Ice Cream Birthday Cake – GF,CF,DF,RSF

A slice of ice cream cake with homemade graham crackers
A slice of ice cream cake with homemade graham crackers

No more trying to pass off an allergy-friendly birthday cake to children. They’re on to us! My ice cream birthday cake is a great alternative to a traditional birthday cake—no apologies needed for being allergy-friendly. 🙂

My birthday falls at the end of a very birthday-filled six weeks’ period in my family. Nobody wants yet another cake at this point. For my 4th birthday, my mom cut the top off a watermelon and stuck candles in it. I have no problems with this because I like watermelon.

The Pinnacle of Birthday Cakes!

My 6th birthday cake
My 6th birthday cake, waist-long ponytails and a barbie doll!

However, for my 6th birthday, my mom went all out and made a very special cake for me. It was a vanilla ice cream cake with scoops of raspberry, orange, and lime sherbet embedded in it. She frosted it with whip cream. Wow!

I decided that this year, I’d revisit that cake and see how to make it with allergy-friendly ingredients.


First layer includes strawberry chocolate party balls and chocolate covered chai party balls.
First layer includes strawberry chocolate party balls and chocolate covered chai party balls.

I decided against using the tube pan. I just don’t need that much ice cream in my house at any given time. I used a foil paper-lined large loaf pan instead. Parchment paper or wax paper would also work

I used a French vanilla coconut milk ice cream base. It contains egg yolks in it to increase the creaminess of the ice cream and made it easier to slice.

The vanilla ice cream is straight out of the ice cream maker and has a soft-serve consistency at this stage. After covering the bottom of the pan with the vanilla ice cream, I placed a layer of strawberry chocolate party balls and chocolate covered chai party balls.

Pecan praline topping—Yum!
Pecan praline topping—Yum!

I thought I would be able to fit more party balls but I ran out of vanilla ice cream. So I opted for a topping of chopped pecan pralines instead. This allowed me to forgo trying to mirror the original cake with coconut whipped cream.

I went through a LOT of coconut milk testing this recipe.

Lessons Learned

After trying to slice through the chocolate coating in the chocolate covered chai party balls, I would omit it from the cake in the future. Although you could certain enjoy the chocolate covered balls as a dessert treat another time.

This recipe is really just a process. You can alter the flavors and toppings to suit yourself. I also think whole strawberries and other fruits could be embedded in the cake. Just think about how it will look sliced on a dessert plate. You’re only limited by your imagination here!

Cake sliced open
Cake sliced open

Make sure you have enough ice cream to fill your mold. My ice cream maker has a 1.5 quart capacity. I thought for sure that would be plenty of ice cream for the loaf pan given that I had a layer of party balls included. In the end, it was plenty of ice cream so I’m satisfied with how it turned out. If you decide to go the tube pan route, I would plan on at least three batches of vanilla ice cream.

It will take a LOT of coconut milk to make all the different batches of ice cream you need for this recipe. I couldn’t bring myself open another can of coconut milk to make the coconut whipped cream for the frosting but it’s certainly another option.

This ice cream cake can easily be made vegan, if desired. However, I would recommend slicing it with a hot knife since coconut milk ice cream tends to be a little hard.

Pecan Praline Ice Cream

Tomorrow I’ll share with you my pecan praline ice cream using the new vanilla base that contains egg yolks. Yeah it was so good that it didn’t last long enough to be made into party balls for the cake!

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30 Responses to Ice Cream Birthday Cake – GF,CF,DF,RSF

  1. Sara says:

    Yums! Sounds like a lot of thought went into this cake!

    I am looking forward to your pecan praline ice cream recipe tomorrow. Love pecans!

    PS – love using the loaf pan vs a cake pan/tube pan.

    • Thanks! I only mentioned the tube pan so that people can scale up for a larger party if needed. I don’t think my house would ever hold enough people to warrant a tube pan. LOL!

  2. That looks good! That picture of you is so cute.

  3. LydiaF says:

    What a great idea to use the loaf pan! I’m so glad you shared this with us at Real Food Fridays!

  4. otilia says:

    Oh I so wish I had an ice cream maker right now….want one…need one…

    • I know it’s not the same, but the cake can be made with store bought ice cream just as my mom made it.

      Btw, I stalked Amazon for a refurbished ice cream maker for months until I got a Cusinart 1.5 quart machine for @ $35 a couple of years ago. It’s doable if you’re persistent. 🙂

  5. otilia says:

    thank you for linking up with #FridayFoodie

  6. Wow! This sounds amazing! A bit like a Vienetta only much nicer and allergy friendly! Well done for having a go at recreating your mum’s recipe! I just did an allergy-friendly cake for my son so if you get a few minutes take a look…it was a rocket cake that was gluten and dairy-free. Look forward to seeing your other recipes!

  7. This sounds amazing! Thanks for linking up at Simple Lives Thursday! 🙂

  8. Cheryl says:

    WOW! So much work, but so worth it! Sounds so delish! Pinned & Stumbled! Thanks so much for sharing on The Yuck Stops Here this week. I hope to see you again next week. HUGS

    • Yeah that’s what my mom said and she was only assembling store bought ice cream! That’s why it was only a “special occasion” cake.

      I found that I could do a batch of ice cream every two days until I had enough party balls and vanilla ice cream to complete the cake. Each step wasn’t that time consuming but I did have to plan ahead. It’s not an impulse project!

  9. Marla says:

    This sounds like an excellent and quite recipe for a party. I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop.

  10. YUM. Can’t wait for the praline one! Thanks for linking up to our #realfoodrecipes roundup!

  11. Tanya says:

    I love ice-cream. I love cake. I love Barbie.
    Happy to be here 🙂


  12. Raia says:

    My husband loves ice cream cakes, but he hasn’t gotten one since we went gluten-free. I’m not sure I’m up for this kind-of production, but it sure sounds good! 🙂 Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays!

  13. A perfect alternative to a cake, for sure! My husband always asks for an ice cream cake for his birthday. This may be the year he gets one- you’ve inspired me! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!

  14. CJ Huang says:

    Gotta love a cake like this one – no apology needed and allergy friendly. Plus, who can resist an ice cream cake in this weather? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us – you’re featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I’m looking forward to what you share this week. 🙂

  15. Miz Helen says:

    What a great Birthday Cake, we would just love it! Thanks so much for sharing your special recipe with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a fun day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Michelle says:

    Aww…cute picture! Your ice cream cake is so indulgent-looking and, as usual, I am in awe of your ability to make wonderful allergy-friendly foods.

  17. Swathi says:

    Love the idea of loaf pan, great ice cream birthday cake. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.pinning it.

  18. Jill says:

    This cake was definitely prepared with love, I am sure that it tastes wonderful!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  19. Looks great! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  20. Hi Jillian,
    What a delectable dessert! Thank you for sharing this yummy Ice Cream Birthday Cake with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop!

  21. Lisa says:

    This looks wonderful!!! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” Hope you will be able to join us again this week.

  22. Stephanie says:

    Love cake with ice cream!!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  23. Hi Jillian,
    I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this delectable dessert! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious Ice Cream Birthday Cake recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! We will certainly enjoy it!

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