Lemon Ice Cream Cake

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This layered Lemon Ice Cream Cake features two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them. It’s covered in whipped cream and garnished with candied lemons.

This layered Lemon Ice Cream Cake features two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them. It's covered in whipped cream and garnished with candied lemons.

I must be loving lemon lately because I just shared my Easy Lemon Bundt Cake last month! I’m back again for more. This is actually the third lemon cake I’ve made in just the last couple months!

This layered Lemon Ice Cream Cake features two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them. It’s covered in whipped cream and garnished with candied lemons.

Refreshing Lemon Ice Cream Cake is a layered lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream in the middle. Homemade ice cream cakes are so easy and always fun.

With summer approaching, I’m looking for all things fruity and refreshing. Ice cream cakes have been a staple in my house since we were kids. Everyone had a choice of regular cake or ice cream cake for his or her birthdays.

My dad still makes himself an ice cream cake for his birthday every year. A couple years ago, I got him some 6-inch pans so he didn’t have to make such a large cake for himself.

The cake layers are quick and easy, just grab a box of lemon cake mix and instant lemon Jell-o, plus a few other miscellaneous ingredients. I baked these using 8-inch pans, which helps make each layer nice and thick!

This layered Lemon Ice Cream Cake features two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them. It's covered in whipped cream and garnished with candied lemons.

Then there’s the middle layer, which is a no-churn lemon ice cream, which just so happens to be the same filling I use for my Lemon Ice Cream Pie. I’ve been wild about that one ever since I made it.

When building an ice cream cake, it’s most helpful if you can bake the cake and build it in the same size pans. For instance, I mentioned these were baked in 8-inch pans, but I also use my 8-inch springform pan to build the cake. Then I can just remove the edges.

If you don’t have the 8-inch pans, then you can use 9-inch pans; your cake just won’t be as tall. Lastly, if you don’t have the springform pan, that’s okay too, you can just line the pan with plastic wrap so it can easily be removed. I also like to put a cake board on the bottom of the pan.

Refreshing Lemon Ice Cream Cake is a layered lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream in the middle. Homemade ice cream cakes are so easy and always fun.

Sometimes the cake shrinks when it’s bakes, so you might find that the layer of ice cream is wider than your cake. That’s ok!

Just take serrated knife and run it under hot water, then shave off the extra ice cream. You can then use an angled spatula or knife and smooth it out before frosting.

Speaking of frosting, it’s up to you if you want to use Cool Whip or whipped cream. Personally, for frosting cakes, I find Cool Whip is easier because it can easily be handled multiple times. Whereas the whipped cream can get too soft while you’re working with it.

I also prefer to add two layers of the frosting. I add the first layer, freeze and then add a second layer later on.

This layered Lemon Ice Cream Cake features two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them. It's covered in whipped cream and garnished with candied lemons.

Ice cream cakes do take a bit of planning because you have to bake the cake of course, then you build it with the ice cream, and finally you need to wait for it to freeze before you can frost it.

It’s best to make this at least one day ahead of time. For the garnish, I used some candied lemons. These were originally intended for a different recipe, but I thought they were just too pretty, so I threw them on this cake. These are totally optional as well because these need at least a day’s time to dry. I grabbed the recipe for the candied lemons from Our Best Bites.

Don’t be intimidated by these ice cream cakes, these are actually really easy, especially this recipe!

This layered Lemon Ice Cream Cake features two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them. It's covered in whipped cream and garnished with candied lemons.

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This layered Lemon Ice Cream Cake features two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them. It's covered in whipped cream and garnished with candied lemons.

Lemon Ice Cream Cake

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 10 servings

Description

Two layers of lemon cake with a no-churn lemon ice cream layer sandwiched between them and covered in whipped cream. Garnished with candied lemons.

Ingredients

For the Cake Layer:

  • 1 box Lemon Cake Mix
  • 1 3.4 oz box Instant Lemon Pudding
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 large Egg White
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • zest of one Lemon

For the Lemon Ice Cream:

  • 1 1/4 cups Heavy Whipping Cream, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons, divided
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 8 ounce package Cream Cheese
  • 1 3.4 oz box Instant Lemon Pudding
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • zest of one Lemon

For the Frosting:

  • 2 8 ounce containers of Cool Whip

 

Instructions

For the Cake Layer:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the cake ingredients: cake mix, pudding mix, milk, vegetable oil, eggs, egg white, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Beat on medium-high speed until all of the ingredients are well mixed.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. Test your cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, then your cake is done. Allow the cake to cool completely.

For the Lemon Ice Cream:

  1. Prepare the whipped cream first. Place a medium-sized metal mixing bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill.
  2. Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl and beat on medium-high speed until the heavy cream starts to thicken.
  3. Next, slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set the whipped cream in the refrigerator for later.
  4. Beat the softened cream cheese on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes until the cream cheese is smooth and free of lumps. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Add the dry instant lemon pudding mix and 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. Beat on medium-high speed for two minutes until pudding is well mixed into cream cheese. The cream cheese will thicken. You can add additional tablespoons of heavy cream until the cream cheese is softened so it will easily mix into lemon filling.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and lemon zest. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
  7. Finally, fold in the prepared whipped cream, turning the filling over from the bottom to the top and continuing to stir until it’s well mixed.

To Assemble the Cake:

  1. Use a springform pan or your cake pan that is the same size as your cakes (in this case, 8 inches). Wrap the edges of the pan with saran wrap. Place a cake board in the bottom of your pan, under the saran wrap.
  2. Tort the top of each cake layer so that it is completely flat using either a cake leveler or a serrated knife. Place the first layer on top of your cake board.
  3. Pour the ice cream base over the top of the cake and spread evenly with a spatula.
  4. Place the second layer of cake on top. Freeze for at least 4 hours until the ice cream layer is completely frozen.
  5. Sometimes, the cake shrinks when it’s baked, so the edges of the ice cream are wider than the cake. Shave the edges of the cake if you need to even them out by using a hot serrated knife.

To Frost the Cake:

  1. Spread the Cool Whip with an angled spatula, covering the surface of the cake as evenly as possible. If you decide to apply more than one layer of frosting, it’s easier to add one layer, refreeze for an hour and then add another layer and freeze again.
  2. Pipe the border of the cake using a large open star tip. You may have a leftover Cool Whip.
  3. This cake should be kept in the freezer, and it is best kept in a freezer-safe cake container.

Notes

  • You do not have to use Cool Whip for the frosting. Homemade whipped cream works just fine, but I think Cool Whip is easier to work with.
  • To make the candied lemon, I followed this tutorial using one lemon. Note that these need at least 24 hours to dry.
Nutrition Information:
1/10 of recipe
657
53g
688mg
27g
13g
78g
0g
7g
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lemon cake

This recipe originally appeared on Food Fanatic

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1 Response
  1. Sheila

    This really looks good. I was thinking of what dessert to serve guests who are not really into chocolates and this is just perfect. Something fruity and refreshing would be an awesome choice.

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