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Gluten Free Dairy Free Ice Cream Cake

This recipe is free of gluten, dairy, tree nuts and peanuts. It makes enough servings for 15 kids or 12 adults.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Freezing Time 11 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 379 kcal
Author Jereann Zann - Celiac Mama


  • 3 pints of gluten free and dairy free ice cream
  • 2 boxes of gluten free brownie mix plus the added ingredients needed to make it i.e. eggs, oil, water
  • 1/2 cup gluten free and dairy free chocolate fudge syrup
  • 1 package of gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Red and blue natural food coloring
  • 6 oz of vanilla dairy free frosting
  • 9 oz. coconut cream dairy free whipped cream


  1. Make the brownies according to the package directions. If it asks if you'd like fudge or cake-like brownies, opt for fudge. This will keep it more moist after it's frozen later. If it calls for butter, substitute with dairy free butter or coconut oil.
  2. Divide the batter evenly into two 9 inch round pans.
  3. Bake until a toothpick comes out of the center almost clean, and remove from the oven.
  4. Remove the brownies from the pan and let them cool completely.
  5. Line the bottom of your spring pan with parchment paper.
  6. Add the bottom brownie to the 9-inch spring pan. Place in the freezer for at least one hour. This will make spreading the ice cream easier.
  7. While the bottom brownie layer is freezing, open the package of chocolate sandwich cookies. Scoop out the cream on the inside and set aside to be discarded.
  8. Once finished separating the cookies from the cream, add the cookies to a blender and blend until course. You want it to be almost fully blended, but not smooth so you get the crunchy texture. Set aside.
  9. After the bottom brownie layer has been freezing for at least an hour, place your ice cream on the counter for 15 minutes, until it's soft but not melted.
  10. With a flat butter knife or an icing spatula, cover the bottom brownie with a layer of ice cream (1 1/2 pints).
  11. Top the ice cream with a layer of chocolate syrup.
  12. Cover the fudge with a layer of cookie crumbles.
  13. Add the second layer of ice cream on top.
  14. Add the second brownie and put it all back in the freezer for a minimum of 12 hours. I let it freeze overnight.
  15. Meanwhile, you can make your swirl drop flowers.
  16. Take out your baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.
  17. Divide 1/4 of the frosting into one bowl and add 2-3 drops of blue food coloring at a time until you get the desired blue hue.
  18. Add the other 3/4 to a second bowl and add drops of red food coloring until you get the desired pink hue.
  19. Get out two decorating bags (or ziploc bags) and cut off the edge of one of the corners.
  20. Place the decorating tips inside the bags so that the pointed end sticks out of the corner opening.
  21. Add both frostings to two separate decorating bags.
  22. Holding the pink decorating bag, place your hand on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Turn your wrist holding the decorating bag so that your knuckles are facing 9 o'clock (or 3 o'clock if you're left handed).
  23. Press down on the parchment paper, and while squeezing the frosting out of the bag turn your hand clockwise until your knuckles are facing 12 o'clock. Lift and you'll have a nice flower shape.
  24. Repeat the last step until you have the desired amount of flowers.
  25. Add a dot of blue frosting with the other decorating bag to the center of each flower.
  26. When finished making the flowers, put them in the freezer overnight or at least 10 hours.
  27. Remove the cake from the freezer and carefully remove the sides of the pan.
  28. Frost the top and sides of the cake with coconut whipped cream.
  29. Place the cake back in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  30. Remove the pan of flowers and using a spatula carefully remove each one so that it's not stuck to the parchment (they should pop right up).
  31. Remove the cake from the freezer and apply the flowers to the top of the cake with your hands wherever you'd like them. The coconut whipped cream will be solid but have some soft give to it, which will help the flowers stick to the cake.
  32. Place back in the freezer for at least one hour or until you're ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Serving note: I find that coconut ice cream melts more quickly than regular ice cream, so I wouldn't keep it out of the freezer for 30 minutes prior to serving like they tell you to with regular store bought ice cream cake. I would let it sit for five minutes, add your candles and sing happy birthday. By the time you've finished another 5 minutes have passed and that will be the right time to cut the cake.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Dairy Free Ice Cream Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.