Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cake {Dairy-Free Option}

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An easy recipe for a gluten-free ice cream cake. Creamy ice cream layered between a moist gluten-free cake topped with a whipped cream frosting. This gluten-free dessert recipe also has a dairy-free option.

gluten-free ice cream cake slice on a white plate with the cake and chocolate cookies in the background

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cake

Making a gluten-free ice cream cake at home is easier than you think! This year my oldest son wanted a gluten-free Oreo ice cream cake for his birthday. It was a total hit with everyone at his party!

This gluten-free ice cream cake only takes a few simple ingredients and a little planning for freezing time. It is totally customizable as well.

I even have several options for the whipped cream frosting, and I also included a dairy-free option in the recipe.

You can use any flavor of gluten-free ice cream, crushed gluten-free cookies, or other favorite mix-ins. You could even switch up the flavor to the cake and make a vanilla cake from my Gluten-Free Birthday Cake recipe.

You can see just how easy it is to make a homemade gluten-free ice cream cake in the step-by-step recipe photos and the recipe video!

How To Make A Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cake

Cake Layers

  • To make your own buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to milk or dairy-free milk and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  • Add the homemade buttermilk to the cake batter and mix until fully combined.
  • Remove the cakes from the pans and wrap the cakes in plastic wrap or foil and then place in a freezer bag. Freeze the cakes overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.

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Ice Cream Layer

  • Take the gluten-free ice cream out of the freezer and allow it to soften for 5 minutes.
  • Line a 9-inch cake pan with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. I like using foil because it does not lift up when adding gluten-free ice cream to the pan.
  • Empty the entire 1-quart (48-ounces) container of softened, gluten-free ice cream into the cake pan and smooth it out with a spatula. (photo 7)
  • Cover the smoothed top with foil or plastic wrap and freeze the ice cream overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.

Also read: Lactose-free Mint-Chocolate-Vanilla-Ice-Cream Cake

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How To Assemble The Ice Cream Cake

  • Crush the gluten-free cookies in a food processor or place them in a plastic storage bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  • Make the whipped cream frosting (see the frosting instructions below).
  • Place the first cake layer on top of the cake platter.
  • Add a thin layer of whipped cream to the top of your cake layer and sprinkle the top with the crushed gluten-free cookies. (photo 8 & 9)
  • Remove the frozen ice cream layer from the foil and place it on top of the first cake layer. (photo 10)
  • Sprinkle the top of the ice cream layer with the crushed gluten-free cookies.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the ice cream layer. (photo 11)
  • Cover the entire cake with the whipped cream frosting. (photo 12)
  • Using a star tip (Wilton 1M tip), add some dollops of whipped cream on top of the cake. Finish decorating with additional whole gluten-free cookies and crushed gluten-free cookies.
  • Just before serving, take the cake out of the freezer and move it to the refrigerator for 30 minutes or let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes for easy slicing.
  • Store leftovers in a freezer-safe container and place the cake back in the freezer.

How To Make Whipped Cream Frosting

This recipe is for a stabilized whipped cream frosting.

  • Place your mixing bowl in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes.
  • In the cold mixing bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream on medium speed for 15-30 seconds or until it’s foamy.
  • Add the pure vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and cornstarch and continue mixing at medium speed until stiff peaks form and it becomes firm.
  • Refrigerate until ready to frost the cake.

You can skip this step and use Cool Whip or Cocowhip for the dairy-free option.

Tips For Baking Gluten-Free Cakes

  • Line the bottoms of the cake pans with parchment paper. Trace the bottoms of the cake pans with a pencil and cut them out with scissors for the perfect fit!
  • Use gluten-free cooking spray to grease the cake pans. I like coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 15 minutes and then finish cooling on a cooling rack.

gluten-free ice cream cake on a cake plate with plates and bowl of cookies in the background

Gluten-Free Flour

This recipe was created with Pillsbury gluten-free flour. It is a cup-for-cup all-purpose gluten-free rice flour blend.

A cup for cup rice flour blend is one that is made up of rice flour, starches and already has xanthan gum. The xanthan gum helps to replace the elasticity and texture of gluten. It makes gluten-free baking so much easier!

Make sure not to add any extra xanthan gum to your flour if it already has it in it. If you do, you will get a gummy cake!

My preferred flour is Pillsbury gluten-free flour. Not all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.

This gluten-free cake recipe will not work with almond, coconut, or oat flour.

Pro Tip For Measuring Gluten-Free Flour

Also read: The Easiest Dairy Free Ice Cream Cake & 21 BEST Dairy Free

I have found that the best way to measure gluten-free flour is to use the “spoon & level” method. It is always best to use a dry measuring cup to measure flour, not glass measuring cups used for liquid.

Use a spoon to scoop the flour out of the bag into a measuring cup. After spooning the flour into a measuring cup, use the back of a knife to level the flour off of the measuring cup.

Please do not use a measuring cup to scoop the flour directly out of the bag or you could get more flour than the recipe needs.

Gluten-Free And Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cake

For the cake part of the dairy-free option, I used Smart Balance butter and unsweetened almond milk.

I used Aldis Earth Grown Almond Milk Ice Cream when making the dairy-free ice cream cake. Make sure to check your brand of dairy-free ice cream to ensure that is gluten-free.

Some of my favorite brands of dairy-free ice cream that also have gluten-free flavors are Ben & Jerry’s, So Delicious, and Aldis Earth Grown. Make sure to check the labels of dairy-free ice creams because not all the flavors are gluten-free.

I used gluten-free Oreos for the cookie crumble layer. Gluten-free Oreos are also dairy-free.

For the dairy-free whipped cream frosting, I used the So Delicious Cocowhip. The Cocowhip is softer than traditional whipped topping, so I only frosted the top of the dairy-free version of the cake.

Also read: The Perfect Vegan Ice Cream Cake {Easy & Dairy-Free}

I buy Cocowhip at Walmart in the freezer department where the other brands of whipped toppings are sold.

You can also make your own dairy-free whipped cream. This is a great recipe for Dairy-Free Whipped Cream from Go Dairy Free.

Just about everyone in my family is also dairy-free (including me). So I also try and have a dairy-free option to my recipes.

gluten-free ice cream cake sliced to see the inside of the cake

Easy Recipe For Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cake

If you have been missing the ice cream cake from your childhood, then look no further! This gluten-free ice cream cake will remind you of the ice cream cakes from Cold Stone Creamery and Baskin-Robbins.

The layers of this cake are easily made the night before serving. You can assemble and frost the cake right before you are ready to serve it.

More Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes For You To Try!

  • Gluten-Free Carrot Cake {Dairy-Free Option}
  • Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes {Dairy-Free Option}
  • Gluten-Free Mini Cheesecakes

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