5 easy no-bake desserts for every occasion

For the long days, the little wins and just because: Discover the versatility of the Deep’n Delicious cake with these simple recipes.

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Illustrations: Flo Leung

Created for “McCain Deep'n Delicious

You know that cake in your freezer—the one you sneak bites of when the rest of the family is asleep? It can be so much more than just a guilty pleasure. But don’t give up your secret indulgence, buy a couple of Deep’n Delicious cakes for special occasions.

Turn this Canadian classic into event-worthy desserts with these easy no-bake recipes.

Peanut and Pretzel Chocolate Sundae

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This sweet-and-salty Deep’n Delicious chocolate sundae is an ice cream lover’s dream.

Cook time: 0 minutes

Makes 8 servings

4 cups (1 L) vanilla ice cream
1 (510 g) McCain Deep’n Delicious® Chocolate Cake, cut into cubes and thawed
½ cup (125 mL) whipped cream
½ cup (125 mL) chocolate sauce, warmed
½ cup (125 mL) roasted peanuts
½ cup (125 m) crushed pretzels
8 cherries, strawberries or raspberries (optional)


  1. Scoop ice cream into serving dishes. Top with cubes of McCain Deep’n Delicious Chocolate Cake, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, peanuts and pretzels.
  2. Garnish each sundae with a cherry, strawberry or raspberry (if using).

Tip: Add a drizzle of warm caramel sauce or dulce de leche for an over-the-top sundae.


Birthday Cake Pops

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​These are a fun, festive way to make everyone their own mini birthday celebration on a stick. Use whichever Deep‘n Delicious cake and chocolate combination you prefer!

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Makes 14 servings

1 cake (510 g) McCain Deep’n Delicious Vanilla Cake or Chocolate Cake
8 oz (250 g) white or dark chocolate, melted
3 tbsp (45 mL) round sprinkles


  1. Scrape 1/3 of the frosting from the top of the cake. Save for another use.
  2. Crumble cake and remaining frosting into a bowl. Beat with hand mixer on medium speed just until crumbled.
  3. Roll mixture into 1 1/4-inch (3 cm) balls and transfer to parchment lined baking trays.
  4. Dip the tips of the lollipop sticks into melted white chocolate and insert into each ball.
  5. Place in freezer for 5 mins or until chocolate is set and balls are firm.
  6. Dip cake pops into chocolate, gently shaking off excess. Garnish with sprinkles. Freeze for 5 minutes or until chocolate is set.


  • For adults replace the round sprinkles with toasted desiccated coconut.
  • Store cake pops in refrigerator until ready to serve.


Coconut Vanilla Cake with Caramelized Pineapple

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How do you make a McCain Deep’n Delicious Coconut Vanilla Cake even tastier? You add caramelized pineapple of course!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes 8 servings

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 can pineapple rings
1 (510g) McCain® Deep’n Delicious Coconut Vanilla Cake, thawed


  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar. Stir until mixture is evenly combined and liquid.
  2. Lower heat to medium-low. Working in batches, place pineapple slices in mixture. Cook until caramelized, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Remove pineapple from pan and place on a plate. Reserve caramel sauce left in pan.
  4. Divide McCain Deep’n Delicious Coconut Vanilla Cake into 8 equal portions.
  5. Slice 2 caramelized pineapple rings into quarters. Place a pineapple piece in the middle of each cake portion.
  6. Serve cake with caramelized pineapple slices and pour over remaining sauce.


Giant Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

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A summer treat that’s perfect to chill out with, sandwich creamy vanilla ice cream between two decadent Deep’n Delicious chocolate cakes to create a giant ice cream treat that kids of all ages are sure to love.

Prep time: 6 hours
Cook time: 0 minutes
Makes 8 to 10 servings

McCain Chocolate Deep’n Delicious cakes
1 L vanilla ice cream
60ml white chocolate chips


  1. Remove one McCain Chocolate Deep’n Delicious cake from cake tin. Place cake on a sheet pan, scrape off icing, set aside. Freeze cake.
  2. Clean cake tin and line with plastic wrap.
  3. Slightly thaw ice cream. Using a large metal spoon, press ice cream into cake tin, freeze for a minimum of 6 hours.
  4. Remove the cake one from the freezer. Remove ice cream slab from cake tin and place on top of cake.
  5. Remove cake two from cake tin and place on top of the ice cream layer.
  6. Run a palette knife under hot water and smooth around the sides of the cake.
  7. Garnish with white chocolate chips.

Deep’n Delicious Jar Cakes

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Keep cool with this simple dessert that’s ready in a flash. Jar cakes featuring McCain Deep’n Delicious Marble Cake are quick and easy to prepare, making them the ultimate sweet summer treat.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes

McCain Deep’n Delicious Marble Cake
4 250mL wide mouth mason jars
1 cup chopped strawberries
2 cups whipped cream


  1. Using a circle cutter, cut 4 circles that are the diameter of your jars from the McCain Deep’n Delicious Marble Cake.
  2. Place the pieces at the bottom of each jar. Divide strawberries among the 4 jars. Top each one with a swirl of whipped cream.
  3. Cut 4 2-inch by 2-inch pieces from the remaining cake. Garnish each jar cake with the cake pieces by nestling them into the whipped cream.

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