Last Sunday I hosted my daughter’s family birthday celebration. For her 9th birthday she requested an ice cream cake. I have seen people make them using ice cream sandwiches but after reading through some of the instructions online, I decided to put my own twist on this idea and it was such a success that I knew I had to document the process and share with you all. This is such an easy dessert treat to make and unlike baking a cake/cupcakes it doesn’t require you to dirty a lot of bowls and pans to make either. It’s also much less cheaper to make your own ice cream cake and customize it to be exactly what the birthday kid desires.
You will need a large springform pan. Spray the pan with cooking spray and lay wax paper onto the bottom so that it sticks to the pan. I used the base plate as a stencil and then cut out the round of wax paper so that I’d have a precise fit. Then I cut two strips the depth of the pan’s sides and attached the around the sides in the same way.
Purchase the flavors of ice cream desired (I used 3) as well as a box of your favorite ice cream flavors. Cut the sandwiches in half and line a springform pan with them so that the sandwich side is flush with the edge of the pan. For my size springform, I needed eight ice cream sandwiches.
For the base you will need crushed Oreos. You can do this by hand but it was much easier to do in a blender or food processor. Add the milk and mix well to form a crust that will meld together, then simple press it into the bottom of the pan. Place into the freezer for about 20 minutes and take out your ice cream to let sit for the duration.
Now that your ice cream is nice and soft you can start spreading your first layer into the pan. Add your next two layers. You won’t use all of the ice cream. The very last step is to add a layer of cool whip to the top of the entire cake. You can then choose to sprinkle with crushed Oreos, fruit, sprinkles, or leave it blank like we did. I added candy letters for the birthday girl because I suck at writing on cakes!
My daughter had a fun time helping me with this and it’s really foolproof so you can involve everyone in the process without worrying about ruining the cake.You really can’t. After you’ve added the whipped topping, freeze the cake for a few hours. We made ours the night before the party and let it solidify overnight.
To serve, simple unlatch the springform and peel away the wax paper. This cake was such a hit that there were non leftovers, and most, importantly, the birthday girl was pleased.
This was the last slice! I can’t wait to make another one. We used chocolate, mint chip and vanilla. Pretty and delicious!
- 8 ice cream sandwiches, halved
- 2-3 gallons ice cream
- 30 Oreos, crushed
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 8 oz whipped topping
- Line springform pan base and sides with wax paper.
- Halve ice cream sandwiches horizontally and line the edge of the pan with the sandwich side flush to edge.
- Crush oreos using a food processor.
- Add milk to meld the cookies and press into the base of the pan to form a crust.
- Freeze 20 minutes.
- Let ice cream sit in sink for the duration.
- Layer ice cream, one flavor at a time.
- Top the entire cake with whipped topping and any other toppings you desire.
- Freeze overnight.
- When ready to serve, release springform pan sides and remove the wax paper.
What flavors would you use for your own ice cream cake?
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Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats says
I love this cake!! Pinned and totally making this summer :)
This is something Mr. Saucy would just love! I’ll be making this for him soon! P~
That looks absolutely delicious.
Susan Smith says
This looks delicious. My daughter loves getting an ice cream cake for her birthday but I might try making this on her birthday.
Yummmm. I’ve never made something like this, but it looks tasty. Now I’m craving an ice cream sandwich…
Cyn Gagen says
Oh what a fun idea! I never thought to make a cake like this before but I love it. I’m sure it would be a hit with my whole family.
Our Family World says
Now that is a really easy to follow recipe! My nephew’s birthday is on the 10th of January and I will gift him with an ice cream cake. He’s going to flip over this, as much as he loves ice cream!
I love simple dessert recipes! My kids love Oreo, this recipe would be perfect for next birthday celebration!
Debra Hawkins says
What a fun cake! It would have been way more affordable than the ice cream cake I just paid oodles for for my daughter’s birthday!
Kita Bryant says
I love simple especially when it comes to cakes. This looks delicious and was a brilliant idea!