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Ice Cream Pretzel Cake

"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."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups crushed pretzels
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
  • 2 packages (7-1/2 ounces each) chocolate-covered miniature pretzels
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping


  • Place crushed pretzels in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Cover and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Spread fudge topping over crust; cover and freeze.
  • Set aside 16 chocolate-covered pretzels for garnish. Place remaining pretzels in a food processor; cover and process until crumbly. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in ice cream. Spread over fudge topping. Drizzle with caramel topping. Garnish with reserved pretzels. Cover and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Editor’s Note: If you are unable to find chocolate-coated pretzels, use 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips, 4 teaspoons shortening and about 110 miniature pretzel twists. In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until blended. With a fork, dip pretzels into chocolate mixture to evenly coat, reheating chocolate if needed. Let stand on waxed paper until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 320 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 277mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • PghMomof2
    Oct 27, 2020

    This is my daughter's absolute favorite dessert. She requests this as her birthday cake often. It is a little time consuming because of all of the steps, but a lot of the time is spent waiting for things to freeze between layering. But it is very simple and so yummy.

  • sugarcrystal
    Jun 21, 2017

    Really really good! I used a peanut butter chocolate ice cream in place of vanilla. Will be making this often!

  • Renee521
    Feb 2, 2016

    This is a delicious ice cream cake, and it couldn't be easier. I made it for our Dessert Club and everyone loved it.

  • Hernandez34
    Apr 13, 2014

    I love this ice cream cake recipe because its so delicious with crushed pretzels , vanilla ice cream and hot fudge ice cream topping.

  • MamaNalo
    Mar 29, 2014

    Can't wait to make it!

  • romiedomie
    Feb 4, 2013

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    Jul 16, 2012

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    Feb 27, 2012

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  • katlaydee3
    Aug 31, 2011

    This was really good, but I recommend freezing for at least 24 hours as mine was still soft.

  • haccardo
    Feb 16, 2011

    My husband loves ice cream cakes and I was getting tired of buying them from the store, so I tried this for his birthday this year. It was so delicious! And easy, too! My recommendation would be to get the caramel in a squeeze bottle to make the decoration on top pretty like the picture.