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Cassata Ice cream Recipe

There are a lot of variations of cassata ice-cream. Originating in Italy, cassata ice-cream traditionally features sponge cake, fruit juices, candied fruit and ricotta cheese (a far throw from the recipe I’m sharing today). In India however, cassata refers to layered ice-cream of different flavours like pistachio or strawberry on a bed of sponge cake and then topped with chopped nuts.

But in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, cassata ice-cream is a whole different ball game! A delicious relish from my childhood, I remember driving to the local ice-cream shops (Nima’s or Snoopy’s, you know who you are) with my family after dinner and ordering takeaway cassata ice-cream. It would come in little aluminium foil containers – a delicious creamy ice-cream topped with a divine chocolate sauce and chopped peanuts – a combination to die for. Trust me, I am not a fan of peanuts in desserts but in this concoction, it just works!

Now I’m not entirely sure where exactly this variation of cassata ice-cream originates from but I will definitely find out on my next trip back home! It would be super interesting to find out how it was invented and by who! If you know about its origins then definitely let me know in the comments under the recipe – I’d love to hear from you.

So of course I wanted to recreate this childhood delicacy so that I could have it whenever the cravings kicked in. Honestly, I am surprised at how easy ice-cream is to make! And homemade tastes way better than shop bought because you control what goes into it! It’s also so much more wholesome to make it yourself. I hope you enjoy this recipe and try making it whether it was a part of your childhood or not, because it is really quite an indulgent treat. I am also sharing this recipe in perfect timing for Ramadan so you know what to do when those late night cravings show up!

Are you vegan? Or lactose intolerant? Check out my vegan recipe for cassata ice cream here.

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5 from 1 vote

Cassata Ice-cream

This version of Cassata Ice-cream features Hershey's chocolate sauce and crushed peanuts and is a popular dessert in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania where I grew up.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, Tanzanian
Keyword: cassata ice-cream


  • 600 ml whipping cream
  • 130 grams condensed milk you can add or reduce depending on your preference
  • pinch/drop of vanilla powder/essence do not exceed this amount, you don't want the ice cream to strongly taste of vanilla
  • Few handfuls of crushed, unsalted peanuts amount depends on your preference
  • 7-10 tbsp Hershey's chocolate sauce you will need more for drizzling on top
  • 10-12 pieces chocolate I used Cadbury


  • Pour the whipping cream, condensed milk and vanilla in a bowl – whip this using a hand mixer or machine. It needs to be the consistency of a soft clotted cream as shown in the attached video.
  • Place into a square tin or a generously sized loaf tin and smoothen the top using a spatula. It's up to you what size tin you'd like to use depending on how thick you want the ice-cream to be!
  • Cover with cling film and freeze over night.
  • Place your unsalted peanuts into a food processor and blitz to crunchy small pieces (not ground). Alternatively, place peanuts in a ziplock plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin. Store in an air tight container until serving time.
  • 10 minutes before serving, remove the ice cream from the freezer and run a butter knife around the edges. Then turn over onto a plate, it should easily come out of the tin.
  • Melt the chocolate pieces in the microwave in 15-20 second increments.
  • Add the Hershey's chocolate sauce to it. You can add more at this point depending how strong you want the flavour to be. Mix until combined.
  • Pour on top of the ice cream and spread it around as much as you can using a butter knife. It will feel quite stretchy when spreading because of the cold ice cream. Then drizzle more Hershey's sauce on top.
  • Top with crushed unsalted peanuts, slice into squares and serve!


1 Comment

  1. Arjuman
    April 16, 2021 / 3:09 am

    5 stars
    This was so delicious, tasted just like how I remember it to be from Dar!

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