Melted Ice Cream Cake

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Melted Ice Cream Cake

This one is a total game-changer. Oh, how I love it. Ready, everyone? Here we go!

So I was browsing through one of my oldie but goodie cookbooks a while back,Β The Cake Doctor. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the author takes cake mixes and turns them into other treats. It’s a great book and I suggest you buy it immediately, if not sooner.

While browsing, I came across this magical recipe. It’s so easy: a box of white cake mix, three eggs, and a pint of ice cream (flavor of your choice) to give the cake its taste. That’s it, folks. I picked coffee ice cream and away we went! Results are right here.

Melted Ice Cream Cake

In fact, I almost made a video, but I’m taking a short cinematography break. With Passover looming in less than three weeks, all my energies are going into getting the house ready for the annual onslaught of reminding us that our people were enslaved and now we’re free. But nothing feels free about getting ready for the holiday. That’s probably the point.

If you’re unfamiliar with Passover or the prep involved, just consider it the most demanding holiday you can imagine on steroids. To make Passover happen, the house needs to be spring cleaned from top to bottom. Coat and jacket pockets have to be checked for food wrappers or crumbs, kids’ rooms need to be excavated, and at some point, I wind up behind the fridge chipping away at tiny muck-filled crevices with a toothpick.

Melted Ice Cream Cake

It’s not just the cleaning, though. Passover requires special food. Almost no food that we eat all year long except for vegetables (and not all of them, either) is acceptable on Passover. We can’t use typical carb basesΒ (like flour), corn products, most grains, and legumes. The list goes on and on. We also have to expunge all of these unacceptable foods from the house, which means that I spend the weeks leading up to the holiday shopping conservatively so that we don’t wind up wasting food. That includes condiments and the spice rack, people.

And have I mentioned dishes? That’s right. This holiday requires its own dishes, down to pots and pans. We can’t use whatever we typically use because it’s made contact with forbidden foods (I know, it sounds insane). And since people in Judaism typically have different sets of dishes anyway (we separate meat from dairy), you can see where this is going.

Tip of the iceberg, people. I haven’t even gotten into the fact that we host the festive holiday meal (known as the Seder) two nights in a row for both sides of the family, cousins included.

Melted Ice Cream Cake

Can someone come scrape my remains off the kitchen floor on or around April 22nd? You’ll find me easily because my three young’uns will be standing in a circle around me, demanding that I get up to fetch them candy.

As I am at my peak of stress right now, I need easy recipes. Recipes with three ingredients that produce delicious cakes that I can take to work and feed people with. Because I work full time, too. In a high school. No stress there.

This cake made me happy, as did the simple brown sugar glaze I poured over it. If I can’t get away from holiday prep at home, I can relax at work among the students I teach. They’re far less demanding of my time, and I’m even allowed to have cake breaks in my mini-cubicle.

Even if you don’t feel the pressure right now, nobody ever objected to making a three-ingredient cake out of melted ice cream. Try it with a flavor you love! The book recommends Cherry Garcia, but you can bet I’m trying it with Peanut Butter Cup next time!


Melted Ice Cream Cake


1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
1 pint of ice cream, melted (I used coffee)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all three cake ingredients. Stir well until there are no lumps in the batter and the ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool for five minutes. Invert the cake onto a large plate or platter. Cool completely.
  5. When the cake is cool, make the glaze. Over medium heat, melt all the ingredients together in a small saucepan. Let the mixture come to a boil and let it boil for one minute. Remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Let the glaze thicken, stirring from time to time, for about 10-15 minutes. Spoon it over the cake and let it set.
  7. Slice the cake and serve. Store covered.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’m definitely going to check out that book, sounds so creative! And this cake looks amazing! I’ve heard of ice cream cake before, but you are definitely making me want to make this asap. I love the glaze on top too. Perfect for dessert!

    1. Mir

      It’s a great book, Gayle!

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I have a friend that is preparing for passover at the moment, and it does sound very stressful. I think ice cream cake is a great way to de-stress. Ice cream makes everything better, right?!
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, we tend to really go crazy on the holidays. I wish it were calmer, but that’s not reality!

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I LOVE that you used melted coffee ice cream for this cake, Mir!!! love this! and hoping you get through Passover. . you will! hang in there my friend!
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    1. Mir

      Will do, Alice. I’ll just bake my way through the stress!

  4. Amanda

    I’m kind of mulling over possible ice creams to use for this. The coffee ice cream sounds great. I’ve always been a fan of maple nut too. This cake sounds fabulous!
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    1. Mir

      Maple nut is the BEST.

  5. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    WHOA. The flavor combinations are literally endless- this is a must try!
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    1. Mir

      I know, it’s really exciting. So many flavors, so little time!

  6. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Wow that seems quite challenging, hope you get through it Mir!! The cake sounds delicious, I have never made a cake like this before!

    1. Mir

      I hadn’t either. It was a a real eye-opener!

  7. Aria

    Ooh! Because of the All-of-a-Kind Family books, I know about Passover too! I knew about the background of it before them, but now I really understand how it’s all celebrated. I can see how you would really need some easy recipes! This looks really good. Coffee ice cream sounds so perfect!
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    1. Mir

      The best books ever, really. I loved that series. Now I’m sharing it with my kids! My grandparents grew up just like that.

  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Ummm, totally checking out The Cake Doctor, asap, because if this cake is any indication of the awesomeness that lies within those pages, I NEED that cookbook! LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake, Mir!! I mean melted ice cream??! YAHHSS! Plus this is ridiculously easy! Winning for sure! As far as Passover cleaning… ick. That sounds like a ton of work… buzzkill for sure! πŸ˜‰ Wishing you the best of luck with that! I suggest you take multiple breaks to devour this deliciousness! Pinned! Cheers, lady!
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    1. Mir

      It’s totally worth it. A really classic in the cake book genre! And yep, all that cleaning is definitely a buzzkill. πŸ™‚

  9. Danielle

    So I had no idea that you could do this with ice cream?! Now I want to go try this with every flavor I can think of. This cake is awesome, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      I know. I want to try the same thing!

  10. mira

    I do need to get this book, sounds interesting! And this cake looks amazing, love the texture! Never realized that Passover requires so much preparation, good luck girl!
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, it’s a marathon. But two weeks and I’ll be ready!

  11. Jasline (Foodie Baker)

    This melted ice cream cake sounds like a great way to use up ice cream… if there is any leftover in my house in the first place :p I’m currently living in Israel and all the supermarkets will soon be having sales for all the food that are not Passover-friendly and soon there won’t be any of these foods available for purchase until the end of Passover. Good luck in all the preparation!

    1. Mir

      Israel is the best place to be on Passover if you actually celebrate it. Otherwise, I imagine that it would be a bummer!

  12. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Wow, Mir! This looks awesome. I love that you used coffee ice cream. I might just have to make this cake this weekend and eat it for breakfast. πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      It would be SUCH a good breakfast, Erin!

  13. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    I love Cake Doctor, so how did I miss this?? Meantime, having just been through the Easter dinner hurricane, I feel you – although Passover sounds like even more of a whirlwind! Enjoy, and enjoy the nap I hope you are getting after the dust settles. πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Nap? What nap? Not gonna happen, my friend. But someday, it will get quieter! Or in three weeks. πŸ™‚

  14. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    I must try this cake. I mean, duh, it has melted ice cream in it πŸ™‚

    1. Mir

      Exactly. Duh!

  15. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    Using melted ice cream in this cake is such a cool idea! I have to try it!!
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    1. Mir

      I was pretty excited about it, too!

  16. annie@ciaochowbambina

    So, the thing that’s great about all the prep for Passover is that you are forced to do it – forced to spring clean and get the job done – without it, it might be easy to procrastinate the cleaning of the crevices with toothpicks…am I right? I’m hoping by looking at the bright side it won’t be so bad…did it work? Let me know! This cake is fabulous and I love that the combinations are endless! Good luck, dear!

    1. Mir

      You’re right, Annie. If I weren’t forced to do it, who knows what the back of my fridge would look like? You totally helped!

  17. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Oh my gosh Passover sounds worse than Christmas, in the way of prep. I feel for you!! This cake is gorgeous, ice cream in cake. Genius!
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, it’s worse. Or so I imagine it is. But no presents! That helps!

  18. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Mir, I’m loving EVERYTHING about this cake! I have a Cake Doctor Cookbook, but not this one with the ice cream cake. Love that you used coffee ice cream. Brilliant. Passover does sound very stressful and a lot of work, but I’m sure you will enjoy the time with your family when all is said and done. πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      It’s such an easy cake! And such a hard holiday. I deal in extremes. πŸ™‚

  19. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    Now this is one cake I need to try!

    1. Mir

      It’s worth it, Julianne!

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