Fried Ice Cream Cake is a quick less mess and less prep version of traditional fried ice cream. Sweet pan-fried corn flakes, cinnamon ice cream, and a drizzle of honey make this a summer favorite- perfect for entertaining!
The first time I had fried ice cream it was at a birthday party at a local Mexican restaurant. Traditionally, fried ice cream is served in individual corn flake crusted scoops. Is is frozen and quickly fried to make sure the ice cream does not melt all over the fryer. It is normally served with a little honey, cinnamon, chocolate, and whipped cream. It is so delicious, but something I never made at home because it is a bit of work.
Enter "Fried" Ice Cream Cake. This cake incorporates all the yummy parts of fried ice cream with a fraction of the work and mess. Plus, it serves 12 people and it must easier to make for a group dessert.
My kiddos gave this Fried Ice Cream Cake two thumbs up! They especially loved picking off all the crispy topping before gobbling-up their ice cream.
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How to make Fried Ice Cream Cake:
First, you will crush your corn flakes and lightly fry them on the stove in a medium skillet with butter and sugar.
Next, you will layer a small amount of the corn flakes into a 9x13 pan. In a large bowl, you will mix together the vanilla ice cream with the cinnamon and whipped topping. Then you will evenly spread the ice cream into the pan on top of the corn flakes.
Finally, you will top evenly with the remaining corn flakes and freeze. Once it is frozen, cut, and serve with a bit of honey.
It is beautifully simple, and the corn flake crust gives the flavor and texture combination that is essential to any fried ice cream.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I let the cake freeze for long than 5 hours?
Yes, my cake is typically ready to serve at 5 hours, but leaving overnight is fine as well.
I prefer a different flavor ice cream- can I change it up?
For sure! I like cinnamon ice cream, but that isn't everyone's jam. Use whatever flavor you like! I think chocolate or caramel would be delicious.
What do I do if my cornflakes get a little charred?
This happens and it is important to keep stirring those flakes. I actually don't mind a bit of char, but if it is too far gone starting over is an option or just picking out the larger pieces. If you start over, adjust you stove temp to a lower heat.
I don't love honey- what else can I use for a topping?
I suggest chocolate sauce or caramel. Maybe even strawberries if you have some on hand!
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Fried Ice Cream Cake
- 8 cups Corn Flakes cereal
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1.5 quart vanilla ice cream
- 8 oz container whipped topping
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup honey
- Take the ice cream from the freezer and place on the counter to allow time to soften- about 30 minutes.
- Place cornflakes in a gallon sealable bag and crush.
- Melt butter in a large skillet, over medium heat. Add the crushed corn flakes and sugar and stir. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly, until cereal is golden-brown. Make sure that you are consistently stirring to prevent burning.
- In a 9×13 baking dish and spread ⅓ of the corn flakes evenly into the bottom of pan. Set aside.
- Place the softened vanilla ice cream and whipped topping in a large bowl. Add the cinnamon. Using a hand mixer, mix and till combined (you can also use a spatula for this step if desired). Spread ice cream the top of the corn flakes in the baking dish.
- Evenly spread the remaining corn flakes over the ice cream. Cover pan, and place in freezer. Freeze ice cream for at least 5 hours, or overnight.
- Cut into squares and serve with drizzles of honey. Option to add whipped cream, and cherries.
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Chi-chis was my favorite place to have birthday dinner because of the fried ice cream. This is definitely going on the menu!! I can't wait to see if it tastes like their fried ice cream.
So much easier than Fried Ice Cream and yet sounds just as delicious. Thanks for sharing.
This is such a great idea! Definitely easier then actual fried ice cream but sounds awesome.
Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng
I've had fried ice cream a few times and loved it. But this looks far more practical!
You won't see a recipe like this often - really intrigued with it. Just need to buy all the ingredients that I need, and I am ready to try it out - so excited!
What a great idea! This is a perfect summertime dessert and great for a crowd. My kids would definitely give this two thumbs up!
Heidy L. McCallum
My gosh, I am thrilled---finally an easy recipe for Fried Icecream! I can't wait to make this for the weekend, I bet everyone goes crazy over it too. Saving for this weekend.
Teri@The Freshman Cook
YUM! This looks awesome! Fried Ice cream is a favorite of mine! Looking forward to serving this to my family!
I CANNOT resist fried ice cream! I haven't had it in forever! Goodnes, can't wait to try this!
I cannot wait to make this for my family! I love the crunch v. the creamy of the ice cream.
This is an awesome idea! This looks like such a delicious and fun treat for the summer. I've never had fried ice cream but I love your twist on it with these crunchy layers.
I like the crunchy bite on ice cream. I need to give it try. I never thought I can make fried ice cream cake like this. Easy and perfect treat.
This is an great idea! Fried Ice cream is a favorite of mine! Looking forward to serving this to my family!