Peanut Butter & Pretzel Ice Cream Cake

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This was my first time making an ice cream cake, so I was delighted at how simple it was to make! I was inspired by this recipe for a Snickers ice cream cake:

The great thing about this recipe is that it doesn't involve trying to butcher a rectangular carton of ice cream into the shape of a circle. The ice cream in this recipe is simply a mixture of cream cheese, cool whip and a few other ingredients. It is thick enough to sit on top of the brownie layer without sinking in, but viscous enough to allow itself to be easily poured into a cake pan.

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Step 1: Get the gang together

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2 boxes brownie mix. (Top tip: If, like me, you only have cake mix to hand, you can still make brownies by simply adding 1 egg, 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup water, then bake at 350F for 20 mins.)

60ml milk

225g cream cheese

55g brown sugar

500g smooth peanut butter

225g Cool Whip (or 240ml heavy whipping cream, 2 tbsp of powdered sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla)

1 bottle chocolate syrup

1 bottle caramel syrup

Mini pretzels

Reese's Minis (220g bag)


8 inch springform pan

Baking parchment

Cling film

Hand or stand mixer

Step 2: Bake your brownies!

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1. Follow the instructions on the box to make two circular brownies. If, like mine, your brownies have sunk in the middle, then I'm afraid you're going to have to eat the taller section to ensure that you have a nice flat surface to work on. It has to be done.

2. Once the brownies have cooled, wrap them in cling film and pop them in the freezer, ensuring they are kept flat. This will make everything easier and less fragile when you're assembling your cake.

Keep the brownies in the freezer for at least 3 hours.

vivi1217 days ago
This is definitely my next birthday ? cake ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ??
luis-5593 months ago
I had this made for my birthday yesterday it was extremely easy and delicious I would recommend to not put pretzels in the middle because it makes it a little difficult to cut nice clean slices and I cut up the Reese's as we'll for cleanse cut slices
volleyball204 months ago
I am totally making this for my birthday! How many people does it serve?
thekites (author)  mulesaremylife6 months ago

Please do, I'd love to see pics! :) I'd say you get a good 15 servings out of it, it is extremely rich!

kkhaos6 months ago
Made this today! Swapped the pretzels for cut up snickers bars. Cannot wait for it to be done in the freezer. I've got another hour on it!
This is my next birthday cake <3
clewis217 months ago

OMG! I want to jump right into this cake and eat my way out!

galvatron5227 months ago

8L (this is a drool face)

Passion Make7 months ago

Wow amazing.

Laur37 months ago
sellis07227 months ago

That looks so awesome! I have got to make this.

mcrespo37 months ago
enough sugar and calories to kill a Germany army
gammerguy7 months ago

Yup I'm keeping this! :D (nom nom nom nom nom nom)

fixfireleo7 months ago

THAT should be illegal! or at least a "deadly" sin!

Fogl fixfireleo7 months ago

I agree! This is completely evil post!

I have to go, crawl under the table, and eat some chocolate to recover.

MarisaMoon7 months ago


imbigman7 months ago

Wow!! This is going to be done!

Thank you for adding an alternative to cool whip

Onyx Ibex7 months ago

Wow this looks amazingly delicious

jessyratfink7 months ago

I now know what my life has been missing all this time. Three of my favorite things in one cake!!

spaceofhearts7 months ago
Omg it tastes like snickers!!!
Thatdan7 months ago
Looks so good wish I could eat ice cream
jmwells7 months ago
I'm going to loose the Reese's minis, and trade peanut butter for Nutella.
Teisha7 months ago

Wow, so amazing looking! Thanks for sharing!

Triclaw7 months ago

thanks a lot, now I need a new keyboard its all drooled on

OMG I just started a diet and your Instructable is killing me!!!!!

Bannockburn7 months ago
Oh my goodness, I feel like Pavlov's dogs. I just can't stop slobbering. This looks delicious.
Looks DELICIOUS! Amazing!
tinaciousz7 months ago

Ice cream cake is my all-time favorite. My mouth is watering just looking at these pics! I wonder how it would taste to mash the pretzels and peanut butter cups and sprinkle them over the top. Something to think, and drool, about!

wilgubeast7 months ago

Glorious. Also, terrifying. But mostly glorious.