6 Ice Cream Cakes You’ll Love for Labor Day

Send off summer with a sweet frozen treat.

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Want to say goodbye to summer in style? Clear some space in the freezer, grab your favorite frozen flavor and whip up a homemade ice cream cake. From patriotic delights to creative confections, these chilly cakes will celebrate the end of the season in the best way possible (and they’re so much better than store-bought.)

An oldie-but-goodie, nothing says Labor Day like flag cake. Whip up a no-churn vanilla ice cream and layer it with crushed cookies and blueberry jam to assemble this delicious dessert, then decorate the top with freeze-dried strawberry stripes and sprinkle stars.

Sheet Pan Ice Cream Cake

Sheet Pan Ice Cream Cake

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Teri Lyn Fisher

It takes less than an hour to make this elegant ice cream cake — and it’s super easy! Start by baking a simple sheet cake, then slice it into squares for layering. The original recipe calls for strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, but don’t be afraid to switch it up! The vanilla cake is neutral enough to pair with anything, so feel free to get creative.

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Armando Rafael

The most decadent dessert on the list, this cake is sure to satisfy any chocolate lover. Sandwich cookies form the crust of this chocolatey confection, which is topped with ice cream, marshmallow creme and toasted walnuts. To take the whole thing over the top, add a chocolate ganache and plenty of mini marshmallows before serving.

Jeff Mauro makes a Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Jason Smith, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

Jeff Mauro makes a Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with Jason Smith, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

You can always count on Jeff Mauro for an easy recipe that the whole family will love. He uses store-bought cake mix for the red velvet layer, which he puts between ice cream sandwiches for a striped look. Once the cake is built, he decorates the whole thing with a blue whipped topping and star-shaped sprinkles for a patriotic finish.

Echo the flavors of your favorite summer dessert with this pretty-in-pink ice cream cake. A mix of strawberry and chocolate chip ice cream will satisfy both fruit fanatics and chocolate devotees, especially once it’s sandwiched between layers of tender yellow cake. Once frozen, spread a strawberry cream over the whole cake and top with chopped strawberries for a stunning presentation.

Banana Bread Ice Cream Layer Cake

Banana Bread Ice Cream Layer Cake

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Teri Lyn Fisher

Chances are, you’ve gotten pretty good at baking banana bread this year. Embrace the opportunity to show off your new skills by stuffing a freshly baked loaf with chocolate and peanut butter ice cream, then top the whole thing with a peanut butter drizzle. It’s a fresh twist on the classic ice cream cake — and the whole family will go bananas for it (sorry, not sorry).

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