Square pieces of Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake on a tray decorated with whipped cream, fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

Description

This Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake is a perfect summer dessert. Ice cream cakes are easy to prepare and have unlimited possibilities. Being made in advance is the part that will make you look like a rock star!

Entertaining is supposed to be fun and it’s a special occasion (especially after pandemic life). Special occasions call for a little something special. That doesn’t mean hours of labouring in the kitchen, it should mean using all the tips and tricks you know to pull it off with ease.

Here are 5 tips for creating and serving spectacular ice cream desserts.

5 Best Tips For Serving Ice Cream Cakes

  1. Use tried-and-true recipes. In this case I use one of two brownie recipes. This Chocolate Truffle Brownie is nice and thick making it easy to cut in half horizontally. I’ve also made an Ice Cream Cake using my recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies, omitting the cheesecake layer. A store bought gluten free brownie mix will work too.
  2. Assemble Ice Cream Cakes the day before the party. To get perfect cuts your cake needs to be frozen solid and that means frozen overnight. You cannot rush an ice cream cake. Do the final assembly at least one day in advance. You’ll want to cut your cake before guests arrive, well in advance or the day of is fine.
  3. Cut with a hot knife. Dipping your knife in hot water is essential. Wipe it off after each cut and if you’re comfortable using a big knife you’ll get to eat everything that comes off that knife.
  4. Presentation counts and everything looks better on a pedestal tray. Once you’re got perfectly cut brownies you might as well finish off the presentation. A pedestal tray makes anything look fancy and you can mimic that presentation if you don’t have one. Turn any dish with a flat bottom upside down (a bowl or paint can works well) and cover it with cloth or paper napkins.
  5. Take pictures! You did the work so announce that dessert is being served and invite everyone to take pictures before it melts. You’d be surprised how long people want to share those pictures so let everyone snap away!

How To Cut A Brownie in Half Horizontally

Use a long knife with a serrated edge and cut with confidence!

The blade of the knife should be longer than 8 inches so it cuts right into the entire side of the brownie. Use a sawing motion and cut inward about 2 inches on each side. Once you get that far you’ll have the confidence to do the final motion right through the cake.

I slide one of those flexible baking mats between the two layers so I can easily lift up the top piece.

If it breaks a bit the ice cream will hold it together so just keep going.

Two hands lifting a cooked brownie out of a square baking pan using the overhang of the parchment it was lined with.
Chocolate Truffle Brownie coming out of the pan

How To Vary An Ice Cream Cake

Every smart hostess knows that you can serve the same dessert over and over. Knowing how to make it look different is the secret.

Here are three ways to make this exact dessert recipe look completely different.

  • Make a single layer of brownie with ice cream on top. Drizzle it with two kinds of chocolate (dark and white) or two sauces like raspberry sauce and caramel sauce.
  • Bake the brownie recipe in a round pan. Make a layered dessert as I did here or follow the idea above and make a single layer topped with ice cream.
  • Make a large sheet cake by cutting the brownie in half then assembling the two pieces side by side on a large tray.

Whatever you do cutting the pieces in advance and keeping it frozen is the secret to making this dessert look easy.

My Ice Cream Cake Failed, What Can I Do?

It didn’t fail, it just didn’t freeze. There’s no last minute assembling this cake and hoping it will be firm enough to cut. It won’t but it’s not a fail.

Desserts served in stemware are right up there with desserts served on a pedestal tray. If you have to dust of your martini glasses you might want to try doing this more often.

Crumble or cut the not quite frozen cake pieces or the brownie. Layer it into nice glasses or even wide mouth Mason jars. Use any combination of ice cream, whipped cream, sauce, fresh fruit or any toppings you like. Stick something fancy in the top if you have it.

  • Wooden picks with the words gluten free
  • A paper umbrella
  • A skewer of flaming mini marshmallows (there’s always someone)

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Most Versatile Baking Pan

An 8-inch square baking pan is all you need to make this variation of a Brownie Ice Cream Cake. If you’re buying new be sure to buy two identical pans. You’ll never be sorry!

A pedestal tray with square pieces of a layered raspberry brownie ice cream cake.
Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

I’d love to hear in the comments below if you made this Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake or some variation of it for a summer celebration.


Easy Summer Desserts, Gluten Free

Click on the (hard to see) text on the bottom of each image to go to the recipe/blog post.

Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

This Ice Cream Cake is made by layering any brownie recipe with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet. The effort is in the cutting (use a hot knife) and the presentation making it a perfect dessert for any summer celebration.
Author: Cinde Little
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cutting and garnishing: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: raspberry brownie ice cream cake
Servings: 16 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 gluten free chocolate brownie baked in an 8-inch square pan (see notes for 2 recipe options)
  • 2-3 cups gluten free vanilla ice cream
  • 2-3 cups gluten free raspberry sorbet
  • GARNISH - whipped cream, fresh raspberries and fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  • Cut the brownie in half horizontally.
  • Line the original baking pan with parchment and place one half of the brownie into the bottom of the pan.
  • Top with scoops of slightly softened vanilla ice cream. Spread evenly over the brownie.
  • Top with the other half of the brownie gently pressing it into the ice cream.
  • Top with scoops of slightly softened raspberry sorbet. Spread evenly over the brownie. Put brownie cake in airtight container and freeze overnight.
  • Remove from freezer and transfer to a cutting board. Use a knife dipped in hot water to cut the ice cream cake. Run under hot water and wipe clean after every cut for the nicest presentation and ease of cutting.
  • Cut cake in half. Put one piece back in the freezer while you cut the other. Cut each half into 8 pieces for a total of 16 pieces.
  • Serve on a tray topped with fresh whipped cream and raspberries. Garnish with fresh mint if desired.

Notes

Click here for my Chocolate Truffle Brownie recipe.
Click here for my Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie recipe and omit the cheesecake layer. Bake for the same time.
Freeze overnight - Freezing the Ice Cream Cake until it is hard is a critical step. This is a make ahead dessert. If you couldn't make that happen serve it in jars, martini glasses or sundae dishes and invent a different version. It will still be delicious.
Use a hot knife - The heat of the knife helps cut through the frozen cake. Wiping the knife after each cut will ensure every piece looks nice.
Over-The-Top Desserts - Drizzle each piece with Raspberry Sauce. So good!!
Vary this dessert by using different ice cream flavours, fruit and sauces.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

9 Comments

  • Cinde Little says:

    5 stars
    Awesome!

  • Steshni says:

    5 stars
    Amazing chocolaty brownies that melt in your mouth😍😍

  • Sarah Khan says:

    5 stars
    The brownie was rich and the ice cream was full of flavor! Loved it and will definitely try it at home. Thank you Cindy for the lovely dessert.

    • Cinde Little says:

      Your welcome Sarah, I’m glad you liked it. It’s a great summer dessert! If you make some version of this dessert take a picture and tag me on Instagram.

  • 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!! The brownie part of the ice cream was just perfect, not too overwhelming or underwhelming. Honestly prefer this brownie rather than regular gluten brownie. And not to mention the ice cream!!! Just tastes like summer

    • Cinde Little says:

      Thanks Ayari, I agree it’s a perfect summer dessert! The cake you had was with Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, decadent with that fudgy brownie. I’m glad you thought it was amazing!

  • Muskan Gupta says:

    5 stars
    Awesome!! Loved it so much!

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