Easy Spumoni Ice Cream

Creamy, dreamy, and oh-so-simple, try our Easy Spumoni Ice Cream!  An Italian ice cream cake, spumoni is made with three different flavors of gelatos, coated with toasted coconut on the bottom and on top.  A simple recipe for spumoni ice cream and one you can make all summer long!


What is a Spumoni Ice Cream Cake?

Spumoni is an Italian ice cream. Traditionally, spumoni (aka Spumone) is made with 3 different flavors of gelato: pistachio, chocolate, and strawberry.

Growing up we always had “spumoni” as dessert. It was served in our uncle’s restaurant/catering hall for many years.

But because we have a family member with a nut allergy, this spumoni ice cream cake is different.

It is layered with our 3 favorite flavors: black cherry, vanilla, and mint chocolate chip. 

Plus, it’s set on a layer of toasted coconut and topped with some.

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How to Make Spumoni Ice Cream Cake?

Our simple method requires very little effort, and you can make it ahead… and in minutes!

Best part?  You won’t need to make homemade ice cream either.  

This is a simple process of layering three of your favorite ice cream flavors into a baking pan, or glass dish.

Then toast up some shredded coconut and add some on the bottom and top, and freeze.

Everyone loves a frozen treat, and this spumoni ice cream cake makes a great summer dessert.

In addition to its delicious flavors, the pastel colors give this dessert a lovely presentation.

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Ingredients Overview for Easy Spumoni Ice Cream: 

QUICK NOTE: These are our three favorite flavors, but you can make Spumoni using the traditional flavors, or flavors of your choice.

  • one package of shredded unsweetened coconut 

  • 1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream

  • 1 pint (2 cups) dark cherry ice cream

  • 1 pint (2 cups) mint chocolate chip ice cream

  • cooking spray

  • one 9 x 5-inch baking pan

A Few Notes and TIPS for Success!

  • This recipe for spumoni is very adaptable!  You can make spumoni using your favorite ice cream brands and flavors. 
  • Dress it up and mix in your favorite dried fruits or nuts if you like.  Or keep it simple.

  • Keep in mind, this spumoni is “nut-free” for my family and friends who have nut allergies.
  • I purchased my favorite ice cream flavors in the half-gallon size.  I wasn’t sure how much I would need to make the layers in my 9-inch baking dish.  So I estimated the best I could, and it’s about 2 cups or more of ice cream with each layer (about one pint for each).
  • Also,  I toasted some shredded coconut in a skillet, and on the stove-top.  It worked like magic!

How to serve this Easy Spumoni Ice Cream?

  1.   Set the ice cream out on the counter to soften, for about 20 to 30 minutes.

  2.   Then flip it over onto a “rectangular-shaped” serving platter.  Gently shake it to allow the ice cream to slide down out of the mold.

  3.    If you can avoid it, do not use a serrated knife as seen in these photos.  It’s best to choose a strong knife with a large blade to cut smooth slices.

  4.    Quick Tip for slicing ice cream cakes! Add hot water to a tall plastic coffee container and dip the knife into the hot water before you cut the ice cream.  Then dip the knife into hot water each time you slice.

Here is a Fun Fact about Spumoni! 

According to Wikipedia, spumoni originated in Naples and is the ancestor of Neapolitan ice cream, with gelato made in a mold and with 3 layers of different flavors and colors, including chopped fruits and nuts.

How cool is that?  (in case you are a newbie, my family is from Naples, Italy) … Now, I need to find a dessert for my husband, who is Sicilian… Lol  😉


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Easy. Simple… and Delicious.  This Easy Spumoni Ice Cream is worth making!

So what are you waiting for?!   You’ll have to try this recipe and let us know what you think.


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Finally, a few more Frozen Treats for you to enjoy!  

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Easy Spumoni Ice Cream

Easy Spumoni Ice Cream by 2sistersrecipes.com
Spumoni Ice Cream is an Italian ice cream made with three different flavored gelatos, coated with toasted coconut on the bottom and on top.  An easy recipe for spumoni ice cream and one you can make and serve all summer long! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut - divided
  • 1 pint (2 cups) of vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 pint (2 cups) of dark cherry ice cream, softened
  • 1 pint (2 cups) mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
  • cooking spray


  1. First, in a small skillet, over low heat, toss in the shredded coconut and stir until it turns golden brown, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and transfer to a dish to cool.
  2. Lightly spray an 8-inch (or 9-inch) baking pan or glass dish with cooking spray.
  3. Next, cut two pieces of parchment paper to fit into your baking dish and allow them to overlap over the sides.

To Make the SPUMONI:

  1. First, divide the toasted coconut into two equal parts. Sprinkle half of the toasted coconut on the bottom of the pan. Reserve the remaining for the top layer.
  2. Next, spread a layer of mint chocolate chip ice cream on the bottom, and spread it into an even layer, the best you can. If the ice cream is too softened, pop the dish into your freezer and allow the first layer to firm up for about 15 to 25 minutes.
  3. Then repeat with the other two layers of ice cream, freezing between each layer, if needed.
  4. Finally, before the final freeze, sprinkle on top with the remaining toasted coconut, and cover with a sheet of wax paper on top.
  5. Freeze for 4 hours or more, until firm.
  6. When ready to serve, set the spumoni out on the counter to soften, about 20 to 30 minutes. Grab a rectangular serving platter. Remove the wax paper on top, and flip over the ice cream onto the platter. Remove the parchment paper and slice it into individual slices.
  7. Serve immediately alone or with whipped cream on the side or top.
  8. yields: 8 to 10 servings.

Nutrition Information:


8 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 7.9gCarbohydrates: 17.5gFiber: .4gSugar: 14.5gProtein: 2.2g

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  1. I am loving the look and sound of this ice cream – three flavours is always better than one (and I love anything cherry so the black cherry layer sound like heaven to me)! And I bet the addition of the toasted coconut just makes this absolutely superb. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Sounds good Sherry! Oh, yes I forgot you are in a different season. Thanks so much!