Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ice Cream Cake...2 Ways!

Buying store bought ice cream cakes can be so very expensive...and you can't always get the flavors you want! So I decided a few years ago to learn how to make it myself...not the ice cream part! That I still buy, but I will be making that myself soon also!

 Here I will show you 2 ways to make ice cream cakes! One way is so simple and only takes minutes. The other way is slightly harder and needs to be prepared a few days in advance. But either way, you'll save lots of money and you can customize the flavors in so many ways!
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

This first cake is the easiest one to make!
You will need...
12 ice cream sandwiches
1 large container of frozen whipped topping, thawed

 Just line a rectangle shaped, flat serving platter with 4 ice cream sandwiches, all sides touching, leaving room around the edge of the platter so that you can add whipped topping to frost the cake. You can cut the ice cream sandwiches to fit the size of your platter.

Then add a layer of whipped topping...I used Cool Whip. 

Repeat layers 2 more times. Then just top it with a final layer of whipped topping on the top and sides. Add sprinkles at this time if you want.

Then place the cake in the freezer for about 4 hours until the whipped topping gets firm. You can write on the cake after the topping is firm enough.
Serves 6 
This was a Father's Day cake for my hubby so I just sprinkled it with blue sugar! You can also add different stuff between the layers of ice cream sandwiches like nuts or caramel or chocolate syrup, etc.! My hubby likes it very plain so I wasn't ALLOWED to do that! But I would have LOVED to add all sorts of goodies!

Homemade Ice Cream Cake
Homemade Ice Cream Cake

This second ice cream cake was my pride and joy because it was just like the cakes I would buy from Baskin Robbins...but at a fraction of the cost! It only cost $9.50 to make this ice cream cake! And that includes the sprinkles and cake writing gel! This same size cake (9 inch round) costs $29.99 from Baskin Robbins!!! I made this cake for my daughter's 21st's white cake with strawberry ice cream. That was what she requested! She takes after her Dad...she likes it plain!

I think for MY birthday I'll make my own cake! It will be carrot cake with butter pecan ice cream! Or maybe red velvet cake with coconut ice cream! I'll make the ice cream myself, but that's another story! So have fun creating any combination of cake and ice cream flavors that you like!

 Here's the recipe for this homemade ice cream cake...
1 box cake mix, any flavor
1/2 gal ice cream, any flavor
2 - 8oz. containers of frozen whipped topping
cake sprinkles - optional

Start making the ice cream cake a few days before you need to serve it.

Start by taking the ice cream out of the freezer and letting it sit at room temp til soft enough to spread. This will take about 20 minutes. Also put the 2 tubs of frozen whipped topping in the fridge to thaw.

Line a 9 inch round cake pan with plastic wrap.

When the ice cream is soft, spread it in the lined cake pan. Then cover with more plastic wrap and place in freezer overnight.

While the ice cream part of the cake is freezing, make the cake part in the same size cake pan, following the direction on the cake box. Let the cake cool completely in the fridge til ready to assemble.

When ready to assemble...remove the ice cream part of the cake from the plastic wrap lined cake pan by turning it upside down onto a serving dish. Make sure to remove all of the plastic wrap. Then place the chilled, baked portion of the cake, ontop of the ice cream portion. Working quickly, frost the entire cake with the thawed whipped topping. Then place back into the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When ready to decorate, remove the cake from the freezer and add sprinkles or anything else you would like, then place back into the freezer til ready to serve.

I covered my cake with a plastic cake dome while it was in the freezer.
A 9 inch cake can serve 10-15 people.


  1. Lillian, I love it!! The recipe is so easy! good idea for birthday's summers.

    1. Thank you Daniela! Yes, I'll be making this again many times this summer...Father's Day, my birthday (June) and hubby's birthday (July)

  2. I love ice cream cake! I've never seen it done with ice cream bars before! This would be such a simple recipe to make with your kids and perfect for a birthday party. Thanks Lillian!

    1. Thanks Val...yes, it doesn't get any easier than this! =)

  3. You continue to amaze me with your creativity! I'm not much into sweets, but your delectable sweet delights may teach this old dog some new tricks. WOWZA!!! sw♥

    1. Awwww..thank you sweet Sherri! I'm not much of a dessert maker! I can only do the easy stuff! So if I can do this, anyone can! (((HUGS)))

    2. I LOVE making my own ice cream and cake! On my YouTube Channel I showed how to make a cake just like Cold Stone's Red Velvet/Cake Batter. At Smart and Final they carry a product called Pastry Pride. You whip it up and it is the SAME creamy smooth whipped cream icing they use. :) Enjoyed this post! :)

    3. I will be trying to make my own ice cream for the first time tomorrow! I would love to see your YouTube video! Please send me the link here or in a message...Thank you!!! =)


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