Ice Cream Sundae Chocolate Layer Cake

A four layer chocolate cake frosted and decorated with chocolate shavings.

Y’all knew I wasn’t stopping with the whole ice cream thing until I did a cake right?! Well, I’ve done it and did it well…..this baby was chocolate cake heaven! Don’t tell anyone that this cake is a breeze to make either, they’ll NEVER know 🙂

My sister and her family visited this week and it happened to be her Birthday on Tuesday. I wanted to create a very special cake for her and this fit the bill just perfectly. I knew my ice cream cookies were the bomb, then the ice cream brownies were irresistible, now we’ve got an Ice Cream Sundae Cake to put on our list. Talk about a perfect birthday cake, very special indeed.

Enough blabbing from me, take a peek and make one this summer!

The ingredients for an ice cream sundae chocolate layer cake.

Here’s your line-up for cake ingredients. Again, have fun with your ice cream. Use any favorite flavor you’d like!!

Ice cream is added into chocolate cake batter in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Dump it in baby!

Photo collage of ice cream and chocolate fudge being added into the batter for chocolate cake.

Ice cream and hot fudge….Yes!

Four cake pans filled with chocolate cake batter.

Pour into 4 sprayed cake pans, bake and cool.

Chocolate cake layers are placed on top of one another with chocolate icing in between.

Layer onto a nice little cake stand and frost each and every layer.

Photo collage of an unfrosted and then frosted chocolate cake.
Chocolate shavings with a grater in the background.

These chocolate curls look great on the sides and even top of the cake if you want. Take your everyday vegetable peeler and peel away at a nice bloc of chocolate. I used Sarris Milk Chocolate Bloc, which was AMAZING!!

A 4-layer chocolate cake with a slice missing, showing the layers.

Here you have a birthday cake to make any birthday boy or girl happy 🙂

A slice of ice cream sundae chocolate cake.
A slice of ice cream sundae chocolate cake.
A slice of 4-layer chocolate cake with frosting on a plate

Ice Cream Sundae 4 Layer Chocolate Cake

A 4-layer chocolate birthday cake that is made even more decadent with the addition of ice cream and hot fudge sauce to the batter.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 heaping Cup Vanilla Ice Cream (or whatever ice cream flavor you choose)
  • 1/4 Cup Hot Fudge Sauce
  • Chocolate Frosting of Choice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Place cake mix, pudding, eggs, water oil, ice cream and hot fudge sauce into stand or electric mixer. 
  • Beat on low then medium for about 1 minute 30 seconds or until well combined and thick. 
  • Divide evenly into 4 (9 inch) cake pans that have been generously sprayed with cooking spray. 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes mostly clean from center. 
  • Let cool completely, loosen sides with a plastic knife then remove from pans. 
  • Place bottom layer onto a cake stand, spread with your favorite chocolate frosting….repeat until 3 layers are frosted leaving 4th layer on top. Frost remaining top and sides of cake with frosting.
  • Take a vegetable peeler and peel chocolate bloc to get curls, about 2 cups worth. Press curls onto sides of cake and serve room temperature or refrigerate to chill.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: birthday cake, chocolate cake, chocolate dessert recipes, layer cake


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  2. Corinna

    Everything about this is love. Serious. Chocolate. Love. My birthday’s in September so feel free to bake one of these beauties for me 😉 Ha, all kidding aside, thank you for the recipe and I will try my hardest not to indulge until my healthy eating kick has subsided. Maybe by tomorrow.

  3. Lisa

    i find it absolutely hilarious that your blog is picky palate, and you use crisco with omega 3s, and yet you maintain this is actually a recipe…

    this is a disgusting example of why americans are so unhealthy and have an epidemic of cancer. your “recipe” is full of gmo products, pesticides, hormones, anti-biotics, chemicals (texturizers, emulsifiers, flavoring agents, preservatives, etc).

    i am appalled you would feed this to anyone, particularly kids. please get yourself some education so you can stop promoting this frankenfood.

  4. Amanda

    This looks and sounds amazing! I am trying it out this weekend for my birthday. I was wondering, can I make it only a two layers? I only have two round pans. Or can I bake two at a time? What would you do if you only had two round pans? Don’t really want to go buy more pans that I rarely use.
    Thanks in advance.

  5. robin

    Oh I made this for my girlfriends 50th birthday party…it was such a hit..I didn’t put the chocolate curls on it..I decorated it with fresh strawberries!!! oh yum!!! thanks for the great recipe:-) only crumbs left:-)
    high five!!!

  6. Annette Icardi

    Made this cake for my husbands bday, OMG delicious!! Posted a pic on facebook and all my friends want the recipe!! Yummo!!

  7. Angela

    I made this for my co-workers and they LOVED IT!! It was perfect! Not too rich and sooo moist! I say Thank You StumbleUpon for bring me to this wonderful site!!!

  8. Nickie

    Hi Jenny!
    I saw this recipe when you first posted it and I “KNEW” I had to make this for my son’s 12th birthday ~ which is this week! We are having a family party for him tomorrow and I’m making the cake for him today! He is a HUGE chocolate lover, I do a lot with “fun” cakes for kids, and he is too old for that now (LOL) but he will be DROOLING when he sees this cake! Thanks for another awesome recipe!!!

  9. Janet

    This was soo yummy!!! I just made cupcakes with this last night. I made cupcakes because I brought them to work to make it easier to carry and made whipped topping for the frosting with dark chocolate shavings on top. This batter is delicious! OMG, the cupcakes were so moist and so fluffy! Everyone here at the office wanted the recipe so I sent them the link. Thanks for sharing this. I’m not usually a baker, I consider myself a cook, but this was so easy and so good! 🙂

  10. Grace

    This is a 1st for me, I would never ever have thought to put ice cream in a cake batter, sheer genius. I bet it just tastes divine!

    1. Jenny

      I haven’t found the perfect chocolate frosting recipe yet either. Just a store bought one here 🙂

  11. Tiffany

    Made this cake today….lots of mmmmmmmmm’s, eye rolling, & grins. I didn’t do the chocolate shavings, I just used chocolate chip iciing. Very delicious!
    Thanks for sharing!

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