Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake

Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake is the best ice cream cake made with fudgy brownies, chocolate frosting, and cookie dough ice cream!

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!

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…

The BEST Ice Cream Cake In All of the Land!

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!

This Ice Cream Cake 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 wan tto 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!

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Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake

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

Description:

This Ice Cream Cake is the perfect party cake!


Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

  1. Line an 8×8 or 11×7 deep-dish baking dish with foil and coat with nonstick spray. Sides of the pan need to come up 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.
  4. Place frosted brownies in refrigerator.
  5. Remove ice cream from freezer and allow to soften for about 30 minutes while the brownies are chilling.
  6. Remove the brownies from the refrigerator and top with ice cream, spreading evenly with an off-set spatula.
  7. Cover and place in freezer for at least 3 hours.
  8. 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.
  9. Spread onto ice cream cake, top with sprinkles and serve immediately.

Notes:

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

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106 Responses
  1. Amy

    Made this for a BBQ. I used hot fudge sauce instead of chocolate frosting. Chocolate chip ice cream. Used a 13×9 pan. More ice cream, whipped cream, etc.,. So good!

  2. Maria

    Hello Just wondering if you can freeze the whip cream as I want it made ahead of time not during the party. Looks Delicious!!!

  3. Mary

    wow I was on Pinterest and someone pinned your recipe..this is amazing and I can’t wait to make it for my family. We are not huge dessert eaters so when I make something this it’s a definite treat

    Thanks for sharing your talents and your recipe.

  4. Laura

    I made this yesterday for a friend’s birthday and it was phenomenal! Boxed brownies, followed by some canned fudge icing, topped with a few crushed birthday cake Oreos, then cookies and cream ice cream, some crushed regular Oreos, then homemade whipped cream (with some added stabilizer so it would freeze well until being served today). I toolkit out 20 minutes before being served, and it was perfect.

    I love making decadent desserts from scratch, but it was so wonderful to take some shortcuts – and even better that it turned out to be one of the best desserts I’ve ever made!

    Thank you for such a great recipe.

  5. Holly

    Looks amazing! I’m going to make for my sons Bday this weekend. Question… Can u make the whole thing and put it in the freezer? I’ll prob use cool whip instead and was wondering if it would mess it up if I put it on before we are ready to serve it? Thanks!!

  6. It was my turn to bring birthday treats for a co-worker today at school. I made 2 of these in a 9 x 13 size. Let me tell you I was TOTALLY queen for the day (kinda stole the thunder from the birthday girl, LOL) They were BEAUTIFUL, and OH so delicious. I made the mistake of making them in the portable foil pans…the super tall lid on them was GREAT, but every slice I made cut through the metal pan. Oh, well. This is definitely going into my “DO AGAIN ASAP” recipe folder!

  7. Marilyn

    Oh this looks delish – even better with Turkey Hill ice cream! We’re living overseas right now and can’t get our Turkey Hill fix, but we’ll be trying this for sure, TH or no TH! :-).

  8. Channa Ming

    Hi Shelly,

    I can’t wait to make this! So many awesome birthday memories involving ice cream cakes, but brownies are even better! Can you please tell me what pan you used? Brand name? Where you got it? It looks nice and deep and I would love to find one like that. Is it 3 inches high? Any info/help would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    Channa

  9. Susan

    This cake is so delicious! I just made it for my husband’s birthday! I will make it again for sure! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Lindsey

    I am making this for my small group tonight and thankfully used an 11x 9 Pyrex. I haven’t even made it to the whipped cream step and my dish is filled to the brim! (I just purchased my Pyrex dish, so maybe the newer Pyrex dishes are more shallow?)

    I love how easy this recipe is…thank you, Shelly!

  11. I made this tonight, everything is great BUT my brownie turned out horrible from being frozen.. I did everything perfect!!! Kinda sucks.. is there any tips or specific brand u use!! And ill try again… thx so much

  12. Jesia

    This looks amazing. Kind of like a DQ ice cream cake! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to make it. =)

    Also, would it be totally horrible to use Cool Whip instead of homemade whipped cream?

  13. Carrie

    Ice cream cake is my favorite and I never knew it was actually this easy to make. :p I personally despise traditional frosting (I think it’s too sweet) and am the weirdo who will sit there and scrape most of it off the top of a cupcake before eating. Thanks for this! Gotta try it sometime.

  14. Leslie

    What square pan did you use? I used our 8×8 pyrex for the brownies and the bottom 2 layers are sitting in the fridge right now and I have maybe an inch for ice cream :/ and I know I got the normal brownies, not family sized. So I just think my dish wasn’t deep enough! Looks like it will HAVE to overflow 🙂

    1. Shelly

      I used my 8×8 pan… very strange that it would overflow.. maybe my pan has higher sides than yours? You could certainly make it in a 9×9 pan and just have a thinner brownie layer. Just adjust bake time for the brownie!

  15. Anna

    Sounds fab! How long before the ice cream starts melting and getting yucky/messy? Just wondering how long of a drive it could sit through if I made it and brought it somewhere…? I can usually travel with a DQ cake from store to home and that’s about a 20min. drive.

  16. Wow, the ice cream cake look SO GOOD. I’m sure the taste as well. I love Ice cream & I love brownies. Never tough to combine both. So Cool! I will try it someday with my home made vanilla ice cream.Great Recipe 🙂 Thanks.

  17. Carter Hudson

    I tried birthday cake ice cream and it tased so good! My family said it was beautiful. It was actually possible! I just took some of that edible spray and the BOOM! It was a dream come true!

  18. Valerie

    Great recipe. I made this for my husbands birthday and he loved it. Rather than chocolate frosting I used a thin layer of hot fudge topping and ground up chocolate chips (used a mini food processor). I put that on right after the brownie layer. Since the cake was just for two I used an 8×8 pan and used half of a family size brownie mix. I cut the brownie ingredients in half (one egg instead of two, half the oil). Came out very good- like a thick crust instead of a brownie portion. I might use cool whip instead of making whipped cream next time just to make it a little faster.

  19. breanna

    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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. Georgia

    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?

  23. Heather

    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*

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