Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake is a summer classic all grown up and made quick and easy with store bought frozen pound cake, coffee liqueur, and your favorite ice cream — chocolate and coffee, of course!

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

My tiramisu ice cream cake pleases kids of all ages!

Ice cream cakes can be such a disappointment. I get flashbacks to those birthday parties when the kids were too young to stay on their own… the parents would hang around, bored out of our wits, passing the time pigging out on the worst ice cream cakes imaginable. They all tasted the same, too, no matter what the flavor. I especially hated the industrial frosting that refused to melt. But when ice cream cake is done right, it can be awesome. I love to slice into it and see the pretty stripes, and I especially love the way the ice cream layer melts into the cake layer and you get that special slushy  layer —  the reason for ice cream cakes‘ very existance, if you ask me.

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

This easy no bake dessert is a take on classic Italian tiramisu

It’s is fun and easy thanks to frozen pound cake. Since the cake is frozen it’s easy to work with, I just turn it on its side and slice it into three long layers with a big knife.

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake made with frozen pound cake

How to make an ice cream cake with store bought frozen pound cake

  • You can assemble it right in the same tin it comes in, just line it with parchment or plastic so you can lift it out later to slice.
  • The first layer of cake goes down, gets a shot of Kahlua, (2-4 Tablespoons) and then a layer of softened (chocolate) ice cream. Häagen-Dazs® of course.
  • The next layer, more Kahlua, and then coffee ice cream.
  • The top layer goes on and then after it’s had a chance to firm up again in the freezer, the final luxurious coating of whipped cream and mascarpone cheese goes on.
  • Top with lots of chocolate shavings and you’ve got a masterpiece.

Easy Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

Fresh out of mascarpone cheese?

You can make your own, get all the details in my How to Make Homemade Mascarpone Cheese.

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake
3.75 from 12 votes

Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

An easy italian inspired semi-homemade ice cream cake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 16 ounce Sarah Lee family sized frozen pound cake
  • 12 Tbsp Kahlua
  • 1 pint chocolate ice cream, softened
  • 1 pint coffee ice cream, softened


  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 5 Tbsp confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • chocolate shavings


  • Remove the frozen cake from the tin and slice into three layers, Line the tin with a long sheet of plastic wrap or parchment, so you can lift the chilled cake out later to frost it.
  • Put the first layer of cake, cut side up, back into the bottom of the tin. Drizzle 2-4 tablespoons of Kahlua onto the surface.
  • Spread the chocolate ice cream evenly over the surface. Put the next layer of cake on top and press down with even pressure to get it on nice and securely. Douse it with the Kahlua. Spread the coffee ice cream evenly over the cake.
  • Put on the final layer of cake, again cut side up, press down evenly, and drizzle with the Kahlua. Wrap the cake with plastic and put back in the freezer to harden, at least 2 hours or more.
  • In the meantime, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla after the cream starts to thicken. Fold in the --- room temperature! --- mascarpone cheese. Keep folding gently until it is fully incorporated.
  • When the cake has fully hardened, remove it from the tin and place it on a plate or platter. Coat the top and sides of the cake liberally with the mascarpone cream frosting. Dust with lots of chocolate shavings.
  • Put back in the freezer, uncovered, until ready to serve. If you are keeping the cake for more than a couple of hours, let the frosting harden a bit, and then cover as best you can with plastic.
  • Serve straight from the freezer.

Cook's notes

  • This can be done in any number of ways, alcoholic or not.  I think it would be really fun with brightly colored ice cream and sprinkles, or maybe do one for the kids and one for the adults.
  • If you have a smelly freezer (I'm not judging) be sure you cover this with plastic if you intend to store it for any amount of time, or the cake will absorb the odors.
  • It's important that your mascarpone be at room temperature or it won't fold into the whipped cream.  If yours is cold, zap it for 15 seconds or so in the microwave and stir well.
  • If you'd like to do a non-alcoholic Tiramisu, you can use coffee syrup in place of the Kahlua.
  • I forgot to add lots of chocolate shavings to each layer, but I would do that next time.
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    Ann @ Dinner Is Served
    July 12, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely 100% fantastic! Brought it to a bbq last weekend and it was the hit of the party. Looked like I had spent the afternoon making it when in reality it takes maybe 15 minutes tops to assemble (does not include freezing time). Next time I won’t hold back on the Kahlua 😉 Thank you, Sue, for another winning recipe.

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    Alida @ Simply Delicious
    May 4, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Oh my gosh. Stoppit. This looks too good to be true!

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    April 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

    i don’t really like tiramisu or ice cream cakes, yet i find my mouth watering thinking about this combo!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    April 26, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Oh my gosh this is the BEST ice cream cake I’ve ever seen!!

    • Reply
      April 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Dorothy <3

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 23, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    This is such a dreamy ice cream cake! Just like tiramisu… only better!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    April 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    OMG!! Give me a slice, or two!!

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    April 22, 2016 at 8:02 am

    My tiramisu loving oldest and I would be fighting over the last slice! What a phenomenal creation, Sue!

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      April 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

      We had a little bit of fisticuffs here too Liz 🙂

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    April 22, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Tiramisu is my husbands favorite dessert ever, so I know he will flip over this ice cream cake, Sue! This looks a billion times better than the ice cream cakes of my youth! Can’t wait to make this and surprise the hubster! Pinned! Cheers, friend – to a weekend as fabulous as this cake!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Absolutely perfect grown up ice cream cake Sue! On my list for summer parties!

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    April 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Such a beautiful cake, Sue, and the pictures are just stunning! I remember those terrible ice cream cakes when we were kids. We thought they were fantastic but I can remember the taste now and they were awful, lol.
    I love the ease of making this. It will be fun for special occasions.

    • Reply
      April 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks Robyn, hopefully this will help us erase those hauntingly terrible cake memories…

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    April 21, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Mind blown and so easy too!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    April 21, 2016 at 9:47 am

    My husband would love this, as he is tiramisu obsessed ever since we went to Rome.

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    April 21, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I love that this recipe is mostly assembly – it’s so easy, and it sounds like the perfect summertime entertaining dessert!

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    Willow | Will Cook For Friends
    April 21, 2016 at 8:42 am

    This really does sound (and look) like a masterpiece! I had the same experience with ice cream cakes as a kid… I was never a picky eater, but I just did not understand them. They really did all taste the same, too! This one looks like a total ice-cream-cake game changer. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with tiramisu flavors, haagen dazs ice cream, and pound cake! 🙂

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      April 21, 2016 at 8:51 am

      I agree, it’s hard to mess up tiramisu, thanks Willow!

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    Lisa @garlicandzest.com
    April 21, 2016 at 8:20 am

    This sounds phenomenal. I am literally begging you to be my next door neighbor.

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    April 21, 2016 at 8:05 am

    What a creative idea to use the frozen pound cake! and it looks soo delicious! I am definatly making this next time in place of tiramisu for dessert!

    • Reply
      April 21, 2016 at 8:48 am

      I got the frozen pound cake idea from the Pioneer Woman…it makes it soooo easy, almost too easy 😉

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    Rosemary Wolbert | Sprigs of Rosemary
    April 21, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I can’t think of two better desserts to combine! Now THAT”S a geniius recipe!

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    April 21, 2016 at 6:31 am

    What a great version of tiramisu!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    April 21, 2016 at 6:04 am

    It has been years since I last had a tiramisu. This is a great cake for the summer, Sue.

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    April 20, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I love this! So easy, but looks fabulous. 🙂

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    Jeff @ Make It Like a Man!
    April 20, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Ice cream is kind of my weakness, and I love Tiramisu. I’m afraid I may have to pretend I never saw this.

    • Reply
      April 20, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      I hear you Jeff 😉

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    April 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    What a brilliant idea! Keeping this recipe handy for summer entertaining!

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    Ann Baker
    April 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks to seeing this in the morning, I have been complete distracted at work all day…all I can think about is this cake and how much I would like to have some!!! Immediately went to my Pinterest boards and shared on Facebook and of course I cannot wait to try making this someday soon (Mother’s Day perhaps?)

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    Chris Scheuer
    April 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Looks AMAZING! Every grown up’s birthday party dream! I love that this could be made way ahead and take a lot of fuss out of entertaining. Of course knowing it was in the freezer might be a little too tempting!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    April 20, 2016 at 10:02 am

    You’re right — ice cream cakes are seldom worth it. Loads of promise, but they don’t deliver. They look nice, though. Anyway, I’ll bet this recipe delivers. You’ve put tons of flavor in this. Really. Good. Stuff. Thanks.

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      April 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

      I HATE desserts that don’t deliver!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 20, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Pass me a fork please! Absolutely brilliant and beautiful. I’m with Monique – perfect to have on hand when you need a dessert. Sharing!

    • Reply
      April 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

      I want to try this next with some fun fruity ice cream flavors, decorated with fruit — stay tuned 😉

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    April 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Great cake you have there! You just made me crave ice cream cake. I’m going to have to pin this one!

    • Reply
      April 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Thanks April <3

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    April 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Having raised 4 boys, we had our share of those horrid ice cream cakes too! I love tiramisu, and this one just sounds amazing… perfect for adults with sophisticated palates 😉

    • Reply
      April 20, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Are those institutional ice cream cakes getting worse, or is it just me?

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    Kylee @KyleeCooks.com
    April 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    OH EM GEEE!!! I love tiramisu, and I think I need that in my life. ICECREAM CAKE?! Off to pin. and drool.

    This looks AMAZING.

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    Sara | Belly Rumbles
    April 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

    How delicious and such a winner in the ice cream cake stakes.

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    April 20, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I LOVE tiramisu but tiramisu ice cream cake is even better! The perfect warm weather treat.

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    The Food Hunter
    April 20, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I love both so this would be a perfect fit

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 20, 2016 at 7:47 am

    What a fabulous ice cream cake! Can’t wait to try this (weather is warming up here, finally 🙂

    • Reply
      April 20, 2016 at 8:20 am

      I’m so glad you’re warming up — we’re actually transitioning to HOT here :/

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    April 20, 2016 at 5:29 am

    This looks fabulous, a great ice cream cake for a grown up birthday!!

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    April 20, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Would be handy to keep one in the freezer..not sure if we have them..just made one..maybe that could work too..lovely summer dessert.

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