Praline Ice Cream Cake Recipe
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Praline Ice Cream Cake Recipe

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Melted ice cream is a key ingredient in this delectable golden cake. It's been a family favorite for years and we love the pecan praline flavor. It's also a joy to serve to company since it's not tricky to fix but always wins raves! —Joan Hallford North Richland Hills, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Whipped cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 316 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 289mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, sour cream, 2 tablespoons butter and cornstarch; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  2. Melt the remaining butter; place in a large bowl. Add ice cream; stir to blend. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; stir in the remaining vanilla. In another bowl, mix the flour, cracker crumbs, sugar, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into ice cream mixture.
  3. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Drizzle with half of the sauce. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly in pan on a wire rack.
  4. Add pecans to remaining sauce; spoon over warm cake (sauce will not cover cake completely). Cool cake in pan. Serve with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Praline Ice Cream Cake in Taste of Home December/January 2001, p25

Sweet White Wine

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

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randcbruns 248298
Reviewed May. 16, 2016

"This is a really moist cake. The flavor and sweetness will be affected by the ice cream you use."

delowenstein 77419
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"I prepared this recipe 3/22/14. I did adjust the recipe as follows: I used 1/2 cup plain unflavored yogurt and 1 Tbsp. cornstarch in the sauce. I used 14-oz. softened Haagen Daz Butter Pecan Ice Cream, softened. I used a greased and floured 8x8x2" baking pan! I cooled the cake 10 minutes. I drizzled the balance of the remaining sauce over the warm cake & added 1/3 cup toasted pecans to the sauce. I also sprinkled with a mixture of flaked coconut and pecans on top of the sauce. I chilled the cake in the refrigerator to allow the sauce to set.


wks880 90605
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"I love this recipe and always get rave reviews when I make it. Very sweet though."

Rosef 30000
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"This cake really tastes good! It is not easy to make -- when I was finished almost everything in the kitchen was in the dishwasher, but the effort was worth it. I halved the recipe and used an 8x8" square pan and baked for about 35 minutes."

csnoble 77408
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"Love this cake. Very moist and not terribly sweet like some pralines can be. Very good!! A hit at pot lucks, too."

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