What鈥檚 better than a layer cake? A layer cake with ICE CREAM, aka summertime鈥檚 new best friend. You鈥檙e probably thinking: Wait, this is going to be a sticky, soupy mess! But really, making an ice cream cake at home just became super simple. First, you鈥檝e already baked the cake layers 鈥 three of 鈥榚m to be exact. And they can be whatever kind of stable cake base you want (psst, we鈥檝e got a few ideas for you. And even if you鈥檙e in need of some Baking 101, I鈥檝e got you covered!). Second, it鈥檚 frosting-free, so there鈥檚 no piping or artful spreading necessary. So think of this as an elaborate assembly, one that puts sprinkles on ice cream on chocolate on cake. Layer 鈥檈m up, pop the whole thing back in the freezer, and there you go! Beat the heat and impress your friends all at the same time.

Ingredients:
鈥 3 cake layers, the same size as your spring form pan (see tools below)

鈥 ice cream, softened

鈥 12 ozs chocolate, chopped

鈥 1 cup heavy cream

鈥 sprinkles, or topping of choice

Tools:
spring form pan
鈥 straight metal spatula or knife

鈥 serrated knife

鈥 rubber spatula

Instructions:

1. 聽Prepare materials and remove ice cream from freezer to begin softening.

2. 聽Make the ganache. Place the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a slight simmer. Pour cream over the chopped chocolate and stir with a rubber spatula until smooth. Set aside to cool.

3. Fit the bottom cake layer in the spring form pan.

4. Spread 1/3 of the ganache on top of the cake. Smooth out with the back of a spoon. Let chill in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes.

5. 聽Spread softened ice cream on top of the ganache. Smooth out with the back of a spoon.

6. 聽Top with sprinkles, or choice of topping. Freeze for about 20-30 minutes, or until ice cream sets a bit.

7. 聽Place the middle layer of cake on top of the ice cream and repeat.

8. 聽Place the top layer of cake on top of the last layer of ice cream. Cover top with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.

9. 聽Once frozen, remove cake from the freezer. Run a straight metal spatula around the edges of the cake to separate it from the pan.

10. Carefully release the sides of the spring form pan and remove the cake.

11. Place the serrated knife perpendicular to your work surface and trim the edges of the cake where the ganache or ice cream may have spilled over.

12. To serve, heat a metal knife under hot running water before slicing into the frozen cake. 聽Top with extra ganache and sprinkles.

Before we start assembling, let鈥檚 talk cake bases (yay!). We鈥檙e using the cake layers as the foundation for this ice cream creation, so we recommend using a stable cake base, like the decadent chocolate-chunk pound cake we chose. Try to steer clear of delicate or crumbly cakes. So once you鈥檝e flipped through your virtual cookbook to find the perfect match, bake it, gather your goods + start layering.

Fit the first cake layer into your spring pan, top it with the freshly made chocolate ganache (Think of it like it鈥檚 the chocolate syrup to your ice cream sundae! Feel free to try a layer of caramel if you wish!), then add a layer of softened ice cream. Our pick of cherry ice cream paired nicely with the rest of our flavors, but feel free to switch it up to fit your taste. Mint chocolate chip would be amazing, don鈥檛 you think? Finally, finish it off with sprinkles, because sprinkles makes everything taste better ;). Then freeze it up to a half hour, or until the ice cream hardens, and repeat the process 鈥檛il you鈥檝e topped it with the last cake layer.

Once it鈥檚 totally frozen through, remove from the freezer and run a straight metal spatula around the edges to release it from the pan and carefully release it. Finally, trim any excess ganache or spill-over ice cream from the edges with a serrated knife. Now it鈥檚 ready for the cake stand!

Just look at this thing. It鈥檚 like a hot fudge sundae + ice cream sandwich in one! Oh and see those extra sprinkles and ganache on the side? Those are most definitely headed straight to the cake slice that鈥檚 about to be set in front of you!

We love how the add-ins keep each layer interesting 鈥 both on our eyes and in our mouths! The chocolate chips in the cake, the cherries in the ice cream + the mingling sprinkles were an A+ choice.

You鈥檝e waited long enough. So go ahead, drizzle that warm ganache over that cake slice. DO IT!

What summertime treats are you whipping up in the kitchen? Tell us about your fave recipes for sweets and more in the comments below.