Festive Ice Cream Cake

This is probably one of the more time- consuming recipes in my book, SUGAR FREE BAKING, but believe me when I say it is worth every minute.  I have never tasted an ice cream cake as good as this one!  The raspberry and rosewater layer is my favourite!  Sometimes I even have it on its own for dessert.

Serves 8 -10


  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 500ml milk
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 120g Perfect Sweet™ xylitol


  • 100g raspberry or strawberry puree
  • 30ml rosewater
  • 200ml whipping cream


  • 200ml whipping cream


  • 100g Raw Dark Chocolate (or good quality sugar free dark chocolate) plus extra to decorate
  • 200ml whicpping cream

Fresh berries to decorate


  1. Line the base of a 17cm spring form baking pan with baking paper.
  2. Open vanilla pods and with the blunt side of a knife, scrape seeds into a saucepan. Add pods and milk and bring to the boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Using an electric beater, beat the egg yolks and xylitol in a bowl on high speed until pale and creamy. Using a balloon whisk, gradually pour the boiling milk mixture over the egg mixture, while quickly whisking. Remove pods.
  4. Pour mixture back into the saucepan and heat gently, stirring constantly until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.


  1. Pour 200ml of the custard mixture into a bowl. Add the puree, rosewater and cream. Mix well and refrigerate.


  1. Pour 250ml of the custard mixture into another bowl. Add the cream, mix well and refrigerate.


  1. Pour the remaining 200ml warm custard and the chocolate into a clean bowl and mix well. Add the cream and mix again. Refrigerate.
  2. Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to first churn the Raspberry Layer. Spoon into the prepared pan and smooth over with a spatula. Freeze.
  3. Repeat for the Vanilla Layer then smooth mixture over the Raspberry Layer. Freeze.
  4. Lastly, churn the Chocolate Layer. Spoon on top of Vanilla Layer and freeze, preferably overnight.

To serve, turn onto a serving dish and decorate with fresh berries and shaved chocolate.