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Best ice cream cake

So with my birthday approaching, I'm treating myself and friends to ice cream cake. After calling Toscis, I was disappointed to learn that they don't do an all ice cream cake option anymore -- there's a layer of cookie/cake on the bottom now. I'm looking for all ice cream. Explored the JP Licks options online and theirs is cake-less. Any opinions? Anybody have the Toscis cake-version recently and can comment on the bottom layer? Thanks in advance.

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  1. There's a Carvel in Malden. They have cookie crumbs in the cake, so I'm not sure that will work for you. It's not Tosci's, but the ice cream is pretty creamy.


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    1. re: bear

      My family swears by these cakes (me - not so much). The Whale being the favorite.

      1. re: bear

        Phew, so I'm not the only one who still likes Carvel ice-cream cakes? I could die for those cookie crumblies in the middle. The ice-cream itself is pretty bland, but those crumblies are worth it.

      2. I didn't know there was a cakeless ice cream cake - so is it just a solid block of ice cream? I sorta love ice cream cake for its combo of ice cream...and cake!

        1. Lizzy's in waltham makes a very good ice cream cake, and it is all ice-cream with cookies or crunchies in the middle. Also, Cabots in Newtonville makes a very good ice cream cake.

          1. I've been really happy with the JP Licks cakes - we've gotten oreo, the peanut butter cake (they gave me extra peanut butter sauce for free - yum), and the coffee heath bar. Enjoy!

            1. Ron's in Hyde Park. An unusual place to find the best...in a bowling alley, but it is! The Clintons use to have it shipped to the White House. They have another place in Dedham Sq, but I think it only opens seasonally.

                1. Christina's in Cambridge I bet makes amazing ice cream cakes because their ice cream is to die for.

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                  1. re: macadamianut

                    Their cakes are great! Very reasonably priced and the flavor combinations are endless.

                  2. Who makes a good Ice box cake?

                    1. I recently looked into ice cream cakes at JP Licks, Emack and Bolio, and White Mountain Creamery (all 3 make cake-shaped ice cream..that is cake-less ice cream cakes), and settled on JP Licks and was very happy. JP Licks had a number of premade options, or if you gave 48 hours notice would make one out of any flavors they had (two flavors, with option of what in the middle, be it ganache, caramel, or some other options).

                      I requested a cake made of banana and cherry ortiz ice cream.

                      I actually also, for another occasion, got Toscanini's version and, to my suprise, realized I preferred JP Licks'; the Toscanini's ice cream cake had a tasteless frosting covering the entire cake, and the cake layer was nothing special. JP Licks' was almost all delish ice cream, except for the middle thin layer of frosting, and a decorative frosting along the edge..and, if you want, candy or crushed oreo on the side.

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                      1. re: amatto

                        Awesome analysis of the JP v. Tosci as well as the options available for jp licks. I think i will stick to JP for the "cake" and Tosci for ice cream craving. Thanks, amatto!

                        1. re: fondue

                          Very happy with Cabot's Ice Cream in Newton --- they can put any flavor combinations into an ice cream cake. Also, as a bit of a gimmick, they can print any JPEG file on the top of a cake in edible ink if you give them some advance notice, which can be a lot of fun.

                          1. re: lipoff

                            I've always wondered if they'd exercise any level of censorship regarding the printing of a frosting .jpg ;)

                        2. re: amatto

                          LOVED Emack's cakes. Same deal. Pick your flavors and toppings and you're in ice cream cake heaven!

                        3. The Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts @ 755 Main ST, S. Weymouth near the South Shore Hospital. They still make theit own donuts.

                          We've had their ice cream cake many times. And I believe our favorite one to date is chocolate cake with oreo cookie ice cream. You choose white cake or devil's food cake (they used to have a brownie option I believe) then choose your ice cream and then the design.