Kahlua Hazelnut Ice-Cream cake

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I have lost count now how many years I have made this Kahulua Hazelnut Ice-Cream cake, so many times. When I host Christmas Day lunch or dinner at my home THIS IS OUR CHRISTMAS DESSERT.  It’s really refreshing after a big Christmas feast.  As it has kahlua in it it is of course not suitable for the kids, so I make a trifle for them.

{The Organised Housewife} Kahlua Hazelnut Ice-Cream cake

This recipe isn’t too hard, but it does take some time to put together and needs to be kept in the fridge overnight before serving.


Kahlua Hazelnut Ice-Cream cake

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: [url href="https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/category/recipes/dessert/" target="_blank"]Dessert[/url], [url href="https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/category/recipes/christmas-recipes/" target="_blank"]Christmas[/url]


  • 400g hazelnuts
  • 150g butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g dark chocolate melts
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 3 litres vanilla ice-cream


  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Line the base of a springform round pan with baking paper
  3. Place nuts onto a baking tray and roast in oven for 10 minutes
  4. Cool nuts on baking tray, when cooled place into a tea towel and rub off skin (no need to rub them all off, just do what is easily removed), discard skins into bin or shake tea towel outside
  5. Roughly chop hazelnuts
  6. Place butter and sugar into an electric mixing bowl, mix until pale in colour
  7. Add eggs, continue to mix until all ingredients are combined
  8. Melt chocolate following packet directions (I melt on 50% in the microwave, 1 minute, stir, repeat until melted)
  9. Pour chocolate and kahlua into butter mixture, stir gently until combined
  10. Sprinkle half of the hazelnuts into springform pan
  11. Pour half the chocolate mixture over nuts
  12. Freeze for 30 minutes, remove icecream from fridge at 20 minutes to soften
  13. Spoon ice-cream over nuts, gently pressing into spring form pan
  14. Pour in remaining chocolate mixture
  15. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour
  16. Remove plastic wrap (keeping to reuse) press remaining hazelnuts into chocolate mix, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight
  17. To serve slice like a cake and serve immediately


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Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts December 6, 2014 - 12:57 PM

This looks soon good.
I love Kahulua, although I rarely have it in the house as I tend to end up drinking it as a digestif!!!??!! Oops.
I am not hosting Christmas this year, but my parents arrive for an extended stay in January so I will definitely have it on the list for whilst they are here. Pinning this to my Pinterest food boards.
Yum x

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 8, 2014 - 9:22 AM

Claire, It is soooo yummy!.:) We love having it every Christmas. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do.:)

Megan December 7, 2014 - 12:14 PM

I bet this would be good with frangelico!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 8, 2014 - 9:26 AM

Ooh yes that does sound nice, Megan!

Hannah December 29, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Katrina, I made this for a Christmas party and it was an absolutely roaring success. The whole thing was demolished in minutes, and my extended family has requested it become an annual inclusion on the table. Thank you very much!

Jen December 15, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Hi Kat, this looks amazing ! Is there anything else you could try if you didn’t want to buy a bottle of Khalua for it ?

Catherine December 22, 2019 - 10:50 PM

This looks so yummy! I’m planning to make it for Christmas, but am I reading it right that the base contains raw eggs? I haven’t made a frozen dessert like this before, so I’m a little thrown!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 7, 2020 - 3:55 PM

That’s correct Catherine. Did you make it for Christmas? I would love to hear how it went 🙂 Kat x

Sue December 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Hi Katrina I’ve made this a long time ago and love it! i’llbe taking to to a Christmas dinner party next weekend, will it keep for a week in the freezer if I make tomorrow or is it best to make day before?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 5, 2021 - 9:52 AM

How did you go with it Sue? I haven’t tried keeping it in the freezer for a week so I’m not sure. It might be okay or you might get some ice crystal develop. I would love to hear if you did make it a week in advance and how well it kept. All the best Kat x


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