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Three-Layer Ice Cream Cake

Irresistible three-layer ice cream cake with vanilla, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Easy recipe from scratch, no sponge. Indulge in frozen bliss!

In this particular recipe, each layer is carefully crafted from scratch, using a base of double cream, milk, and sugar, with distinct flavorings for vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. The vanilla layer offers a classic and timeless taste, while the coffee layer adds a bold and aromatic twist.
The chocolate layer brings a touch of indulgence and richness to the ensemble.


Three-Layer Ice Cream Cake

Cooking method: Freezing
Cuisine: Other
Courses: Dessert
Difficulty: beginner
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
30 min 600 min 630 min
Servings: 8 person
Calories: 345kcal
Best season: summer

Indulge in a delightful three-layer ice cream cake,

featuring luscious vanilla, rich coffee, and decadent chocolate flavors. This delectable dessert is a treat for the senses, and while its exact history and origin are not well-documented, ice cream cakes have a long-standing tradition in dessert culture.

The concept of combining ice cream and cake traces back to ancient China, where frozen desserts were enjoyed by the nobility. As frozen desserts evolved over time, ice cream cakes gained popularity across different cultures and cuisines. Ice cream cakes became a symbol of celebration and a delightful way to enjoy the best of both worlds – the creaminess of ice cream and the sweetness of cake.

Assembling this three-layer ice cream cake involves layering each flavored ice cream on top of one another, creating a visually appealing dessert that tantalizes taste buds with its delightful combination of flavors and textures. The cake is then frozen until the layers solidify, allowing the flavors to meld together into a harmonious blend.

Three-Layer Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Irresistible three-layer ice cream cake with vanilla, coffee, and chocolate flavors

While the precise origins of this specific recipe are unknown, the art of creating ice cream cakes has been perfected and enjoyed by dessert enthusiasts worldwide. Whether for birthdays, holidays, or any special occasion, this homemade three-layer ice cream cake offers a delightful dessert experience that is sure to impress and satisfy all those who partake.

So, indulge in a slice of this delightful dessert, and let the layers of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate take you on a journey of frozen bliss.


For the Vanilla Layer

For the Coffee Layer

For the Chocolate Layer


  1. For each layer

    In a saucepan, combine the heavy cream, milk, and sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot and the sugar has dissolved.
    Do not let it boil.

  2. Remove from heat, transfer the mixture to 3 separate bowls (or can be made in separate pans from the beggining) and stir in the respective flavoring for each layer (vanilla extract for vanilla layer, dissolved coffee granules for coffee layer, and cocoa powder and chopped chocolate for chocolate layer if using).
    Mix well until fully incorporated.

  3. Let them cool to room temperature.

  4. Once cooled, cover each bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to chill and develop the flavors.

  5. Assembling the cake

    Line a round cake pan or loaf tin with plastic wrap, ensuring there is enough overhang to cover the top of the ice cream layers.

  6. Take the chocolate ice cream mixture from the refrigerator and pour it into the prepared pan, creating the first layer.
    Smooth the top with a spatula.

  7. Place the pan in the freezer and freeze until the chocolate layer is firm, usually for about 1-2 hours.

  8. Repeat the process with the coffee ice cream mixture, pouring it as the second layer over the frozen chocolate layer.
    Smooth the top.

  9. Return the pan to the freezer and freeze until the coffee layer is firm, for about 1-2 hours.

  10. Lastly, pour the vanilla ice cream mixture over the frozen coffee layer, creating the final layer.
    Smooth the top.

  11. Cover the pan with the overhanging plastic wrap and place it back in the freezer for several hours or overnight until the ice cream cake is completely frozen.

  12. When ready to serve, remove the pan from the freezer. Lift the plastic wrap to carefully release the cake from the pan and transfer it to a serving plate.

  13. Decorate with frozen or fresh berries or any other fruits. (optional)

  14. Slice the three-layer ice cream cake and serve immediately.

    Enjoy! Good Appetite!

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