Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake: Your Guide to a Delightful Dessert

Mint chocolate ice cream cake combines the irresistible flavors of cool mint and rich chocolate in a frozen dessert everyone loves. I recently discovered multiple tempting recipes, which makes deciding on a specific one quite the challenge. In the end, I created my own version which I really like. In any case, the beauty of this dessert lies in its simplicity and versatility, perfect for gatherings with friends and family or even just for a quiet night in.

I really enjoy the process of blending nothing but minty ice cream and a moist layer of chocolate cake. The ideal recipe should produce a dish that is visually appealing and a delight for the taste buds. It’s fascinating how this simple combination of flavors can create such an unforgettable dessert experience that I know I’ll be craving again and again.

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Basics

Ice Cream Cake vs. Traditional Cake

When it comes to desserts, I find that mint chocolate ice cream cake is a wonderful alternative to traditional cake — especially in the summertime. While traditional cakes are typically made with a combination of flour, sugar, and eggs, ice cream cakes replace some or all of the cake layers with ice cream. In this case, the ice cream used is mint chocolate chip ice cream, resulting in a refreshing and sweet treat that’s perfect for warm weather or special occasions.

Choosing the Right Cake Pan

Selecting the appropriate cake pan for making a mint chocolate ice cream cake is essential for achieving the desired texture and presentation. I recommend using a 9-inch spring-form pan, as it allows for easy removal and assembly of the cake layers. Alternatively, you can use 8-inch round cake pans lined with parchment paper for a more traditional cake-like appearance.

Freezing and Storage Tips

Properly freezing and storing your mint chocolate ice cream cake is crucial to preserving its consistency and flavor. Here are some tips I’ve found helpful:

  • Line your cake pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper to make removal and clean-up a breeze.
  • Assemble the cake layers, alternating between the chocolate cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream, pressing down gently to ensure a firm and even structure.
  • Wrap the entire cake securely in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and place it in the freezer for at least 3 hours or until firm.
  • When serving, allow the cake to sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly, making slicing easier.

I hope these tips and insights help you create a delicious and visually appealing mint chocolate ice cream cake that will impress your friends and family!

Mint Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients for the Cake

To make this delightful Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake, we will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 gallon mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup chocolate ganache or hot fudge


1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. Grease and flour 3 (8-inch) round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. Add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the mixture. It’s essential to mix these ingredients until smooth and fully combined, but not too long.

5. Carefully stir in the boiling water and mint extract to create a thin batter.

6. Once the batter is ready, evenly divide it among the three prepared cake pans.

7. Let the cakes bake in the preheated oven for 30—35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.

8. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Layer


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • green food coloring (optional)

Preparing the Ice Cream Layer

  1. Combine the whole milk, heavy cream, and sugar in a large saucepan, heating it over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolved.
  2. Add the chopped fresh mint leaves and simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, allowing the mint flavor to infuse.
  3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the mint leaves and return it to the saucepan.
  4. Add the chocolate chips, stirring until they are completely melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  5. If desired, add a few drops of green food coloring to enhance the appearance of your mint ice cream. You can skip this step if you prefer to keep it natural.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, and then pour it into the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whip the mixture until it thickens and is increased in volume.
  7. Churn the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Place in the freezer until you are ready to assemble the cake. Before assembling the cake, let the ice cream soften a bit so that it’s easy to spread.

Assembling the Cake Layers

Once the cake layers have cooled, it’s time to assemble the Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake:

  1. Place one cake layer onto a serving platter and spread a generous amount of softened mint chocolate chip ice cream on top.
  2. Place the second cake layer over the ice cream layer and apply more ice cream on top.
  3. Finally, add the third cake layer and cover the entire cake with a thin layer of ice cream.
  4. To finish the cake, drizzle the chocolate ganache or hot fudge over the top and let it drip down the sides.
  5. Place the cake in the freezer to set for at least 4 hours, or even overnight, before serving.

And that’s it! My Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake is ready for a special occasion or simply a delicious treat to share with family and friends.

Finishing Touches

Whipped Topping and Garnishes

I love to add a whipped topping to my mint chocolate ice cream cake. It gives an extra layer of creaminess and adds to the overall presentation. I usually make my whipped cream from scratch by combining heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract. I whisk everything together until stiff peaks form, then gently dollop or pipe it onto the cake. For a touch of elegance, I also like to sprinkle a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder or add some crushed mint Oreo cookies on top of my cake.

Serving and Presentation

When I’m ready to serve, I use a hot, sharp knife to cleanly slice through the layers of the cake, mint chocolate ice cream, and the topping, revealing the scrumptious layers inside. For an extra treat, I like to drizzle some hot fudge sauce over each slice of cake before serving. The combination of flavors and textures makes this dessert irresistible!

Storing Leftovers

Since I’m dealing with an ice cream cake, it’s crucial to store any leftovers properly. I recommend using an airtight container and placing it back in the freezer as soon as possible. It’s essential to keep the cake from melting and losing its texture.

Additionally, using a piece of parchment paper or wax paper between the slices prevents them from sticking together. By doing so, I can effortlessly grab a slice whenever I’m in the mood for a delicious and refreshing treat. This mint chocolate ice cream cake, with buttermilk in the devil’s food cake and blended mint flavors, keeps well in the freezer for up to a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best recipes?

I’ve come across several amazing mint chocolate ice cream cake recipes that you might want to try. The Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake Recipe from NYT Cooking has only four store-bought ingredients. If you’re looking for a vegan option, the Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake from Minimalist Baker is also a great choice.

How to make mint Oreo cake?

To make a mint Oreo cake, you’ll need a layer of chocolate cake, mint chocolate chip ice cream, Oreo cookies, and optionally whipped cream, hot fudge, and cherries for topping. I recommend following a recipe like this Chocolate Mint Fudge Cake from Deliciously Seasoned. It uses homemade chocolate cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiched between the layers and is topped with delightful extras.

Where can I order?

You can order mint chocolate ice cream cakes from various ice cream shops and bakeries, both local and nationwide. I recommend checking your local bakeries or calling nearby ice cream shops to inquire about ice cream cakes with mint chocolate flavors.

Does Dairy Queen offer it?

Dairy Queen’s menu selections may vary by location; however, some Dairy Queen stores may offer mint chocolate ice cream cakes or customize a cake with their green Mint Blizzard, combined with chocolate bits or fudge layers.

Is Baskin-Robbins a good option?

Yes, Baskin-Robbins is known for their 31 flavors and customizable ice cream cakes. They offer Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, which can be used to create a delicious mint chocolate ice cream cake. You can visit their website, check for availability, or place an order for a custom cake.

What about Cold Stone Creamery?

Cold Stone Creamery is another fantastic option for mint chocolate ice cream cakes. They have a Signature Cake called Mintastic Chip Pie, which features a combination of Mint Ice Cream, Chocolate Shavings, and a delicious Oreo crust. Similar to Baskin-Robbins, you can also create a custom cake using their Mint ice cream and combine it with your choice of mix-ins and cake layers.

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