Lemon meringue ice cream cake

Lemon meringue ice cream cake

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(47 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins Plus at least 4 hours freezing time


Serves 8
This looks and tastes so good people will never believe it only takes 20 minutes to put together

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: lemon meringue ice cream cake

  • kcal464
  • fat26g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.51g
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  • bought slab of Madeira cake
  • 8 meringue nests
  • 500ml tub crème fraîche
  • jar of good quality lemon curd
  • red summer berries to decorate


  1. Line the base of a 20cm round springform cake tin with greaseproof paper. Cut the Madeira cake into 1cm slices and use to line the base of the tin. Fill in the gaps between the slices with small pieces of cake.

  2. Break the meringues into pieces and put into a large bowl. Tip in all the crème fraîche and fold together. Dollop large spoonfuls of the meringue mixture and lemon curd into the tin. Don’t stir. Spread level with a palette knife, then tap the tin on the counter surface to make sure the mixture is packed down. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

  3. When ready to serve, remove the cake from the tin and put on a serving plate. Decorate with red summer berries.

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Comments (65)

antoniawalls's picture

Love this speedy dessert. It is so easy to make and hard to believe it tastes so good when so simple to make. I have made several times and am always asked for the recipe. Make in advance and keep in the freezer for when you need an impromptu dessert. I always serve with raspberries. Take out of freezer a little before serving to make it easier to slice. Also good with orange curd.

hazelpin's picture

My daughter made this for hubbies birthday and used gingernut base instead of sponge. Topped with blueberries and strawberries. Amazing! We all had two slices. Irresistible

charlyjustlovescake's picture

Really easy and tastes very refreshing. Maybe would try a biscuit base next time to add a different texture as cake is quite soft with ice cream. X

janeorelia's picture

I am always on the look out for an easy dessert, I can spend hours cooking starter s and mains but as I am not really a dessert person so this was a delight to make and so quick. I doused the cake with a little limoncello, before topping with the other ingredients and it went down really well at a family BBQ along with a pear and amaretti cheesecake. Will certainly make again.

andreamferns's picture

This was lovely, so easy to put together and very impressive.

vrog's picture

So incredibly easy. Have made this many times for celebrations/parties and every time someon asks for the recipe. Lemon cake works very well.

hilaryys's picture

Can't believe anyone doesn't like this! My favourite "cheat's pudding" and yes, everyone thinks I'm fibbing when I say how easy it is. Haven't had the meringue dissolving - I wonder whether people did smash the pieces up too finely? Usually love to spend ages making elaborate desserts but great to have something like this up my sleeve for the right occasion.

noisysmurf's picture

Brilliant, quick and easy make ahead pudding. I made this for a new years eve party as an alternative to heavier puds. Went down a treat. Everyone loved it and most had two helpings! I love the fact that you can make it the day before. Well worth a go. I am trying to work out how to make a smaller version for a more intimate dinner party.

rsbtdrake's picture

I tried this with sponge fingers dipped in orange juice then used half mascarpone cheese and half creme fresh with homemade lemon butter.
I used a oblong spring form cake tin which cut really well. The film crew I served it to loved it.

lucyrumens's picture

Yummy, yummy, yummy. Takes 5-10 minutes to make and can be made well in advance. Thinking of making one to have in the freezer, except that I would probably eat it long before we had any guests!

nadia76's picture

Delicious, made it for a dinner party and guests loved it, i added home made lemon syrup before serving!! excellent!!

amybelle123's picture

It is very simple but maybe thats what makes it great!

I made this as a reccy for a dinner i'm holding for my in-laws and it was a great success! My husband thought it was great and that I must have spent ages in the kitchen!

Will definitely make this for my dinner and serve with a raspberry coulis or something similar.

wildiles's picture

I have made this on numerous occasions now.
I found 15 minutes is about the right time in the summer months.
However I occasionally take it from the freezer towards the end of the main meal and that works well too.
Everyone who has eaten it before - always asks for it when they come for a meal.
I have given this to many friends and family.
I will try and do it in a loaf tin as suggested for a change.
As we live in France - Lemon Curd is not sold here, I get it from UK.
I will try a variation as suggested.

intraining's picture

Made this last night. The meringues melted before the thing was frozen and it was hard to ditinguish between meringue and frozen cream. It was also a bit on the sweet side. Next time I'll not break the meringue pieces up so small. Maybe quarter the nests?

1aaron2's picture


I live in Greece & can not get creme fraiche could I use cream cheese like philly
Look forward to hearing from you
Elaine Thornton

flissfliss1's picture

Made this for a dinner party found it very disappointing

cruachan's picture

I make this sweet frequently as it keeps in the freezer very well.
Sometimes I mash some raspberries with icing sugar and put on the top.

mrsdavis's picture

Sooooooooo easy to make - in the freezer now until Sunday - hope it taste good. Made exactly as it said.Gales lemon curd !! Quite a cheap price to make too.

treenagould's picture

Going to make this this weekend maybe as a St George's treat. I make a similar dessert taken from one of my back issues. its the mixed fruit meringue chill and this is a 5 rating dessert. Made in advance placed in the freezer and taken out before we sit for main meal and let to malt a little, so good served with a raspberry coulis.


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