Nadamoo! Vegan & Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake

In my family birthdays meant one thing: ice cream cake. It is a Durso tradition to have your candles in a dessert that is cake layered with ice cream and covered in homemade whipped cream. These ice cream cakes were some of my favorite childhood memories. When I went vegan, I thought that meant the end of a tradition, but thank goodness I was wrong! I was able to “veganize” and “gluten freeinize” my favorite dessert ever and I am going to share it with you! In my recipe I use Nadamoo! coconut ice cream and if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! It’s the creamiest non-dairy ice cream I have ever had! So good and their Lotta Mint Chip ice cream is just perfect for this recipe!

Durso Ice Cream Cake


2 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill) (you could also use regular if you don’t have a gluten sensitivity)

1 cup dark cocoa powder

1 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup brown rice syrup

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

1/2 cup almond milk

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt into a large bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the maple syrup, coconut oil, brown rice syrup, coffee, almond milk and vanilla together. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry.

Pour the batter into 2 greased 8″ round baking dishes.

Bake until a knife comes clean about 30 minutes. Let completely cool.


Ice Cream:

2 pints of Nadamoo! coconut ice cream

Leave the ice cream on your counter for about 10 minutes, or until a little softened. Line a 8″ round pan with parchment or wax paper and scoop the ice cream into the pan, pressing it in as you go. Freeze the pan until the ice cream is really hard again.



3 cans coconut cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Refrigerate the cans upside down overnight. Chill a mixing bowl for 2o minutes in the fridge.

When you are ready to make the frosting, open the cans right side up and strain the liquid from the solids. Discard the liquid and place the solids in the chilled bowl with the vanilla extract. Whip using a hand mixer until light and fluffy.



On a serving plate, place one of the cakes, then the ice cream layer, and then the other cake. Cover with the coconut whipped cream and serve immediately! You an return your cake to the freezer, but I find is never tastes exactly the same as when it’s first assembled.


I hope you enjoy as much as my family and I have over the years!