Drumstick Ice Cream Cake


Drumstick ice cream cake is loaded with all the flavors you love in drumstick ice cream cones. Actually a no-bake cheesecake dessert, this tasty treat is loaded with a peanut butter Nilla wafer and pecan crust and a rich, peanut butter cream cheese filling topped with chocolate and caramel syrup and nuts.

Closeup shot of slice of drumstick ice cream cake with bite taken out on plate.

Drumstick ice cream cones are just about my favorite summertime treat. I say "just about" because this delicious cheesecake just took first place. It has all the flavor of that classic ice cream cone dessert but it's all packaged in a decadent no-bake cheesecake!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple ingredients.
  • It's a simple, no-bake cheesecake dessert that's so easy to make.
  • It's full of rich peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel flavors.
  • It's a great summertime treat for any occasion.

Top Tip

Press your crust mixture firmly into the bottom of your dish so it makes a solid, compact crust for the rest of the dessert.

Two slices of drumstick ice cream cake on plates next to bowls of raspberries and strawberries


You'll only need a few ingredients to make this recipe. Most of them are already in your kitchen, and any that aren't can be corralled in just a few minutes at your local grocery store. As always, check the recipe card at the end of the post for the exact quantities.

Crust Ingredients

  • Vanilla Wafers, crushed
  • Crushed walnuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter, melted
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup

Filling Ingredients

  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Sugar 
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Whipped topping
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup
Overhead shot of drumstick ice cream cake ingredients in individual bowls on table


This recipe is incredibly simple to make, as most no-bake cheesecake recipes are. It only takes a few simple steps to do it! The highlights are here, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Combine the crust ingredients and press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the baking dish.

Closeup overhead shot of peanut butter, crushed vanilla wafers, and crushed pecans in bowl.
Melted butter being poured into mixture of peanut butter, vanilla wafers, and pecans.

2: Drizzle with chocolate and caramel sauce and set aside.

Overhead shot of drumstick ice cream cake crust drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce in dish.

3: Combine the cheesecake ingredients, then fold in the whipped topping.

Overhead closeup shot of peanut butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl
Closeup overhead shot of beaten egg in bowlful of beatedn peanut butter cream cheese mixture
Whipped topping in bowl of cream cheese mixture

4: Cover the crust evenly, top with more syrup and nuts, and freeze until solid.

Overhead shot of cheesecake mixture in dish.
Overhead shot of unset cheesecake toped with syrup and nuts.
Closeup shot of slice of drumstick ice cream cake on plate.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use crushed sugar cones in place of vanilla wafers.
  • Add cocoa to make a chocolate variation.
  • Try swirling chocolate and caramel sauce into the cheesecake batter for flavor and color.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food processor (see tips)
  • Spatula
  • 9x9 or 9x13 baking dish
Closeup shot of forkful of drumstick ice cream cake with more in background on plate


Freezer: Store for up to a month in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

Make Ahead: This dessert is delicious from the first day to the last, feel free to make it several days in advance.

What to Serve with Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cakes and frozen cheesecakes both work well with the same types of foods. They're wonderful on their own or paired with these other treats for even more sweet flavor on your plate.

  • Fresh fruit
  • Pie
  • Traditional cake
  • Cupcakes
  • Savory options like pretzels
  • Toasted nuts


  • A food processor is the easiest way to crush your vanilla wafers and pecans.
  • 2 hours is the absolute minimum you should freeze this before serving. Overnight is better.
  • Thoroughly mix your crust ingredients to ensure they're fully combined and coated with melted butter.
Closeup overhead shot of slice of drumstick ice cream cake on plate.


What is drumstick ice cream cake?

Drumstick ice cream cake is a no-bake cheesecake full of all the flavors of drumstick ice cream cones like nuts, peanut butter, and chocolate and caramel sauce.

Why can't you freeze cheesecake longer than one month?

Over time, ice crystals form in the cheesecake. After about a month, the texture of the cheesecake will begin to turn grainy.

Is no-bake cheesecake really cheesecake?

Although it isn't baked like a traditional cheesecake, no-bake cheesecake is a cake with a cream cheese-based filling, so yes!

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Yield: 16 servings

Drumstick Ice Cream Cake

Drumstick Ice Cream Cake

Drumstick ice cream cake is actually a no-bake cheesecake loaded with all the flavors you love in drumstick ice cream cones.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes


  • Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 Box Vanilla Wafers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 8 oz butter, melted
  • chocolate syrup
  • caramel syrup
  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 oz whipped topping
  • chocolate syrup
  • caramel syrup


    Crust Directions:

    1. Prepare a 9x9-inch baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.  Set aside. (If you prefer thinner treats, use a 9x13-inch dish.)
    2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine crushed vanilla wafers, crushed walnuts, and peanut butter.  
    3. Add melted butter and mix well.
    4. Transfer crust to your prepared baking dish.  Press down firmly, covering the entire bottom.
    5. Drizzle chocolate and/or caramel sauce on top of the crust. Set aside.

    Filling Directions:

    1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and peanut butter together.
    2. Add one egg at a time, mixing in between. 
    3. Gently fold in whipped topping.
    4. Pour filling over crust and spread it around so your crust is totally covered.
    5. Drizzle more syrup and nuts on top if desired. 
    6. Freeze for two hours or until filling is solid.

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per Serving Calories 390Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 91mgSodium 230mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 6g

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