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This delicate From Scratch Melted Vanilla Ice Cream Pound Cake {no cake mix} is incredibly moist and flavorful. It transports well and makes the perfect recipe for holiday or potluck.

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 Ice Cream Pound Cake

I have many Pound Cake recipes in my repertoire. I have Whipping Cream Pound Cake RecipeCream Cheese Pound CakeSour Cream Pound CakeGreek Yogurt Pound CakeChocolate Pound CakeBlue Ribbon Pound Cake and the list goes on and on. As I’ve stated before, desserts, in particular, Pound Cake are my most favorite thing to make.

From Scratch Melted Vanilla Ice Cream Pound Cake

Today I made a pound that’s made with melted vanilla ice cream. Ice cream has the same rich and creamy properties that milk or whipping cream does. It yields a pound cake with a small crumb and tender texture.

As well, from Scratch Melted Vanilla Ice Cream Pound Cake has that crusty outside that everyone loves. I typically make pound cakes in a tube pan so that the top stays on top and stays crusty. With a bundt cake, you end up displaying it with the top turned down which messes up that crusty top.

That is my one regret with this cake. I wish I had baked it in my old favorite tube pan.

Out of milk?

Did you know that you can substitute melted vanilla ice cream for milk in any cake recipe? You will use a 1 to 1 ratio. Therefore, it’s one cup of melted ice cream for every cup of milk called for in the recipe. Most noteworthy, measure the ice cream after it has melted. Some ice cream has more air whipped into it than others.

 Melted Vanilla Ice Cream Pound Cake

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  1. Bundt pan
  2. Tilt-head stand mixer
  3. Pure almond extract


Using a light versus a dark pan as well as sitting it on a cookie sheet (which I do) to bake will affect the baking time. For my cakes, I bake in a light pan on a round cookie sheet.

Most importantly, keep an eye on your cake and start watching it closely after 60 minutes the first time you bake it. Note exactly what you used and how long you baked it for future reference.

I wrote a very detailed post on How to Bake the Perfect Pound Cake. I recommend you hop over and read it.

As well, all the tips aren’t going to help if you’re oven is not calibrated. Read How to Calibrate your Oven here.

 Ice Cream Pound Cake

Baking Tips

  1. Read the recipe through completely at least twice so you know what comes next.
  2. A stand mixer will make your life immensely easier. I can’t imagine all this mixing by hand or even with a hand mixer!
  3. You can use a bundt pan. I used this tube pan. A good rule of thumb when baking pound cakes is to always leave 2 inches from the batter to the top of the pan to allow for rise. As well, always place your baking pan on a cookie sheet to catch any overflows.
  4. Allow your eggs, butter, and dairy to come to room temperature before mixing.
  5. I used pure almond extract. You can use vanilla, but I do recommend using pure vanilla, not an imitation.
  6. I recommend calibrating your oven at least once a year. Read all about how to Calibrate your oven in this post.

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Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

Ice Cream Pound Cake

From Scratch Melted Vanilla Ice Cream Pound Cake

This delicate From Scratch Melted Vanilla Ice Cream Pound Cake is incredibly moist and flavorful. It transports well and makes the perfect recipe for holiday or potluck.

Author: Paula
4.86 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted, then measured correctly
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla or almond extract


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk whipping cream can be used
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract whichever extract you used in the cake


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Grease a bundt or tube pan with solid vegetable shortening and sprinkle with sugar (or you can use flour) OR coat with Wilton cake release.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat shortening and sugar until smooth about 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and melted ice cream alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
  • Add flavoring and mix on low to medium until combined. Pour batter into a prepared tube or bundt pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes at 325 degrees F
  • Cool in the pan for 20 to 25 minutes before inverting onto a serving tray to cool completely. Store in an airtight container on the countertop 3 to 4 days.


  • Whisk all the glaze ingredients together and pour over cooled cake


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Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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    1. You can use either. I always use salted but professionals say to use unsalted. It just depends on your taste.

  1. I substituted all butter for the shortening, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. It’s very tasty, and didn’t even need the glaze. I may try reducing the sugar a bit next time, but this cake is delicious as is. Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    I want to try this one as soon as I get my new oven. I love the detailed instructions about making a pound cake

  3. I have a question do you have a version of the vanilla ice cream pound cake using less sugar or using stevia for diabetics

  4. In the 1 cup melted vanilla ice cream do you measure 1 cup then let it melt or do you melt enough ice cream to equal a cup?

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