Many of us have fond memories of celebrating our birthdays and other holidays with ice cream cake. It was the best of both worlds – you got cake and you got ice cream, preferably with crunchy cookie crumbles in the middle.

Living a healthier, kinder dairy-free life doesn’t mean that the days of rushing to blow out the candles before the ice cream melted are over. We can be vegan and have our ice cream cake too.

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First there’s the ice cream. Dairy is just not necessary for making rich, creamy ice cream in all sorts of flavors. Check out 10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream and 7 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without Dairy. We can make ice cream with cashews, bananas, coconut milk, fruits and even veggies like pumpkin.

No flavor of ice cream is impossible. Sure, we can make chocolate and vanilla but we can also make Chocolate Chunk Espresso Ice Cream, Mudslide Ice Cream and Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream. How amazing do Drunken Rum Raisin Ice Cream, Blueberry Pie Ice Cream, Acai Berry Ice Cream and Raw Mango Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream sound! For even more flavors, check out Let’s All Scream for These 30 Fresh and Summery Vegan Ice Creams!

Any of these ice creams can be made even more amazing when they get turned into an ice cream cake. There’s no reason to choose between ice cream and cake when we have these 15 recipes that let us enjoy them both!

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1. Banana Berry Ice Cream Cake

Banana Berry Ice Cream Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

If you’re a fan of a big ice cream cake, loaded with goodness and dripping with chocolate sauce, you’ll love this Banana Berry Ice Cream Cake. It may sound intimidating but the recipe is fool-proof so you’ll be enjoying this in no time.

2. Blueberry Banana Ice Cream Cake With Ginger and Carob

Blueberry Banana Ice Cream Cake With Ginger and Carob [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

This Blueberry Banana Ice Cream Cake is super easy to make. It’s also raw, vegan, gluten-free, low in fat and high in fruit. It’s got a chocolate crust followed by banana blueberry ice cream infused with fresh ginger and vanilla and topped off with more blueberries and brazil nuts. Yum!

3. Chocolate Lovers Cake With Banana Ice Cream and Chocolate Hard Shell

Chocolate Lovers Cake With Banana Ice Cream and Chocolate Hard Shell [Vegan]

This beautiful Chocolate Lovers Cake with Banana Ice Cream and Chocolate Hard Shell is not only decadent, it’s heaven – actually chocolate heaven. The chocolate cake is fluffy and soft – like it should be, the banana ice cream – the perfect addition to the cake and chocolate hard shell – well it’s really hard to describe how heavenly this cake is! You have to try it yourself.

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4. Lemon Curd Ice Cream Cake With Taco Crunch

Lemon Curd Ice Cream Cake With Taco Crunch [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Lemon Curd Ice Cream Cake has a crunchy base of nuts, seeds cocoa and crushed taco shell. It’s topped with an easy-to-make and delicious lemon curd ice cream, cranberries, chocolate chunks and sunflower seeds.

5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cupcakes [Vegan]

Why make one big cake when everyone can have their own? These Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cupcakes have gluten-free cupcakes topped with peanut butter ice cream, chocolate chunks and an amazing chocolate sauce.

6. Raw Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Here is a simple but beautiful raw vegan recipe for a sweet, creamy, fresh ice cream cake. This Raw Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is made of 100 percent fresh fruit, and nothing else. Because when you care about the world, animals, and yourself – why eat anything but plants?

7. Coconut Ice Cream Cheesecake With Lime and Avocado

Coconut Ice Cream Cheesecake With Lime and Avocado [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

This Coconut Ice Cream Cheesecake is dense and rich and absolutely delicious. The lime, nuts and avocado blend so well with the sweetness of the agave, the dates and the coconut. Top it off with fresh strawberries – real food love and a perfect dessert, afternoon treat or even birthday cake.

8. Deep Dish Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

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This Deep Dish Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake is the ultimate healthy cake. Made with ingredients like hemp seeds, cacao and dates as well as peanut butter and raw chocolate sauce, you can indulge in this decadent dessert absolutely guilt-free.

9. Mindblowing Banana Chocolate Caramel Vegan Ice Cream Cake

Banana Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake

This Banana Chocolate Caramel Vegan Ice Cream Cake is so mind blowing, you’ll be dreaming about it. It consists of banana vanilla ice cream, date caramel, and avocado chocolate pudding and is decorated with bananas and a goji berry coulis.

10. DQ-Style Vegan Ice Cream Cake

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This DQ-Style Vegan Ice Cream Cake is just like the original down to the fudgy, crunchy center but better. This is most definitely vegan indulging at its finest. Not only does it look amazing, it tastes amazing too.

11. Banana Ice Cream With Matcha, Blueberry, and Vanilla Layers

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If you want an ice cream cake that isn’t filled with nuts and coconut oil, this Banana Ice Cream with Matcha, Blueberry and Vanilla Layers is for you. Each layer is delicious; put together, this dessert is a dream come true.

12. Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake

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This Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake is one delicious dessert. It is creamy, sweet, fresh, tart, and colorful all at once. Plus, it is super easy to make and can be eaten the same day you make it.

13. Raw Layered Banana Ice Cream Cake

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Sitting atop the crust of this Raw Layered Banana Ice Cream Cake is not one, not two, not three but four layers of deliciousness in different flavors. You may have to try several pieces to figure out which layer is your favorite.

14. Raw Fruit & Coconut Ice Cream Cake with Brownie Crust

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Coconut milk and fruit are a marriage made in heaven as seen in this Raw Fruit and Coconut Ice Cream Cake. It has a simple banana ice cream sitting atop a raw brownie crust and more fresh fruit on top.

15. Raw Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake with Mint

 

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You can feel great about eating this Raw Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream Cake because it’s super healthy and has only simple, wholesome ingredients: fruit and nuts. Plus, it makes a cheerful, stunning dessert for any kind of party.

See? There’s no reason to choose between two favorite desserts when we can have them both in one spectacular dish.

Lead image source: Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake