Ice cream cake using your favorite candy bars? You had me at “hello”.
My second son recently turned 11 and each year, we let our four boys choose what they want for their “cake”. We’ve had everything from real cake, to pies, to a pile of donuts. Seriously. 🙂 I figure it’s the one day out of the whole year that is all about them so we let them choose their dessert and their main dish for supper.
This year, son #2 (I shall call him “M” here) requested an ice cream cake. Not long before his birthday, a friend of mine had brought an amazing ice cream cake to a “girls’ night in” and it was a huge hit – so when M requested ice cream cake, I knew the recipe we’d use as a jumping-off point. 🙂
After a quick brainstorming session, we decided on the ingredients. This was going to be the easiest birthday cake ever. And it was. I recently made it again and decided to share the recipe with you – because we all need another excuse to eat ice cream. 😉
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Ice Cream Cake Ingredients:
- 1 package of Oreos
- 1/2 c. melted butter
- 2 qts. ice cream of your choice (we used Moose Tracks ice cream)
- One 16 oz. jar of hot fudge ice cream topping
- 5-8 Snicker’s candy bars (depending on how much you love Snickers) 😉
- 1 pint of heavy whipping cream (or Cool Whip, if you must) – this layer is completely optional
Ice Cream Cake Assembly
Did I mention that this is the easiest ice cream cake ever? I love easy recipes.
Set your two quarts of ice cream on the counter to thaw a bit (it’s easier to spread when somewhat thawed).
Blend the entire package of Oreos in a food processor and once blended to a crumbly mixture, slowly add the melted butter while the processor is still running – this will make your base for the ice cream cake.
Dump your Oreo mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and evenly press into the bottom of the pan.
Spread one of your quarts of ice cream onto your crust and place in the freezer for a bit until it’s firmed up (approx. 15-30 minutes) – if you’re patient enough to wait. I’ll be honest here – I wasn’t patient enough to wait and just plowed ahead with the next step. 😉 Patience isn’t one of my virtues when there are Snickers and ice cream cake involved. Just sayin’. 😀
Do NOT worry about getting it perfectly smooth – we really like it with uneven pockets of fudge – but do as you like when you make yours. Now at this point, you really DO need to put your ice cream cake into the freezer to chill a bit or you’ll have a big sloppy mess going on (ask me how I know).
While you’re waiting for the cake to chill, go ahead and chop your Snickers.
PSA: do NOT leave the Snickers within reach of small children if you have to leave the room for a minute. Lol! I had to go into another room real quick and as I returned, my 3 year old met me with a Snickers in hand and a big ol’ bite in his cute little mouth. 🙂 Stinker.
I rescued the candy bar from his chubby little hands, cut off the end he had bitten and used the rest. It’s all good. When life (or your 3 yr. old) hands you a partially eaten Snickers, just cut off the end and go with it.
Once it’s chilled for a while (1-3 hours, depending on your time allowance), spread your second quart of ice cream over the fudge. I’ll be honest. At this point, we ran out of room for the Cool Whip on this cake so we skipped it. No big loss there in my book – I don’t like the stuff anyway. 😉
Sprinkle your chopped Snickers over the top and freeze until ready to serve.
Serve up the Deliciousness
I suggest removing the ice cream cake from the freezer approx. 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to serve so it’ll be easier to cut. We like to live on the edge, so we drizzled a little chocolate syrup over the top.
This is a really rich cake, so it’ll serve 16-20 people, depending on how generously you slice it.
Serve to your friends and family who are anxiously waiting for their slice of heaven.
Are you in need of a quick and easy dinner recipe to have before you load up on ice cream? Check out my Chicken Taco Bake recipe – it can be made three different ways, depending on how much time you have! 🙂 And in case you’re more of a fruit dessert person, check out my delicious Peach Cobbler Recipe – handed down from my Grandma. <3
Don’t forget to Pin this recipe for later! 😉
Are you an ice cream fan? Have you made an ice cream cake before? If so, I’d love to hear what combinations you’ve done! 🙂