

So the recipe is written for a 10-ish ounce brownie mix, not an 18-ish ounce brownie mix. BUT. Here’s where I am really going to mess with your brain. You can EASILY make this recipe in a 9×13 pan, you will just need to increase the amount of frosting, ice cream and whipped cream by about a third.

Trust me, you’re not going to mess ANYTHING up. Make it as big or as small as you want, it’s totally up to you. Use this recipe as a guideline and get creative!

Side note – I have even made this using a Family Sized Brownie mix in a 9×9 pan with all the rest of the measurements the same, it just almost overflowed my pan because I didn’t decrease the amount of ice cream, but I wan’t made about it! 

Can I Use Different Flavors of Ice Cream?

1000% yes! Cookie Dough is my favorite, so that’s what I used. But imagine the flavor possibilities:

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: This would be so amazing on top of the brownie and chocolate frosting. You could even use mini chocolate chips instead of sprinkles!
  • Strawberry Ice Cream: You would have a Neapolitan situation going on!
  • Vanilla: Nothing wrong with a little plain vanilla for the purest!
  • Rocky Road: This could be great with chopped peanuts on top of the whipped cream!
  • Cookies and Cream: Imagine this with chopped Oreo cookies as a garnish!
  • Butter Pecan: Top the brownie with caramel instead of frosting and sprinkle the whipped cream with chopped candied pecans!

Will the Brownie Be Frozen and Solid?

Nope! Here are my tips to brownie success when it comes to this ice cream cake:

  • Under-bake the brownie a bit. This is normal for me, as I prefer ooey-gooey brownies, but if you’re a rule follower and like to bake a brownie all the way, consider bending the rules slightly here.
  • I bake brownies until a toothpick inserted an inch or two from the edge of the pan comes out clean. If the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, it’s over-baked in my book.
  • An under-baked brownie in this recipe will stay softer.
  • Also make sure you allow the cake to sit out for 15-20 minutes or so before you slice it! Of course it will be rock solid if you try and eat it straight from the freezer…I mean, it’s frozen! So let it warm up a touch and you’ll be set!
Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake is the best party cake!

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This recipe was originally posted in 2013, but the recipe, tips and pictures have been updated!


Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category Category: Cake
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


This Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake is the BEST Ice Cream Cake EVER! You’ve got a thick fudgy brownie layer on the bottom topped with creamy chocolate frosting, cookie dough ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles!



  • 1 (10-15 ounces) Brownie Mix, made according to package directions in an 8×8 pan
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate frosting (homemade or store bought)
  • 1.5 quarts Cookie Dough Ice Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • sprinkles to garnish


  1. Grease an 8×8 or 11×7 deep-dish baking dish. You can also add a layer of foil and grease the foil to make it easier to remove the ice cream cake. If you use foil, it needs to come up the sides of the pan at least 3 inches to leave room for the ice cream and whipped cream layer.
  2. Bake the brownies according to package directions in the prepared pan and allow to cool completely.
  3. Spread chocolate frosting onto cooled brownies. Place frosted brownies in refrigerator.
  4. Remove ice cream from freezer and allow to soften for about 30 minutes while the brownies are chilling.
  5. Remove the brownies from the refrigerator and top with ice cream, spreading evenly with an off-set spatula.
  6. Cover and place in freezer for at least 3 hours.
  7. 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.
  8. Spread onto ice cream cake, top with sprinkles and serve immediately.


Store air-tight in freezer for up to 2 weeks. Allow to soften 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

1 slice
42.9 g
176.4 mg
19.1 g
55.7 g
2.9 g
27.6 mg

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Yvonne Lineberger
Oct 5, 2020 10:18 am

Do you have a frosting recipe for this ice cram cake

Aug 5, 2020 8:42 pm

Hi I’m using to make for my birthday I’ll need for 16 people how big of pan do I need to double the recipe thanks

Last edited 1 year ago by Lori
May 21, 2020 1:53 pm

Do I need to add frosting to the brownie? I was just going to layer it as brownie-ice cream- then cool whip

Apr 15, 2020 10:40 am

Instead of frosting could I use pudding?

Apr 5, 2020 8:10 pm

Can I ask, is the frosting between the brownie and ice cream necessary? I’m not a huge frosting fan but I’m wondering if this keeps the brownies from getting soggy.

Nov 24, 2019 8:19 am

brownie ice i like this favorite meal, thanks for receipe and beuatiful pic

Apr 5, 2019 3:57 am

Its really looking so delicious. Thanks for sharing

Apr 3, 2019 9:21 am

Kids loved it. very good and easy recipe, i tried it with strawberry flavor ice cream and added some dry fruits . it was woo..very yummy. thanks for sharing.

Mar 11, 2019 10:56 pm

HeLP!! Lol I assembled my cake but I did a brownie layer then ice cream and then brownie again and then I put cool whip over the whole thing.. will it be ok over night? The cake is for tomorrow night..I’m scared the brownie will be rock hard ??

Feb 16, 2019 2:14 pm

Made this as a birthday cake. Had a hard time getting the brownies off the bottom of the pan. Where on Earth do you find an 8×8 pan with 3 inch sides? Very good

Sep 19, 2018 8:56 am

I need to double the recipe but I am questioning the amount of time the brownies need to bake. I am using Ghirardelli brownie mixes.

Josephine Adams
Jul 2, 2017 8:00 am

My family loved it. Awesome Idea it was delicious.

Mar 18, 2017 9:11 am

Thank you for such a great recipe! I made it for a church function and It got rave reviews. Since it was “going to church” I did find a way to dress it up. I made it in a springform pan, lining bottom and sides with parchment paper. I left it in the pan and followed all directions until just before the whipped topping was added. At that point I released it from the pan and pulled off the parchment paper from the sides only. Then I covered the sides with cookie crumbs. I topped that with the whipped topping… Read more »

Aug 10, 2016 12:20 pm

Will be making this for my daughters birthday this weekend. I see that recipie stresses not to use family sized box of brownie mix. Need to double recipie for a larger crowd..use larger pan and double all ingredients? Thanks!

Aug 11, 2016 7:58 am
Reply to  Shelly

Thanks can’t wait to try it!!! ?

Michelle McElroy
May 30, 2016 10:46 pm

I made this today and it was really fantastic with our Memorial day cookout. I debated my pan choice a while… thinking my 8×8 wouldn’t leave enough height for ice cream and whipped cream, I split my brownie batter between 2 loaf pans. It was perfect as far as accommodating all of the layers, but the brownie layer was too thick and super rich. Next time ( oh yes, there will definitely be a next time) I’ll use my spring form or a 13×9. Can’t wait to try Blondie bottom, strawberry jam, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and then garnish… Read more »

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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