Easy Homemade Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Easy Ice Cream Cake recipe made by stacking ice cream sandwiches, chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, and cool whip! Perfect birthday or party treat!

Ice Cream Cake made with ice cream sandwiches, chocolate chip ice cream, whipped cream, m&m's and candles on top.

If you haven’t yet created a delicious Ice Cream Cake, what are you waiting for?

I used to pay money at various local ice cream parlors to get an ice cream cake. Now?

I can whip one together in no time at all. And, depending on your favorite ice cream, you can change up the flavor no problem.

Do you know what makes this easy Ice Cream Cake recipe? Ice Cream Sandwiches on top and bottom. 

And the best part, you can also find various flavored ice cream sandwiches in most grocery stores too. 

How to Make an Ice Cream Cake

Step 1: In a bread loaf pan, line it with plastic wrap or lay parchment paper inside. Place about 4 of your ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of the loaf pan (cut to fit).

Step 2: Spread softened ice cream over sandwiches. I used an ice cream scoop to dollop onto the ice cream sandwiches, then spread with an offset spatula.

Step 3: Pour jar of hot fudge sauce over the ice cream, spreading evenly.

Step by step photos for assembling an ice cream cake

Step 4: Top with about 5 ice cream sandwiches, cut to fit. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 3 hours or overnight (or until ready to serve).

Step 5: When ready to serve, invert loaf pan onto a serving dish. Remove parchment paper or plastic wrap. Using a spatula, spread thawed Cool Whip over the cake. 

Step 6: Garnish with M&M’s, chocolate syrup, or anything else you desire (chocolate chips, caramel sauce, etc.). Slice and enjoy.

How to Store Ice Cream Cake

Keep your homemade ice cream cake frozen at all times.

Store leftover cake in freezer too, wrapped in plastic wrap.

Apply whipped cream or cool whip to out surface of ice cream cake

Tips for making homemade Ice Cream Cake

  • Take your tub of ice cream out of the freezer as you get ready to assemble the cake. This gives it time to soften a bit.
  • Swap out your favorite flavor of ice cream depending on what you love. Strawberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream. It’s all delicious.
  • Love Dairy Queen’s Ice cream cakes? Add some “crunch” by crushing oreos and mixing with the hot fudge layer. This Oreo Ice cream cake is the perfect example.
  • Make a ice cream cake bar allowing guests to garnish their slice of cake with all their favorite toppins. Candies, chocolate chips, cherries, chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, etc. 
  • Ice Cream cakes can be festive for holidays too. Use mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches and cherry ice cream filling for a festive Christmas treat.
  • Double the recipe and make in a large square or 13×9 baking dish. Top with Cool whip and freeze. No need to invert out of the dish, just slice and serve.

What you’ll need to make this Ice Cream Cake Recipe

If you want a quick glance at what’s needed for today’s recipe, look no further. For the printable recipe with measurements, scroll all the way down!

Ingredients:

  • Ice Cream Sandwiches, any variety
  • Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (or your favorite variety)
  • Hot Fudge Sauce 
  • Cool Whip
  • garnishes, if desired

Tools:

  • Bread Loaf Pan
  • Ice Cream Scoop
  • Off-set Spatula

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Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Ice Cream Cake: easy cake made from ice cream sandwiches, hot fudge and whipped cream!

Ingredients

  • 9 regular sized ice cream sandwiches
  • 1.5 qt chocolate chip ice cream (or your favorite variety), softened
  • 1 jar (12 oz) hot fudge sauce
  • 8oz Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. In a standard sized loaf pan, line it with plastic wrap. Lay about 4 of your ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of the loaf pan (cut to fit). Spread softened ice cream over sandwiches.
  2. Pour cooled hot fudge sauce over ice cream, spreading evenly. Top with remaining ice cream sandwiches, cut to fit. Cover with more plastic wrap and return to freezer for 3 hours, or overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, Invert loaf pan on rectangular plate. Remove plastic wrap. Using a large spoon, spread Cool Whip over cake. Serve immediately.
  4. To store leftovers, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 79mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published April 19, 2012. Photos updated August 2019.

Easy Ice Cream Cake recipe made by stacking ice cream sandwiches, chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, and cool whip! Perfect birthday or party treat!

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38 comments on “Easy Homemade Ice Cream Cake Recipe”

  1. Ice cream cake is perfect for spring and summer celebrations. Need to try this!

  2. Wow! This looks amazing! I would love a piece!! Yum, I’m really speechless!!

  3. Awesome, I love the ice cream sandwiches as a base!

  4. My mom used to make us these for our birthdays growing up! We all loved them!!! 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness, that is AMAZING. I want a slice! Maybe it will be someone’s birthday this weekend… 😉

  6. Ice Cream Sandwich cake is a favorite around here too…although I have never filled it with extra ice cream!!! Awesome summer dessert!!!

  7. Thak you! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Ok….trying to figure out to put my name on – unknown! Lou !

  9. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to share this!
    http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/04/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_19.html

  10. I use ice cream sandwiches to make my ice cream cakes too. Although instead of adding more ice cream, I do an oreo fudge layer in between the sandwiches. So good….and now I want one!

  11. Woah! That looks really good!! I want one just because, now!

  12. I didn’t know it was so easy to make an ice cream cake right in your own kitchen. Places like Baskin Robbins charge you like $25 for a tiny little one but now I can make it for so much cheaper, and better 🙂

  13. What a wonderful cake and I would not have thought to use ice cream sandwiches. YUM! Thanks for linking up at this week’s party!

  14. What a cute ice cream cake!!! And I love those polka dot candles too, so cute!

  15. I do a post on the first Sunday of the month that’s all about parties. I’m including this one in May. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Such a fun idea! I’m always game for ice cream cake.

  17. FUN! What a great idea I’m so doing this for our next b-day party.

  18. That looks really good, and our warmer weather makes it that more tempting.

  19. Well this just looks way to good for words!! o.O

  20. Who ever thought you could make your own ice cream cake?!? Looks delicious!

  21. Jayne Hannon

    Can’t wait to make this with my kids! They will love it!!

  22. Karen

    This looks fantastic! I have made several using oreos as a “crust” the only tip I have is that it seems to work better with a less expensive ie. store brand ice cream, it seems to spread better. Can’t wait to try this recipe, Thank You!

  23. kathleen

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I used it for my daughter’s birthday party today and it was a huge success, I will definitely be making this again

  24. rally618

    wow,looks good and it’s easy(my kinda recipe)LOL
    Goes perfect with this minus weather here the last 3 days.
    Remember as a kid our family all went to ice cream shop and got banana splits and it was in the minus teens.LOL That was mid-late 1970’s.

  25. What a great idea! My daughter will love this with Mocha ice cream.

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  27. Suzy

    We love how simple and easy this recipe is to make!

  28. Natasha

    What a different but fun dessert! Can’t wait to try this one out

  29. Jen

    This couldn’t have come at a better time, next week is my oldest’s birthday and he would love this! I’ve always ordered him one but it’d be fun making one this year instead. Thanks!

  30. Stephani

    That looks amazing! My son is going to love that for his birthday!

  31. What a great looking cake! Looks like something that came straight from a bakery window! Delish!

  32. Anonymous

    Take me off of your list! 
    I never signed up to have your pop ups on my screen.

  33. Laura Reese

    Wow we love ice cream cake!  Thanks for a great recipe. 

  34. Terry

    Thank-you so much for sharing this! I absolutely LOVE icecream cake! I made it today and it turned out GREAT!
    It’s so easy to do, I was amazed.
    Thank-you again!
    Terry

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