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Gingerbread ice cream cake recipe

Gingerbread ice cream cake recipe

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Guests' mouths will be watering at the mere sight of this ice cream show-stopper. Gingerbread crumbs are sandwiched between melty layers of chocolate and spiced vanilla ice cream, finished off with toffee popcorn and oozy salted caramel. See method

  • Serves 12
  • 40 mins to prepare and 5 mins to cook, plus freezing
  • 431 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • 2 x 900ml tubs vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground cloves
  • ½ tsp oil, for greasing
  • 2 x 900ml tubs triple chocolate ice cream
  • 140g mini gingerbread men, crushed into breadcrumbs
  • 100g toffee popcorn
  • 50g dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tbsp salted caramel sauce
  • 50g dark chocolate, melted

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    19g 27%
  • Saturates

    11g 53%
  • Sugars

    50g 55%
  • Salt

    0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 60.1g Protein 6.7g Fibre 1.8g


  1. Spoon the vanilla ice cream into a bowl and stir in the spices. Put in the freezer to firm for an hour. Meanwhile, brush a deep, 19cm spring form cake tin with the oil and line with two layers of clingfilm.
  2. Using a spoon, press a third of the chocolate ice cream into the base of the tin, levelling with the back of a spoon. Freeze for 1 hr until set.
  3. Sprinkle a third of the gingerbread crumbs over the chocolate ice cream, then spoon a third of the spiced vanilla ice cream on top and spread flat as before. Return to the freezer for 1 hr to set firm.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 twice more each. Once all six layers are complete, freeze the cake, covered with clingfilm, overnight, or until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, put a serving plate on top and invert. Carefully release the cake from the tin and peel off the clingfilm. Top with the popcorn and drizzle with the melted chocolate and salted caramel sauce.

Tip: Make this ice cream cake up to 2 weeks before, but wait to decorate on the day of serving so the sauces are still glossy.

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