This is a copycat Dairy Queen ice cream cake. It's the one thing I always want for my birthday - the only gift I actually want, honestly. :D

Since we've moved to California, they've been hard to get. The nearest Dairy Queen is 3-4 hours away by bus, so I had to get a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake this year and was not impressed. It had actual cake in it (which just got hard and weird in the freezer) and no tasty crunchy layer! BLASPHEMERS!!

Penolopy Bulnick's birthday was the beginning of this month, and her husband and I decided she needed a real ice cream cake for it, so I set about making this one.

This ice cream cake comes very close to Dairy Queen - it has the yummy whipped topping/ice cream frosting and the crunchy fudge layer, too! It's fairly simple to put together - but you will need at least a day to assemble the ice cream cake since it involves so much freezer time.

This recipe makes a 10 inch ice cream cake - it should be able to serve 10+ people if you cut reasonable slices. ;)

Step 1: Ingredients + Tools


  • 3 quarts vanilla ice cream
  • 1 quart chocolate ice cream
  • 1/3 package of Oreos
  • 10-12 oz jar of hot fudge sauce
  • 8 oz tub of whipped topping (Cool Whip)


  • 10 inch springform pan (I have this set!)
  • parchment paper
  • spatula
  • glass or metal bowls

The ingredients listed here will make enough to fit a 10 inch springform pan and you'll have a little bit of vanilla ice cream left over. :)

Awesome Instructable! <br>An FYI I learned along the way: If you add a corresponding flavor of jello pudding mix to the Cool Whip/ice cream mix &amp; a pack of mix to the other ice cream added, it will act as a stabilizer. It will freeze harder &amp; last WAY longer at room temperature. Makes it so much more creamy too!
<p>I was tasked with getting an ice cream cake for a birthday just days after we were allowed to re enter our city of Fort McMurray following a one month evacuation of the city for a wild fire. Not only was Dairy Queen still closed for restoration so were most of the grocery stores. Luckily one grocery opened and actually had some ice cream! I followed your directions and used mint choc chip ice cream instead of chocolate. What a hit! I was only able to make it the day of the birthday so not frozen as hard as it should have been but no one complained! Now they are requesting it everytime we do a family dinner! Yum.</p>
My son loved it! Thank you so much!
<p>diary queen ice cream cake is the ONLY reason I ever look forward to my birthday :) although i pick off the frosting part. thanks for the DIY info.</p>
<p>I think I will try this with golden Oreo's and a coffee ice cream (my Mom and I have chocolate allergies and a love of ice cream Anything) or even my second favorite birthday cake ice cream... </p>
<p>I'm in Australia and I'm not sure if we have whipped topping. Please tell me what is says on the tub/packaging ingredients list so I can find something similar.</p>
<p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kraftbrands.com/coolwhip/products/product-detail.aspx?productcode=4300000953">Here's the ingredient list!</a></p>
<p>Can't find what I want. It's a description of the Whipped Topping that I need please. Maybe your link didn't load ?</p>
<p>Here's the wikipedia page:</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Whip">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Whip</a></p><p>It's pretty much just a water-oil-sugar-dairy mix that's like a super stable whipped cream. It's really dense and sweet and doesn't fall like traditional whipped cream. It's barely food, but it's tasty every now and then :D</p>
<p>Just curious, why not incorporate the Oreo filling into the recipe? Maybe blend it with the ice cream for the very bottom layer. </p>
<p>The filling for Oreos is super oily, so I was worried it would create some problems when it settled and froze. </p><p>I did smush the filling in a bowl and eat it with strawberries, though. Pretty yummy :D</p>
<p>Ahhhh, this looks so delicious!! :D</p>
In the northeast we can buy ice cream cakes at the grocery store. Is that not a thing out west, or are DQ ice cream cakes just that awesome?
<p>Having ran a DQ for years in the past, I can answer your question like this... Does a bakery cake taste better than a store bought cake? Yes! It is much fresher. A DQ Ice Cream Cake only has about a 3 week shelf life. Originally they were made from scratch in store. In the last few years, DQ (in order to have consistency through all stores) started selling the ice cream blanks to the stores. This cut down on the fantastic creamy, fresh taste that these cakes originally had with the fresh made soft-serv bases - but they are still great. Store bought Ice Cream cakes are not as fresh and many ice cream cakes in the freezer section of a grocery store are not true Ice Cream cakes, they are ice cream and cake combined. So yes DQ are that awesome and if you find a DQ that can still make them from scratch, you'd never ask that question again.</p>
<p>Instead of having to scrape all the frosting off of Oreos, you might want to see if your grocery store carries &quot;Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers&quot; which are pretty much Oreos with no frosting. Will save you a bit of work.</p>
Made this for my daughters 17th birthday today. A real hit! Wasn't able to get all ingredients the same as we are in Australia, but we did our best. Absolutely delicious. We'll be making this again, for future family events.
<p>Oh no, this looks too good to be true. I must make this!! Thank youuu</p>
Had vaguely decided I was going to make an icecream cake for my daughter's 17th birthday. Wanted a break from baking several cakes every weekend during April. Thank you for the inspiration &amp; recipe.
<p>You are the best thing that I have ever seen! I love you! Sorry, I was talking to the cake. ;D</p>
<p>This cake was delicious! I think I ate about 3/4 of it!</p>
so do I*^_^*
this cake looks good.I like it
I'm glad your friend enjoyed the cake. Looking forward to making this... A reduced sugar version.
i am very like it. it looks delicious. i am a Chinese. I can teach you to make Chinese food.i hope that i will make friend with you

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