Photos by Andre Baranowski
We sampled five ice cream cakes, crunchies and all, to find the best that Westchester’s sweet shops have to offer.
Whether you eat it with a fork or spoon (fork is correct, btw), ice cream cake is a slice of heaven. And it is a universally acknowledged truth that an ice cream cake brought to a party instantly elevates the occasion. To do the full depth of our civil service to the citizens of Westchester, we cooled down our test kitchen to taste-test five ice cream cakes from local shops to determine which store (and better yet, which flavor combos) will secure your future invites to shindigs across the county.
The Chic Update at Main Street Sweets
53 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.332.5757
The take on Carvel’s trend brings luscious vanilla ice cream to the forefront of your taste buds. The addition of crunchies and cookie dough sprinkled on top adds a jolt of flavor without being too sweet.
The Grown-Up Twist at Ice Cream Social
481 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.358.4323
While whimsical on the outside, this cake means business inside. Salted caramel pretzel tangos with cappuccino Kahlua for a deliciously decadent bite, with added texture from the Oreo crumble.
The Classic at Carvel
287 Halstead Ave, Harrison; 914.835.5081
How could we leave out a birthday party staple that’s also native to Westchester (the first Carvel storefront opened in Hartsdale in 1936.) The classic vanilla/chocolate combo has stood the test of time, but the best part will always be digging the crunchies out.
The Rich & Luxurious at Longford’s Ice Cream
4 Elm Pl, Rye; 914.967.3797
This small-batch ice cream transforms into a cake fit for royalty. Fudgy chocolate chunk and salted caramel Oreo will bring you back for more.
The Purist at Penny Lick Ice Cream
580 Warburton Ave, Hastings-On-Hudson; 914.525.1580
A deviation from the standard two-flavor layered equation, this cookies-and-cream cake has silky whipped topping and a galaxy of cookie chunks. Bonus points for the chocolate-shell drip around the circumference.