Decadent Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Looking for a new and exciting way to indulge your sweet tooth? Look no further than this mouth-watering dulce de leche ice cream cake recipe! With its creamy layers of vanilla ice cream, rich and decadent dulce de leche, and crunchy pecan crust, this cake is sure to satisfy even the most demanding dessert lover’s cravings.

What sets this recipe apart from others is the irresistible combination of flavors and textures. The crunchy pecans in the crust provide a satisfying contrast to the silky smoothness of the ice cream and dulce de leche, while the hint of sea salt adds a savory element that balances out the sweetness. Plus, since it’s an ice cream cake, there’s no need to worry about turning on the oven or laboring over a complicated baking process!

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dessert option, this dulce de leche ice cream cake is sure to hit the spot. So grab your apron and get ready to impress your friends and family with this indulgent treat!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake
Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake

Have a sweet tooth craving that’s hard to satisfy? Well, I have the perfect treat for you! Introducing the Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake Recipe – a mouthwatering dessert that is sure to hit all of your sweet spots.

Not only does this cake incorporate the sensational flavors of dulce de leche ice cream and creamy vanilla, but it is also garnished with crunchy pecans and luscious chocolate. It’s like having a party in your mouth, and everyone’s invited!

The recipe is incredibly easy to follow and yields astonishingly delicious results. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice, rest assured that anyone can make this cake with ease. All you need are some basic ingredients such as yellow cake mix, dulce de leche ice cream, and pecans.

The best part about this recipe is its versatility – this cake can be served on any occasion, be it birthdays or family get-togethers. You can switch up the flavors by trying variations such as chocolate dulce de leche cake or even a vanilla-dulce-de-leche layered cake. The possibilities are endless!

If you’re looking for something to impress your guests or just want to treat yourself to something indulgent, then this Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake Recipe is just what you need. Trust me when I say that it’ll become a recurring favorite in your household. So let’s gather our ingredients, preheat our ovens, and let’s get ready to indulge in some heavenly sweetness!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite
A slice of heaven in every bite

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delectable Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake recipe:

  • For the cake:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (plus required additional ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup crushed butternut biscuits
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • For the ice cream layer:
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche cream
  • For the pecan crust:
  • 2 cups crushed crackers
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 oz dulce de leche, softened
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • For the dulce de leche filling:
    -14 oz sweetened condensed milk
    -1 cup heavy cream
    -1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    -⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • For the whipped cream:
    -¾ cup heavy cream
    -¼ cup sour cream
    -⅓ cup caramel sauce

Note: You can also garnish with fresh strawberries or even chocolate shavings to make it more indulgent.

The Recipe How-To

 Taking your taste buds on a sweet journey
Taking your taste buds on a sweet journey

Now that we have gone through the ingredient list, let’s dive into the recipe itself. In this section, I will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to make the decadent dulce de leche ice cream cake.

Making the Dulce De Leche Cream Cake
1. Prepare Your Oven and Cake Pan

Firstly, preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with butter and coat it with flour or parchment paper to make sure your cake doesn’t stick.

2. Mix the Crust Ingredients

In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of crushed crackers or nuts, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 4 oz of melted unsalted butter. To ensure everything is blended together nicely, use a fork to mix until you have a consistent texture.

3. Build the Crust

Transfer your crust mixture into your prepared pan, then use a measuring cup or the bottom of a drinking glass/cup to press it firmly into place onto the bottom and sides of the pan.

4. Bake Your Crust

Bake your crust for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let it cool completely before pouring in cream filling.

5. Beat Your Cream Filling

In an electric mixer bowl, beat 2 cups of softened vanilla ice cream until smooth and creamy. Add in 1/2 cup of dulce de leche cream, a pinch of sea salt and continue to mix until well combined.

6. Assemble Your Ice Cream Cake

Pour the ice cream mixture into your cooled crust and spread it evenly with a spatula or spoon.

7. Freeze Your Cake

Cover your themed ice cream cake with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight until firm.

8. Garnish Your Ice Cream Cake

Once your ice cream cake is frozen, cut the cake and serve with your favorite toppings such as crushed pecans, chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, whipped cream or strawberries.

By following these steps, you’ll have a delicious and show-stopping dessert to wow your guests.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect dessert for any occasion
The perfect dessert for any occasion

When it comes to making this delicious Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake, there’s plenty of room for creativity and personalization. Here are some substitutions and variations you can make:

– Pecans: If you don’t have pecans, or you’re not a fan of them, you can use other nuts like walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts.

– Chocolate Dulce De Leche Cake: If you’re a chocolate lover, you can add some cocoa powder to the cake mix, or substitute a chocolate cake mix altogether.

– Vanilla Dulce De Leche Cake: If you want to keep things simple and classic, skip the chocolate and stick to a plain yellow cake mix.

– Ice Cream Flavors: While vanilla ice cream is a traditional choice for this recipe, you can switch things up by using different flavors like chocolate, strawberry, or caramel.

– No Churn Ice Cream: Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem. You can make your own no-churn ice cream with just heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk.

– Caramel Sauce: Drizzle some caramel sauce over the top of the cake for an extra decadent touch.

– Tres Leches: For a twist on this recipe, try making a Tres Leches (three milks) version by soaking the cake in a mixture of evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream before layering it with ice cream.

No matter what substitutions or variations you choose to make, this Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Experiment with different flavors and textures until you find your perfect combination.

Serving and Pairing

 A frozen treat that's easy to make and hard to resist
A frozen treat that’s easy to make and hard to resist

The Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake Recipe is incredibly delicious and indulgent, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings. This ice cream cake is a delightful dessert that will leave your guests wanting more!

Once your cake is ready and has been chilled in the freezer for a few hours, it’s time to serve it. Take it out of the freezer ahead of time and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes to soften up just enough so that you can slice through with ease. You can slice the cake into portions with a sharp knife or a serrated knife. The combination of the soft and creamy cake layers, crunchy nuts, and gooey dulce de leche ice cream is simply divine.

This decadent dessert pairs well with a warm cup of coffee or tea to balance out its richness. It’s also great for celebrating special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. You can decorate the cake with sprinkles or fresh fruit like strawberries for added color and flavor.

If you’re looking for other desserts to complement this cake, try serving it alongside some homemade whipped cream, caramel sauce or dulce de leche sauce drizzled over the top. You could also add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or strawberry sorbet on the side to make it even more irresistible.

Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with other sweet treats, this ice cream cake is sure to impress your guests and leave them dreaming about it well after the last bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Layers upon layers of creamy goodness
Layers upon layers of creamy goodness

Once you’ve made your incredible Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake, you may want to know how to store it and reheat it for later enjoyment. Luckily, this delightful cake can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.

If you’re making this cake ahead of time, make sure to let it sit in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving. You will want to give it plenty of time to set before cutting and serving.

When it comes time to reheat your Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake, there are a few things you can do. You can let it thaw in the refrigerator for several hours, or leave it on the counter for 10-15 minutes. Once it’s soft enough to cut through, slice and serve.

If you’re planning on having leftovers, cut the cake into slices and store them separately in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic wrap. Then, when you’re ready for more delicious dessert, simply pull out individual slices as needed – no need to thaw the entire cake!

The Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake will taste as sweet and delectable as the day you first made it if you follow these simple storage tips. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A sweet surprise that will satisfy your cravings
A sweet surprise that will satisfy your cravings

Having made this Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake Recipe numerous times, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to help you get the best results possible. So, let’s dive in:

1. Soften Your Ice Cream Well in Advance

It’s essential to soften your ice cream well in advance so that it’s easy to spread on the cake layers. Take out the ice cream from the freezer at least 20-30 minutes before using it. Softening will also make it easier to mix in other ingredients if you’re doing some twerks with the recipe.

2. Use Room Temperature Butter for the Crust

Make sure your butter is at room temperature before mixing it with your cracker and nut mixture. Cold butter won’t blend as well and will lead to a less cohesive crust.

3. Don’t Rush the Baking Process

This cake requires some oven time, don’t be tempted to open the oven door too early, or you’ll run the risk of your cake sinking or not rising properly. Keep an eye after you insert your cake into the oven, set a timer for around 40-45 minutes or as per requirement.

4. Layer Slowly

When layering the ice cream and cake, do it slowly and methodically. Layer about one inch of ice cream onto each cake layer, spreading it evenly with an offset spatula or regular spatula or back of a spoon, then freeze between each layer to give them plenty of time to firm up.

5. Top It Off

When topping off your cake with whipped cream or extra toppings (like pecans), go beyond filling up space on top; aim for full coverage around all sides and corners of your ice cream cake so that every single slice is Instagram-worthy!

By following these tips, you can achieve flawless results when making this delicious Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake Recipe!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this dulce de leche ice cream cake recipe is a perfect blend of Brazilian and American cuisine. With the rich and creamy texture of dulce de leche mixed with the smooth vanilla ice cream, the combination is irresistible. The topping of chopped pecans adds a crunchy contrast that takes this cake to another level of deliciousness.

This recipe yields an impressive result that will leave your guests amazed and satisfied. It’s perfect for celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday or simply as an indulgent treat for yourself.

With the provided substitutions and variations, you can customize this dessert according to your preference. So, whether you want to make it dairy-free, gluten-free or decide to add some chocolate or strawberry swirls, the options are endless.

To truly elevate this dulce de leche ice cream cake recipe experience, pair it with some caramel sauce, whipped cream or even serve it alongside some brownies or tres leches. Consider making it ahead of time and storing it in the freezer for up to a week.

Finally, who needs an oven when you can make this no churn ice cream cake recipe with just a few simple steps? I guarantee the effort is well worth the reward! So go ahead and impress your family and friends with this delightful dessert – they won’t be disappointed!

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Cake Recipe

I invented this recipe about six months ago when requested to bring a frozen dessert to a holiday potluck. Since then I've made it about once a month, and it is always a hit. I gave one away as a hostess gift to a friend when she invited us for Friday night dinner, and got a phone call the following week to say that the leftovers were all finished and her daughter had gone into mourning over the fact. I use Recipe #394073 in the recipe, but you can use any brand or your own version of homemade ice cream.
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Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine South American
Calories 31.4 kcal


  • 6 cups dulce de leche or 6 cups butterscotch ice cream, slightly melted
  • 2 chocolate cake, cut into thin slices (loaf size)
  • 1 cup sugared pecans, ground to dust


  • Line a deep, square or oblong dish (freezer safe) with one of the sliced loaf cakes.
  • Spread with 3 cups of dulce de leche ice cream.
  • Sprinkle with half of the pecan dust.
  • Repeat with another layer, cake, ice cream and dust.
  • Cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

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Serving: 4gCalories: 31.4kcalCarbohydrates: 0.6gProtein: 0.4gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 0.3gFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.2g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Easy, For Large Groups, Frozen, Kosher, Potluck
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.