How to Thaw a Frozen Ice Cream Cake

How to Thaw Frozen Ice Cream Cake Quickly

Ice cream cakes are amazing special occasion treats. They are perfect for parties, birthdays and other events.

When ice cream cakes are stored in the freezer, they often tend to get rock solid. This can cause a world of problems when it comes time to cutting and sharing it, as there is nothing worse than trying to slice through a frozen ice cream cake.

However, there are several easy methods for thawing an ice cream cake and getting it ready for serving and we are going to examine them below.

Keep on reading to find out more about each method.

Why Do You Need to Thaw an Ice Cream Cake?

If you’ve bought an ice cream from the store and plan on serving it immediately, you don’t need to worry about thawing the ice cream. But, if it’s been sitting in your freezer for a while, then thawing it is a must!

Ice cream cake that’s been in the freezer for a long time tends to get rock solid. I’m pretty sure you’ve bent a couple of spoons in your life trying to scoop out rock hard ice cream.

So, imagine that with a frozen ice cream cake. It will be very difficult to cut and serve. Not to mention, the kids or adults will be really unhappy as they have to wait for it to thaw out.

Letting it defrost a couple of minutes before serving is your best bet, as it makes life that much easier.

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2 Best Ways to Defrost a Frozen Ice Cream Cake?

Best Way to Defrost Ice Cream Cake

As we mentioned earlier, there are two ways you can defrost your frozen ice cream cake.

These two methods are:

-Thaw the ice cream cake in your refrigerator

-Thaw it on your countertop at room temperature

We will now take a quick look at both of these methods.

Method 1: Defrosting Ice Cream Cake in the Refrigerator

How Long Will This Method Take?: 30 minutes to 1 hour

If you want to plan ahead and have your ice cream cake ready for serving, the best way to do so is by letting it defrost in your refrigerator.

The refrigerator works because you are able to keep the ice cream cake in a cold and controlled environment and it won’t melt, once the temperature is constant.


  1. Clear out a shelf in the refrigerator, giving it enough space to place the ice cream cake.
  2. Remove the ice cream cake from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator.
  3. Leave it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour to thaw (This depends on the size of the cake).
  4. Check every 15 minutes to see if the ice cream cake has thawed and is soft enough to cut through. This can be done by using a toothpick. If it is easily pierces through the center of the cake, then you know it is ready.
  5. Once thawed, remove from the fridge and serve.

Method 2: Defrosting Ice Cream Cake on the Countertop

How Long Will This Method Take?: 10-20 minutes

If you are in a hurry or just want to enjoy your ice cream cake as soon as possible, you can defrost it on the countertop.

It will only take a couple of minutes for it to be ready to be served.


  1. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and place it on the kitchen countertop.
  2. Leave it there for about 10-20 minutes. Always check to ensure it isn’t defrosting too quickly, because depending on the humidity it can be soft enough to serve in a couple minutes.
  3. Once thawed, remove from the countertop and serve.

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How to Cut a Frozen Ice Cream Cake?

Having the right knife makes it a lot easier to cut a frozen ice cream cake.

Ideally, you will want to use a long serrated knife as it makes a clean cut through the cake.

The process can be sped up if you have some warm water on hand and dip the blade of the knife in it between cuts.

You will end up with perfect slices and don’t have to battle with forcing the knife through.

Wrapping it up

The best way to thaw a frozen ice cream cake is entirely dependent on the size of the cake, how much time you have and how much you want to serve at once.

However, it is always best to thaw a frozen ice cream in the refrigerator a couple of minutes before serving. If you are in a rush, you can thaw it out on the counter at room temperature.

Now, I want to hear from you. What method of thawing do you prefer? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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