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DQ-Style Vegan Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake was always our favorite dessert -- I mean ice cream and cake all in one? What's not to love? Our favorite part of the traditional DQ cakes was always the fudgy, crunchy center. I've been pondering lately how I could recreate a healthier vegan alternative, well it's safe to say that this was a complete success, the fudge center especially impressed us. Most definitely vegan indulging at its finest. Not only does it taste amazing, it looks amazing too. People will wonder where you got the time to make such a beautiful cake, but I promise you it doesn't take longer than an hour, (the freezing and churning takes the most amount of time). Our mom served this to her dinner guests, all non-vegans, and they were raving about it, they just couldn't believe it was dairy-free. Note: If you are intolerant to sweet things (ie. candida), you could probably easily substitute xylitol or stevia for the agave nectar.

DQ-Style Ice Cream Cake




Ice Cream Cake 

  • 3 cans full fat coconut milk*
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp guar gum mixed with a little water
  • Pinch of salt

Fudge-Crunch Center 

  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Store bought organic rice krispies
  • Pinch of salt

Chocolate Icing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup raw or roasted almond butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 10 Drops of stevia**
  • Water to thin as desired
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Line a 9 inch cake pan with a circle of wax paper. Then cut out a long strip out of cardboard and  line around the interior edge of cake pan so that it will create a taller wall for the cake, line this with wax paper as well. You may need to use staples and scotch tape.
  2. In a large bowl or blender, combine all ingredients except for cocoa powder.
  3. Evenly separate ice cream mixture into two bowls, add cocoa powder to one of the bowls.
  4. You may need to chill your mixture either overnight or for a few hours before proceeding to the ice cream maker step.
  5. Pour the vanilla ice cream mixture into ice cream maker and follow your ice cream maker’s instructions.
  6. Do the same for the chocolate version.
  7. While you wait for your ice cream to be ready, start making the fudge-crunch center.
  8. For the fudge crunch center simply combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  9. Next make the chocolate icing by again, simply combining all ingredients listed.
  10. Once both of your ice creams are finished, layer the chocolate ice cream first and freeze uncovered until firm.
  11. Once firmed, spread the fudge-crunch mixture, top with vanilla and cacao nibs or chocolate chips.
  12. Cover cake with plastic wrap but try not to let it touch the cake itself.
  13. Allow cake to completely freeze, once it has frozen pipe icing around the edge.


*Make sure the brand of coconut milk is a premium brand such as Thai Kitchen. These brands are usually thicker and contain more fat.

**If you don't have stevia you can substitute for more agave nectar but be weary that it may be a little runny, reduce water in this case.




Katie Higgins writes the vegan blog, Chocolate-Covered Katie, where she creates recipes with three things in mind: Healthy. Vegan. Delicious. Katie refuses to believe that a person must sacrifice yummy food in order to be a healthy vegan. We can have our vegan cake (preferably chocolate) and eat it too! On her blog, Katie aims to show that being a vegan is not restrictive; it’s FUN!



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41 comments on “DQ-Style Vegan Ice Cream Cake”

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Ilsay Escobar
9 Months Ago

hi! can we use something other than agave nectar? not really a fan

Shwet Gurjar
11 Months Ago

Mary Harris Michele Pezzullo Gracielinda Prescott

Gracielinda Prescott
27 May 2014

Looks good! I've made quite a few vegan desserts and no one ever suspects they're dairy and egg free! I'm glad people are starting to realize you can eat yummy treats that are cruelty-free!

Paula Dolla
11 Months Ago

Tiara Lala Hendrix

Paula Dolla
11 Months Ago

Omg yay!!!

Shane Grahl
11 Months Ago

Chloe Anne

Maria Eugenia Dieste Alves
11 Months Ago


Sherie Webber Shaw
11 Months Ago

Thank you Kevin Shaw.

Christine Shannon
11 Months Ago

Looks yum

Joanna Denise Spooner
11 Months Ago

... I loved cooking not so long ago, and preparing tea.. now , lately... PING !..something happened and now I just want to run away from the kitchen if im making anything ! Maybe depends on what it is ... hmmm. :0/

Joanna Denise Spooner
11 Months Ago

Looks lovely but .. by the the time I even found half the ingredients .. (if I ever do..)..I could'nt be bothered ..I wish I was Mary Poppins..click my fingers and .... 'Voila !!! '.. yeah..life's just not like that is it ?.. I need a chef !! .... :0)


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