Fried Ice Cream Cake – Cinco de Mayo and more is the perfect dessert for summer. Try this homemade ice cream cake recipe for yourself. You’ll love it.
This Cinco De Mayo Fried Ice Cream Cake is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious, cool treat on a warm May day. This homemade ice cream cake recipe features rich, creamy ice cream topped with a crunchy topping that is absolutely full of flavor. It’s a tasty treat that is always a hit.
In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I was throwing a Taco party and this fried ice cream cake had to be part of it. After you review this recipe, it may not fit your definition of “fried ice cream”, but the flavors are there, and they speak for themselves!
More than just cake and ice cream, it’s got that deep-fried taste without the deep frying!
I love all things ice cream. All things cake. And all things chocolate. Put them all together and that spells “delicious” in my books! It’s crystal clear desserts are my kind “thing”, right? From the moment this cake hit my tongue, I was hooked forever!
This homemade ice cream cake recipe is a dream and is crazy simple to make. More than just ice cream cake, Cinco De Mayo fried ice cream cake has a lot to offer, as it kicks up the flavor of cake and ice cream a few notches.
If you’re a fan of ice cream cake, then this fabulous Cinco De Mayo fried ice cream cake is not to be missed!
The biggest takeaway is that this unique dessert is delightful, lovely, and so addictive! Sharing it with someone could be a challenge. And no one could blame you for that!
I once ate 3/4 of a pan of it over the course of a day, one small piece at a time. It suddenly dawned on me how much I’d eaten. I’ll admit, I was a bit ashamed.
My husband and son got home just in time or there wouldn’t have been any for them! The fact there was a piece left for each of them was the saving grace.
But eating this ice cream cake was sheer delight from the first bite to the last.
What became a dessert-for-one party, became a fried ice cream cake dessert for everyone all year long! The demand was there, and it always gets high praises.
The only comments I got were not to wait for the next Cinco De Mayo celebration to make it. So I make it often, because it’s got to be one of the best so called “fried” ice cream cake desserts out there!
Everyone always loves my fried ice cream cake. This delicious homemade ice cream cake recipe has everything everyone loves about both fried ice cream and ice cream cake.
Without these two inspirations for this cake, we’d never have had it. Let’s take a quick look at the history of both fried ice cream and ice cream cakes.
History of Ice Cream Cake
When people think of ice cream cake, they generally think of Baskin Robbins and Dairy Queen, the two big names in commercially available ice cream cakes. However, ice cream cake has been around for a lot longer than that.
We don’t know exactly when or how ice cream cake came to be, but most food historians believe that it originated in England in the 1700s. It was a treat for wealthy lords and ladies who could afford such a dessert without modern appliances like refrigerators or freezers.
In the 19th century, ice cream cake, then called bombes, saw an increase in popularity among the wealthy Victorian-era elite.
These bombes were made of ice cream and fruit in decorative molds. Oftentimes, they also featured a lining of cake or biscuits. As time went on, ice cream cakes began to take a more “cake” form, with ice cream cake recipes being found as far back as the 1870s.
After World War I, ice cream cakes became more popular due to more widespread access to refrigerators and freezers.
Fast forward to the modern era, and chains like Baskin Robbins and Dairy Queen began to offer delicious frozen cakes for sale.
These days, recipes like this fried ice cream cake and other homemade ice cream cake recipes have become commonplace, making appearances at all sorts of warm-weather get-togethers.
History of Fried Ice Cream
Fried ice cream is an even newer creation than ice cream cake, but although it’s thought to have been created in the 1890s, the mystery of this deep-fried dessert is just as murky as the one surrounding ice cream cake.
There are three different stories surrounding the origin of fried ice cream. Some believe that it was first served during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, incidentally, also the birthplace of the ice cream sundae.
Another claim is that a Philadelphia company created fried ice cream. In 1894, a frozen treat described as “A small, solid cake of ice cream enveloped in a thin sheet of pie crust and then dipping into boiling lard or butter to cook the outside to a crisp”.
Finally, a third claim to fried ice cream was made in the 1960s which proclaimed that fried ice cream was invented by a Japanese tempura restaurant.
The takeaway here is that we will never know for sure!
Ingredients need to Make Fried Ice Cream Cake Recipe
If you’re having a taco party or any kind of gathering, keep this Mexican fried ice cream cake recipe in mind. It’s sure to be a big hit and there’s no deep frying required!
Simple ingredients are listed below to get you started on this cake. This ice cream cake recipe takes very little time to put together. The hardest part is waiting for it to firm up in the freezer! A little patience is all that’s required and the rewards will be worth it.
- Chex or Corn Flakes cereal
- unsalted butter
- granulated sugar
- softened vanilla ice cream
- frozen whipped topping
- vanilla extract
- whipped cream for serving, if desired
- chocolate syrup for serving, if desired
- caramel sauces for serving, if desired
This combination of ingredients makes for the perfect dessert, no matter what the occasion is! A fried ice cream dessert recipe so simple to whip up, you’ll wonder why you didn’t discover it sooner!
How to Make Ice Cream Cake Taste like Fried Ice Cream
How easy is it to make ice cream cake taste like it’s fried? This recipe will show you just how easy it is. If you’ve ever ordered fried ice cream cake in a Mexican restaurant, then here’s your chance to compare.
The flavor of this fried ice cream is like no other. Chex or Corn Flakes with that little bit of honey, makes this dessert, light, creamy, sticky and crunchy. It’s a whole lot of goodness all rolled into one!
I have used Cinnamon Chex cereal to make this recipe and omitted the cinnamon and Honey Nut Chex cereal as well and used cinnamon. I will now use the Cinnamon Chex Cereal now at every opportunity.
If it’s available to you I urge you to try it at least once. Otherwise you can enjoy it the way we did for years with original Chex cereal or Corn Flakes!
Pack down the cereal mixture well
Press Chex or crushed Corn Flake mixture into the bottom of your pan, as the crust is what’s going to make it strong enough to hold up the rest of those delicious ingredients.
A combination of crunchy cereal and sugar pressed down real tight, creates quite a yummy base with the remaining Corn Flake mixture, or Chex, all over the top.
As Chex or Corn Flake mixture freezes with the ice cream, the crunch factor is even more enhanced! You’re going to LOVE this cake as much as we do. Just you wait and see.
Mix the ice cream and whipped cream
As long as the ice cream is a bit soft, feel free to mix the two together by hand. If the ice cream is frozen, use an electric mixer. Either way, whip it well until it’s smooth and creamy.
Pop it in the freezer
The biggest kicker is that it needs to sit in the freezer for at least 6 hours to set. I know – the waiting is so hard! But if you want that gorgeous frozen texture and flavor, freezing it for 6 hours or overnight is an absolute must.
Use a firm knife to cut into the frozen cake
This cake really firms up fast, so use a sharp knife for slicing. Run it under hot water and wipe with a towel before each slice. Do your best to cut the pieces evenly. Although you might want to cut yourself a bigger slice! Just saying.
Tips for Making Fried Ice Cream Dessert
Instead of using your fingers to push down the bottom layer to make the crust, use the back of a spatula as an alternative. Push down several times to make it as packed and as flat as possible.
Make sure the ice cream and whipped cream is mixed together really well, so there are no lumps. A silky, smooth texture is the name of the game.
Again, it needs to be nice and level or as level as possible. Ice cream cakes are an imperfect science! 😉
Can you use a different flavor of ice cream for this homemade ice cream cake recipe?
For sure! Change it up with different flavors, while still maintaining that same great texture. Chocolate ice cream is one of my favorites, but there are dozens more.
Different colored ice creams can change the look of this dessert and make it more fun too. So go ahead. Try something new!
How do you store ice cream cake?
The last thing you need is freezer-burnt cake! That would be very disappointing. Store ice cream cake in a container with a lid in the freezer and there won’t be any issues.
Fun Topping Ideas for Homemade Ice Cream Cake
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I ADORE toppings! And trying different kinds is what I love to do!
What’s awesome about various types of toppings is that they can really change up the taste of this homemade ice cream cake recipe!
Some simple topping ideas include:
- Melted chocolate
- Caramel or Chocolate syrup
- Whipped cream
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate or caramel chips
- Toffee Bits
And that’s just a start. Why not add a sprinkle of chopped nuts?
Every time you slice a piece, try a new and fun topping. Each slice would be like a different dessert. How cool is that? (Pardon the pun)!😉
Ways to Celebrate with Ice Cream Cake
While this fried ice cream cake is perfect for Cinco De Mayo, it’s also fabulous any time of the year. Birthdays and ice cream go hand-in-hand. Make these occasions extra special with this fried ice cream cake, and watch the reactions! I’ve seen many faces light up.
They say there’s a time and place, a reason, and a season for everything. This recipe is an exception in that it can be made in no time, in the comfort of your own home, and you don’t need a reason or a season to make it!
An ideal treat for a fun get-together with family and friends on a hot summer day. Or any time you’ve got a hankering for something cool and crunchy.
My theory in life? Desserts like this fried ice cream cake are meant to be enjoyed whether you’re a kid or all grown up. One bite of this fried ice cream cake, and I’ve seen adults become kids again in seconds! And what’s wrong with that? It’s a treat in itself to watch.
Try This Fried Ice Cream Cake Today
This delicious homemade ice cream cake recipe is so easy to make, and it tastes just like fried ice cream! With a recipe this easy to make and with such a great flavor, there’s no reason not to give it a try. The warm months are coming, so be ready with this delicious fried ice cream cake.
More Delicious Dessert Recipes
Speaking of treats, here are a few more treasures for adults and kids alike:
- How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
- Orange Julius Popsicles – BEST Orange Creamsicle EVER!
- Andes Mint Cupcakes with Irish Buttercream Frosting
- Air Fryer Snickers
- Banana Pudding Cheesecake Trifle
See you next time!
Fried Ice Cream Cake - Cinco de Mayo and more
- 13 x 9 inch pan
- 3 cups crushed Chex or Corn Flakes cereal try Cinnamon flavored Chex Cereal or Honey Nut Chex Cereal as a change
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 48 oz vanilla ice cream
- 1 carton (8 oz) frozen whipped topping
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup honey
For serving, if desired
- whipped cream
- chocolate sauce
- caramel sauce
- Pull together and measure all the ingredients.
- In a medium saucepan, combine cereal, butter and sugar for 8-10 minutes or until mixture is smooth and toasty.
- Taking half of the portion, pack and compress tightly in the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Leave the remaining half of the cereal mixture in the pan and set aside.
- After pouring the cereal mixture into the casserole dish, compress the mixture tightly into the bottom of the dish to form a crust. Use a metal serving spatula to level evenly.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine ice cream and whipped topping. Beat by hand or with an electric mixer, until well blended.
- Add cinnamon and vanilla extract into the mixture and mix well.
- Pour ice cream mixture over top of the cereal crust and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle remaining cereal mixture evenly over the ice cream.
- Do not spread this mixture with a utensil, There should be enough mixture to cover the ice cream fully.
- Drizzle honey over the dish and place in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight.
- Remove fried ice cream from the freezer and cut slices with a sharp knife or with a metal spatula.
- Garnish with chocolate syrup and/or caramel sauce and/or toppings of your choice.
- Add whipped cream and serve immediately. Enjoy every bite.
- Store dessert covered, inside your freezer after preparation.