Turtle Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake

Turtle Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake

Yield: 10-12 slices

Prep Time:20 minutes active time, 1-2 hours freezer time

Cook Time:12 minutes

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A Thanksgiving dessert and celebration ice cream dessert cake!


  • 1 pound ginger snaps
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 14 ounce can dulce de leche
  • 3 quarts pumpkin ice cream (Pumpkin pie, pumpkin swirl, you name it!)
  • 1 small bottle chocolate Magic Shell
  • 3/4 cup candied pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Trace the bottom of a 9 inch spring-form pan on parchment paper, and cut out a circle to lay in the bottom of the pan.
  2. Using a food processor or high-powered blender, pulse the gingersnaps until they reach a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and egg and pulse a few more times to combine.
  3. Press the gingersnap mixture evenly over the bottom of the spring-form pan, and up the sides approximately 2 inches. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Once out of the oven, cut a parchment paper strip 4 inches high, and a little over 2 feet long, to line the perimeter of the pan. Tuck the parchment paper strip carefully between the crust walls and the sides of the pan. Adjust the paper ring to fit snugly around the crust the secure with a paper clip. Press the crust back gently if it has slumped a little.
  5. Spread the entire can of dulce de leche over the bottom of the crust. Then place the crust in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
  6. Scoop the ice cream into the crust and press down using a piece of wax paper. Smooth the top with a spatula. Place back in the freezer to firm up–30-60 minutes.
  7. Then release the sides of the spring-form pan and remove the ring and parchment paper. Shake the chocolate magic shell vigorously, then drizzle around the edges. Once the edges of the cake are covered in chocolate, drizzle the magic shell in the middle of the cake. Quickly top with candied pecans, before the magic shell hardens. Place back in the freezer until ready to serve. If you plan to wait more than 1 day to serve the cake, wrap it well with foil, followed by a layer of plastic wrap.
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  11. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mamaposted November 12, 2012 at 7:00 am Reply

    AMAZING! This is almost too good looking to eat. I really need to make it for Thanksgiving.

  12. Erikaposted November 12, 2012 at 7:16 am Reply

    Holy Ice Cream Cake.. This looks amazing!!!

  13. 30A EATSposted November 12, 2012 at 7:24 am Reply

    WOW! This is one amazing recipe and as usual I love your photos! I’m ready to dive right into that ice-cream cake!!

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  16. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)posted November 12, 2012 at 7:53 am Reply

    I love that the crust is made out of gingersnaps – too perfect! This looks aaaammmaaazing =)

  17. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted November 12, 2012 at 8:06 am Reply

    Holy crapolla that looks good

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  20. Sarah W. Caronposted November 12, 2012 at 8:43 am Reply

    Whoa. That’s like ice cream cake crack — looks ah-freakin-mazing!

  21. Aggieposted November 12, 2012 at 8:44 am Reply

    I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing this looks! Wowzers girl! Congrats to Rachel and her baby boy! :)

  22. Tara @ Chip Chip Hoorayposted November 12, 2012 at 8:44 am Reply

    Oh WOW. This cake is incredibly gorgeous–I’d go crazy for it at any holiday celebration. :D

  23. carrianposted November 12, 2012 at 8:53 am Reply

    Good mercy! That looks/sounds like heaven!

  24. Lizposted November 12, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply

    This looks amazing! Love the chocolate and pecans on top :)

  25. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted November 12, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    Yes please!

  26. Kristenposted November 12, 2012 at 9:36 am Reply

    This is just SO beautiful! Wow, Sommer!

  27. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted November 12, 2012 at 9:40 am Reply

    Oh wow Sommer you out did yourself on this dessert. It looks amazing!

  28. Jen L | Tartine and Apron Stringsposted November 12, 2012 at 9:49 am Reply

    Holy moly, this is ah.maze.ing! Ahhhh, I want to scream at how beautiful this cake is. I want this now, now, now!!! And it’s only 11am here in Toronto!

  29. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted November 12, 2012 at 9:58 am Reply

    GET. IN. MY. FACE.

    Holy cow.

  30. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted November 12, 2012 at 9:59 am Reply

    You are quite the temptress with this ice cream cake! The hidden layer of dulce de leche sounds tantalizing…I would have a difficult time staying away from this cake – I’d have to give it to someone and get it out of my house ASAP else I’d be glued in front of it with a spoon. I love everything about it from the chocolate drizzle to the pumpkin ice cream to the candied nuts…sigh….what a wonderful baby shower treat! AND great for Thanksgiving, especially since I could satisfy my whole family’s sweet tooth with this single dessert!

  31. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted November 12, 2012 at 10:21 am Reply

    Are you kidding me??? This looks flipping fabulous!!! Congrats Rachel :) I hope Sommer gives you this cake too!

  32. Sheilaposted November 12, 2012 at 10:48 am Reply

    OK Darlin’ are you kidding me already! this is crazy! All the flavors I love!

  33. Christine (Cook the Story)posted November 12, 2012 at 10:59 am Reply

    Wow! Ever decadent. Looks and sounds amazing. I love pumpkin and chocolate together.

  34. Paula - bell'alimentoposted November 12, 2012 at 11:05 am Reply

    Oh Sommer. You have gone and done it now. Swoon.

  35. Rachel Cooksposted November 12, 2012 at 11:38 am Reply

    Oh my gosh, Sommer! This cake is beyond amazing. YUM! Thank you so much for participating in this baby shower. I’m so honored and touched by everyone doing this. Thank you!!!! xo

  36. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted November 12, 2012 at 11:50 am Reply

    Wow, this is totally insane! It’s like everything delicious in a single dessert.

  37. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted November 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Reply

    I wish I was at your house the day you photographed this. 2 slices, one for you and one for me. :) Looks amazing Sommer. Love it!!


  38. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mamaposted November 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh. This is totally sinful. Beautiful cake!

  39. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted November 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm Reply

    This is incredible, Sommer! This is definitely a little slice of heaven!

  40. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I love hidden layers, especially of dulce de leche. This is a gorgeous cake, Sommer. So perfect for this time of year!

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  42. Nancy/SpicieFoodieposted November 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm Reply

    This is the perfect dessert for any occasion and I’d love it on my holiday table. Congrats to Rachel!

  43. diabeticFoodieposted November 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm Reply

    What a perfect Thanksgiving dessert. And I’m sure Rachel loved it too!

  44. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted November 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm Reply

    YUM!!! What a gorgeous ice cream cake! I have such a love for pumpkin ice cream and using magic shell on it is genius! I love that idea!!!

  45. Kathrynposted November 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm Reply

    This ice cream cook looks really delicious – such a great cake for a party!

  46. Barb | Creative Culinaryposted November 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm Reply

    You know how much I appreciate that list you made? Well, you forgot to include yourself and I’ve been using it to get to each blog. So glad something didn’t feel quite complete because this is fantastic. The look belies the ease you claim it to be…isn’t that the perfect dessert? Just gorgeous Sommer.

  47. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted November 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Wow – the layers in this bad boy. It just goes on and on in the most beautiful way. Gorgeous, Sommer!

  48. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted November 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Ohhh gurrrrllll! This is incredible!

  49. Stephposted November 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Holy smokes!! This is insane! I need a huge slice immediately!

  50. kitaposted November 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm Reply

    Holy amazeballs. I have been drooling over these pics since you posted them on FB this morning. If I ever have the need for any sort of surprise party I want one of these cake. Seriously, at the party…. ;)

  51. Toni | Boulder Locavoreposted November 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm Reply

    I’m speechless Sommer. Is there a dessert better than this? I think not. The fantastic photos tell the tale. Simply gorgeous.

  52. Wizzyposted November 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm Reply

    This is wicked good! Love the presentation.

  53. Erin @ Cooking With Erinposted November 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Wow!! This was the perfect recipe to trip across today. Sommer, I am impressed. :-) And I completely agree that the stores should sell pumpkin ice cream all. year. long.

  54. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted November 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm Reply

    This is seriously gorgeous, please pass the fork!

  55. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted November 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Absolutely scrumptious!!! Perfect treat, Sommer :)

    HUGS <3

  56. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted November 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply

    My heavens, this must be the best looking dessert I’ve ever seen! You really knocked this one out of the park. Ah-mazing!

  57. Jeanetteposted November 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm Reply

    What a fun way to celebrate and a stunning presentation Sommer!

  58. Deborahposted November 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh – I’m so in love with this!! And why have I never bought pumpkin ice cream before??

  59. Donnaposted November 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh! That’s BEAUTIFUL! I’d love it someone served that to me for dessert.

  60. Nutmeg Nannyposted November 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm Reply

    This is one amazing looking ice cream cake! I love it! Thank you so much for being a part of this event!!!

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  62. Kare @ Kitchen Treatyposted November 13, 2012 at 7:10 am Reply

    This is stunning! Congratulations, Rachel! :)

  63. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted November 13, 2012 at 7:25 am Reply

    Wow, this looks incredible!

  64. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted November 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely killer!!! Want!

  65. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted November 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Good call on the gingersnap crust! I can’t decide if that or the ice cream is my favorite part. I can’t get over how gorgeous this is!

  66. [email protected] pineapple and coconutposted November 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm Reply

    I have had this page open all day staring at this cake. I cannot WAIT To make it next week. Sending my mom out for ingredients soon so its all ready for me to make when we get to their house next week – I will absolutely send pics!

  67. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted November 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm Reply

    Amazing! So are you going to make this for my baby shower too in like 10 years? :)

  68. Vianneyposted November 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Congrats to Rachel!! Swoon Sommer, this looks amazing!!

  69. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakesposted November 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Wow – this cake is AMAZING, Sommer! Cheers to you and congrats to Rachel!!

  70. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted November 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm Reply

    Wow, now that’s a show stopper and perfect dessert for this season.

  71. Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}posted November 14, 2012 at 8:12 am Reply

    Um… I wish we were neighbors. This looks so fantastic. Great idea to bring this to the shower!

  72. Angieposted November 14, 2012 at 9:01 am Reply

    This looks so pretty and delicious!

  73. Ashley - Baker by Natureposted November 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm Reply

    This might be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!!!

  74. Brookeposted November 15, 2012 at 8:43 am Reply

    Wow! That looks amazing.

  75. Shari-Tickled Redposted November 15, 2012 at 8:24 am Reply

    Momma!!! Please come be sneaky at my house…really that cake is the bomb diggity.

  76. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste)posted November 15, 2012 at 10:34 am Reply

    Oh my sweet, sweet heavens! I am dying for a slice of this right now!

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  80. Kelsey Keagleposted November 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm Reply

    I just made this for a friend’s birthday party at work. This recipe was SO easy, the hardest thing was putting the parchment ring around the crust!

    I love how impressive this dessert is without all the fuss of totally handmade ingredients… it still turned out wonderfully!

    Thank you for the delicious recipe and post!

    • Sommerposted November 18, 2012 at 8:20 am Reply

      Oh Kelsey I’m so glad you liked it! My family has been begging for me to make it again.

  81. Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted November 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Holy cow. This sounds like the best most amazing dessert ever. All of those delicious flavors…

    Sadly enough, the only ingredients in the ingredient list that I can actually buy where I live are the butter and egg. Have to make the rest, which I’m sure is totally worth it, but my freezer is constantly full. As soon as I can make the ice cream, I want to make something like this!

  82. Christian Rene Friborgposted November 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm Reply

    This looks so freaking good, I wish I could take it out of the monitor and eat it.

  83. katieposted November 20, 2012 at 8:22 am Reply

    oh-my this cake looks fabulous. Perfect for any celebration!

  84. Jett2Whit Productionsposted November 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm Reply

    OH my goodness – everything looks so good!!

  85. Mariaposted December 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm Reply

    I would see this just before lunch. The question is now do I fall of the diet wagon this early in the week?

  86. Kristenposted December 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply


    I made this last night for dessert at a friend’s house. The flavor was perfect! The only problem was that the crust was so tough, we had a nearly impossible time cutting through it even after letting it sit for 10 minutes on the table.

    I pressed the cookie mixture into the spring form pan and baked it at the required temp for 11 minutes. Any thoughts on how to fix this? We LOVED this cake and I want to make it again, but am nervous about the cement-like cookie base. :(

    • Sommerposted December 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm Reply

      Hi Kristen, It’s hard to say way it turned out so hard without seeing it, but maybe try pressing it taller and thinner next time. Merry Christmas!

      • Kristenposted December 22, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Thanks. :) Yeah… the crust was a bit thick especially in the bottom corners. I’ll try that next time.

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  91. Donnaposted October 9, 2013 at 10:14 pm Reply

    I don’t understand what you mean about the parchment paper strip? Do I actually unhook the springform to do that ?

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  98. Shirleyposted October 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm Reply

    I just made this recipe, it tastes delicious, however, it was impossible to cut through the crust. I actually broke a knife. How long could you leave it out prior to cutting, any suggestions?

    • Sommerposted October 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm Reply

      Hey Shirley! Oh No!! Let’s see, last time I made it I think I left it out for 15-20 minutes before cutting. Sorry about your knife. :(

  99. Sharana @ Living THe Sweet Life Blogposted October 22, 2014 at 10:30 am Reply

    HOLY MOLY MOTHER OF YUUMMM .. now that right there, is what i call the perfect thanksgiving dessert!!

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