An ice cream cake is an almost unbelievable thing, the best of cake and the best of ice cream, combined as one cool, whipped cream–topped slab on a paper plate. They’re easier to make (well, decorate) than a layer cake, homey and old-fashioned and altogether perfect for summer birthdays, picnics, and dinner parties that stretch late into the night.

1. Chocolate–Coffee Almond Crunch Ice Cream Cake


This ideal summer birthday cake is sweet and gooey enough to feel like a celebration, but the coffee ice cream gives it a sophisticated edge. Get our Chocolate–Coffee Almond Crunch Ice Cream Cake recipe.

2. Chocolate Ice Cream Cupcakes


The cool thing here, apart from cookies and cream ice cream and an Oreo garnish, is that no cutting is necessary: Everybody gets a mini self-contained ice cream cake! Get our Chocolate Ice Cream Cupcakes recipe.

3. Vanilla–Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cake


Salted caramel is the flavor of our time. Here, the irresistible sweet-salty balance plays out in the presence of sour cream–enriched vanilla cake and soft whipped cream. Get our Vanilla–Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cake recipe.

4. Boston Ice Cream Pie Cake


Boston cream pie is not, of course, actual pie, and this version—custardy vanilla ice cream substitutes for vanilla custard—is not actual Boston cream pie. It is, however, delicious. Get our Boston Ice Cream Pie Cake recipe.

5. Pistachio-Strawberry Ice Cream Cake


There’s no actual cake-baking here, just three ice cream flavors—fresh strawberry, vanilla bean, and roasted pistachio—stacked up under a crunchy layer of crushed vanilla cookies. Get our Pistachio-Strawberry Ice Cream Cake recipe.

6. Brownie Ice Cream Parfaits


Individual brownie parfaits are all-around simpler ways to make an ice cream cake. Just layer fresh-baked brownies, ice cream, fresh raspberries, and whipped cream. Get our Brownie Ice Cream Parfaits recipe.

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