Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on July 7, 2011

Did you know that July is a very special month? I’m not just talking about the upcoming birth of my second son. Which could happen any day now. Any minute as far as I’m concerned.

It’s brutal being hugely pregnant in the summer. Have I mentioned that before?

July is also special because it’s National Ice Cream Month. An entire month dedicated to ice cream and all of it’s creamy, wonderful deliciousness. Seriously, it’s the only thing that has kept me sane over the last few weeks. That and iced coffee. But if I had to choose, ice cream would win, hands down.

Back in May a very good friend of mine graduated from graduate school. My immediate reaction was, how on earth did she do that while working as teacher full time and raising a 2 year old boy? HOW?!?!

To this day I can’t figure out how she managed it all. But she did. And I’m so proud of her.

My second reaction was of course, what dessert can I make for her graduation party?

Because I’m always thinking about dessert.

Her three favorite ingredients were ice cream, chocolate and nuts.

Have I mentioned that we live about 4 hours away from them? And I had to travel with whatever dessert I came up with? Did I also mention that I’m a crazy person? Because I am. I decided to make an ice cream cake.

Yes, I had to travel with an ice cream cake. Thankfully I was able to make all of the layers ahead of time, do the final assembly at my in-laws house, and the travel only 1 hour to the party.

Ice Cream Cake

The cake survived. Beautifully actually. I was shocked.

In honor of National Ice Cream Month and my friend’s graduation I’m sharing with you my very own creation. A 5-layer ice cream cake, topping with cookie dough.

Ice Cream Cake

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake

Indulge in the ultimate homemade cookie dough ice cream cake.


    Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Cake Layer
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Cookie Dough Balls
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk {or make your own}
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips {mini work best}
  • Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • One 9" round chocolate chip cookies
  • One 9" round chocolate cake
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Cookie dough balls
  • Chopped walnuts or your favorit nut, optional


    Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer
  1. Preheat the oven to 375º. Spray two 9" round pans with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Slowly add in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Divide the cookie dough evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth out. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the center is set. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack. Turn pan over on the wire rack and gently tap the bottom of the pan until the cookie releases.
  4. Chocolate Cake
  5. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  6. In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Set aside.
  7. In a small bowl mix together the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Set aside.
  8. In a small pan boil 2 cups of water.
  9. In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter and add the cocoa powder. Whisk together to combine.
  10. When the butter is melted pour 1 cup boiling water into the pan. Allow to bubble, then turn off the heat.
  11. Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture. Stir together to cool the chocolate, then add the egg mixture. Letting the chocolate mixture cools insures that you won't scramble the eggs. Stir together until smooth.
  12. Pour into 2 ungreased 9" round pans. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the center is set. Allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn upside down on a wire rack to remove.
  13. Chocolate Ganache
  14. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream for 2-3 minutes, until just about to boil. Add chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes. Stir until completely smooth. Chill in the fridge until thickened slightly. Or store in the freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours before using.
  15. Cookie Dough Balls
  16. With an electric mixer, in a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed, until creamy. Add in the vanilla extract then slowly beat in the flour and sweetened condensed milk. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  17. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper and freeze for 2 hours.
  18. Assemble the Cake
  19. On a large plate place one 9" round chocolate chip cookies. Cover with 1/2 of the vanilla ice cream. Place the chocolate cake layer on top, then cover with the remaining 1/2 vanilla ice cream. Place the cake in the freezer for 2 hours to harden.
  20. Pour the prepared chocolate ganache over the cake, allowing it to run down the sides. Do this slowly so it has time to harden. Cover with as much or as little of the chocolate ganache as you like. Any leftovers can be stored in the freezer and eaten with a spoon at a later date. Or so I've heard.
  21. Place a ring of cookie dough balls on top of the cake, around the edge. Pour more chocolate ganache on top, then sprinkle with the chopped walnuts {optional}. Place back in the freezer for at least 2 hours, to set.
  22. Before serving let the cake site on the counter for 10-20 minutes. Run the biggest knife you have under hot water, and cut into the cake. This baby is thick, it takes a lot of man power just to cut through it.


If you need help, eHow has a great tutorial for removing cake from a pan, including how to remove a cake that has been allowed to cool too long in the pan. Not that I know anything about that.

The cookie dough balls are also great dipped in chocolate and served as truffles.

Chocolate Cake source: Pioneer Woman
Chocolate Ganache recipe inspired by Easy Cake Recipes
Cookie Dough Balls recipes adapted from the Food Network

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1 Crystal & Co July 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for always hosting!

2 Angie July 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I can’t tell you how I did all of that, but I can tell you that this cake was quite possibly the best ice cream cake I’ve EVER had. And I’ve had several!!! Thanks again for the yumminess!

3 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I. Have. To. Make. This.

4 Melissa@iWasBornToCook July 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Thanks for hosting! And thanks for stumbling my mocha chip ice cream…you should definitely try it :)

5 NancyC July 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm

That cake looks SO good–I definitely have to try it! :)

6 Catherine @ Make Myself at Home July 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I posted an ice cream recipe without even knowing it was Ice Cream Month! Great minds think alike, I guess!

7 Courtney July 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I think you might be a little crazy (in a good way) – but it seems worth it when looking at that amazing cake! Glad it made it safe – and sending you happy soon-to-give-birth thoughts!

8 Kristy July 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Wow! That is an impressive cake!!!

9 Jacqueline July 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Alli, your cake is wickedly, wonderfully, sinfully luscious looking! Really, could it get better than
this? You know I will be trying this out. The more sugar, chocolate and ice cream the better. It is so beautiful too. I can tell she was blown away (cool that she left that comment too!)

I had my 4th child at the end of August and I loved it because I just hung my fat pregnant body out at the pool (I have more pride now than then!) and the summer went so fast. Hope it goes fast for you too.

10 Aimee @ ShugarySweets July 8, 2011 at 5:13 am

Alli that is amazing. I want a bite please!! Man, my hubby would LOVE that, totally bookmarking.
Thanks for hosting.

11 Katie @ This Chick Cooks July 8, 2011 at 6:07 am

Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

12 Little Brick Ranch July 8, 2011 at 6:08 am

I LOVE Ice cream cake!! I made my husband get me one for my birthday! :) Now he can make me one…

Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

13 Kitchen Belleicious July 8, 2011 at 6:43 am

that just made this pregnant woman stand up in her chair, put down her coffee and scream YES! I am so making that this weekend!

14 Cares and Mimi July 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

I really don’t know how you managed to not eat every bit of that beautiful cake. I would not have been able to stop myself, but that’s where self control and I part ways. :) Have a great weekend – Cares

15 SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen July 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

That cake looks like something amazing. Wow. Now I need a special occasion….!

16 TheKitchenWitch July 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

I am very grateful that I was never hugely pregnant in the summer. It’s miserable enough in the winter. Hopefully a big slice of that cake will encourage baby #2 to make his entrance?

17 Kia July 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Oh, I am drooling over here! What a yummy recipe! Must try it some day. Thanks!

18 ValleyWriter July 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Wow! That cake looks incredible!!! Bravo!

19 kitchen flavours July 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Your ice cream cake looks incredibly delicious! I’ve just linked up a choc dessert. Have a lovely and restful weekend!

20 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies July 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm

That ice cream cake of yours is to die for! Just linked up with my ladyfingers.

21 Chels R. July 9, 2011 at 1:03 am

Alli that looks so good. It reminds me of the huge ice cream cake you can get at Red Robin :0

22 Hannah at FleurDeLicious July 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

Um. Delicious. My favorite ice cream flavor in cake form…perfect!

23 Kirsten July 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Yummy! I am pinning this!

24 kelli July 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

That sounds so good! My hubby loves ice cream cake but I haven’t ever attempted to make one for him. I’ll have to remember this one for his birthday next year! Thanks for sharing!

25 kristin July 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

Oh my, this looks delicious! Could life get any sweeter than this? I could eat it all in one sitting and not think twice about it.
Thanks for sharing the recipe,
Holy Cannoli Recipes

26 Sheryl July 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

This looks so good. I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared some of your recipes with us.
I hope to see you there!

27 Desi July 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

What a beauty! And perfect for this summer heat. I wanted to invite your over to my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

28 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies July 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

Just wanted to let you know that your cake made the Top 5 for last week’s Sweets for a Saturday. Congrats!!!

29 Allison July 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

That’s so awesome!!!

30 Miz Helen July 16, 2011 at 11:28 am

Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
Miz Helen

31 Tina July 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I came over from Sweets for a Saturday. I needed something sweet for dessert tomorrow night. I think this cookie dough cake may just be the ticket!
I’m a new follower!

32 Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING July 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

This week is ICE CREAM them on THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS, please stop by and link up, great recipe!

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34 Rachel January 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This cake looks amazing! I’m slightly confused, the recipe calls for 4, 9 inch round cakes but only uses 2. Am I missing something? :)

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