Ice cream sandwich cake may just be my new favorite dessert! They're cheap to make and really easy as long as you leave enough time to properly chill it. :D
How cheap you ask? I got supplies for three cakes for around $45. DANG. So much cheaper than going out and buying a teeny ice cream cake.
And with summer coming up fast, it's always good to have a new frozen desert to make! Ice cream sandwich cake is the perfect dessert for hot days. :)
P.S. Want a traditional Dairy Queen style ice cream cake? Here's my recipe for that!
Check out the video below to see how to build it, and have a look at the ingredients on the next step so you know you've got the right stuff:
Step 1: Ingredients + Tools
- 12-15 ice cream sandwiches
- Magic Shell in whatever flavors you like (using caramel and chocolate)
- Cool Whip or other frosting of choice
- wax paper
- a large plate
And that's it! I've included links to the Magic Shell and Cool Whip for those of you not in the states. :)
I highly recommend using Cool Whip if you can get it - it just tastes more like a traditional ice cream cake.
Can't find Magic Shell? Check out Scoochmaroo's ible over how to make your own!
Step 2: Lay Down a Piece of Wax Paper First
Otherwise, the cookies will stick to the plate like crazy and when you go to cut it they won't budge. Lessons learned the hard way ;)
Step 3: Stack and Sauce
Lay down a first layer of sandwiches and pour a little of the Magic Shell over them. The Magic Shell is essentially the glue that keeps the cake together. :)
Stack the next layer the opposite way and cover with more Magic Shell. Keep stacking in alternating directions and topping with Magic Shell until it's tall enough for you!
Step 4: Chill
You will want to chill the cake until ice cream sandwiches are nice and solid! At least a half hour - more time if you can spare it. :)
Step 5: Frost
If you're using Cool Whip, put it in the fridge a couple hours before you'll frost - it'll make it easier to use. :)
Frost the whole cake generously - it should go pretty fast and easy if you chilled it before hand! If you notice the cookies are crumbling or the ice cream is smearing, pop it back in the freezer before continuing.
Step 6: Decorate and Chill Again
Once it's frosted, decorate as desired. I just drizzled more Magic Shell on top. :D
At this point, the longer you can chill the easier it will go cutting it. I suggest at least an hour or overnight if you can. :)
Step 7: Cut and Enjoy!
It's easiest to run a knife under very hot water and cut it right out of the freezer. :)
These cakes were a huge hit around the office! Please post a photo in the comments if you make one - I'd love to see it. :D