I don’t make desserts very often at our house. We’re just not huge sweets people, and it seems that everytime I make a cake or a pie, everyone might have a taste, but I end up polishing off the rest! But I tried something new for Brantley’s birthday back in June, and it was a big hit with the kids, and so much so that I made it for our friend’s Fourth of July party yesterday! And it’s perfect for warm weather because it’s an ICE CREAM cake! But don’t worry- it’s SO easy to make!
My mom (Bammy to the kids) gave me the tried and true recipe that she’s used a hundred times. This ice cream cake is so easy to make since you take a shortcut and use ice cream sandwiches! You can also really customize it- you can use vanilla ice cream sandwiches, you can include sliced strawberries and bananas, or you can change up the candy bars included. So here’s the basic list of ingredients, but feel free to mix it up!
2 boxes ice cream sandwiches (regular or mini sized are fine)
1 jar caramel topping
1 jar marshmallow fluff
1 jar fudge topping
1 tub of cool whip
1 bag of Snickers minis, chopped up
So, start with a 9×13 pan (or something close). Unwrap your ice cream sandwiches and line the bottom of your pan with them.
Then scoop out all the marshmallow fluff and spread it to cover the ice cream sandwiches. Sprinkle with the chopped candy bar pieces.
Add another layer of ice cream sandwiches. Top with your jar of caramel topping and spread over the sandwiches.
And then top the caramel with the fudge sauce, and spread it all out!
Scoop all the cool whip on top of the fudge and spread and smooth it out. Top with more chopped candy bar pieces…
…or fruit to make a Fourth of July American flag!
And you’re done! This ice cream cake is great for a potluck or picnic, as a non-traditional birthday cake, a holiday treat, or a normal old weeknight post-dinner dessert. It takes no time to throw together, and you can also make it the ahead of time and store it in the freezer until your big event! Just pull it out of the freezer about 15 minutes prior to serving to allow it to soften up a bit.
If you try it out, let me know what you think!