Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake Recipe
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Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake Recipe

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We created this ice cream cake to mimic the popular dessert in many Mexican restaurants without the deep frying. It’s a no-fuss treat that feeds a crowd. Plus, it’s conveniently made ahead. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 gallon butter pecan ice cream, softened, divided
  • 4 tablespoons honey, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 256 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cornflake crumbs, sugar, butter and cinnamon; set aside 1/2 cup. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Spoon half of the ice cream over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture; drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey. Cover and freeze for 2 hours.
  2. Top with remaining ice cream. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove from the freezer 5 minutes before serving. Remove sides of pan; drizzle with remaining honey. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p221

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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BrendaKrista User ID: 5047115 215865
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"Everyone loved this! My son even requested it for his birthday cake :)"

jdhennessey User ID: 2231594 72362
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"This tasted so close to the fried version without all the work. Very good."

lizzieliv User ID: 982514 159865
Reviewed May. 5, 2010

"I have made this several times and it's great! I just layer it all in a 13x9 dish."

redhummert User ID: 4316524 72360
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"Oh this was SO good. Much better than the other fried ice creams I have tried, and so easy. Two thumbs up."

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