Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream (No-Churn Recipe)

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No churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream is rich and creamy, with bits of cake and cookies in every bite. Enjoy a scoop (or two) on a hot day! No ice cream machine needed! 

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Sweet, creamy ice cream swirled with ribbons of strawberry syrup is dotted with fresh fruit, golden Oreo pieces, and cubes of moist pound cake. 

This is one frozen dessert you won’t be able to resist!!

Little Debbie strawberry shortcake ice cream may be available at your local grocery store, but you can easily make a homemade version that’s just as tasty — or even better, in my opinion!

The natural flavors from the juicy strawberries is one of my favorite parts of this great recipe.

I also love that there is no ice cream maker needed, and the strawberry flavor is allowed to shine! 

When I make this creamy strawberry ice cream, I’m always asked for the recipe every single time.

It’s kind of my go-to taste of summer dessert, because I love the flavor and texture of this strawberry shortcake ice cream recipe. 

Instead of cake pieces, we add Oreos, but honestly, you could use vanilla wafers or even pieces of angel food cake.

I use cookies because I like that cake crunch that just won’t happen with other options, but it’s totally up to you! 

I highly recommend that you make this no churn ice cream recipe once that craving hits. It’s like vanilla ice cream makes a strawberry shortcake ice cream bar to create dessert perfection. 

I’m about as excited as a kid seeing the ice cream truck when I make this strawberry shortcake dessert.

It’s one of my favorite ice cream flavors and my taste buds are happy after that first bite! 

bowls of ingredients to make strawberry shortcake ice cream

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

There’s nothing quite like homemade strawberry ice cream on a hot summer day, but this recipe puts it over the top. 

A few simple additions make each bite taste just like the popular shortcake dessert.

In fact, you can use this strawberry shortcake ice cream recipe with condensed milk as a base for all kinds of mix-ins!

Enjoy more delicious fruit flavors like blueberry or peaches and cream, a fantastic cheesecake ice cream, plus a delectable maple bacon blend with real bits of bacon.

Want a gluten-free no churn strawberry ice cream? Look no further than my 2-ingredient nice cream recipe — it’s just as easy to make!

golden oreo pieces mixed into ice cream base

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Ingredients

  • Heavy Cream – This is the key to silky, creamy ice cream. If you find that the texture is too dense for your liking, you can whip the cream in a separate bowl before adding it to the condensed milk.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – Please do not confuse this with evaporated milk! This ingredient replaces the traditional custard base of ice cream. 

    Also, condensed milk helps your sweet treat set up in the freezer.
  • Pound Cake – I like using homemade butter pound cake, but store-bought works just as well. Half of a frozen 16oz. 

    Sara Lee pound cake yields the right amount of 1-inch cubes you’ll need for this strawberry shortcake ice cream recipe (about ¾ cup).
  • Golden Oreos – You’ll need 4 to 5 cookies, broken into small pieces. Shortbread cookies would taste just as delicious, or use any flavor you’d like, even chocolate!
  • Fresh Strawberries – The darker the color, the sweeter the berries tend to be. In a pinch, you can use frozen berries but don’t thaw them first. 

    Rinse them under cool water, remove the stems, and chop the ripe strawberries to add to the creamy base.
  • Strawberry Syrup – I have an easy strawberry syrup recipe that you can make with just 3 ingredients. In fact, I usually have a jar in the fridge all summer long! 

    Hershey’s strawberry syrup or a glaze (fruit dip) from the produce section works if you’re short on time.

    You can also add toppings like whipped cream, strawberry puree, freeze-dried strawberries, white chocolate, mini chocolate chips, or anything else that you want to this dairy dessert.

    Even fine crumbs of Oreo cookies are great simple ingredients to use. 

As you can see, this strawberry cheesecake ice cream is a must to make! 

fresh strawberries, golden oreo pieces, and strawberry syrup over ice cream base

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need

  • Loaf Pan – Metal pans work best for storing this homemade strawberry short cake ice cream. You could also use a large stainless steel bowl.
  • A sturdy silicone spatula can be used for scraping, stirring, and smoothing and is easy to clean too!
  • Ice Cream Scoop – I have six different scoops scattered around my kitchen, but this one is my go-to.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Recipe FAQ

Is strawberry ice cream made with real strawberries?

Most strawberry shortcake ice cream recipes use fresh berries! Not only that but the ribbons of syrup are made with juicy, ripe strawberries as well.

How do you thicken no churn ice cream?

The longer the mixture sits in the freezer, the firmer it will become. You could also mix a little bit of cornstarch into the strawberry shortcake ice cream base, but I’ve never found it necessary.

What does condensed milk do in ice cream? 

When making an ice cream recipe with condensed milk, the syrupy ingredient helps sweeten the mixture and also keeps it soft enough to scoop. It also creates a denser, richer texture that is irresistible.

Without condensed milk, you would need to use eggs or make a custard base to help this strawberry shortcake ice cream (or any flavor) set and keep it from becoming rock hard — and I’m all for fewer steps and dishes to clean!

frozen strawberry shortcake ice cream in loaf pan

Prep Ahead Instructions

There’s already a degree of planning needed for strawberry shortcake ice cream recipes — it needs to chill for at least 4 hours before it’s firm enough to serve.

Make your pound cake and strawberry syrup up to a day in advance so everything is ready to go. Then, all you need to do is mix everything together!

scoop of strawberry shortcake ice cream on waffle cone

How To Store No Churn Strawberry Short Cake Ice Cream

Not only can you make strawberry short cake ice cream in the same pan it chills in, but you can store it in the pan too! 

Keep it covered tightly with plastic wrap or foil or use a freezer-safe pan that comes with a lid. 

Homemade ice cream keeps for a week or two in the freezer — just know that the Oreo pieces will soften the longer it sits.

scooping strawberry short cake ice cream

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream (No-Churn Recipe)

Donna Elick
No churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream is rich and creamy, with cake and berries in every bite. The best recipe for an easy summer dessert!
5 stars from 3 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 8 minutes
Freeze Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 8 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Freezer
Servings 6 – 8


  • loaf pan – Be sure to use a metal loaf pan – Cold glass breaks easily, and metal will chill the ice cream faster.
  • heat-resistant silicone spatula – Because it's heat resistant, I use this spatula for cooking too.
  • ice cream scoop – I have several scoops in my kitchen, but this one is my favorite!


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 ounces pound cake, cut into 1-inch cubes, See Notes
  • 5 Golden Oreos, crumbled into pieces, See Notes
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry syrup dessert topping, See Notes


  • In a large freezer safe bowl or dish, stir the heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk together. (I use a 2-pound loaf pan.)
  • Stir in pound cake cubes and crumbled Golden Oreo pieces, then scatter the chopped strawberries throughout the mixture (scattering prevents them from clumping together).
  • Incorporate the strawberry syrup, ½ tablespoon at a time, to different areas of the ice cream so that it’s spread out evenly.
  • Cover the pan tightly with a lid, plastic wrap, or foil, and place it in the freezer.
  • Allow the ice cream to chill for at least 4 hours or until frozen solid.

Donna’s Notes

  1. Pound Cake: If you don’t want to use homemade pound cake, half of a frozen 16 oz. Sara Lee pound cake cut into 1-inch cubes yields about 6 oz or ¾ cup.
  2. Cookies: Feel free to use another flavor or variety of cookie.
  3. Strawberry Syrup/Glaze: If you don’t want to use homemade strawberry syrup, you can use store-bought. Something like Hershey’s strawberry syrup, or a strawberry glaze (fruit dip) from the produce section of the grocery store works great.


Serving: 2scoops | Calories: 631cal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 321mg | Sugar: 56g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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First published May 2022, updated and republished May 2024

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  1. 5 stars
    All of your ice-cream recipes have been absolutely amazing, and this one takes the cake. I loved this so much I’m going to be making it for years to come!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream is a winner! I added some chocolate chips for extra texture, and it turned out fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration!

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