It has taken a while to get to this recipe for Panettone and Coffee Ice Cream Cake. I had been thinking about what to do with panettone after using it in a shot to promote one of my new surfaces and thick slices of it have been in the freezer since. Well, after eating the dome…

Panettone and Coffee Ice Cream Cake

I could do a bread and butter pudding or french toast but felt that all those ideas have been done more than enough times. I can’t make a trifle look good enough to photograph so that was not an option and I then thought of doing a layered interpretation of Florence’s famous zuccotto di panettone but remembered I had eaten the dome so that won’t work.

So here is my Panettone and Coffee Ice Cream Cake. The panettone is blitzed to a crumb and mixed with a batch of ice cream, spooned into a cake tin, drizzled with brandy (it is 2020 after all) and frozen. Then I made another batch of ice cream, blended it with two hazelnut espressos, piled it on the frozen cake layer and froze it overnight. Easy and so delicious. I used a no-churn ice cream recipe from Nigella’s book Nigellissima but you could easily use 2 x 1-liter storebought ice cream. (I would replace the espresso with espresso powder if the ice cream is bought.)

Panettone and Coffee Ice Cream Cake

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Panettone and Coffee Ice Cream Cake


  • ½ cup sultanas
  • ¼ cup brandy plus more for sprinkling
  • 350 g panettone
  • 500 ml double cream
  • 385 g condensed milk
  • salt
  • 60 ml espresso (cooled)


  • Soak the sultanas in the brandy for about 30 minutes
  • Line a 22cm loose-bottomed cake tin with baking paper
  • Make a collar for the rim of the cake tin a few centimetres higher than the edge (use baking spray to make it stick)
  • Place the prepared tin in the freezer
  • Tear the panettone into chunks, place in a food processor and blitz to a coarse crumb
  • Place 250ml double cream, and 192g condensed milk in the bowl of a standing mixer
  • Add a good pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks form
  • Add the panettone crumbs and brandied sultanas and fold in till just mixed and spoon the mixture into the cake tin, smoothing the top
  • Sprinkle the top with more brandy - about a tablespoon
  • Place in the freezer for an hour
  • Place the other 250ml cream and 192g condensed milk in the bowl of a standing mixer
  • Add the cooled coffee and a good pinch of salt, and whisk until soft peaks form
  • Spoon the mixture on top of the frozen cake mixture and smooth the top
  • Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight
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