How to Make an Ice Cream Cake Roll

Cake & ice cream. I’m so glad these two found each other. The cool creamy smoothness of ice cream intertwined with moist fluffy cake is sure to take away all your troubles…at least for the moment.  Even though peanut butter and jelly seem to be the iconic food duo, my heart is set on cake and ice cream.  They are definitely one of my favorite couples and now they never have to be apart because this recipe wraps the two around each other, forever bound in chocolatey goodness!

This recipe is a family recipe of my husband’s.  My mother-in-law is teaching my sister-in-law and I the ropes in the pictures below.  I suppose after more than 10 years of enjoying her cake it was finally time for me to pick up the skills!

Ingredients:
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling
Game Plan:

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Set out two medium sized bowls.  In the first one separate 4 egg whites from the yolks and beat until stiff.  Put the yolks in the other medium sized bowl.

separate egg yolks to make ice cream cake roll

Separate the egg whites from the yolks

beat egg whites to make foamy for ice cream cake roll

With a mixer, beat egg whites until stiff

3.  Add 1/2 cup sugar, 2/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt to the beaten egg whites and beat until mixed well.

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Add sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt to beaten egg whites

how to make an ice cream cake roll

4. In the other bowl, beat egg yolks until foamy.

how to make an ice cream cake roll

Beat egg yolks until foamy

5. Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla to the foamy egg yolks and beat.

6. Mix the two bowls of ingredients together.

ice cream cake roll recipe

Mix the two bowls of ingredients together

7. Prepare a sheet cake pan (10 1/2″ x 15″) by spraying with Baking Pam and cut a piece of waxed paper to perfectly fit the bottom of the pan.

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Cut wax paper to size of sheet cake pan

8. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth out to corners. It will be very thin.

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Pour batter onto wax paper and spread out evenly

9. Be sure your oven is level.  Bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes.

10.  As the cake is baking, generously sprinkle a thin tea towel with powdered sugar.

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Sprinkle powdered sugar over a thin tea towel

11. When the cake is done, run a knife along the edge of the pan to loosen the cake from the sides.  Immediately dump the cake on the powdered sugar covered tea towel.  Quickly remove the waxed paper and roll up in the tea towel.  Let cool completely.

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Run a knife along the edge of the pan to loosen the cake from the sides

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Immediately dump cake out onto powdered sugar

recipe for ice cream cake roll

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Quickly remove wax paper from cake

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Roll up cake in tea towel and let cool completely

12. Soften a box of whatever kind of ice cream you would like and when you unroll the cake, quickly slice ice cream about 1/2″ thick and lay on the cake and roll it up.  It should have a light dusting of powdered sugar all over it.

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Unroll the cake

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Slice up softened ice cream and lay out on cake

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Cover entire cake with a layer of ice cream

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Carefully roll cake into a log

13.  Place it on a pretty dish, cover with plastic wrap and tin foil to freeze until ready to eat.

Since it was Easter, my mother-in-law had the boys help decorate on each side of the cake roll with Easter grass and candy eggs.  Some people like to make a chocolate sauce to pour over it.

recipe for ice cream cake roll

recipe for ice cream cake roll

What ice cream do you think sounds good in the ice cream cake roll?

3 comments to How to Make an Ice Cream Cake Roll

  • Melanie H

    nice tutorial. I have to laugh because I tried a cake roll years ago but it ended badly. I was making it for Macy’s June birthday and it was about 95 degrees in the kitchen -in the end I had an ice cream cake blob! Tasted great though. I’ll have to come back and check this out if I ever attempt it again!

  • Becky

    Great job putting it all together, Brady. Looks good enough to eat! : )

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