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Ice Cream Cake – Recipe

Ice cream cake is my husband’s favorite cake, especially for his birthday.  Every year we would buy a Carvel’s Ice Cream cake, but this year I decided to make one at home (for a fraction of the cost of Carvel’s cakes).

Making this cake was quite simple, since all the ingredients are ready made, and no baking is required.  All I had to do is to assemble, freeze, and serve.  The most laborious part of this project, was the unwrapping of the ice cream sandwiches.

Ice Cream Cake – Recipe

Ice Cream Cake – Recipe


  • 14 ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 ½ Quarts Vanilla Ice Cream (his favorite)
  • 1 Quart Vanilla with Black Cherries Ice Cream (my favorite)
  • 1 cup Vanilla Wafers, crushed
  • ¼ cup butter, melted


  1. Unwrap the ice cream sandwiches, one at a time, keeping the remaining ones in the freezer.]
  2. Cut 12 ice cream sandwiches in half, vertically.  Leave two uncut for now.
  3. Place in a container, and return to freezer, to keep them from melting.
  4. Take the vanilla ice creams out of the freezer, to thaw slightly.
  5. Mix the cookie crumbs with the melted butter, set aside.
  6. Grease a 10 inch springform cake pan with butter.
  7. Cut a rectangular strip of parchment paper, 34 inches long x 3 inches high, to fit inside the cake pan to line the sides.
  8. Press the cookie/butter crumbs on the bottom of the pan.
  9. Take out the cut up ice cream half from the freezer, and arrange vertically against the sides of the pan, forming chocolate and vanilla stripes.
  10. Fill in gaps with additional vanilla ice cream.
  11. Place the 1 ½ quart of vanilla ice cream into a bowl, and mush slightly with a spoon to even out its consistency.
  12. Form a vanilla layer, by spooning the vanilla ice cream over the cookie crumbs.
  13. Smooth it out.
  14. Prepare the vanilla with black cherries ice cream as above.
  15. Spoon over the vanilla layer, and smooth it out.
  16. Remove the one unwrapped ice cream sandwich and cut vertically, into ½ inch thick slices.
  17. Decorate the top of the cake with these slices, to create a design.
  18. Cover the cake with a foil parchment paper, and foil wrap, and return it to the freezer.
  19. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving, for easier handling.
  20. Before serving, unwrap the cake, open the spring form, and remove sides, peel off the parchment paper from the sides.


May be served with hot fudge drizzled over the ice cream slices, topped off with whipped cream.


9 thoughts on “Ice Cream Cake – Recipe”

  1. Suzy says:

    This looks very tasty and super easy if you have youngsters as your helpers. I will give this a try over the Memorial Day weekend BBQ. Thanks for sharing, I like the addition of ice cream sandwiches.

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    Oh…I sure wished I had some little helping hands for jobs like these.
    This cake is really easy, and a creative way to serve your favorite ice cream. I’m sure you will have fun making it.

  3. Lisa says:

    Sounds wonderful and looks tasty.

  4. Suburban Grandma says:

    Thank you.
    Also very simple to make, and saves you lots of money, since ready made ice cream cakes could be pricey.

  5. Suburban Grandma says:

    Thank you.
    It is also a real money saver, as ready made ice cream cakes are expensive.

  6. Icecream says:

    Hey thanks for sharing this taste idea with the two most taste thing in this world that is ice ream and cake and if we can have both of them at a time it will be fabulous thing, water started coming in my mouth by just thinking of it i gone try this.

  7. Suburban Grandma says:

    I agree. What can be better than ice cream and cake all in one.
    If ice cream sandwiches are available where you live, you will be so surprised how easy it is to make this cake. You can also check out my other ice cream cake recipe, in case you do not have ice cream sandwiches. I can see you droll now….you better go get some ice cream…lol

  8. Ice Cream says:

    Suburban Grandma thanks for your suggestion and i”ll soon check near by my home if i”ll not be getting that ice cream sandwich i”ll be informing you.

  9. Suburban Grandma says:

    You are very welcome. Hopefully you will be able to find icecream sandwiches in your town. If not, do not worry, you can use any tea cookies and make them into ice cream sandwiches, to use them for your cake. Or you can line the sides and bottom of your pan with cookies, and fill the rest with your favorite ice cream, and it will also be great.

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