Cranberry Orange Holiday Ice Cream Cake


Ice cream cake is great year-round, especially when it’s dairy-free! Try these Holiday-themed ice cream cakes for your next autumn party!


dairy free holiday ice cream cake

You will need:

Baking sheet pans
Parchment paper
Spring form cake pan (9 or 10 inch)

dairy free holiday ice cream cake


2 Coconut Bliss Vanilla Island Pints
14 oz. Cranberry Sauce

1 cup raw macadamia nuts
3 cups shredded coconut
3 tablespoons orange zest, freshly grated
1/3 cup agave syrup
2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

For Candied Orange Peel
1 large orange, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups water

dairy free holiday ice cream cake

For Candied Cranberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup unrefined cane sugar
2 tablespoons water


Add all crust ingredients except orange juice to food processor. Pulse until combined. Add orange juice and pulse until dough comes together. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and press dough into cake pan. Freeze until firm (20-30 minutes).

Soften 2 pints of Vanilla Island Coconut Bliss. Blend 1 pint of Coconut Bliss with cranberry sauce. Pour into cake pan and smooth over crust. Return to freezer until firm (20-30 minutes). Once the first layer is firm, pour the second pint of softened Coconut Bliss into cake pan and smooth over surface. Wrap cake with plastic wrap and freeze.

dairy free holiday ice cream cake

Orange Peel
Cut peel on each orange into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment (including white pith) in 1 piece. Cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips, trim pith. Cook in a large pot of boiling water 15 minutes; drain, rinse, and drain again. Bring 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Return to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft, about 45 minutes. Drain. Toss peel and 1/2 cup sugar on rimmed baking sheet, separating strips. Lift peel from sugar; transfer to sheet of foil. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days.

DO AHEAD: Wrap and freeze up to 2 months!

Cook 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water in heavy small saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Transfer to top of double boiler. Add cranberries. Cover berry mixture and place over simmering water. Cook 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from over water. Let cranberry mixture stand at room temperature overnight. Place remaining 1/2 cup sugar on plate. Drain cranberries well. Add to sugar and turn to coat. Let dry at least 30 minutes. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Holiday Ice Cream Cake Assembly:

15 minutes before serving, remove cake from freezer. Unwrap and release spring form. Allow to sit at room temperature while you garnish the top of the cake with candied fruit. Once the sides of the cake have released from the pan, serve immediately.


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