Keto Ice Cream Cake

Keto Ice Cream Cake

I can’t wait for you to try my recipe for keto ice cream cake. I am confident that it’s one you will make often, especially when you want to make a more festive keto treat.  This delicious low carb ice cream cake is grain-free, gluten-free.

Plus the ice cream layer is also churn-free. What’s not to love? My keto ice cream cake recipe features two layers of my popular Keto Hershey’s Chocolate cake that was baked and then crumbled. And since the ice cream layer is an easy vanilla ice cream, the whole thing comes together quickly. If that’s not all, this keto ice cream cake is drizzled with a chocolate sauce that forms a hard chocolate shell.

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So if you’ve been missing Carvel ice cream cake, this yummy low carb ice cream cake is going to bring a classic dessert back into your life safely.  Imagine enjoying a keto-friendly ice cream cake that is not only delicious but it won’t kick you out of ketosis? I encourage you to check out all our keto cakes because you could easily swap out the low carb Hershey’s cake for any of my other cake recipes. See there, I am giving you lots of options. 

Keto Ice Cream Cake

Keto Ice Cream Cake
Keto Ice Cream Cake

In our home birthdays were always celebrated with my recipe for homemade ice cream cake. Year after year, the one cake my family always requested when their birthday rolled around was ice cream cake.  Although that recipe wasn’t hard to put together it required quite a lot of steps.  So if this girl was going to make a homemade ice cream cake I always made sure it was a HUGE one. This way my effort could be enjoyed for days. I’m not kidding when I tell you that many days I would have ice cream cake for breakfast. 

Ugh, for sure my sugar addiction would rear its ugly head during birthdays.  All I can say about that is thank you, Jesus, for setting me free! Suffice it to say that, that recipe for homemade ice cream cake was well-loved but it had one glaring problem, it was loaded with carbs.  And that spelled trouble when the majority of our family changed their diet to a ketogenic one. I remember the first year we went keto how terribly we missed not having an ice cream cake.  We all wondered how on earth we would celebrate birthdays without it.

Not going to lie, it wasn’t easy for us. Thankfully, we survived and passed that test. But the time had finally come where I would attempt to create a keto-friendly version. Mainly, because I never want any of my family members to feel deprived simply because we’ve made the ketogenic diet a lifestyle choice. With that in mind, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to share this recipe than for our daughter Michelle’s birthday.

So when I declared that I was making a keto ice cream cake using my recipe for keto Hershey’s cake the family cheered me on.  Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Keto Ice Cream Cake

How To Make A Keto Ice Cream Cake

To make this keto ice cream cake you’ll need a few basic ingredients. Note that the printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post. But you might want to read all my tips to ensure it comes out perfectly every time. What you’ll need:

The first step in making this keto ice cream cake is the baking of the cake. I chose this keto chocolate cake recipe because it’s not only easy to make, but I knew it would compliment the vanilla ice cream layer really well.  Once you make and bake the cake you will need to let it cool completely and then crumble the entire cake into crumbs. That recipe makes two 9-inch cakes. And one layer will serve as the crust of the keto ice cream cake and the other will be the topping. 

Keto Hershey's Cake

Keto Ice Cream 

The ice cream layer that is sandwiched between the cake crumbs is churn-free and so it’s easy to make. I add cream cheese to my ice cream because it really gives the perfect velvety texture.  I used this same technique when I made my keto berries and cream popsicles. And since it worked so well then, I thought it made sense to try it in the keto ice cream layer of this cake.  If you’re a regular reader of our blog it should come as no surprise that I love keto cream cheese recipes.  Since I’ve dedicated a page to all the recipes that include cream cheese.  

Keto Magic Shell

I’ve been making my own keto magic shell for years. It’s super easy to make and doesn’t require any special ingredients. That’s always a win in my book. If you’ve never made a homemade keto-friendly version, you’re in for a real treat.  I opted to add a chocolate sauce that hardens to the top of the ice cream cake because it would give it a little bit of contrast and crunch. 

My recipe uses just three ingredients, coconut oil, confectioner’s sugar substitute, and Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder.  Ok, so it’s actually four ingredients if you count the dash of salt. But you really can’t compare the nutritional value between my homemade recipe and that of Magic Shell. Sure magic shell is delicious and all but it’s full of all sorts of processed ingredients. Not to mention that it has a whopping 16 grams of carbohydrates for a two-tablespoon serving. So yeah there’s that too. 

Celebrating Birthdays While Doing Keto

Please allow this momma a moment to brag a few minutes about our daughter Michelle. Because after all this keto ice cream was created to celebrate her birthday. Michelle’s name was carefully chosen because in Hebrew it means “Who is like our God?” This is so fitting since she has been an example of God’s miraculous hand from the moment she was conceived to the praises she declares with the use of each of the many talents God has gifted her with. She gets mentioned quite a bit on my blog because she’s inspired a few great recipes.

Go check out Michelle’s Keto Brownies a favorite among our readers to see exactly what I mean. But that’s not all she does on this blog, she also serves as my personal assistant. That just means I couldn’t possibly share my keto recipes without her constant help and encouragement.  I sure hope you will give this keto ice cream a try. Once you do, make sure you remember to tag us on Instagram and Facebook. It’s what keeps this girl encouraged to keep sharing and perfecting her recipes. Also, check out our Amazon Store for recommendations. You might be surprised by how many great keto options are at your disposal.

My Michelle

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Keto Ice Cream Cake

Keto Ice Cream Cake

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Freezing Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes

This delicious Keto Ice Cream Cake is grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free. Plus if that's not enough the ice cream layer is churn-free.


Keto Ice Cream Layer

Keto Magic Shell

Keto Hershey's Chocolate Cake

Keto Chocolate Coconut Flour Pound Cake


  1. Bake my full recipe for Keto Hershey's Cake for a nut-free option bake my Keto Chocolate Coconut Flour Cake.
  2. Once the cake layers have cooled, crumble the cake and evenly divide the crumbs into two parts. One part will be the bottom layer of the ice cream cake the other will serve as the topping.
  3. In a 10 x 10 pan that can be frozen, press half of the cake crumbs into the bottom the pan.
  4. Next using an electric mixer in a large bowl combine the softened cream cheese, sugar substitute, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Mix at high speed, scraping the sides of the bowl a few times.
  5. Once that mixture is combined, add the cold heavy whipping cream a little at a time continue to beat the heavy cream until it is fully incorporated into the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Then pour the ice cream on top of the bottom layer of cake crumbs.
  7. Next spread the remaining cake crumbs directly over the ice cream and gently press the crumbs into the surface of the ice cream.
  8. Allow the ice cream cake to chill for at least 4 hours or until frozen solid.
  9. To make the keto magic shell, melt the coconut oil and mix in the cocoa powder, and confectioner's sugar substitute.
  10. Once the ice cream cake is fully chilled drizzle the keto magic shell topping over the cake. The topping will quickly harden and is then ready to be served immediately or stored back in the freezer.


Note: This recipe requires baking a full recipe of my Keto Hershey's Chocolate Cake and allowing the cake to cool and then crumbled.

If you need a nut-free option bake half this Keto Chocolate Coconut Flour Pound Cake for the cake portion of the ice cream cake.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 375Total Fat: 33.2gSaturated Fat: 17.2gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 6.2gNet Carbohydrates: 4.6gFiber: 1.6gSugar: 0.6gProtein: 7.4g

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  3. Hi Hilda! Obviously this is on my to-do list this week! Two questions please… What actually keeps this from freezing into a solid block that potentially needs hours to soften up? (A problem I’m having with an ice cream of my own.) Second is an opinion question really… can you picture this paired up with say your almond flour pound cake or a brownie recipe? From taste, sure (YUM!), but also from the how would it hold up from the freezer-to-table? (Mostly wondering about your personal experience. I do not live in lovely hot, humid Florida.) Excellent FB group, thanks!

    • Hi Theresa, I found that it behaved the same as regular ice cream cake. In my opinion, the addition of the cream cheese is the secret. I have no doubt it will work with a brownie recipe and or the regular almond pound cake. If I were to do the almond I would mix in a few sliced strawberries into the ice cream layer. Sounds like a new recipe idea for this girl 😉

      • Thanks a billion! Looking forward to your marvelous talents and stunning ideas throughout the spring and summer! (Also going to try putting some cream cheese into my rocky road just to see if it helps. However, your wonderful pound cake is begging to be made again. It’s a weekly ritual for me 🤗!)

  4. Just wondering if you spray the pan or use parchment paper to prevent it from freezing to the pan?

  5. I’m excited to try this recipe. I already love the chocolate cake recipe. Sooooo freakin delish!!
    I’m also trying to figure out how to follow you, but I’m a little technically challenged when it comes to that kind of

    • Hi Terri, I am excited that you are enjoying the blog. Why don’t you scroll to the bottom and click the picture 5 easy steps to doing keto. This way you get the free handout and automatically start following the blog.

  6. Made this cake yesterday for my daughter. Next time I will grind the erythritol sweetner for the cake to powder and maybe use a little less. Also my oven is older so it didnt cook completely at 40 minutes so gave it 5 more minutes. It was an awesome celebration treat we all loved it. Thank you

  7. Chrissy Robinson

    I don’t find any links to making your Keto Hershey’s choc cake recipe. There is a square to CONTINUE READING but goes no where. Can you advise- in meantime I will find the hetshey powder choc & photo tbe recipe. Then sub out all the junk for raw cocoa, coco & almond flour.

  8. I can’t thank you enough for this magnificant recipe. It turned out exactly like yours in the picture and tasted really good. My husband and son loved it so much. I have some left over chocolate cake so I will try your recipe for the frosting as well. I am sure it will be delicious. Thanks again …such recipes make me stay on keto without feeling deprived.

  9. Where do u buy the powder sugar substitute and what is it called

  10. Tina Scroggie

    Thank you for the recipe! And your daughter is beautiful! I will post a picture of my creation when I make it!

  11. I made this yesterday and it was very good! I am planning on making it for family in the near future. I liked that I can set it out on the counter while we are eating and it softens enough to serve and then return it to the freezer without issues.. I did not have a 10×10 pan and so used an 8×8 deep pan. I am going to search for a 10×10 pan because it was messy to get it out of the pan. Didn’t affect the taste, however. Thanks so much for all these great recipes!

  12. I am thrilled with this recipe! Loved the cake! Next time I will reduce the “sugar” a bit but all in all the family really enjoyed this dessert. Thank you!!

  13. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m so happy to know you are doing this in reverence to God as a Christian and helping us who are trying to lead a holistically healthy life. I literally just made the ice cream and the drizzle (made the cake two days ago and Im so shocked at how delicious it is!). I tasted the ice cream before placing in the freezer and it was amazing just like that so I can’t wait to taste it in a few hours when it’s frozen. I can’t believe I made an ice cream cake that’s healthy! Thanks to you, this recipe, and your prayers!

  14. Thank you for an egg-free recipe! Staying on Keto is a real challenge without eggs.

  15. Wow, looks amazing. I want to make it but converting cups to grams never ever works for me. I would be so happy if your recipes had both cups and grams for your fans in the uk.

    • Hi Natalie, I am so sorry that I don’t have that information for you. I am currently reaching out to other food bloggers for a converter that works well. This way I can begin to add this information for my UK friends.

  16. Hi Hilda. Do you happen to have nutrition info. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Geri, the nutritional information is always at the bottom of the printable recipe card. But here it is:Nutrition Information:YIELD: 16 SERVING SIZE: 1
      Amount Per Serving:CALORIES: 375 TOTAL FAT: 33.2g SATURATED FAT: 17.2g CHOLESTEROL: 144mg SODIUM: 128mg CARBOHYDRATES: 6.2g FIBER: 1.6g SUGAR: 0.6g PROTEIN: 7.4g
      © Hilda Solares
      CUISINE: American

      • Rhonda Williamson

        Ah, found what I was searching for: carb count. Aftrr reading thru all the replied, I’m definitely making this.
        The fiber count always confuses me. Do I discount that # on a low carb diet and only count the sugar carbs?

      • Hi Rhonda, typically people doing keto subtract the fiber count from the total number of carbs to get the NET carbs. I hope this clarifies things for you.

  17. This recipe is delicious, reminds us of a cookies and creme cheesecake, I wanted your advice. I made the cake this weekend and my ice cream is a solid block. Any suggestions on how to fix that? We leave it on counter before eating and that helps some, but it is solid as a brick. I read an earlier post where someone questioned this and you said it is like “regular ice cream”. I dont know maybe if I over mixed or something. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Angel, Similar to say a Carvel ice cream cake you still need to let sit on the counter for a bit to let it defrost before slicing. It’s worth the little wait.

  18. I’m assuming the first ingredient that says “confectioners sugar” is supposed to be a sugar substitute? Otherwise, this won’t work for keto. Definitely looks yummy!

    • Hi Mel, certainly is a confectioners sugar substitute. I’ll make sure to update the recipe to reflect this. Thanks

      • Hello Hilda, this looks so delicious and refreshing! I so want to try it. Just need a clarification though: when adding the whipping cream to the ‘ice cream’ mixture, do u just mix by hand or whip it?

      • Hi Sarah, I can’t wait until you try. I have updated the recipe to make that step easier to understand. You are to add the cream and continue to beat into the cream cheese mixture. Enjoy!

  19. If I making this for someone who is allergic to coconut, what can I substitute for coconut flour?

  20. Do you publish the keto nutritional values? I am excited to try this amazing cake but I track my net carbs and need to know what a s I Ng size is and how many net carbs it contains.

    Thank you.

  21. Have you made this as “cupcakes” or individual serving cups…just 2 of us and we would be eating cake for-EVER…not a bad thing, I’m sure…can’t wait to try it.

    • Hi Elaine, I have not made these into individual serving cups. However, I know of a couple of people who have sliced the cake to make ice cream bars and then packaged them individually. So your idea should work perfectly. Let us know if you decide to try.

  22. Michele Sellers

    Hey Hilda, just saw this recipe that Randy shared on facebook. It’s funny that you said you were making it for your daughter Michelle’s birthday. My birthday is in a couple weeks and since my birthday falls on a Sunday this year it just so happens that we are having our fellowship meal at church that day. I always try to make a keto friendly desert for our fellowship meals as well as a keto savory dish. I think I’ll be making an icecream cake this time even though it’ll be February. Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  23. Hello! Looks great. But you do not list directions on the magic shell part. Please confirm if the coconut oil should be melted or solid


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