Ice Cream Cake Strain Review & Information

Sophia Delphi June 20, 2022 - 6 min read
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This appropriately-named strain combines a delicious taste with the effects you’d expect from a potent indica-dominant hybrid.

Ice Cream Cake delivers a cerebral and relaxing high blended with a strong indica couch lock, making this an ideal strain for nighttime enjoyment. And you may not even want to leave the couch for some post-toke snacks since you’ll be savoring the weed’s terrific taste as you enjoy the experience.

This strain is pretty and colorful, with shades of green and purple topped with bountiful amounts of frosty trichomes, and it smells almost as good as it tastes.

Ice Cream Cake can help users dealing with day-to-day stress, more serious depression, and chronic pain all find inner calm and the restful sleep they need.

Effects and Side Effects

Leaning heavily indica (75/25%), Ice Cream Cake provides smokers (and other consumers of the strain) with indica’s trademark heavy body stone. But there’s much more to the strain than that: a THC content that is well over 20%.

The experience starts with an initial head high that’s both calm and cerebral, with some users feeling extra creativity or euphoria as well. No matter how into your head you get (or don’t get) after enjoying some Ice Cream Cake, though, the overall feeling is happy and relaxing, washing away negative thoughts, tension, and cares.

The second shoe drops soon afterward. The body buzz that begins with tingling grows overwhelming, and it’s likely to plant you firmly onto the couch for at least several hours as your mind drifts. This strain isn’t guaranteed to knock you out for the night, but its sedative effects provide that added benefit for many users, including medical patients.

The potency of Ice Cream Cake (occasionally called ICC or Gelato Cake) can be difficult for inexperienced smokers to handle as it can cause dizziness, anxiety, or even paranoia in those who don’t handle high-THC strains well. The more usual side effects you should expect are a very dry mouth, dry eyes, and of course, the munchies.

Positive Effects:

  • Energy: 1/5
  • Creative: 3/5
  • Pain: 4/5
  • Stress: 5/5
  • Sleep: 4/5
  • Mood: 4/5

Negative Effects:

  • Paranoid: 2/5
  • Dry Mouth: 5/5
  • Dry Eyes: 4/5
  • Lethargy: 4/5
  • Cough: 4/5

Bottom Line: Ice Cream Cake blends the ultra-relaxing effects of an indica strain with the happy, creative head high of a good sativa, delivering a calm and enjoyable experience that may end in sleep.

Medical Conditions

The yummy taste of Ice Cream Cake makes this strain particularly popular with medical marijuana patients who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic pain. After all, what’s better than medicinal weed that tastes great, too?

Ice Cream Cake is often used for muscle pain, cramps, and spasms, as well as nausea and appetite loss.

Flavor and Aroma

We’ve teased this discussion several times, so let’s talk about dessert.

That may be the best way to describe the taste of Ice Cream Flavor; we’d consider it a dessert strain with a heavy psychoactive and sedative punch. Some of the dominant flavors are cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and nuts, with undertones of citrus fruit and earthy spice. To be honest, you can’t find many better-tasting strains.

Vanilla and cheese are noticeable in Ice Cream Cake’s scent even before you spark up, as are lemon and herbs. If you didn’t already want to try this strain because of its effects, you’d probably grab it off the shelf based just on how terrific it smells.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

  • Earthy: 3/5
  • Citrus: 2/5
  • Fruity: 2/5
  • Spice: 3/5
  • Wood: 3/5

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

When a strain registers an average THC content of 23%, as Ice Cream Cake does, that means there’s a good chance the flower you buy will be even stronger than that. And THC in the mid-20s is approaching the upper level of potency available in retail dispensaries. In short: this stuff hits extremely hard.

There’s also higher CBD content in Ice Cream Cake than you’ll find in most high-THC strains, in the neighborhood of 1.5%. CBG and CBC are present as well, usually topping 0.5% apiece.

This strain’s outstanding aroma and flavor are a result of its diverse terpene content. Some of the dominant terps include limonene, linalool, caryophyllene, myrcene, valencene, and phellandrene, with noticeable amounts of several more.


Two different California cultivators have been credited with creating Ice Cream Cake, Mad Scientist Genetics and Seed Junky Genetics. It’s generally accepted that the strain is a cross of Wedding Cake and Gelato 33, although there are also claims that it’s a mix of Cheese Cake and Dream Cookie.

Most connoisseurs believe in the Wedding Cake/Gelato 33 heritage theory. Both of those parents have high THC content, Ice Cream Cake has many of the same strong indica effects as Wedding Cake, and Gelato 33 (also known as the Larry Bird strain) is known for the same cerebral rush that Ice Cream Cake delivers.

Similar Strains

“Daddy” Wedding Cake may be the best comparable strain to Ice Cream Cake since they each deliver very similar effects. Animal Mints is quite similar in its effects but is much tastier than Wedding Cake, so that might be a better second choice if you can’t find Ice Cream Cake. Ice Cream Kush would be another good alternative.

Ice Cream Cake Strain: FAQ

Q: Is Ice Cream Cake a rare strain?
A: Not really. It was once more difficult to find, but its increased popularity has led more and more growers to produce Ice Cream Cake in order to meet demand. It’s now available in a good number of dispensaries, although the “real thing” from Seed Junky Genetics (one of the cultivators said to have originated the strain) is likely to have bountiful amounts of purple in the buds.

Q: Is Ice Cream Cake a good choice for personal grows?
A: It’s best if you have some previous experience before trying to grow this strain on your own. The seeds and clones are expensive (and the clones are difficult to find if you’re not in California.) Ice Cream Cake prefers hotter temperatures, which are more likely to lead to increased humidity and the possibility of fungus, mold, and mildew. The plants also tend to bush out (even more than indicas normally do) so they require a good deal of space in a grow room. If you have a green weed thumb, though, the effort will be a rewarding one.