I wanted to make my youngest son an ice cream cake one year for his summer birthday, as he prefers ice cream to the traditional cake. He picked the flavors and I decided to try my favorite brownie recipe as a crust. It worked! —Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon
Vanilla ice cream was in this cheesecake the first time we had it at a friend's. When I decided to make it I could only find chocolate ice cream, and I've made it that way ever since! Our kids especially love this for their birthdays because it combines cake and ice cream.
Even if you can't bake, you can still impress guests with this make-ahead dessert from Diane Thompson, Nutrioso, Arizona. "Assemble it when you have time to let the layers freeze," she suggests. "Then store it in the freezer until you're ready to show off the colorful results."
No one will believe you didn’t fuss when you bring out this show-stopping cake. On a hot summer day, it will melt all resistance to dessert—one cool, creamy slice at a time. —Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
"Our family loved a dessert we had at a local restaurant, so I invented my own version for a birthday party," explains Monica Rush of Reading, Pennsylvania. "It was a big hit. It's simple to make ahead and just pull out of the freezer when you need it."
Give this festive ice cream cake from our Test Kitchen a try. Layers of lovely ice cream and cranberries will delight your guests, and they won't believe that the melt-in-your-mouth crust is light, but it is!
With the delectable taste of raspberry cheesecake ice cream this pretty layered dessert serves as an elegant ending to almost any meal. "A special church friend originally made a version with lime sherbet," Vicki Melies of Elkhorn, Nebraska writes. "I loved the taste, but this is a fun variation.
Frosty and impressive, this versatile ice cream cake is pretty enough for company, simple enough for a weeknight treat. Kathy Morrow in Hubbard, Ohio suggests you try food coloring to tint the whipped topping or use different flavors of ice cream, extracts and cookie or candy crumbs to suit different holidays or occasions!