Carrot Cake Ice Cream Cake

Carrot Cake Ice Cream Cake is Carrot Cake that is topped with an easy cheesecake ice cream – the perfect summer cake!

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This was my husband’s birthday cake. And people, he actually ate it.

*jumping for joy*

Well, when I say he ate it, I mean he had one slice. A sliver, really. But still…he used one of his weekly “cheats” to have a slice.

I didn’t hear “it’s too sweet” or anything. He actually enjoyed it. Yay me!

Can we talk about the fact that he gets three cheats a week and that’s all he uses? Best. Willpower. Ever.

I knew I could get him with Carrot Cake.

And ice cream.

AKA, his two kryptonites.

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I think this is one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. It’s got a carrot cake base layer. The carrot cake is filled with cinnamon and carrots and pecans. I don’t do pineapple or raisins in…well, anything, but if you have to have raisins in your carrot cake, add away! I also used applesauce for some of the oil in the cake, because I was trying to make it lower calorie for him. I didn’t notice a difference at all!

The ice cream is a cheesecake ice cream (ala Something Swanky) that tastes like cream cheese frosting. Carrot cake wouldn’t be complete without it! It’s an easy ice cream that needs no ice cream maker, and I used fat-free sweetened condensed milk and fat-free Cool Whip. You can use full-fat versions…or use real whipped cream. That recipe is so versatile it’s a little scary. With the addition of vanilla bean paste, the flavor is out of this world.

And if that all wasn’t enough, I frosted the cake with Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting. The frosting is convenient, good, and I knew that it would re-freeze well to be the topping on the ice cream cake.

Seriously, favorite cake ever.

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Carrot Cake Ice Cream Cake

My favorite carrot cake recipe with a cream cheese ice cream layer and topped with cream cheese whipped topping! The perfect cake for spring!


For the Ice Cream:

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (I use fat-free)

  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract vanilla bean paste

  • 8 ounces (1 tub) fat-free Cool Whip (or 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream, whipped - see note)

For the Cake:

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 heaping cup shredded carrots (from about 2 med/large carrots)

For Frosting:

  • 1 tub Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting, thawed or your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe

  • Chopped pecans, for garnish


  1. Make the Ice Cream: Beat cream cheese until smooth with a hand mixer. Beat in sweetened condensed milk. Switch to a wooden spoon or spatula and stir in vanilla. Fold in Cool Whip. Place in a sealable container and freeze until hardened, overnight is best.

  2. Make the Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 6” round cake pans or one 9” round cake pan.

  3. Stir together eggs, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Stir in sugars. Add salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon and stir until they are just mixed in. Add flour and stir until smooth. Stir in pecans and carrots.

  4. Pour batter evenly into pans (or into the one 9” pan). I used to 6” round pans, but this batter should fit into a 9” pan. Fill about 2/3 full.

  5. Bake for 22-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (My two 6” pans baked in 24 minutes. The centers fell a little when I removed them from the oven, but that doesn’t matter. We’re covering it with ice cream!)

  6. Cool completely before removing from pans. Wrap in plastic and freeze until ready to assemble the cake. This can be done up to a week ahead of time.

  7. Assemble the Cake:Line the bottom of whatever size cake pan you used to bake the cake (either the 9” or one 6” pan) with plastic wrap.

  8. Remove ice cream from freezer. If it’s too hard, let it sit for a few minutes. Scoop ice cream into the bottom of the plastic wrap lined pan and press to compact with your hands. If you are using a 6” pan you’ll use about 2/3 of the ice cream. If you’re using a 9” pan, use it all.

  9. Take your cake layer (only one of them if they are 6”) and press it gently on top of the ice cream. Wrap the entire thing in plastic wrap and freeze for at least a few hours.

  10. Note: I only used one of my 6” cake layers. I kept the other frozen for future cake needs.

    When it’s good and frozen, remove from freezer. Unwrap and turn it out onto a serving plate. Peel off the plastic wrap gently from the ice cream.

  11. Frost with your frosting and line the sides with chopped pecans. Serve immediately or refreeze until ready to serve.


If you prefer not to use Cool Whip, you can substitute 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream that has been whipped until stiff peaks form for the Cool Whip in the ice cream recipe.

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Carrot Cake Ice Cream Cake with layers of carrot cake and cream cheese ice cream

Other carrot cake goodness you might like:

Carrot Cake Coffee Cake


Carrot Cake Brownies


Sweets from friends:
Caramel Carrot Cake Cheesecake Trifle by Something Swanky
Carrot Cake Scones by Created by Diane
Carrot Cake Popcorn by Kitchen Meets Girl

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  1. What a cake! I bet the cheesecake ice cream really made it special. Glad Mel enjoyed it – you’re such a good wife 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous and yummy cake! The bunting is so cute:)

  3. This was really good!!!!!!!

  4. I love carrot cake, and this sounds AMAZING!!! cream cheese cool whip frosting, i did not even know!!

  5. I understand now how you can do what you do. Scott would weigh 300 pounds if I baked as much as you 🙂

    I use applesauce all the time in place of oil and I rarely notice any difference. Yum!

  6. Carrot cake is my favorite kind of cake! It’s usually what I have for my birthday cake each year. 🙂 And I would love it with ice cream! So good.

  7. I can see why he did. Looks amazing!!

  8. Delicious flavors for an ice cream cake! Cheese cake ice cream is perfect with carrot cake! No wonder your husband enjoyed it! (Aren’t people without a sweet tooth annoying? Even if we love them dearly!) I think this would be a very difficult cake to resist. 🙂

  9. This looks awesome. I totally agree on the pineapple and raisins – no thank you! This looks perfect, just how it is!

  10. Your pics are so pretty and the recipe itself – you outdid yourself, Dorothy! I love carrot cake and with homemade ice cream, I bet it’s amazing. And I want your cake stand. Pinned!

  11. Can you serve this straight out of the freezer without the cake being hard?

  12. Dorothy this cake is genius., I would definitely skip the raisins, I don’t do raisins in my house. Truly though, I’m loving is and need to make it. Very cute shoot too!

  13. Such a gorgeous cake and with homemade ice cream!! Wow. I have never wanted a carrot cake more! And your photos are stunning!

  14. Oh I just LOVE carrot cake!!!! and yes cream cheese icing is to dye for delicious, I bet he used it as a cheat, I know I would.
    I just love cream cheese flavored treats, have you tried cream cheese bakers emulsion, I have it and I will tell you if you like that cream cheese taste, you can have it in a few drops of that yummy extract and well….now that I’m thinking of it, I really need to get the cream cheese flavor going again in the kitchen.
    Thanks for sharing my carrot cake scone link 🙂
    I’m really not sure if only a sliver would do of this, I may have to use up all my calories for the day on this one alone!

  15. Oh my. Carrot cake? Ice cream cake? You’re incredible. You could make this for me any day and I’d eat it – birthday or not!

  16. What a clever cake to combine the best cake with the best ice cream. I’d have an extra birthday for this.

  17. What a perfect combination! Carrot cake, cheesecake, ICE CREAM! Yes!

    My boyfriend can be the same way as your husband. I’ll make a sweet treat, he will eat one bite or maybe one cookie and then he often won’t eat anymore. He says he doesn’t want to eat that type of stuff right now. However, he is a huge carrot cake fan so he would probably gobble up this cake. Pinning and sharing on FB and Twitter. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, Dorothy!

  18. What a great cake!! Loving the ice cream addition!

  19. I need you to make this cake for me Dorothy! Oh my gosh it looks so delicious! I cannot believe thats ice cream! Holy Yum!

  20. This looks dangerously good – seriously! The texture of the cake, holy cow, I just want to admire it for a while..and then devour it 🙂 I’m totally in awe of your husband’s willpower…how could he resist eating the whole thing!? 🙂

  21. Carrot Cake is my absolute fave! I think I would inhale this entire cake myself! Awesome recipe!

  22. Our Internet has been nonexistant the last week, but I’m here now! This IS the best carrot cake I have ever seen. That frosting/ice cream/cheesecake is so crazy creative. And on carrot cake? Seriously. And thank you for not putting raisins in it:) Talk about ruining the texture! That first picture is just plain gorgeous – pinned!

  23. I’m just going to say HOW COULD HE NOT EAT IT?! Holy wow, this is freakin’ fantabulous!

  24. What a generous husband, leaving all the rest of the cake for you 🙂
    Happy birthday to him – this looks delicious!

  25. Wow. I love carrot cake and this looks like an amazing recipe! x

  26. OH my gosh! Carrot cake and ice cream and cream cheese cool whip?! I am dying! YUMMMMMM

  27. Beautiful stand!!! We just got a teacup and plate made out of the same green glass in a antique store… Can’t wait to use it.

  28. What an amazing idea. I absolutely adore this! 🙂

  29. This looks delicious! Could you please ask Mel to lend me some of his will power?? Holy cow.

  30. You are on a roll with amazing desserts!! Holy cow I want to eat them all!!

  31. Willpower? What IS that?? This cake, btw, stunning! Want a slice right now 🙂

  32. This looks SO good Dorothy!! And you’re the sweetest wife ever to make a healthier-but-still-indulgent birthday cake that your husband can still have on his birthday. (So sweet of him to use one of his 3 “cheats” for it too — you’re such a cute couple!!)

    My old college roommate LOVED carrot cake, and I’m definitely sending this recipe her way! 🙂

  33. I’m such a fan of ice cream cakes and this one sounds amazing! I love the carrot cake/cheesecake/cream cheese combo -yum!!

  34. This just looks CRAZY Good! I don’t know how he couldn’t have liked it! However, my husband will only enjoy my treats if its chocolate. No fruit! EVER! Glad he enjoyed his birthday cake!

  35. We have quite a few birthdays coming up, and carrot cake is a favorite at our house–but ice cream cakes are my personal fav. It’s like you read my mind, which was in dire need for yummy compromise 🙂 can’t wait to try this!

  36. You turned my favorite cake into an ice cream cake! This could be dangerous!

  37. Dorothy, I am pretty sure my husband would die over this cake. One of his favorite cake is carrot cake! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this week at Marvelous Mondays!

  38. Heavens to Betsey, you’re gonna make me into a carrot cake eating fiend just yet! This looks SO awesome.. easily one of the best carrot cake anythings I’ve ever seen. And I am kinda sorta crushing on the fact that you FROSTED ICE CREAM. I mean, really.

  39. Oh boy, this is so cool! Ice cream on top of carrot cake and that frosting overall. Wow – I’m sure your husband was impressed by your creativity and thoughtfulness. I love the bunting, too. : )

  40. Oh. My. Word! This is the best cake ever! I love that you put ice cream on it and then frosted it with cream cheese cool whip! I am dying at good that must have been!!!And I can’t believe our husbands have such will power…it kind of irks me 🙂

  41. Carrot cake is my favorite! Yours looks so good! 🙂

  42. Carrot cake & ice cream?!?! Why haven’t I thought of that before? This sounds heavenly!

  43. very varied and delicious recipes, I wish you continued success 🙂

  44. Dorothy, this looks delicious. I need this in my life so definitely planning a carrot cake day! Thank you!

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  46. Hi Dorothy,
    Any tips on keeping the cake part moist?

    • The carrots, applesauce, and oil are designed to keep the cake moist. If it’s too dry for you, you can always try adding a little bit more oil or some water to the batter, but I’m not sure how that will make a difference in the end product. 🙂

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  48. Love that you totally took carrot cake and made it even better than traditional versions and perfect for summer! Pinned!

  49. Lovly. Cake

  50. Hi there -what if we wanted to make this a layer ice cream cake? Any suggestions? is it as simple as following the instructions above twice using half of the cake/ice cream (lay ice cream, then half of cake, then ice cream, then half of cake?) 

    • You can make the cake as directed, then torte it (slice it in half) and sandwich the ice cream between the layers! Enjoy! (Sorry for my delay in replying, I’ve been out of town!)

  51. Tried making this for a birthday at my house. Very sweet and delicious, but just for reference of people thinking of making this, the ice cream proportion is way off from the cake, and if I made it again I would double the amount of cake. Cream cheese frosting on cream cheese ice cream was a little too rich. I added plenty of spices as well as strained pineapple and ground raisins, and more cinnamon and baking powder to the cake. The cake was still heavy and the flour should probably be increased, and the applesauce simply omitted. Flavoring up the frosting and the ice cream should improve its appeal as well.
    Overall, thank you for the wonderful recipe! I wanted to add constructive criticism, but don’t think I didn’t love your gorgeous site and your creativity! Cheers

    • Thanks for letting me know! I’m trying to remember, but I think there was more ice cream than I put on the cake (we just ate it!) As for the additions to the cake, yeah if you’re adding the pineapple you’ll need to omit applesauce or add more flour (or both). I used Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting, which is definitely less sweet than a regular cream cheese frosting, so that or using whipped cream might help with the too sweet!

  52. This sounds too good to be true!!! I love carrot cake, it is my favorite cake and I love vanilla ice cream

    !!!!!!!! I don’t think we have cool whip cream cheese frosting here in Canada, but my son shops in the States, if I can not find it what can I replace it with? Also is there any one else out there besides Dorothy that can tell me if the icecream is truly good?
    I made a no churn ice cream with the sweetened condensed milk and it was so bad, we all through it in the garbage!!! Any comments, Dorothy
    can you please also send me a reply to my email, PLEASE. keep up
    the good work!!!

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