Homemade Viennetta


Making Viennetta yourself is easier than you might think. This ice cream dessert is a sparkling showpiece which is perfect for the festive period.

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Homemade Viennetta

Viennetta is a regular feature of many families' festive celebrations. A deliciously light and creamy vanilla ice cream with layers of crisp chocolate, it's the perfect dessert.

You can use ready-made vanilla ice cream for the ice cream layers, but making it yourself from whipping cream, egg whites and condensed milk is easy; you don't even need an ice cream machine.

An easy, festive dessert which you can fully prepare in advance. This means no more work for you at the end of Christmas dinner, and all the more time to enjoy the conversation at the table with your guests.

Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2023-12-18, this recipe is for 8 people and takes 1 hour.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 30-12-2023

1 hour 8 people Desserts
Homemade Viennetta


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  • 600 ml whipping/double (heavy) cream
  • 1 can of condensed milk (397 g)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • cocoa powder
Homemade Viennetta ingredients
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  • baking parchment
  • pen or marker
  • loaf tin (30 cm)
  • cling film
  • stand mixer
  • silicone spatula
  • piping bag with star shaped nozzle

Homemade Viennetta

1 hour 8 people Desserts

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Preparation 15 minutes

Make a bain-marie by heating a layer of water in a pan. Put a suitably-sized bowl on top and break the chocolate into pieces in it. Melt the chocolate slowly.

Draw 4 rectangles, the size of the loaf tin, on baking parchment then turn over the paper. Spread a layer of melted chocolate into the rectangles, making sure they are not too thick.

Let the chocolate set and harden completely by putting them in the freezer or fridge.

Making Viennetta - step 1
Making Viennetta - step 1

Making your own Viennetta 30 minutes + waiting time

Whip the cream until it is quite stiff, but not too stiff. Fold in the condensed milk, along with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the whipped cream until smooth.

Making Viennetta - step 2
Making Viennetta - step 2

Line the loaf tin with cling film and, optionally, a strip of baking parchment. This will make it easier to remove the Viennetta from the tin.

Add a layer of the whipped cream mixture, and top it with a slice of chocolate.

Continue building the layers, and finish with a layer of ice cream. Smooth the top and put the ice cream cake in the freezer for around 4 hours.

There will be some whipped cream mixture left; place this in a piping bag with a star-shaped nozzle and put it in the fridge.

Making Viennetta - step 3
Making Viennetta - step 3
Making Viennetta - step 4
Making Viennetta - step 4

Remove the ice cream cake from the loaf tin and place it on a (rectangular) plate. Use the whipped cream mixture in the piping bag to decorate the ice cream cake.

You can make little waves for this, starting with the side of the ice cream cake. Put the ice cream cake back in the freezer.

Make your own Viennetta
Make your own Viennetta
Homemade Viennetta
Homemade Viennetta

Garnish the Viennetta with a little cocoa powder and serve in slices. It's easiest to cut the Viennetta with a warm knife. Enjoy!

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Homemade Viennetta: frequently asked questions

How many people does this Viennetta serve?

One Viennetta ice cream cake is enough for about 8 people.

Which ice cream is best for Viennetta?

Viennetta is made in a variety of flavours. The original is made with vanilla ice cream and layers of chocolate.