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Where can I find an ice cream cake?

Yearning for the Carvel cookie puss cakes of my past....

My son wants ice cream for his birthday, not a cake, so I said well how about an ice cream cake? He was thrilled with the idea of such a thing, now my problem is can I actually find one? I think Amy's has them but I wanted to see if anyone knows other places since I'm not really a fan of Amy's ice cream.

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  1. There's a place called Zero Degrees at Lakeline in the same shopping center as Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond. I've only had their ice cream, not a cake, but when I was in there the first time, the owner was really pushing their ice cream cakes (in a nice way.. he was just excited to tell me about them). I'm sorry I can't really compare the ice cream to Amy's. It's been a long time since I've had Amy's. Zero does the Cold Stone/Marble Slab thing with the mix-ins, and it's very similar to those.

    1. Well, if you're not opposed to chains, there's always Baskin & Robbins. In fact, I just decided yesterday to get my husband a B&R ice cream cake for his 40th birthday next month, as that was a childhood tradition of his. I've had pretty good ice cream cakes at Coldstone, but I'm not sure if there are any left here in Austin.

      1. Dairy Queen has an ice cream cake somewhat similar to the Carvel's one you mentioned. They use their soft serve and layer it with little crunchy things and chocolate syrup/fudge. They even have Blizzard cakes.

        Marble Slab has ice cream cakes that are simply ice cream and any topping/mix-in that you can choose.

        1. I honestly don't wish to sound sarcastic, but have you tried contacting Carvel? They have two stores in the Austin area: 218 S. Lamar Blvd. the old Bread Alone, and 13201 F.M. 620 way up there.

          Cookie Puss has been calling my name in the middle of the night, but I have yet to do anything about it.

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          1. re: angrystan

            Well, I don't know about the one on 620, but the one inside Schlotzsky's on S. Lamar doesn't make cakes. Actually, I just looked and the one on 620 is also inside a Schlotzsky's so not much hope there.

            I remember when I first saw the Carvel sign - I got so excited - I called my husband on my cell phone and he was like, "that's what you called me for?" I know it's totally one of those childhood memories that may or may not translate to adulthood. When I tried the ice cream at the one here it just wasn't the same. Not sure if that's because it has really changed (did HFCS exist 30 yrs ago?) or not. Plus, eating it inside a Schlotzsky's just doesn't seem right.

            Thanks for everyone's suggestions - I think the closest thing might be baskin robbins. I just didn't think of them because there aren't any central locations. I remember going there as a kid too by the way and getting a "clown cone." :-)

          2. The carvel's in the shlotksy's do not have carvel ice cream cakes, and when i asked them about them i got a blank stare. Randall's supermarkets does have carvel ice cream cakes in different sizes with happy birthday written on it. ENjoy!

            1. Ben and Jerry's stores sell ice cream cakes. I had a Phish Food one a few years ago.

              1. HEB's got 'em... at least the one I go to at I-35 and Parmer does, right next to the bakery section.

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                1. re: livinginaustindotcom

                  H-E-B does indeed have ice cream cakes. The Plus stores as well as the regular (not pantry) stores have varieties of chocolate or white cake with chocolate or vanilla Creamy Creations. By ordering in advance, you can specify your flavor choices as well as color and style of decoration. They also carry a Cookies n Cream version that includes chocolate cake. They are 8" round with cake on top and bottom and a generous portion of ice cream in the middle. I believe the cost is $16.29.

                2. Cold Stone Creamery has to die for cakes for kids of all ages!!!

                  1. Well, It's technically not an ice cream cake, but the TCBY's have 'em. Most kids don't or could care less about the difference.

                    1. Shake's Frozen Custard sells them. I bet they're good, but I've never had one. You can sample one by ordering a mini version, called a "Baby Cake".

                      1. just happened to be on the culver's website the other day. they offer four types of "Concrete Cakes". mmm...custard cake.