Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake {Carvel Copy Cat}


Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake with a crunchy chocolate cookie layer is the perfect birthday party addition or summer treat!Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake Carvel Copy Cat

This post is sponsored by Goodie Girl Cookies. All opinions are my own!

Birthday Season

It’s birthday season at our house. That time of year where it feels like there is a birthday every week (probably cause there is!). One of our favorite things to have for birthday’s is ice cream cake! I mean, who doesn’t love a slice of ice cream cake?

I have always been a Carvel style fan. I like a cookie crunch layer better than a cake layer. My husband’s birthday is next in the docket and he loves ice cream cake even more than I do, so I had to work up a gluten free ice cake for his birthday.

Since he isn’t gluten free (except at home, because I refuse to cook multiple meals and risk getting myself sick), I had to make sure it was good enough that no one could tell it was a gluten free ice cream cake.

Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake

Midnight Brownie Goodie Girl Cookies

Gluten Free Ice Cream CakeEver since I first tried Goodie Girl’s Midnight Brownie Cookies, I knew they were begging to be made into an ice cream cake. When it comes to gluten free cookies Goodie Girl makes some of my favorites.

I love them mainly because no one can ever tell that they are gluten free. I take them to parties, my child takes them to school (they are peanut free as well!) and people gobble them up without ever knowing they are gluten free cookies. Plus, their new packaging it awesome! I am loving the box better than the bag, less crushed cookies.

The intense chocolate flavor, coupled with chocolate chips throughout, makes for the perfect chocolate fix! Bonus- they are 15% off this month! Perfect time to stock up.

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Easy as Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake

This Carvel-Style Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake is a snap to make. The hardest part is the wait. This isn’t a cake you can make the same day you need it. It takes at least overnight to firm up.

If you want it to actually look like a cake, you will need a springform pan, but if you could also make this in a 9×13 pan and it will be equally delicious and much easier to decorate!

For the icing I just used cream whipped with powdered sugar, but I cheated on decorations and used a white icing. It was much easier to work with, I tried piping with whipped cream and it just didn’t look as pretty!

If you love Goodie Girl Midnight Brownie Cookies, be sure to check out these other delicious treats using them- Gluten Free Dirt Cups and Midnight Brownie Parfaits!

Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake
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Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake {Carvel Copy Cat}


  • 1 quart Gluten Free Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 quart Gluten Free Chocolate Ice Cream
  • 2 boxes Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies crushed (I use Goodie Girl Midnight Brownie
  • 2 cups sweetened whipped cream or cool whip works as well


  • Cover bottom of spring form pan with foil.
  • Take out Vanilla Ice Cream to soften for at least half an hour or until spreadable, but not melted.
  • Spread in bottom of pan. Ice cream should come to just under the half way point.
  • Place in freezer and take out Chocolate Ice Cream to soften for half an hour.
  • Remove cake from freezer and spread crushed gluten free chocolate cookies. Be sure to make a decent sized layer. Lightly pat down.
  • Carefully spread Chocolate Ice Cream over cookie layer.
  • Place in freezer at least overnight.
  • Remove from spring form pan and use whipped cream to ice the gluten free ice cream cake.
  • Return to freezer for an hour or until ready to serve.

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    December 7, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for the family and it was a hit! Thanks you

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      December 8, 2020 at 8:37 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! We love this cake!

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    April 3, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    It looks like the suggested cookie is no longer made ๐Ÿ™ Any other specific cookie suggestions?

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      April 27, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Hi! You can use any crumbly cookie, I’ve also used oreo style gluten free cookies to make it as well!

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        October 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

        I used the mint cookies from the same brand!

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          December 8, 2020 at 8:45 am

          Sounds delicious! I’ve used the Birthday cake ones and they were great!

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      Chris K
      December 7, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      I think youโ€™re right. I canโ€™t locate in any store nearby or on their website. Iโ€™m disappointed because they look yummy! Making this for my twinsโ€™ birthday which is tomorrow so I need to find a substitute.

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    Michelle Rosipayla
    July 13, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    It looks like there is cookie crumbs on the bottom of the cake as well? Plus, what size spring form pan did you use?

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      July 26, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Hi, I didn’t use any on the bottom, that’s just a few crumbs that fell. I used a 9 inch spring form pan, but you can also make this is a 9×13, you just won’t get those pretty side cuts. Enjoy!

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        February 7, 2020 at 8:24 pm

        Forgive me if Iโ€™m misunderstanding but in the picture it looks like the chocolate layer is the bottom layer, then a crumb layer, then a vanilla later, then a crumb layer ?

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    Crab Dynasty
    March 26, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Gorgeous! I just want to take a bite!! Hoping it gets warmer here in Ohio so I can enjoy that soon ๐Ÿ˜„

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      March 26, 2018 at 9:59 am

      I hope it get’s warmer for you as well! This cake is perfect for summer!

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    June 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Looks so good I had to go have a snack.

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      June 29, 2017 at 7:56 am

      It does make one hungry!

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    Amy White
    June 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    This looks amazing! I don’t even need to be gluten-free and want to try this out. Now I just need an excuse for a party!

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      June 29, 2017 at 7:56 am

      This gluten free ice cream cake is for everyone- and everyday is a reason to party!

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    June 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    This looks soooo easy and so good! My best friend is gluten free so this might be a great idea for her birthday

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      June 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Perfect! I’m sure no one can tell that it is gluten free. These cookies rock!

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    June 26, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Wow, I never knew it could be so easy to make such a wonderful treat!

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    Sam @ A Happy Home In Holland
    June 26, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I have never had ice cream cake before but this recipe sounds right up our street – I’d like to have a go at this with my girls ๐Ÿ™‚

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      June 29, 2017 at 7:59 am

      It’s so much fun! You could always add a few sprinkles as well- my little one loves sprinkles!

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    Molly Kumar
    June 26, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Such a gorgeous glutenfree cake and perfect for coming summer parties. I do have some friends who are glutenfree and I’m always looking for new GF recipes to surprise them with and this would be fab !!

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    June 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    That looks delish! Looks like a fatherโ€™s day treat to me! Yumm..

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    June 8, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Literally drooling over my computer right now! And the fact that it’s a gluten-free option just makes me want to have not a slice, but the whole cake! Yup, serious sweet tooth here, lol! Thanks so much for sharing this superb recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    June 8, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    this looks so good!

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    Rachel Ritlop
    June 8, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Ooo looks so good! Icecream cake is my fav, so delicious!

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    June 8, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Wow! This looks absolutely delicious! Definitely pinning to try!

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    June 8, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Can’t believe it’s gluten free! I bet it doesn’t taste like it – sounds sooooo delicious.

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    Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
    June 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I so need to make this for my friend who can’t have gluten. She’d LOVE this!

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    Kelly @ trial and eater
    June 8, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Ice cream cake is my FAV and I always get one on my birthday. I love how easy this is!

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    June 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Yum! Ice cream cake is a favorite of mine for birthdays too. I love this gluten free option. It looks so beautiful!

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    June 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious, I could do with a big slice right now!

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    maria clsoetohome
    June 8, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I love ice cream cakes and what a great option for those that have to be gluten free.

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    Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor
    June 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    This looks so yummy! I would have never guessed it was gluten free. My hubby loves Cookies and ice cream and cakes, so this would be a winner in my house as well.

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    June 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

    OMG..this ice cream cake looks darn so yummy, so easy to prepare too. My kids would love to dig in straight away:)

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    Marie, Mamma's Cooking
    June 8, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I love Carvel cakes! This is such a great gluten free option. This will be a great recipe for my daughter to try making this summer! Thank you.

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    June 6, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Looks great but what is a quart? What is that in grams?
    I’m from Australia so I’ve never heard of that measurement,

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    June 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Can’t believe how easy this is to make!! Excited to make this cake :)) my kids are gonna love it – if I leave them any!

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    June 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Oh my gosh does this sound amazing! How easy and fancy is this! Love at first sight ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Lindsey Willson
    June 5, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Oh wow, this looks so great. I love how you did the frosting. It looks spectacular!!

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    Alisa Fleming
    June 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    OMG, so easy and SO amazing! This is such a stunning cake, and it would taste great even without your amazing cake decorating skills ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Megan Carolan
      April 23, 2021 at 9:25 am

      How many servings would we guess this is? Right for 4 people? Seems like a great fit for us to try out!

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        May 1, 2021 at 2:40 pm

        Definitely enough for 4 people…probably 6-8 depending on how much each person eats :).

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    Alicia Pope
    June 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    So easy! I’ve made GF dairy free cakes this way by just choosing dairy free ice-cream and using coconut whip. Perfect for summer pool parties ๐Ÿ™‚

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