Pink wafer ice cream cake recipe

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Pink wafer ice cream cake is a super fun no bake cake that will make a fantastic birthday surprise! Kids and adults will love it

Preparation Time1 hours plus overnight freezing
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories515 Kcal26%
Fat42 g60%
Saturated Fat26 g130%

Pink wafer ice cream cake is such a fab and colourful no bake cake, it'll make a fantastic birthday surprise (but it's so easy to make!). There's nothing quite like a pretty ice cream cake and this one really is something special. It's really simple to make, but you will need to start it the day before so it has plenty of time to set in the freezer overnight. This means that on the day of the party, you can spend more time on other preparations rather than worrying about the cake. Whether you're planning a children's birthday party, or one for an adult, everyone will love this cake - it's so fun and you really can't go wrong with it!


  • 2 litres strawberry ice cream
  • 750ml vanilla ice cream
  • 1x12g sachet gelatine
  • 65ml whole milk
  • 500ml double cream
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • A few drops pink food colouring
  • 4tbsp icing sugar
  • Confetti cake sprinkles
  • 12 pink wafer biscuits




  1. Soften half the strawberry ice cream. Line a deep 18cm loose-based tin with clingfilm and spoon the ice cream into the base. Spread to the edges and smooth, then pop in the freezer.
  2. Soften the vanilla ice cream, spread in an even layer on top of the first layer then put back in the freezer. Soften the rest of the strawberry ice cream, spread in the tin to make the last layer. Leave in the freezer for 2 hrs or overnight. Chill the serving plate in the freezer.
  3. Turn the cake out of the tin straight onto the chilled serving plate. Remove the clingfilm, then return the cake to the freezer.
  4. Add the gelatine and milk to a small pan, mix and very gently heat until it dissolves. Allow to cool slightly, then add 3tbsp cream to the gelatine and mix. Pour the rest of the cream into a bowl along with the vanilla, food colouring and icing sugar, whisk until it starts to thicken, then pour in the gelatine mixture. Keep whisking until soft peaks form - don’t overmix or it’ll be too hard to spread - you can thin with a splash of milk if you need to.
  5. Using a palette knife, spread the covering all over the cake, then decorate the sides with the sprinkles and return to the freezer.
  6. Meanwhile, cut the ends of the wafers at an angle and set on top of the cake to decorate just before serving.
Top Tip for making Pink wafer ice cream cake

Decorate with pink wafers just before serving.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies