What Is Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake Made Of? (Real Ice Cream…?)

Ice Cream cake is a fun and festive addition to any party or gathering. Thanks to its combination of chilled ice cream and sweet, crunchy toppings, it’s a real crowd-pleaser.

Dairy Queen has entered the ice cream cake game with its own take on the frozen dessert. But what is Dairy Queen’s ice cream cake actually made out of? If you’d like to find out, keep reading!

What Are Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes Made of In 2024? 

Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes are made primarily with DQ’s signature soft serve, along with fudge and cookie crunch topping, sometimes chocolate soft serve, and an icing border. They do not contain any actual cake. Dairy Queen also makes special Blizzard Cakes, which are made with all the aforementioned ingredients along with specific Blizzard toppings in 2024.

Keep reading to find out all you need to know about how Dairy Queen Cakes are made, along with other related facts!

How Are DQ Cakes Made?

To make a DQ Cake, Dairy Queen employees start with a cake pan and fill the bottom and sides with soft serve straight from the machine.

Then, they make a sort of well at the bottom to be filled with the signature fudge and crunch center topping.

After that, the rest of the cake is filled with either more soft serve or a freshly made Blizzard before smoothing out the top and removing the bottomless cake pan.

Next, a ridged shaping tool gives the sides of the cake an even, striped surface before an icing border is piped along the top and bottom.

Finally, the top of the cake is covered in either Blizzard-specific toppings or standard DQ cake decorations, like sprinkles or gel.

You can get your DQ Cake customized by ordering through the DQ Cakes website.

Are DQ Cakes Made With Real Ice Cream?

Dairy Queen Cakes are made with the same soft serve as the rest of DQ’s products.

It is real ice cream in that it is made with real dairy but cannot be referred to as ice cream according to the FDA.

This is because the FDA requires all ice cream to contain at least 10% milkfat or butterfat, whereas Dairy Queen’s recipe contains only 5% milk fat.

Although Dairy Queen does not refer to its classic frozen dairy product like ice cream, the decades-old recipe remains successful as a base for many popular DQ treats.

Are Dairy Queen Cakes Gluten-Free?

Due to the cookie crumble filling in DQ Cakes and the toppings in Blizzard Cakes, they all contain gluten.

The soft serve itself does not contain gluten ingredients, however, so if you find yourself at Dairy Queen, it shouldn’t be hard to find several menu items that accommodate your needs.

However, keep in mind that Dairy Queen cannot guarantee that cross-contamination won’t occur since food preparation spaces are shared.

What Kinds of Cakes Are There at Dairy Queen?

What Kinds of Cakes Are There at Dairy Queen?

Dairy Queen has two main types of cake. One is the classic DQ cake, made with soft serve, cookie crumble, and icing, along with additional decorations in some cases.

Another kind of cake at Dairy Queen is the Blizzard Cake. These come in a few different flavors, all based on existing blizzard treats.

Blizzard cakes are different due to the added toppings they have, and the blended Blizzard treats inside. The toppings somewhat remove the need for themed decorations on top.

What Is in a Dairy Queen Blizzard Cake?

DQ Blizzard Cakes contain soft serve (vanilla and sometimes chocolate) along with an actual Blizzard treat poured in, “fudge and crunch center,” and additional blizzard toppings.

The flavor options for Blizzard cakes are Oreo, Choco Brownie Xtreme, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Does DQ Ice Cream Cake Have Eggs?

None of the ingredients in Dairy Queen’s standard cakes contain eggs. The soft serve is egg-free, along with the cookie crumble and other toppings like fudge and icing.

However, there is one DQ Cake that contains eggs, and that is the Choco Brownie Xtreme Blizzard Cake. The brownies used are made with eggs.

Besides that, though, you should be good to go with egg-free DQ Cakes.

How Many Calories Are in a DQ Ice Cream Cake?

An entire Dairy Queen eight-inch round cake contains 3,270 calories total; divided by eight, this comes to about 409 calories per serving.

In comparison, Blizzard cakes contain more calories than the standard DQ cakes. For example, an eight-inch Oreo Blizzard cake contains 4,480 calories, 560 calories per serving.

Also, serving size ratios do not change very much across the various cake sizes, so you aren’t likely to have more than 430 calories in a single slice of DQ cake.

To learn more, you can also see our posts on whether or not Dairy Queen makes custom cakes, is Dairy Queen gluten-free, and is Dairy Queen real ice cream.


DQ Cakes are made with classic vanilla soft serve, fudge and crunch topping, more soft serve, an icing border, and added decorations.

In the case of a Blizzard Cake, there will also be an entire Blizzard inside, along with additional toppings according to the flavor you order. Most DQ cakes are egg-free, however, they are not gluten-free or vegan.

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Florence Howard

Florence Howard has been freelance writing for over a decade, and has a vocational background in retail, tech, and marketing. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to rock and metal, and playing with her dog and cat.

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