17 008I can’t remember the first time I tasted an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake. But what I do remember is it was love at first bite.I was even more surprised when I found out all this cake was is dressed up store bought ice cream sandwiches. How easy is that?

Have you ever noticed the price of an ice cream cake in the store? It’s crazy if you ask me. Why pay that price when you can easily make one yourself at home. I like to tote this cake to parties and summer picnics. In fact I think this year I will be making this cake for my son’s birthday next summer. I know he will love it.

8 007The great thing about this cake is you can dress it up in so many different ways. Interchange ice cream sandwiches, ice cream toppings and all sorts of different candies. You can use chocolate, butterscotch, caramel or a marshmallow toppings. Select a candy toppings according to your ice cream topping flavor it’s as easy as that.

You can also use the strawberry ice cream sandwiches or a combination of both. If using chocolate I would go with crushed whoppers, Oreo’s, chocolate chips, m&m’s or any type of cake sprinkle.

If using butterscotch or caramel topping go with crushed butterfingers, snickers or heath bar bits. Another great flavor combination is Smuckers marshmallow topping with plain or chocolate cool whip and chocolate chips.

So you see there are so many flavor to choose from. In the end this cake will look delicious and highly impressive, and no one will realize it took less than 20 minutes to assemble.

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Here are a few step by step pictures on how easy this ice cream cake is to make. As you can see by the photos above I forgot to add the foil in the pan before I got started. That’s OK I quickly corrected it and went on my merry way.

10 009I hope you enjoy this cake as much as my family does.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

11 –  vanilla, chocolate, Neapolitan or strawberry ice cream sandwiches
1 – 16 oz container whipped topping or use fresh whipped cream
1 – 16 oz jar Hershey’s hot fudge ice cream topping
1 – cup chocolate chips, whoppers candies, Oreo cookies, m&m’s, chocolate chips, festive sprinkles, heath bar bits, peanut butter cups or crushed butterfingers
Hershey’s chocolate syrup for garnish
chocolate or colored sprinkles for garnish

Layer a 8 x 8 inch baking pan with foil, making sure the foil lays over the sides of the pan. This will make it easier to remove the ice cream cake from the pan when frozen.

Layer 5 1/2 ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of the pan. Spread a layer of hot fudge topping on top of the ice cream sandwiches. Then spread half of the fresh cream or whipped topping  over the fudge topping.

Repeat the same process with the second layer ending with hot fudge. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about one hour. Remove from freezer and remove the ice cream cake from the pan.

Lift the cake peeling it off of the foil and place it onto a serving plate. Frost with additional fresh cream or whipped topping.

Drizzle on some Hershey’s chocolate syrup and garnish with chocolate chips and sprinkles or the candy toppings of choice.

Place the ice cream cake back into the freezer and freeze for 2 hours.

Cook’s Note: Fresh Whipping Cream can be substituted for whipped topping with the same results. See recipe below.

Stabilized Fresh Whipping Cream Recipe

1 – 16 oz container heavy whipping cream
1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 – cup powdered sugar
1/4 – teaspoon vanilla extract 

Prepare the whipped cream topping, by whipping the cream slowly until the cream is slightly thickened and soft peaks start to form. Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar, continue whipping until the cream forms semi stiff peaks. Proceed with recipe using fresh whipping cream. Freeze any leftover whipped cream for another use. 

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