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My Homemade Outrageous Ice Cream Sundaes recipes take the nostalgia you feel for the classic cold and sweet treat and makes it even better.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Since summer is heating up, frozen desserts are on our minds! For me, the quintessential summertime dessert is an Ice Cream Sundae! These 3 variations on a classic Ice Cream Sundae are going to take your dessert game to the next level!

Here are 3 Big, Bold and truly OUTRAGEOUS Ice Cream Sundaes that are going to change the way you think about ice cream.

How to Make 2 Ingredient No-Machine Ice Cream

The base of all 3 of my Ice Cream Sundaes is vanilla ice cream. You can use store-bought or my 2 Ingredient No-Machine Ice Cream. My foolproof ice cream recipe is made of only cream and condensed milk and can be whipped up in no time. This recipe remains one of the most popular on our website as it is the base for so many of my favorite flavors. We have OVER 50 different ice cream flavors that can be found in the Freezer Section on my website.

What Are The Best Ice Cream Sundae Toppings?

All 3 of these Outrageous Ice Cream Sundaes are inspired by my favorite desserts. The way I created these flavors is by taking the best parts of each dessert and breaking them down into elements that can be mixed into ice cream or act as impressive toppings for these outrageous Sundaes.

These super creative recipes are here to show you that the best toppings for Sundaes are really up to you! We all love the classic chocolate sauce with a cherry on top, but if you’re looking to knock peoples socks off, you have to try these!

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sundae

Strawberry shortcake can be interpreted in so many different ways! My Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sundae has homemade strawberry compote, crushed shortbread cookies, and fluffy whipped cream!

Banoffee Pie Ice Cream Sundae

For those who don’t know, Banoffee pie is one of my all-time favorite pies! Turning one into a Banoffee Pie Ice Cream Sundae is all about adding caramelized bananas, crunchy cookies, and my Signature Salted Caramel Sauce to vanilla ice cream. This is such a fun take on a super comforting classic pie.

Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream Sundae

My Outrageous Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream Sundae is packed with fresh citrus flavor and crunchy Graham cracker cookies, all topped off with toasted meringue, just like the real deal. What adds all that tangy lemon flavor to the ice cream is my Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd, making this sundae super easy to whip up!

Why Is It Called A “Sundae?”

The ice cream Sundae was originally a replacement for a traditional float or “ice cream soda.” In the small town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin all the way back in 1881 the Sundae was invented after an ice cream parlor ran out of soda and topped 3 scoops of ice cream with syrup, sauce, and a maraschino cherry. The dish was so impressive and tasty that it became an instant classic and was called a “Sundae.” The sundae was misspelled intentionally as a way to keep from offending anyone that saw “Sunday” as a time for observing the Sabbath.

Tips and Tricks to Making Ice Cream Sundaes:

  • You can use any kind of ice cream as the base for your sundae, and both homemade and store-bought will work
  • When mixing things into your ice cream, allow your ice cream to sit out for around 10-15 minutes to make it nice and easy to work with
  • Use your imagination! Think about all the textures you want to include: A sauce, a crunchy element, whipped cream, and a garnish
  • Grind up any kind of cookie into cookie crumbs for the crunchy part of your Sundae
  • Crumble leftover cake, brownies, or cookies into the ice cream
  • Use fresh or frozen fruit to make a fruit compote
  • Use any of my Homemade Ice Cream Sauces to top off your Sundae

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Homemade Outrageous Ice Cream Sundae Recipes
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins

My Homemade Outrageous Ice Cream Sundaes recipes take the nostalgia you feel for the classic cold and sweet treat and makes it even better.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Gemma Stafford
Lemon Meringue Pie Sundae:
  • 1/2 cup curd ice cream , plus extra for smearing
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • crushed cookies (Digestive biscuits/Graham crackers)
  • meringue
Strawberry shortcake Ice Cream Sundae:
  • 2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup shortbread cookie
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 whipped cream
Banoffee Pie Ice Cream Sundae:
  • 3 large bananas
  • (1 1/2oz/43g) butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • salted caramel sauce
  • crush cookies (Digestive biscuits/Graham crackers)
  • whipped cream
Lemon Meringue Pie Sundae:
  1. Swirl the lemon curd through the vanilla ice cream with a spoon. Pop back into the freezer for 2-3 hours or until firm enough to scoop.

  2. Next step is to make the Meringue: Follow the instructions for the Meringue in this Lemon Meringue Cheesecake recipe. Once made keep it in a piping bag and in the fridge. It can be made 3-4 hours in advance. 

  3. To build the Sundae: In an ice cream sundae glass scoop in some lemon curd followed by 2 scoops of your lemon ice cream. 

  4. Sprinkle a thick layer of cookies and top that off with the meringue. Repeat these layers again until you reach the top of your glass. 

  5. Finish with a generous swirl of meringue. Toast with a blow torch and serve straight away.
Strawberry Shortcake Sundae:
  1. For the Strawberry Compote: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat add the chopped strawberries and sugar. Allow simmering for 7-10 minutes then remove from the heat to cool completely. 

  2. Swirl 3 tablespoons of crushed cookies and 4 tablespoons of strawberry compote through the vanilla ice cream with a spoon. Pop back into the freezer for 2-3 hours or until firm enough to scoop.

  3. To build the Sundae: In an ice cream sundae glass add a spoonful of the strawberry compote followed by 2 scoops of strawberry shortcake ice cream.

  4. Sprinkle a layer of crushed cookies and pipe a thick layer of whipped cream on top. Repeat these layers again until you reach the top of your glass.

  5. Garnish with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry. Enjoy straight away.

Banoffee Pie Ice Cream Sundae:
  1. For the Caramelized Bananas: In a frying pan melt the butter. Sprinkle over the sugar and gently cook until caramel forms.

  2. Cut the bananas into thick slices and lay face down in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until caramelized then flip over.

  3. Cooking on the other side for a further 2 minutes or until browned. Set aside to cool down completely.

  4. Mash about 1/3 of the bananas through the vanilla ice cream with a fork until well combined. Reserve the rest of the bananas for building the sundae. 

  5. Pop the ice-cream into the freezer for 2-3 hours or until firm enough to scoop.

  6. To build the sundae: In an ice cream sundae glass pour in some caramel sauce. Add 2 scoops of caramelized banana ice cream.

  7. Place in some caramelized bananas followed by a layer of crushed cookies. Repeat the layers again until you reach the top.

  8. Finish with a generous swirl of whipped cream, caramel sauce and the last of the bananas. Enjoy straight away. 

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  1. Hazel Carney on September 13, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Gemma I love your scones. What kind of cream do you put on them. Is that whipping?

  2. Tracie Rye on August 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Hey Gemma, If you were to do a cookies and cream sundae, would you use a chocolate sauce? Or would that be too sweet? Would the caramel sauce work or be too weird? Sorry too many questions.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 29, 2019 at 2:51 am

      Hi Tracie,
      If you make a chocolate sauce yourself, using 70% or so chocolate solids, indicated on the back label of the bar, then it will not be too sweet.
      You can make this as a ganache, that is just chocolate and light cream, or you can do it like this:
      1 oz unsalted butter
      1/4 cup (2oz) full-fat milk
      4 oz of dark 70% ish, cocoa solids chocolate. Proceed as per my Ganache recipe.
      No extra sugar in this. Use the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae then as a guide to getting it just right. You can then choose the cookie you use. If you are using Oreo leave out the filling, that will also reduce the sugar element.
      I use caramel sauce in the Banoffee pie one, not at all weird, but definitely sweet.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Lisa80 on July 3, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    The Banoffee Pie sundae sounds so delicious! It sounds like bananas foster. I would love to see you make your twist on a bananas foster dessert! Could I use chocolate ice cream?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 4, 2019 at 7:47 am

      Hi Lisa,
      sure you can, why not! rock these up to suit yourself, as over the top as you like, that is what makes these fun!
      Gemma 🙂

  4. KELLY on June 30, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I have been making 2 ingredient ice cream for a few years but I must be doing something wrong cause I just can’t get over the taste of the whip cream taste. It’s like I am eating frozen butter. What am I doing wrong?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 1, 2019 at 6:43 am

      Hi Kelly,
      I have lost the comment, I am so sorry, can you submit it again!
      Gemma 🙂

  5. SonikaSoni on June 29, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I tried the strawberry Sundae and it came out perfect. Thank you so much for your easy and delicious recipes. I have tried many of your recipes, but haven’t got a chance to thank you yet. Hence, thanking you from my heart for helping me become a better Baker. I will try to post pictures under the various categories. 😛

    • Gemma Stafford on June 30, 2019 at 4:36 am

      Hi there,
      now comes my chance to thank you, I am delighted these recipes are working well for you, well done.
      Thank you for taking the time to let me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Jillie on June 29, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    What is curd ice cream?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 30, 2019 at 4:31 am

      Hi Jillie,
      That is ice cream which has had a curd added (
      Is this what you mean? in my recipes, it is not a curd as used in cooking in India/Pakistan. A different thing,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Mila on June 27, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Hi Gemma, i was wondering if instead of melting the ice cream would it be easier to add the flavours while make the 2 ingredient ice cream? Or would I not get the textures?
    They all look really nice

    • Gemma Stafford on June 29, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      Yes Mila, absolutely do that! It’s perfect for my ice cream 🙂


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