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Aug 24

{Neapolitan} Ice Cream Cake Roll

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I realized last week that it’s been way too long since I posted a cake roll. I’m sorry, can you forgive me?

I’ll make it up to you today with my favorite new recipe: an Ice Cream Cake Roll. With neapolitan flavors!

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake Roll - use your favorite flavor ice cream to make your perfect cake roll!

So I have a confession to make. Ready? Until last week, I didn’t like strawberry ice cream.

I KNOW, right? Weird Dorothy sitting over there doesn’t like ice cream made with the best fruit ever. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be.

So I’ve pretty much gone through life telling myself I didn’t like strawberry ice cream. I’m sure at one point in my childhood I had it and didn’t like it. Most likely it was one of those kinds with huge chunks of strawberries that get all icy and weird.

Needless to say, I also didn’t like neapolitan ice cream as a kid. If you don’t like strawberry ice cream, that pretty much rules out neapolitan. Oh my gosh, how much I missed out on as a kid. I’m sad for myself.

Anyway, when I was in Tillamook a few weeks ago, I had their strawberry ice cream. And I fell in loooooove. Big, fat, strawberry ice cream love.

I had to go to two stores to find the Oregon Strawberry when I got home, because I wanted a huge bowl of it. So I did and then I decided if I didn’t do something with the ice cream I was going to eat the whole carton and that, unfortunately, is not in my eating plan. So I did the logical, food blogger thing.

I shoved the ice cream inside of a cake roll. There’s totally less calories that way.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake Roll - use your favorite flavor ice cream to make your perfect cake roll!

I used my favorite chocolate cake roll for this recipe. It’s the same one I used for my Mint Chip Cake Roll and it’s similar to one that’s in my book.

Then I filled the roll with strawberry ice cream. I used Tillamook because I love their product, but you can use your favorite brand. The strawberry ice cream filling along with the chocolate cake and the whipped cream or Cool Whip topping makes this cake full of neapolitan flavors.

But what if you don’t like neapolitan? Or if you don’t like strawberry ice cream? No worries – use your favorite flavor ice cream to make this cake your own! (I can bet my daughter will be begging for one with Mint Chip soon!)

Now, before you get all scared about making a cake roll, please know it’s not hard at all. Last year I wrote a post with a photo tutorial for how to make a cake roll. Then I wrote a list of cake roll rules you must follow. But really, it’s super easy. I just have a couple tips for you (but refer to those posts for more in depth instructions):

1. Make sure the cake is done. They don’t cook very long – about 10 minutes. Normally I under bake everything, but not cake rolls. It’s almost better if it’s a tad over baked. A toothpick should come out clean in the center of the cake. Again, my cakes always take about 10 minutes.

2. Lots of powdered sugar when rolling. Err on the side of too much. I like to say that if my entire kitchen doesn’t have powdered sugar on it after I flip the cake out of the super hot pan, I didn’t use enough.

3. Cakes crack. It’s going to happen, no matter how many times you’ve baked a cake roll from the same recipe. There are so many variables in play that it’s sometimes unavoidable. In those instances, use lots of frosting. Then no one will know!

I think ice cream cake rolls are kind of a game changer. Think of the combinations!

*peanut butter and chocolate
*lemon cake and vanilla ice cream
*chocolate cake and caramel ice cream
*coffee and chocolate
*vanilla and peppermint ice cream

Do I need to continue? Or are you drooling yet?

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake Roll - use your favorite flavor ice cream to make your perfect cake roll!

Now I need more strawberry ice cream…

{Neapolitan} Ice Cream Cake Roll

Yield: 10-12 servings

The perfect chocolate cake roll is filled with strawberry ice cream and topped with whipped cream for a neapolitan ice cream cake roll! Or, use your favorite flavor ice cream instead to make your perfect ice cream cake roll.


For the Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons brewed coffee (or water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup usweetened cocoa powder (I used special dark to get that dark chocolate flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, to aid in rolling

For the Filling & Topping:

  • About 4 cups Strawberry Ice Cream (or your favorite flavor)
  • Whipped Cream or Cool Whip for topping
  • Sprinkles, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll (10x15”) pan with foil and spray with cooking spray (I like to use the spray with flour).
  2. Beat eggs at high speed for 3 minutes, until frothy and dark yellow. Beat in sugar, coffee, and vanilla extract.
  3. Whisk together cocoa, salt, baking powder, and flour. Stir into wet ingredients just until blended.
  4. Spread in prepared pan. Batter will be in a very thin layer and you will need to use a wooden spoon or spatula to spread it to all the corners of the pan. Bake for 9-11 minutes (mine took 10).
  5. While the cake is baking, set a clean kitchen towel out on a large work surface. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar (about 1/4 cup). As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn it over on the kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove foil carefully.
  6. Working at the short end, fold the edge of the towel over the cake. Roll tightly, rolling up the cake into the towel. Let cool completely while rolled, at least one hour (or overnight).

Assemble Cake

  1. Once the cake has cooled, unroll it carefully. Leave ice cream on the counter to soften for 5 minutes. Spread ice cream in an even layer on the cake. Roll up tightly, cover with plastic wrap, and re-freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
  2. When ready to serve, remove cake from the freezer and remove plastic wrap. Place on serving plate and frost with whipped cream or Cool Whip. Top with sprinkles.
  3. (Extra cake can be placed in a resealable container and re-frozen. This works best with Cool Whip, but whipped cream will be fine too.)


Use your favorite flavor ice cream for a new flavor twist!
For tips on making a cake roll refer to this photo tutorial and these rules.

Recipe © Crazy for Crust. All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe.

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50 Responses to “{Neapolitan} Ice Cream Cake Roll”

  1. Mir posted on August 24, 2014 at 4:09 am (#)

    Thank you for posting ice cream! I’m feeling fall come on, and this makes me cling to summer a bit longer!
    Love that you used ice cream in a cake roll!


  2. Kristen posted on August 24, 2014 at 7:06 am (#)

    I haven’t made a cake roll in forever. You’ve inspired me!


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 24, 2014 at 7:22 am (#)

    I think your next book should be CAKE ROLLS! Because you make the best looking ones and have the most varieties of anyone, period! You have mad skills when it comes to these babies and seriously, they’re an art :) I wish mine looked 1/100th as good as yours! Pinned :)


  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on August 24, 2014 at 9:35 am (#)

    What a beautiful cake roll, Dorothy! I love this flavor! Pinned!


  5. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on August 24, 2014 at 10:58 am (#)

    I am with Averie, you should write a Cake Rolls cookbook! So pretty every time! Also, I never liked strawberry ice cream as a kid. Now – LOVE! This cake sounds amazing! Pinned!


  6. Eve @ Baking the Day posted on August 24, 2014 at 10:58 am (#)

    Cake rolls are the best type of cake ever! You get a good amount of cake and an even better amount of frosting or ice cream. Alas Dorothy, I was like your younger self: despising strawberry ice cream. But, I made it at home once and now I love it. Can’t wait to make your cake roll now, you have just inspired me!


  7. Leslie posted on August 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm (#)

    It’s so pretty! I’ve only made one cake that like and it was fun to make then we got time at it. Two birds one stone. Happy Sunday!


  8. marcie posted on August 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm (#)

    This is so pretty and looks so delicious! This just may be my favorite cake roll from you yet!


  9. Mom posted on August 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm (#)

    Sorry, I might be to blame for the not liking strawberry ice cream. I just never cared for it because, well…it wasn’t chocolate!!! :)


  10. Holly @ The Very Hungry Blonde posted on August 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm (#)

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I would take this over a normal cake any day!


  11. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on August 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm (#)

    All of your cake rolls are so perfect and pretty! This one is super fun. Love it!


  12. Ambar posted on August 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm (#)

    Want to know something crazy!? I didn’t like bacon till 2 weeks ago! So no worries:)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 24th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      LOL! I still don’t love regular bacon. But turkey bacon, I do love. I’m a rebel that way, ha!


  13. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips posted on August 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm (#)

    OK, now I have to find this strawberry ice cream because I totally have the same feelings about strawberry and neopolitan ice cream. And I am dying over this cake roll! Ice cream makes everything better!


  14. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes posted on August 24, 2014 at 7:36 pm (#)

    So I’m the weirdo over here that doesn’t really like Neapolitan ice cream. The flavors on their own are wonderful however I never grooved on them all together. This cake though! This cake has convinced me to give the Neapolitan flavor combo another try. This might be the most perfect looking cake roll ever.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 25th, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Go for it Jamie! I still haven’t re-tried the ice cream. I should sometime!


  15. Wendy posted on August 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm (#)

    The problem with your cake rolls, Dorothy, is that it is so hard to decide which one to make! They all look delicious! Neapolitan ice cream will never be my favorite, but chocolate cake with strawberry ice cream is another story altogether! Contact your publisher, I am the third to comment that a cake roll book should definitely be volume 2 in your cookbook series. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 25th, 2014 at 6:38 am

      LOL! Since Averie mentioned it it’s all I can think about!


  16. Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted on August 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm (#)

    Oh boy, just looking at this pretty cake roll makes me feel happy inside! You are so talented at cake rolls, they look perfect! I have only tried to make one once and it fell apart but yours looks so good, Ill have to try again!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 25th, 2014 at 6:38 am

      It’s all about practice Jessica! And making sure the cake is cooked enough (not too wet, not too dry). :)


  17. Thalia @ butter and brioche posted on August 24, 2014 at 8:38 pm (#)

    i am loving this recipe, definitely will be recreating it this weekend and reporting back. hopefully my ice cream roll turns out as perfect as yours!


  18. Karen @ The Food Charlatan posted on August 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm (#)

    Dorothy I’m a freak like you. Or I guess you’re not anymore, but I still am. Strawberry ice cream=waste of time. I need to go try Tillamook’s!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 25th, 2014 at 6:37 am

      It’s so good Karen! Not too chunky, and the perfect strawberry flavor!


  19. Jennie posted on August 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm (#)

    This is genius!


  20. Connie posted on August 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm (#)

    This cake roll looks amazing! I love Neapolitan ice cream and the 3 flavors individually. For some reason, the strawberry ice cream in the Neapolitan package is never chunky. I do love the strawberry ice cream with extra chunks of strawberry. Love this post, hope to try to make a cake roll in the near future.


  21. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on August 25, 2014 at 6:41 am (#)

    My husband LOVES strawberry icecream, and I love cake rolls…this is perfect!!


  22. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted on August 25, 2014 at 6:57 am (#)

    I enjoy strawberry ice cream, but your suggestion of chocolate and peanut butter is ingenious!


  23. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:40 am (#)

    Forgiven! Your calorie logic makes sense to me! I didn’t want to eat all my pb ice cream so I put it in a pie…umm now I have ice cream pie. I propose a swap! Several slices of your ice cream roll for several slices of ice cream pie. That should fix everything. 😉 Now that I’ve solved that issue – let’s talk about how delicious this roll looks! Such a good idea!


  24. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:44 am (#)

    Your cake rolls absolutely rock! I am so glad you’ve been converted to a strawberry ice cream lover – it’s totally my default. I’m loving this neapolitan roll – brilliant!


  25. Heather @ Shards of Lavender posted on August 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm (#)

    Okay, so I’ve never made a cake roll because the thought of it is so intimidating.! But now here you are with all these perfect looking rolls, detailed instructions, and you mention that I can cover up the cracks… SO tempting! Pinned for later:)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 25th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks for the pin Heather!!


  26. Krystle(Baking Beauty) posted on August 25, 2014 at 6:35 pm (#)

    I don’t think I like strawberry ice cream either. However, this recipes makes me want to give it another try!


  27. Krystle(Baking Beauty) posted on August 25, 2014 at 6:35 pm (#)

    I don’t think I like strawberry ice cream either. However, this recipes makes me want to give it another try!


  28. Krystle(Baking Beauty) posted on August 25, 2014 at 6:35 pm (#)

    I don’t think I like strawberry ice cream either. However, this recipes makes me want to give it another try!


  29. Krystle(Baking Beauty) posted on August 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm (#)

    @ Dorothy I apologize if my comment posted 3 times. I’m not sure why that happened :(


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 25th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      No worries – that happens sometimes! :) Thanks so much for reading!


  30. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on August 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm (#)

    Girl you never cease to amaze me! This is soooo genius and I bet so delicious! I love all the flavors blended together in this way. Perfection!


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  32. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter posted on August 27, 2014 at 4:07 am (#)

    You make the prettiest cake rolls! I love that you stuffed them with ice cream – it sounds incredible! I wasn’t a fan of strawberry ice cream as a kid either but now I can’t get enough of it :) Your tips rock and definitely making me think that I need to attempt making a cake roll one of these days – pinning!


  33. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on August 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm (#)

    I’m pretty much in love with everything about this.


  34. Emily @ Life on Food posted on August 30, 2014 at 3:56 am (#)

    Cake rolls are always so much fun. Add in some ice cream and sprinkles and it becomes an over the top celebration. And I am always down for a celebration. Love this!!


  35. Lisa @ Cooking with Curls posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm (#)

    I still don’t like strawberry ice cream, but that cake roll is gorgeous! I haven’t made a cake roll in years, I need to change that!!


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  37. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on September 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm (#)

    Strawberry is the ONLY flavor of ice cream my guy will eat!! (Granted, he’s lactose intolerant, but still… It’s one of the only flavors of froyo and sorbet he’ll eat too.) I was never a huge fan as a kid and always preferred cookie dough or cookies ‘n cream, but stuffed inside of a chocolate cake roll? So good!!


  38. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:00 am (#)

    Mmmmm, me likely this cake roll! 😉 Neo is the best!


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