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Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Packed with fresh strawberries, ice cream, and smooth whipped cream, this sweet and ever so slightly tart Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake is the perfect easy treat for hot summer days.

Easy Ice Cream Cake with Strawberries

Is there any better way to cool down than a big heaping slice of homemade ice cream cake? Each of the cold, creamy layers adds another level of depth to the flavor. It’s a sweet, tart, buttery delight that you can pop in the freezer to set after less than 10 minutes of prep.

Yes, you heard that right! This rich, decadent and elegant dessert is a breeze to throw together. Just stick it in the freezer, wait around 6 hours, and pull out this incredible dessert to impress all your friends.

What You’ll Need

Six simple ingredients come together in this decadent frozen dessert. Check out the recipe card below to find the exact amounts for everything.

  • All-Butter Pound Cake: I use Sara Lee, but you can choose your favorite brand or make your own. Cut it into 8 slices.
  • Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Strawberries: Sliced.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: For the whipped topping.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Sugar
A cross-section of a slice of ice cream cake with strawberry slices and whipped cream in the middle.

How to Make Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake

With just 10 minutes of active prep, this cake spends most of its time freezing. Just pop it in and kick back while the freezer does its thing.

  • Prep Your Materials: Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil, with enough overhang on opposite sides to lift out the cake.
  • Whip the Cream: Combine the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and whip them together until stiff peaks form.
  • Assemble the Cake: Place half of the pound cake slices in a single layer to cover the bottom of the prepared pan. Using a spatula, spread the ice cream over the cake slices. Layer the sliced strawberries over the ice cream and spread half of the prepared whipped cream over the strawberries. Form a final layer on top of the whipped cream using the rest of the cake slices. Spread the remaining cream on top and as far down as you can on each side.
  • Freeze: Let your cake set in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Frost and Serve: Lift the cake out of the pan using the foil handles, cut it into 6 equal slices and serve them.

Tips for Success

This no-bake ice cream cake is basically foolproof. Here are some things to keep in mind so it comes out perfect every time.

  • Defrost the Ice Cream: Spreading the ice cream layers is so much easier if you soften the ice cream slightly first. But you definitely don’t want soup, since it will soak right into the cake, making it soggy and giving you a much thinner ice cream layer. Around half an hour in the fridge, 10 minutes on the countertop or 10-15 seconds on your microwave’s defrost setting should help soften it up.
  • Let Sit Before Serving: I like to let this cake sit out on the counter for around 10-15 minutes before I serve it. This just knocks off a little frost, making the whipped cream smoother and the cake layers more moist and tender.
  • Run Your Knife Under Water: If you’re having trouble slicing this cake, try running your knife under hot water. Just ten seconds or so should make cutting this cake so much easier.
A single slice of Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake lying on its side next to the rest of the cake.

Variation Ideas

I love the simplicity of this ice cream cake, but sometimes it’s fun to shake things up! Check out these ideas for inspiration.

  • Switch Up the Ice Cream: Swap the strawberry out for another fruity flavor, opt for plain vanilla, or try something chocolatey for a chocolate-covered strawberry vibe. You can even go all-in and dip the strawberry slices in chocolate. Or, if you’re looking to stick with strawberry but want something really decadent, try this homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.
  • Change the Cake: Instead of pound cake, try using shortcake, angel food cake or ladyfingers. All of these options give you the same tender cake layers.
  • Flavor the Whipped Cream: This recipe gives you a subtly sweet vanilla whipped cream that goes great with the strawberries, but it’s not the only option. Try folding in cocoa powder for a chocolate whipped cream, or dropping some almond extract in along with the vanilla.

Storage Instructions

This cake will keep in the freezer with a tight layer of plastic over the top for about 2 months. After that, it’s still perfectly safe to eat, but the risk of freezer burn goes up, which can change the taste and texture. But don’t worry – when you’re ready to dig in it’s super low-prep, since you can eat it right out of the freezer!

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A frozen cake with a layer of strawberries and cream in the middle and whole strawberries on top.

Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Katerina | Diethood
Packed with fresh strawberries, rich ice cream and smooth whipped cream, this sweet and ever so slightly tart Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake is the perfect easy treat for hot summer days.
Servings : 6
Prep Time 10 mins
Freeze Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 all-butter pound cake cut into 8 slices
  • 2 cups strawberry ice cream
  • 10 whole strawberries , sliced
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Line 9×5-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil; leave an overhang on opposite sides to lift out the cake.
  • Combine the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and whip them together until stiff peaks form.
  • Place half of cake slices in a single layer at the bottom of prepared pan.
  • Using a spatula, spread the ice cream over the cake slices.
  • Layer sliced strawberries over ice cream.
  • Spread half of the prepared whipped cream over strawberries.
  • Layer the rest of the cake slices over the cream.
  • Spread the rest of the whipping cream on top and on the sides.
  • Set in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Lift cake out of the pan, cut and serve.


  • Freezer


  • To Store: Wrap well in plastic and keep frozen for up to 2 months.


Calories: 382 kcal | Carbohydrates: 47 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 12 g | Cholesterol: 118 mg | Sodium: 310 mg | Potassium: 193 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 21 g | Vitamin A: 801 IU | Vitamin C: 15 mg | Calcium: 117 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 46 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frozen desserts, homemade ice cream cake, strawberry icebox cake
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71 comments on “Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake”

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Ahh I missed the chance by one day. I got email about this giveaway but was a bit busy and couldn’t make it! I can still enjoy looking at your delicious ice cream cake though. What a great ice cream cake. I definitely want a homemade version. Looks absolutely delicious!

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    Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    You might just be able to coax summer out of hiding with this ice cream cake. Love how easy it is and the flavors–I can almost taste this.

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    Lora @cakeduchess

    There is so much I’d like to get…of course, all baking things:)Gorgeous cake, Kate! Screams of summer and lazy days:)

  4. A cake that I don’t have to bake myself – I’m all over it! 🙂 Here’s hoping for some good weather this weekend!!!!

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    Crazy weather is the norm around the world these days! I never made an ice cream cake, it looks fantastic Kate! Going right now to check the post

  6. Cake looks gorgeous, Kate! And I can always use money at Target…we buy anything and everything there!

  7. I’d use the card to buy some basics and kitchen utensils I’ve been wanting. Mixing bowls and measuring cups.

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      Katerina Petrovska

      I know what you mean! I love throw pillows!! Target has some amazing things. Good Luck!! 🙂

  8. Strawberries and cream are one of my favourite pairings and I’ve wanted an ice cream cake for ages so this cake is a winner on so many fronts. 🙂

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    Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)

    I haven’t had ice cream cake since I was little. It’s totally bringing me back. And um yeah it’s snowing here today. It’s not sticking but IT’S SNOWING! If spring doesn’t get here soon I’m gonna like die.

  10. I’d use the Target gift card to buy groceries to make things for my own blog. I’m at Target ALL the time.

  11. Target has the best prices on a lot of groceries so that is what I would spend this on. Plus a paperback book for me.

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    This cake is screaming my name!! But I’d have to have a HOT cup of coffee with that. Is that weird?

  13. I’d like to purchase a few movies for my kids, some snacks for my hubby and an expensive chocolate bar for myself.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Gorgeous cake! I am with you on this spring thing this year… We had snow storm yesterday… Ugh….
    I would buy some cute outfit for summer 🙂

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    soap, shampoo and some stuff for the girls! LOVE the ice cream cake! So simple, I love it!!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple

    Girl, this cake is SO gorgeous. I wish I had some right now! I think I might just have to use a Target card to buy the ingredients to make this (at least to start).

  17. I’d use the gift card to buy cooking/baking tools to stock my new apartment! I’ll have nothing once I move!

  18. This looks so pretty! I would use the Target giftcard for new kitchen supplies for my upcoming move!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    What a stunning cake, Kate! …and a wonderful giveaway too! I would use the gift card probably for some appliance. I have been wanting a pizzelle maker.

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    Melissa Cadle

    I’m redoing my bathroom so I would get a new shower curtain and things to match! I already have one picked out that I would get!!! 🙂

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    So pretty, Kate! And, effortless to prepare for a special summer dessert. Pinning… xo

  22. I totally hear you about the weather. We are having the same problem. One day it’s so hot we have to turn on the A/C then the next day we are wearing coats and the heat is on. Crazy! I love this easy to put together ice cream and strawberry cake. Your pictures are so tempting I just wish I could grab a slice. 🙂

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Love this! Ice cream cakes are the best! And thanks for the awesome giveaway – we could all use a trip to Target! I need detergent!

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    Averie @Averie Cooks

    Gorgeous cake! And I would spend that Target gift card on just about anything from soap to dishes!

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