Homemade Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Everyone loves ice cream cake right? Whether it’s from Dairy Queen, Baskin Robbins, Carvel or your local ice cream store, we just can’t seem to ever tire of the good old ice cream cake.  It’s my husbands favorite as well. In College, his birthday was always during finals week so I would get an ice cream cake made out in town and bring it back to the dorm, where we and all of our friends could take a delicious study break and cool off. One year I was talking to Betsy Ross about buying another ice cream cake for Paul’s birthday and she recommended making my own.  She described the simple process of combining butter and crushed up Oreos in a 13×9 pan and then layering your favorite ice cream on top.  Who knew? Well friends, that’s what older sisters are for! Then, you ask, what are younger sisters for? Heh. Easy. They are for making large caloric additions to an already delicious creation! The culprit?  Hot Fudge! image How could you not? One final change that I made to this classic cake was to make it in a spring form pan to add a more professional look. Seriously, this will change your life for many birthdays to come! Why make an ice cream cake in December? Because, my amazing husband just so happens to have a birthday this month and requested yet another ice cream cake.  This time he requested his favorite flavor from the local creamery in town…Superior Dairy’s “Cookies”!imageIt’s a lot like cookies n’ cream, except creamier and the cookies are in much smaller pieces. Friends, I’m telling you, this was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Probably the best ice cream cake ever and it only takes 15 minutes to put together after your ice cream is done thawing! No Kitchen Aid mixer mess.  No cake pan usage and the hope that all of your layers stay in tact when you flip the pin onto the cooling rack.  No extra step of making your own frosting.  This is all done in one swoop.  It’s as easy as Thaw, Crush and Layer.  I bring you….Ice Cream Cake


  • Oreo Cookies (Family Size)
  • 1/2 gallon of your favorite ice cream ( you can also use 2 different flavors and layer them)
  • 1 container of Hot Fudge
  • 1 stick of Butter
  • Spring Form Pan (or 13×9)
  • Food Processor




  1. Take your ice cream out of the freezer and let it thaw for 20 minutes or until soft and manageable. image
  2. Place your stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt it. image image
  3. Place 2 out of 3 rows of oreos into your food processor and pulse until they are completely crushed. image image image
  4. Separate the cookie crumbs into two bowls. (Place 2/3 cup into one bowl and the rest of the crumbs in another larger bowl). image
  5. Add the melted butter to the larger portion of crumbs. Mix well. image image
  6. Pour the crumbs into the bottom of your spring form pan or whatever pan you have chosen. Press down with your fingers until you have smoothed the crumbs into a thick cookie crust. image image
  7. Now for the layering part. Scoop 1 quart of ice cream on top of the cookie crust. Spread until you can no longer see the crust.image image
  8. Microwave your hot fudge according to the directions on the label. Pour over top of the 1st layer of ice cream and spread evenly.  (Note: the ice cream and the hot fudge will mix together and will cause the ice cream to melt further.)image image
  9. Scoop the 2nd quart of ice cream on top of the hot fudge layer and spread evenly until you have a smooth surface. image image
  10. Take the row of Oreos that you saved and did not crush. Line the side of the pan with Oreos. (Note: this is purely for decoration. You can crush these Oreos as well and add to the top if you do not wish to leave any whole.) image image
  11. Add the 2/3 cup of crumbs you set aside to the top of the cake and place an Oreo in the center for decoration. image
  12. Cover with Saran Wrap and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours.  (Recommend making a day ahead of time to allow enough freezing time. )
  13. When ready to serve, pull out of the freezer 10 minutes ahead of time.  Run a knife around the edge of the pan and pop open leaving your ice cream cake free standing and looking just like any store bought cake!image
  14. Add candles and share with the ones you love!image***Do not attempt holding your ice cream cake with one hand and taking a picture with the other. Cake is likely to slide off…just sayin’.

Comment (1)

  1. Nancy Daniel

    Happy Birthday to Paul. Cake looks easy to make and delicious too. Great Idea!


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