Lemon meringue ice cream cake

Lemon meringue ice cream cake

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(51 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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essex133's picture
29th Mar, 2018
No wonder it only takes 20 minutes to make when the basic cake is bought and not made! All you have to do is assemble this cake. Great if you're in a hurry but it is not a home made cake.
26th Jan, 2018
I first saw this recipe years ago in one of my Good Food mags and have made many times. Very simple quick, but impressive. Have also made with a biscuit base which works well. I tend to finish with fresh raspberries and sometimes dust plates with popping candy as I serve.
13th Feb, 2017
Really tasty and super quick to make! I made mine with crushed ginger biscuits and butter as the base instead of Madeira cake, tasted really good :)
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12th Dec, 2016
Really surprised how good this tasted. Very quick and easy - a convenient dessert to have up your sleeve!
8th May, 2015
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.
14th Jul, 2014
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
17th Nov, 2013
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
21st Jun, 2013
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.
2nd May, 2013
This was lovely, so easy to put together and very impressive.
5th Mar, 2013
So incredibly easy. Have made this many times for celebrations/parties and every time someon asks for the recipe. Lemon cake works very well.


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