Ice cream cake is one of those desserts that never fails! They’re honestly easier to make than cake, and is usually a hit. Growing up, I only ever did ice cream cake at my birthday, because I’m not a big cake fan. Now my oldest son, T, requested one for his 4th birthday and my mama heart is so happy! It’s one of my favorite desserts too, but I never thought to make my own until now. It’ll probably become a new family tradition since ice cream is hands down T’s favorite dessert!
What you need to make easy ice cream cake + substitutions:
- Ice cream- You technically one need one ice cream flavor, but obviously two is better than one and more fun! T requested chocolate and cookie dough. I wanted to do cookies & cream, but I couldn’t find it in an ice cream brand that I love haha! So I went with T’s original request haha! Feel free to use whatever two flavors you love the most! I used Tillamook this time and it was my first time trying that ice cream and it was delicious! I need to try so many more flavors! If you need dairy-free, you can easily substitute with dairy-free ice cream. And fun fact, oreos are dairy-free!
- Oreos- I mean how could you not love oreos? They are so dang good and make the perfect crust on this cake!! You could even try golden oreos if you’re going for more vanilla or fruit type flavors! I sprinkled extra oreos on top as the topping. You could even add sprinkles too!
- Butter- The crust is so easy to make and the melted butter helps the oreos stay together for this easy ice cream cake!
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Easy Ice Cream Cake
- 24 oreos plus 5-6 more for topping
- 4 tbsp salted butter melted
- 48 oz chocolate ice cream (I used Tillamook)
- 48 oz cookie dough ice cream (I used Tillamook)
- Blend the oreos in a food processor or blender. You can also put them in a plastic bag & smash them until they’re a fine consistency.
- Melt the butter on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Transfer the oreo crumbs to a bowl with the butter and mix until they’re well combined.
- Press the mixture into a 9in springform pan firmly! Freeze crust for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, while the crust is freezing, pull out your first ice cream of choice. I did chocolate chip cookie dough first and let it melt. It’s best if you pour it into a bowl and let it melt in there so it’s easy to mix up and spread. It also helps everything easily distribute.
- *Note: I did 48oz of ice cream in each layer, but it makes THICK layers! So if you want them thinner, you could use about ½-⅔ of the pint! You can't really mess up and there are no exact measurements!*
- Once the crust is frozen, pour on your first ice cream mixture. Spread evenly and freeze for 30 minutes.
- While that’s freezing, pull out your second ice cream, I did chocolate! Let that melt, again it’s best to throw it into a bowl so everything melts evenly but no big deal if not, it just makes it easier!
- Once the first layer is frozen, pour on the second layer of melted ice cream. Spread to cover the top.
- In a plastic bag, add 5-6 oreos. Smash with a spoon to make a nice crumble topping. Top the ice cream with the crushed oreos all over. Add sprinkles if you prefer or in addition!
- Cover the cake with aluminum foil and freeze for 12 hours. You can even freeze it for a few days before serving which is so convenient, because it's easy to prep it ahead!