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This Ice Cream Cake Roll is the best! If you like swiss roll cakes, you’re going to go crazy for this sweet treat. It’s a fast and easy way to get dessert on the table, fast. With a fast prep time of just a few minutes, you’re going to be enjoying it in no time at all. Be certain to check out my homemade ice cream recipes as well.

If you’re looking for a sweet treat that is fast and easy to make, you’re going to love this super simple ice cream cake recipe!

This really does look like a giant swiss cake roll! No wonder my kids love and crave this easy dessert recipe literally all the time!

Ice Cream Cake Roll

Since this recipe is fast and easy to make, have fun with the process. It’s a simple way to create a delicious dessert in a short amount of time. And the best part? You can change up the taste and flavor every single time.

My husband insists on having vanilla ice cream with it.  I have made it with chocolate ice cream and fudge topping swirled in it.  I have made it with cherry vanilla, I have made it with Neopolitan ice cream, and my two favorites were with Cookies “n Cream ice cream and mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Delicious!! 

What are some fun toppings for this simple dessert recipe?

You can never go wrong with hot fudge, whipped cream, or even a bit of drizzled caramel. But feel free to add on whatever other toppings that you want!

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Make it a Meal:

Thinking about giving meal planning a try? Now is the perfect time to do so! You’re going to love how fast and simple it is to meal plan out all your meals! I love being able to tell everyone what we’re having for dinner and I think that they appreciate it, too!

Main Dish: Easy Pasta Recipes

Vegetable Side: Frozen Asparagus

Starch Side: Pan Fried Potatoes and Carrots

Refreshing Drink: Cotton Candy Mocktail

Best Ice Cream Recipes:

Once you make this Swiss Roll Ice Cream Cake Recipe, why stop? There are so many great recipes out there for sweets and ice creams that you need to keep on going! Have fun making ice cream desserts until you find one that you love and want to make all the time!

This No Churn Raspberry Almond Ice Cream is so good!

Don’t miss out on this Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Recipe!

I love the flavor of these Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches.

I highly recommend that you whip up this Homemade Smores Ice Cream!

These Amazing Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are fast and easy to make!

The flavor of this Mint Brownie Cheesecake Ice Cream is amazing!

One scoop of this Carrot Cake Ice Cream is flavorful and awesome!

How do you store leftovers?

You want to be certain that you keep these cake cool completely the entire time. This means that you need to keep it stored in the freezer. Use a container with a lid to keep it nice and frozen and that way you don’t have to worry about it getting freezer-burnt either.

What is the best way to cut an even layer of this swiss roll cake recipe? 

The biggest thing to remember is that you want to use a serrated knife! That way, you can slice into the fluffy sponge cake, and not have it be squished or tear apart. As you cut, the cake springs back easily which is why having a certain type of knife is key. 

You can easily cut a slice of cake to meet your sweet tooth cravings without tearing apart the chocolate cake layer! 



Can I pair this ice cream roll cake with a scoop of ice cream on the side?

You bet! You can put ice cream on top of the cake or in a small bowl on the side. Some of my favorite ice cream flavors are birthday cake, Neapolitan ice cream, mint chip ice cream, peppermint ice cream, strawberry ice cream, and vanilla ice cream. But you can easily pair your favorite ice cream flavor or even fresh fruit with this traditional jelly roll cake! 

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Ice Cream Cake Roll

Ice Cream Cake Roll

You're going to love the flavor of this Ice Cream Roll Cake!


  • 3eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of cold water
  • 1 quart of ice cream (any flavor you want)
  • confectioners sugar


Heat oven to 425 degrees.  In a bowl, beat eggs very lightly and add sugar gradually.  Add water and continue lightly beating.  In a sifter combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.  Sift these ingredients into the egg mixture.  Add vanilla and mix.


Line a 10×15 cookie sheet (you can use bigger baking sheet, but the cake will be thinner and you need to shorten baking time) with dull side of foil or wax paper.  Grease the foil or wax paper.  Pour cake mixture into baking sheet.  Bake for 11-14 minutes.


While cake is baking, you will need to take a clean kitchen towel and lay it flat on the countertop.  Dust the entire surface of the towel with confectioners sugar.  When the cake is finished baking, you will immediately turn over the baking sheet onto the towel.  The cake will be dumped onto the towel (onto the sugar).  Remove the foil or wax paper.  Now LOOSELY roll the cake up in the towel.  Let the cake cool for about an hour or two.


After the cake has cooled, unroll it.  Get out your completely frozen ice cream.  DO NOT THAW your ice cream.  The best way to do this is to buy the ice cream that is in a brick shaped container.  I know they are getting harder to come by, but trust me, it makes a world of difference! 

Completely open the quart of ice cream, so that it is just one big block sitting there with no sides or top to it.  Using a large knife, slice the ice cream.  Place the slices onto your cake.  Leave a little space in between the slices.  Now roll up your cake, cover with foil, and put it back in the freezer.  Try to let it freeze for a few hours before serving.  It tastes best when the cake is frozen, too. 

When you are ready to serve, just slice and eat. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 1gSugar: 54gProtein: 4g

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Now that you know how to make an ice cream cake roll, it’s time to get started! Who are you going to share this tasty treat with?

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Saturday 16th of July 2011

Kim. I tried it with my daughter and she loves it. Thx!


Thursday 14th of January 2010

That sounds great, Kim. I never thought of slicing the ice cream instead of spreading it onto the cake. I'll remember that trick! .-= Melissa┬┤s last blog ..Be Money-Wise Poster Contest =-.

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