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Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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This raspberry brownie ice cream cake is a perfect summer dessert or birthday cake. Ice cream cakes are easy to prepare and can be made well in advance of serving. They make stunning birthday cakes served whole or can be pre-cut on a platter then decorated with fresh fruit or edible flowers.

Organize for Success – Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

The key to a successful ice cream cake is advance preparation. Here I made my recipe for chocolate truffle brownies two days ahead of serving. I chilled the brownie overnight then carefully cut it in half horizontally. I then put it back in the pan with wax paper separating the layers and put it in the freezer overnight. This step can be done days or weeks in advance. For the final assembly I layered the brownie with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet. Then the assembled dessert went back in the freezer overnight.

Ice cream cakes can be messy to cut…soft ice cream and a hard, frozen dense brownie.  For this reason I cut it into squares before I served it. At the last minute I topped it with whipping cream and raspberries then added a garnish of fresh mint. If you don’t like the cutting process then by all means let the birthday person cut it or ask for a volunteer.

When Things Go Wrong

My advice for this raspberry brownie ice cream cake is plan well in advance…but that doesn’t always work out. My second piece of advice is if you don’t plan well in advance, improvise. There is always a way to create a nice presentation for dessert when the original plan doesn’t work.

I like the saying, “A mistake is never a mistake until you refuse to fix it.” If you find out too late that your brownie or cake isn’t quite cooked in the center or you don’t have time for the whole dessert to freeze don’t worry. A nice wine glass or a martini glass looks impressive with layers of crumbled cake or brownie, ice cream, fresh whipped cream and fruit. Serving dessert in a fancy glass fixes just about any problem.

Adding a little of this Homemade Raspberry Sauce is a nice touch too.

Raspberry Sauce, perfect to pour over ice cream, brownies or grilled peaches.
Raspberry Sauce -photo credit Jim Little

Be creative and let me know in the comments below how you improvised. No matter what happens this Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake (or parfait) is a delicious dessert for an end of summer celebration.


1 recipe gluten free chocolate truffle brownie baked in an 8 x 8 inch square pan
2-3 cups gluten free vanilla ice cream
2-3 cups gluten free raspberry sorbet
GARNISH - whipped cream, fresh raspberries and fresh mint leaves


Cut the brownie in half horizontally.
Line the original baking pan with plastic wrap and place one half of the brownie into the bottom of the pan.
Top with scoops of slightly softened vanilla ice cream. Spread evenly over the brownie using a stiff plastic spatula or a spoon.
Top with the other half of the brownie gently pressing it into the ice cream.
Top with scoops of slightly softened raspberry sorbet. Spread evenly over the brownie using a stiff plastic spatula or a spoon. Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
Remove from freezer and transfer to a cutting board. Using a knife dipped in hot water to warm it cut the ice cream cake in half. Put one half back in the freezer while you cut the other half. Cut each half into 8 pieces for a total of 16 pieces.
Serve on a tray topped with fresh whipped cream and raspberries. Garnish with fresh mint if desired.


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