Devil’s Food Cake Chocolate Ice Cream

Devil’s food cake chocolate ice cream is almost better than sex. It has the rich, deep flavors of a dark-chocolate frosted cake. Words do not suffice. Eat, instead.

Metal loaf pan filled with swirls of dark devil’s food cake chocolate ice cream on a marble slab

Sultry as a summer night. That’s what we thought when we experienced this seductively smooth, devilishly dark chocolate cake-like ice cream that’s almost naughtily intense. One taste and you’ll understand.–Renee Schettler Rossi

*Why You Need To Include The Booze

If you don’t have crème de cacao, use vodka, bourbon or rum. Adding a nip of alcohol slows the freezing process, which allows the ice cream to slow down, take its time, not rush, and churn up to its full potential. Omitting the alcohol will make the ice cream more dense, harder to scoop, and less velvety smooth. Don’t worry about the kids not wanting any, as we’re guessing the intensely dark chocolate taste is going to send most kids back to their tub of cookies n cream. Let them have it. Means more of this for you.

Devil’s Food Cake Chocolate Ice Cream

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  • 30 M
  • 5 H
  • Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings
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  • For the ice cream base
  • For the chocolate paste


Make the ice cream base

Whisk the egg yolks, sugar, salt, and milk in a 3-quart stainless steel saucepan over low heat and gently stir until warm, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-low and stir until the custard is slightly thickened and steaming hot, about 5 minutes more. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, scraping the pot.

Make the chocolate paste

In the same pot, whisk together the sugar and cocoa and then add the chopped chocolate and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly until the sugar has fully dissolved and the mixture is bubbling hot, 5 to 7 minutes.

Make the ice cream

Strain the cocoa mixture into the custard and then stir in the vanilla extract and crème de cacao. Let cool to room temperature (if you like, to hasten the process you can place the bowl of custard in a larger bowl filled halfway with ice water) and refrigerate until the mixture is cold and thick and pudding-like, about 4 hours. (You can cover and refrigerate the custard for up to 1 week.)

Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s directions until your ice cream is creamy and thick. If your machine has an open top, cover it with an inverted baking pan or pie dish or something like that to keep it cold as it churns. Meanwhile, place a flexible spatula and quart container (an empty yogurt tub works great) in the freezer.

When the ice cream is done, if you like a “soft serve” consistency, you can serve it straight from the ice cream maker or, if you prefer a firmer consistency, you can scrape the ice cream into the chilled container with the chilled spatula, press some plastic wrap against the ice cream to minimize the risk of freezer burn, and seal the container. Freeze until it’s firm enough to scoop, about 12 hours.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Sultry as a summer night, this devil’s food cake chocolate ice cream is for grown-ups. Bittersweet, dark, rich, and creamy, devil's food chocolate ice cream will haunt you at midnight until you dip a spoon in and let the ganache-like frozen treat melt in your mouth and satiate your cravings.

The chocolate is intense but this recipe has the perfect balance of sugar to round it out along with a hint of salt and the slight warming sensation of the alcohol which meets your palette on the back end. Another lovely bonus, the ice cream stays scoopable after being frozen for a few days and never loses the fresh churned flavor. If you’re looking for a sophisticated chocolate ice cream, this is it.

This devil’s food cake chocolate ice cream is one of the best ice creams that I've made–and I've made quite a few over the years. It came out exactly as promised: jet black, intense chocolate flavor, creamy, and soft. I used Black Onyx dutch processed cocoa powder.

The ice cream kept well in our freezer, though I have to say it wasn't something we were able to ignore for long so I wasn't able to see how well it keeps its texture over the course of a week or longer.

We just don't have that kind of willpower when it comes to great ice cream. We ate it with intensely chocolate brownies that had been warmed slightly, which might have been a little much, even for someone like me who loves chocolate. My husband and our friend really enjoyed the two together, though, with the contrast of textures and temperatures.

Oh my, this devil’s food cake chocolate ice cream certainly delivers! I’m not usually a fan of chocolate ice cream, perhaps because it so often fails to convey serious excitement in terms of flavor depth and is frequently more reminiscent of chocolate pudding in terms of pleasant but basically benign flavor. But this approach—making a chocolate paste that's nearly black with cocoa—results in a whole different beast.

The look and flavor are striking, and even my husband (who is generically happy with all kinds of chocolate ice cream) said “WOW!!” before even swallowing the very first bite. (Actually, he said, “This tastes like a really good chocolate cake” = BINGO!) Fabulous recipe! Super simple and straightforward recipe that works exactly as written. And it looks EXACTLY like the photo—deep and dark and mysterious! Very rich and a little goes a long way.

Great to pair with a blondie or brownie or even an after dinner pour of Grand Marnier or anything with orange flavor notes.

Chocolate ice cream is one of those recipes that I never seem fully satisfied with. Just when I think, "Found it! This is it!" along comes another recipe that takes that spot and then another and so on. This delightfully dark, intense, chewy delight is the current pedestal resident.

It is a chocolate ice cream for those of us who love dark intense chocolate with a nice bitter edge. It's not chocolate ice cream for wimps. I loved it. I do not have crème de cacao, so I used instead a tablespoon of bourbon and tablespoon of dark rum. That worked great and I did not have to buy a bottle of a liquor that I will most likely never use again.

This devil’s food cake chocolate ice cream was easy enough to make and the end result was to die for, a must for any chocolate lover. The consistency of the ice cream is perfectly creamy and the chocolate flavor is incredibly intense. It is just frustrating having to wait 5 hours before being able to eat it all! It was a hit with my partner and I am sure it be a massive success at any dinner party.

Oh my, this is it, this is the only chocolate ice cream you’ll ever want to make. Rich and creamy and velvety chocolate goodness. Pure heaven. I’m sure I looked like a five year old after been given the spoon to lick clean.

Chocolate-coated fingers and face. I did manage to get some into a container to share with my family but I will never regret every little spoonful I took along the way. This won’t last long so be prepared to make a second and a third and a fourth batch. Perfect straight from the ice cream maker as soft serve and scoops easily right from the freezer.

Extremely decadent and luxurious and the first spoonful tastes like more but a small serving is all you’ll need to feel extremely indulgent.

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