Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake

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This Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake is made with ice cream sandwiches, whipped cream, fudge, and caramel. A simple yet scrumptious dessert!

A slice of Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake

Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake

This Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake only takes about five minutes to make and is always a crowd pleaser! The trick is layering pre-made ice cream sandwiches in a pan, then frosting with fluffy whipped cream, and drizzling hot fudge and caramel sauce on the top. My kids love making this treat for family dinners because they can help with every process and be very proud of their work. You simply cannot mess this up. It’s the perfect dessert for warm summer picnics, barbecues, or evenings around the fire pit. Such a fun and EASY dessert!

Tips for Layering this Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

  • Start with some good ice cream sandwiches. There are super cheap options out there, but since this is the star of the show, I like to use nice and thick sandwiches. You’ll need about two dozen.
  • If you have time, try to freeze each layer before you stack another layer on top. This helps the whipped topping layers stay firm and keeps it from sliding around as you layer your cake.
  • Microwave your jar of hot fudge just a few seconds if needed to aid in the drizzling process. But don’t get it too hot; you don’t want to melt the ice cream or whipped cream.
  • This recipe calls for a 9×13 pan but you can use any pan you like. You can even do a triple layered cake using a smaller pan.
  • This cake can be made a few days in advance and stored in the freezer.

Additional Toppings for Ice Cream Cake

I love using hot fudge, caramel and some unsalted peanuts as toppings on this cake, but the options are endless! You could layer M&Ms, chocolate chips, crushed toffee bars, peanut butter cups, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, just about any candy you like in between layers of ice cream sandwiches and whipped cream. And just about any sundae toppings taste delicious! Caramel, butterscotch, hot fudge, mint chocolate, cherry syrup, the sky’s the limit!

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A slice of Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake

Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake

5 from 4 votes
This Deceptively Easy Ice Cream Cake is made with ice cream sandwiches, whipped cream, fudge, and caramel. A simple yet scrumptious dessert!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Freezing Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

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Equipment

  • 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Unwrap ice cream sandwiches and place one layer of sandwiches on the bottom of a 9×13 glass pan.
  • You may have to cut some of the sandwiches a little bit to get the perfect fit.
  • Drizzle some of the chocolate and caramel over the sandwiches.
  • Next, spread ½ of the whipped cream over the top, then finally sprinkle with nuts.
  • Repeat for the second layer. Chill and serve with extra chocolate, caramel, or nuts! That’s it!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 415IUCalcium: 153mgIron: 0.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Ice cream cakes are my favorite so I’m glad I found this recipe. It makes it so easy to enjoy an ice cream cake!!

  2. 5 stars
    Ah, we love this recipe! It’s amazingly delicious and you can’t beat how easy it is to make either. So perfect for summer parties.

  3. 5 stars
    We are having some new friends over for dinner and I wanted to make something that we would love to eat but try something new, so after finding you on Facebook and pinterest I have my meal planned. Also, I am now getting your new recipe emails. Thanks so much for sharing!