How to make an ice cream cake with tea

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We’re making it official: Summer is HERE. And what do we love most about summertime? This fabulous vanilla ice cream cake recipe. Next to iced tea and oversized sun hats, it’s the best thing to ever happen to hot weather get-togethers between family and friends.

Ready to learn how to make an ice cream cake without cake? Infused with Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait tea, this recipe features a crispy graham cracker crust topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries. It’s creamy, strawberry-y and a guaranteed crowdpleaser.

The best thing about a frozen treat like this one? You can make it ahead and freeze in case of those impromptu celebrations. 


Makes: 4 medium cakes (6” each)

Time:  1 hr + 4 hrs for freezing

Ice cream cake


  • 10 Perfect Spoons of Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait tea
  • 3½ cups water
  • 2½ tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2½ cups (~200 g) crushed graham crackers
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cups cashews
  • ½ cup baked coconut chips
  • ¾ cup melted butter
  • 2 pints vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, cut


Step 1
Steep 10 Perfect Spoons of loose leaf tea in 3 cups of hot water for 8-10 min. Strain into a measuring cup and discard tea leaves.
Step 2
Add sugar to the steeped tea and stir to dissolve.
Step 3
In a separate bowl, dissolve 2½ tbsp of cornstarch in ½ cup of water.
Step 4
In a small pot, combine 1½ cups of steeped tea with the cornstarch mix. Set aside remaining tea. Simmer mixture over medium-low heat for 5 min while stirring constantly.
Step 5
Remove from heat and allow tea jelly to cool.
Step 6
In a food processor, finely chop graham crackers, cashews, coconut chips and salt. Transfer to a bowl and slowly stir in melted butter.
Step 7
Add 1 cup of graham cracker mix to each pie plate, and press into the bottom and sides of the plate. Place in the freezer until solid (about 10 min).
Step 8
In a bowl, combine ¼ cup of remaining steeped tea with ½ cup of vanilla ice cream, mix well. Place mixture in the freezer for 5-10 min.
Step 9
Remove 1 pint of ice cream from the freezer and allow to soften at room temperature (think consistency of thick whipping cream).
Step 10
Remove pie crust from the freezer. Layer in 1-2 tbsp of tea jelly, a generous scoop of softened vanilla ice cream and a small scoop of the ice cream and tea mix. Using a small spatula, make gorgeous little swirls. Return to the freezer for 4 hrs.
Step 11
Meanwhile, combine 1 cup of strawberries with the last of the steeped tea and place in the fridge.
Step 12
Finally, remove ice cream cake from the freezer and top with strawberries.

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