Homemade gelato/ice cream cake: quick basic recipe, ideas, and variations!

The gelato/ice cream cake is the perfect cold no cooking dessert for the summer! A cake with a base of crumbled cookies/biscuits and layers of ice cream of the taste you prefer: fiordilatte, chocolate, fruit; between two layers maybe a little Nutella, or jam or caramelized peanuts! A real goodness simple to make, a homemade gelato/ice cream cake perfect to make in many delicious variations and customize as you want!

For the base, you can choose the dry cookies/ biscuits you want! For the filling, I chose 2 flavors, homemade stracciatella, and vanilla with strawberries but if you are in a hurry, you can buy the gelato! Have a look at the gelato recipes in our blog for vanilla gelato, chocolate gelato, pistachio gelato, or dark chocolate gelato

Between one layer and another, you can add a layer of Nutella or jam!

Also for finishing, you can choose decoration as you like! I chose ruby chocolate and chopped pistachios but hazelnuts are fine, almonds, also simply chopped, grated coconut; or dark chocolate chips, chocolate pralines, crumbled biscuits, a caramel glaze!

The Ice Cream Cake is the ideal summer dessert for a birthday party, a dessert at the end of the meal, a summer buffet, a dinner with friends, or a snack for children! Something to keep always in the freezer for sudden guests!


  Quantity for 1 opening tin of 15 cm
• 100 gr  =1/2 cup of dry cookies/biscuits (chocolate, classic, light, wholemeal, gluten-free, those you prefer)
• 100 gr =1/2 cup of melted butter
300 gr.=1 1/2 cups gelato stracciatella
300 gr.= 1 1/2 cups ice cream vanilla w. strawberries
For decoration
Ruby Chocolate
Fresh strawberries

 Crush well the dry cookies/biscuits you have chosen, and mix with melted butter.

Lay them in a cake tin for gelato/ice cream purposes covered with baking and level with a spoon.

Refrigerate for at least 30 – 40 minutes.

On the basis of Cookies/biscuits pour the first layer of ice cream

Put in for about 30 minutes.

Cover with the second ice cream Place in the freezer and let it clump for at least 3 – 4 h

Decorate it as you like. We have sliced strawberries with pistachio on top, then ruby chocolate on the sides.

If you leave the ice cream cake in the freezer for a long time, you will have to keep it at room temperature for 10 – 15 minutes before cutting the slice!

Cut the slice and enjoy an amazing ice cream cake!

You can store the ice cream cake in the freezer for 2 months.