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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70 Responses
  1. marla {family fresh cooking}

    You are unstoppable girl! This cake is awesome. Lovely presentation with those curls. I bet your sister LOVED this cake. I hope you gals had a great time together. xo

  2. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter)

    Wow! For some reason your blog wasn’t popping up on my reader for the last few months. I thought you disappeared, but glad you see you haven’t! And, especially glad to see this yummy recipe!! 🙂

  3. Jen @ How To: Simplify

    Excuse me while I grab a napkin to wipe the drool from my mouth…wow…this looks fabulous!

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    I love that you used a veggie peeler for the choc…I mean the cake is divine looking but the delicate choc shavings…oooh la la…YUM!

  5. Adrienne Larkin

    What icing did you use? Store bought or homemade? If homemade, please post the recipe!!!! Can’t wait to try this.

    1. Elise

      I would love to know what frosting you use also. It looks amazing. I haven’t found a recipe that I love yet. Also, where do you get Sarris chocolate?

      1. Jenny

        Hi Adrienne and Elise,
        I have yet to find a perfect chocolate frosting recipe that holds up well. Just used a store bought frosting for this cake. I hope to come up with a fabulous choc frosting soon, when I do I will absolutely share!!

      2. Rachel

        I made this cake over the weekend and used Duncan Hines Homestyle Frosting in Chocolate…it was delicious!! Thanks for such an easy, but crowd-pleasing dessert! It was all the rave!

  6. Tiffany

    Just tried the brownies last night and they were sooooo delicious! I cannot wait to tryout this cake!

  7. Carol

    Lord have mercy……..that is one GORGEOUS cake. What a fantastic idea you had adding ice cream to baked goods…….genius, I tell ya………

  8. Christy in NC

    My husband’s captain ordered, ahem, I mean Requested a dessert for his shift this weekend, and I was wondering what to make. I think I found it!

  9. Margo

    This looks delectable. My only fear about making this cake would be that I would be requested to make it for each and every special family occasion….hey, any excuse will do, right?

  10. Denise

    This looks absolutely fantastic! I was looking for something special for my son’s birthday party and just found it. I think I may try it with Coffee Ice Cream for that Mocha twist. Thanks for shaing!

  11. Sara

    This cake looks picture perfect! Why don’t you open up a bakery? I tried your cookies with chocolate ice cream in them and they were wonderful, so I can only imagine the deliciousness of this cake. 🙂

  12. the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin'

    Wow, this was the first thing I looked at this morning. What a way to start a day!

  13. Camille

    This looks amazing! Chocolate heaven right here! How did you get the chocolate curls on without ruining the cake?

      1. Jenny

        Hi Camille, just took handfuls of chocolate curls and pressed lightly against the sides. I would salvage all the ones that fell to the side and press those on too. It was actually easier than I am making it sound!! lol!

  14. Lizzy

    You make everything look so darn simple! This looks amazing. The chocolate curls make it look so elegant.

  15. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

    Absolutely delicious! This is definitely going to be on my “TO MAKE” list! I tried your cookies with the ice cream and they were phenomenal! 🙂

  16. Mary Colovich

    You’re killing me here!! This cake is a masterpiece of pure decadence…I have been trying out so many of your delectable recipes and the other night my hubs said, “Honey, no more baking!” Of course, he was kidding…just worried about his waist-line! Thanks for sharing:) Have a wonderful weekend…

  17. Duchess of Fork

    Beautiful cake, Jenny! It looks like it came straight from a bakery. I LOVE using cake mix…I use it for cookies, biscotti, bars, and of course cakes. Might have to add this chocolate beast to my line up!

  18. Sharlene

    I am definitely starting to appreciate the use of cake mix and premade ingredients. This is definitely a recipe that allows you to have everything on hand and then whip up on a moment’s notice (well, as “moment” as a frosted cake can get) without having to go to the store! Love it!

  19. Amy

    This looks absolutely amazing. My hubby is the biggest chocoholic, and this will be perfect for his next birthday cake!

  20. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

    Sarris is incredible – I like right near the factory! It is my favorite chocolate. I love dipping strawberries in it!

    1. Janice

      I used to work in the store when I was a senior in high school – I live on the other side of the state now and love when I can get back home and have my Sarris’!

  21. clumbsycookie

    That’s a fancy looking cake. Horray for using ice cream yet in another delicious way!

  22. Amanda :)

    YES! I have been waiting for the cake post!!! 😀 My jaw just dropped!! Can’t wait to try it!! 🙂

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