This Waffle Cone Sundae Ice Cream Cake has all the classic sundae ingredients layered into an insanely delicious treat.

Waffle cones, nuts, ice cream, whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and homemade hot fudge. Dive on into this cake as one bite just won’t cut it. Trust me.

Since starting my blog 18 months ago, my kids have drawn up their birthday cakes and requested me to not only make them but to blog about them as well. I never thought it was that big of a deal until my daughter, Jersey, wrote about it at school. I then realized how much it really meant to all of them.

My oldest, Aiden, just turned 12 this month {crying}. The preteen years are here and well, in full swing {sigh}. While I am no longer cool and have become incredibly stupid overnight, he on the other turn knows everything and is willing to teach me {thankfully} all that he knows.

All in all – really I have the best kid. He is kind, caring, smart, nurturing, understanding, and the best example to me, his dad, and his siblings. While my hugs and kisses may embarrass him, he still needs them and occasionally wants them too.

He is a gem, a no-stop talker, loves science, math, robots, drones, and thirst for knowledge. If the next 12 years are anything like the last 12, I will consider myself lucky.

This Waffle Cone Sundae Ice Cream Cake is Aiden’s birthday cake creation. He came up with the idea and well, how could I resist? Ice cream, fudge, and waffle cones?! He loves to use cookie dough ice cream for the center, but for nostalgic sundae sake, we used classic vanilla.

Check out how easy this cake is to make. Just layer upon layer of ice cream sundae yumminess.

With summer right around the corner, this Waffle Cone Sundae Ice Cream Cake is just perfect to make for any occasion. And don’t overcomplicate it, this cake is easy to make!

So cheers to birthdays, and ice cream. Happy birthday Aiden, I love you! XOXO Mom

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Waffle Cone Sundae Ice Cream Cake

Prep: 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 6 cups crushed up waffle cones about 18 waffle cones
  • 1.75 quart Blue Bunny Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 12 maraschino cherries with stems
  • 1 cup chopped nut topping chopped pecans or peanut would work too
  • 3 cups hot fudge sauce homemade recipe below or store bought

10 Minute Hot Fudge Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Prepare fudge sauce, so that it has time to cool before making the cake.
  • Once fudge sauce has cooled to room temp, remove ice cream from freezer. Set it on the counter for 5-6 minutes so that the ice cream starts to soften. In the meantime crush waffle cones into medium chunks into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Use a 9-inch springform pan/cheesecake pan and add 3 cups to the bottom. Pressing the cone chunks down gently and spreading evenly. Add ½ of the vanilla ice cream on top of the waffle cone chunks, and spread.
  • Top ice cream with 1 cup of cooled fudge sauce and spread into an even layer over the ice cream.
  • Evenly sprinkle 1 cup chopped nut topping on top of the fudge.
  • Add the remaining Blue Bunny Vanilla Ice Cream over the nuts and smooth out evenly. Add 1 cup hot fudge sauce making sure to evenly spread. Top with 2-3 cups of waffle cone chunks. Set in freezer until set 1-2 hours.
  • If you want to make this in a 9×13 cake pan, just do a single layer of 3-4 cups of waffle cone chunks, then top with the entire thing of vanilla ice cream, top with 1-2 cups fudge sauce, then 1 cup of nuts and 1 -2 cups waffle cone chunks. Set in freezer until set 1-hour.
  • Once the ice cream cake is set, remove from freezer, slice and serve with remaining fudge sauce, maraschino cherries and whipped cream.
  • To make whipped cream whisk together with an electric mixer or beater heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Beat until it starts to form soft peaks. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.


Fudge sauce recipe Best Ever Hot Fudge Sauce
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  1. Dear Sandra, this looks absolutely marvelous! I love your ice cream cake…what a wonderful creative with the Blue Bunny. Save me a slice! xo, Catherine

  2. I assume from the picture that you add additional nuts that at the end, when you top with the remaining fudge sauce, cherry and whipped cream t That is how it looks, and what a traditional hot fudge sundae would have. Am I correct in this? Unless I totally missed it,I do not see that referenced at the end.

  3. Did I miss it in the directions? I assume from the picture that you also use additional chopped nuts at the time ou top with the cherry and shipped cream? How much nuts?

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