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Brownie Mountain Ice Cream Cake

Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 14 servings

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Rich, fudgy brownies filled with homemade ice cream (or use store bough and keep it simple!) and topped with chocolate ganache, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and sprinkles — the perfect cake for a birthday or celebration! Change up the ice cream flavors to suit your tastes!

ice cream brownie mountain whole covered in whipped cream chocolate sauce and sprinkles

Yes, I need two titles.

Because I think not everybody knows what to expect when they hear the words “Brownie Mountain”. And because this is really just the most fun you’ve ever had making an ice cream cake, even if it looks like your young child put it together.

ice cream brownie mountain up close with whipped cream chocolate sauce and sprinkles

I was tempted to name this “Hot Mess Cake”, but I decided that ugly food needs to be loved to. And sprinkles can make almost any cake feel good about itself, am I right? The extra two layer of chocolate on top of the brownie don’t hurt either.

As I was photographing this cake all I could hear in my head was the song “Unpretty” by TLC — tell me you know that song and I’m not that old. But it’s really what’s on the inside that counts, right? And on the inside is no-churn vanilla ice cream. And it’s easy.

slice of brownie mountain ice cream cake with sprinkle ice cream in the middle and brownies all around

I got stole the idea for this cake from the Taste of Home Celebrations cookbook. I didn’t use any of the recipe, as I had my own brownie and ice cream recipes that I like. But I saw it and I knew I had to make it, even though the world is now onto Back To School themed everything and what you really want are granola bars and cookies.

inside view of brownie mountain ice cream cake with brownies on the bottom and sides and ice cream in the middle

But don’t you think the kiddos deserve a treat for making it through that first week? As a teacher, I’m pretty sure I do most years (though this year I’m going to be at home with my babes as the rest of my colleagues make their way back)!

Optional shortcuts:

If you’re looking to save time, you can always use a boxed brownie mix or store bought ice cream — mix it up by adding any flavors you like!

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Ice Cream Brownie Mountain (Brownie Mountain Ice Cream Cake!)

5 from 5 votes
This Ice Cream Brownie Mountain is the ultimate ice cream cake! A homemade brownie filled with your favorite flavour of ice cream.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 14 servings
Calories 563cal


For the brownies:

  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the ice cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 35%
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • sprinkles optional

For the brownie mountain:

  • 100 g milk chocolate bar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups whipped topping or whipped cream
  • chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and cherries for garnish as desired


  • Make the brownies:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9×13″ with tin foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine butter and sugar and whisk until combined. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
  • Add the cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder and whisk just until combined.
  • Spread into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  • Make the brownie mountain:Line a 2.5 quart bowl with plastic wrap, letting some hang over the sides. Cut brownies into pieces and press brownies into the bowl, cutting and squishing to fit (see photo below).
  • For the ice cream: Whip 1½ cups cream until stiff peaks form and fold in sweetened condensed milk and sprinkles if desired. Pour into your brownie-coated bowl until the ice cream mixture almost reaches the rim of the brownies (see photo below). Freeze solid.
  • Place remaining brownies on the top of your bowl (which will end up being the bottom of your mountain). Freeze until firm.
  • Make your ganache: in a small pot melt together chocolate bar and ¼ cup whipping cream over low heat until smooth. Set aside.
  • Unmold your brownie mountain onto a plate. Pour ganache over mountain. Set in the freezer for 15-30 minutes until firm. Cover with whipped topping, chocolate sauce, sprinkles and cherries as desired. Serve frozen and freeze leftovers.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 563cal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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Ice Cream Brownie Mountain: A fun new ice cream cake! Rich, fudgy brownies filled with homemade ice cream (or use store bough and keep it simple!) and topped with chocolate ganache, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and sprinkles -- the perfect cake for a birthday or celebration! Change up the ice cream flavors to suit your tastes!

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Beth Pierce says

    What a fun and delicious cake! This will be perfect for my husband’s birthday this weekend; I will have to give this a try!

  2. lauren kelly says

    Are you kidding? This is one of the best looking cakes I have ever seen! And it’s delicious too!

  3. Lindsay Cotter says

    Such a fun summer dessert! And changing up the ice cream each time is a great way to keep it on repeat all summer long!

  4. Zainab says

    No idea where u get ugly from man. This cake is just WOW!! I’m not going back to school but I think I deserve a slice of this amazing mess

  5. Katalina @ Peas and Peonies says

    Please, please, PLESE ship this to me now, right this moment, OMG I am losing over it, as a brownie and ice cream addict, seeing this too combined so perfectly together, I am crying tears of happiness, joy and actually disbelief that I can’t taste it from my computer screen.

  6. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    What a fun dessert! I love this, it’s such a different dessert, and would be so fun to make with the kids! I’m not into back to school mode yet either, I am still firmly in vacation mode and intend to stay there for as long as possible! 🙂

  7. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! As I mentioned to you in another post, I just made brownies and I have a pint of really good strawberry ice cream in the freezer! Since some of the brownies are gone 🙂 I’ll just make a smaller version! Which is probably a good idea considering I’d probably eat the entire mountain myself!

  8. Izzy says

    Haha, this is awesome! I’ve never heard of a brownie mountain before, but I think it just might be my favorite mo untain ever! Forget the granola bars, kids totally need this cake in celebration of being back in school for a week 🙂

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