Homemade Ice Cream Cake

So, I’m on an ice cream cake kick. My son doesn’t like sponge cakes, so for his second birthday, I decided that I wanted to get him a cars-themed ice cream cake instead. I started researching custom cakes from the major ice cream shops (*cough* DQ *cough*), and found it quite expensive – they start at $36.99 without customization. So, I decided to make one myself. It turned out great! And not only is it half the price, it is possible to invent as many variations as you want (I’ve made two different ones already…and I’ll be making another next week!). We bought a toy car and set it on top of the cake – he loved it! (I only wished I’d remembered to take a picture of the cake after it was cut – the layers turned out really well.) This recipe is very easy, but it takes some time to freeze between steps – make sure you give yourself 4 hours or so!


  • 2 L Vanilla ice cream ($2.97)
  • 1 L Chocolate ice cream ($2.97 for 2L)
  • 10 Oreo cookies ($3.97 for a 500 g package)
  • 1 cup chocolate sundae sauce or magic shell ($2.97)
  • Whipped cream (the canned kind works well) ($3.31)
  • Decorations of your choice (sprinkles, gel icing pens, etc.)

Total cost: $16.19

  1. Take the vanilla ice cream out of the freezer. Scoop out 2/3 of it and let it soften at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, crush the Oreo cookies in a food processor, blender or a bag with a rolling pin. Mix the crumbs with the chocolate sauce.
  3. Take out a 9-inch spring form pan. Spread the vanilla ice cream on the bottom and up the sides. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Take out the rest of the vanilla ice cream and the chocolate ice cream let it soften for 30-45 minutes. Spread a layer of chocolate ice cream in the bottom. Spread the Oreo-fudge layer. Fill the cake with the rest of the vanilla ice cream. Return the cake to the freezer for an hour.
  5. Soak a cloth in hot water. Take the cake from the freezer and wipe the sides with the hot cloth, being careful not to let any water touch the ice cream. Unmold the cake (you can dip a knife into the hot water and use it to help if you need to).
  6. Spread the whipped cream around the top and sides. Top with your desired decorations. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.


Coming up next: the how-to video!


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