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Strain Spotlight: Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake is a very popular sweet-tasting hybrid strain with a complex bouquet of vanilla, herbal, and even skunky notes. Reminiscent of premium desserts, Ice Cream Cake isn't cannabis junk food: it is more like fine dining. Read on to learn more about this indica-dominant cultivar in our strain spotlight.

What is Ice Cream Cake?

Ice Cream Cake is an indica-dominant hybrid cannabis strain with about 75% indica and 25% sativa traits. Ice Cream Cake buds tend to be somewhat compact, dark green, and covered with thick orange hairs nestled between white crystal trichomes.1 The secret to this strain's unique taste and aroma is the unique mix of terpenes. Caryophyllene is the most abundant in Ice Cream Cake, providing some of the peppery taste consumers can detect. Other terpenes present in this strain are the citrus powerhouse called limonene and the deliciously floral linalool.2

This strain is reported to be a cross between Gelato 33 and Wedding Cake, but some experts also mention that Ice Cream Cake might have Dream Cookie and Cheese Cake heritage. Whatever the exact hybrid origin is for this strain, the result is a dessert-like taste with definite vanilla overtones. Ice Cream Cake's genetic heritage also provides it with its relatively uncommon status as an indica-dominant hybrid.2

What Does Ice Cream Cake Smell & Taste Like?

They don't call this cannabis strain "cake" for no reason. Consumers can detect aromas of cookie dough, floral undertones, and peppercorns. The dominant taste is sweet vanilla, along with some elements of oatmeal cookies. Some strain fans say Ice Cream Cake reminds them of Vanilla Kush, and mention its herbal notes along with a whiff of spiciness. However, even though it’s a sweet-tasting bud, it still has that slight skunky undertone of classic marijuana flower.2

How Strong is Ice Cream Cake?

With an average THC content of 20-25%, Ice Cream Cake is a fairly strong marijuana strain. As with any strains with over 20% THC content, we recommend that consumers start low and go slow.1

What Other Types of Ice Cream Cake Strains Are There?

This indica-dominant strain's taste, aroma, and other qualities as one of the popular vanilla strains have made it a top shelf strain. The popular experience offered by Ice Cream Cake has inspired breeders to create other strains that derive from this sweet, creamy hybrid. Here are some of our favorites:

Deep Fried Ice Cream

Indica-Dominant Hybrid

Another indica-dominant hybrid, Deep Fried Ice Cream is a 70% indica and 30% sativa strain made by crossing Ice Cream Cake with Deep Breath. This strain has a sugary vanilla taste along with spicy, fresh mint and citrus overtones. Deep Fried Ice Cream's THC content varies between 16-22%, and its buds are dark olive green with deep purple undertones and yellow-orange hairs.3

Sherb Cream Pie

Indica-Dominant Hybrid

Growers crossed Ice Cream Cake with Sherb BX1 strains to create Sherb Cream Pie, a 70% indica and 30% sativa strain that blends creamy cake tastes with citrus lemon gelato. Sherb Cream Pie averages around 22-28% THC, making it a significantly strong strain. With large spade-shaped green nugs and golden crystal trichomes, Sherb Cream Pie also has a pine and spicy skunk odor.4 

Purple Ice Cream


Unlike indica-dominant Ice Cream Cake, Purple Ice Cream marijuana strain is an evenly-balanced hybrid. Sweet-tasting like its parent, Purple Ice Cream comes from a cross between Purple Ice and Ice Cream Cake. In addition to creamy vanilla flavors, Purple Ice Cream also offers the palate tastes of purple fruit, including berries and grapes. With dense forest green buds that have purple-tinted crystal trichomes, Purple Ice Cream has a moderate 15% THC level on average.5

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? We have answers!

Is Ice Cream Cake an indica or a sativa?
Ice Cream Cake is an indica-dominant hybrid strain of cannabis that blends 75% indica and 25% sativa traits.

Is Ice Cream Cake a potent strain?
Most consumers would consider Ice Cream Cake to be a moderately potent cannabis strain at 20-25% THC.

How can I buy Ice Cream Cake?
Visit your local dispensary, where they can offer you choices of Ice Cream Cake flower and vapes.

Purchasing Ice Cream Cake

At the dispensary, talk to your budtender about Ice Cream Cake's qualities and options for flower or vapes. They will be glad to assist you to purchase Ice Cream Cake and find any other cannabis strains that interest and appeal to you.


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Recreational cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Ohio and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and certified patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.