Make an Easy Ice Cream Cake in Under 10 Minutes!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Directions

1

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

2

Fit one layer of ice cream sandwiches on the bottom. I fit two full ones and then cut one in half. If your sandwiches are shorter and can fit facing the opposite direction, you can rotate them as well. 

3

Spread half the whipped topping on top of the sandwiches followed by another layer of ice cream sandwiches and then the remaining whipped topping.

4

Then sprinkle the chopped candy bar on top, or chocolate chips would work, too!

5

Freeze for at least two hours or up to a week.

6

To serve, pull up on the parchment paper – the cake should come right out. Place it on a cake plate. Before serving, drizzle the cake with chocolate magic shell topping or chocolate syrup if desired. Enjoy!

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Layer ice cream sandwiches in a loaf pan to create a yummy and clever ice cream cake!

slicing ice cream sandwich cake

This fun ice cream sandwich cake recipe is a simple no-bake dessert made from (you guessed it!) ice cream sandwiches. It takes less than 10 minutes to put together, but it comes out looking like a fancy icebox cake with chocolate cookie layers and vanilla ice cream. YUM!

woman holding ice cream sandwich cake

I love this cake hack because it’s cheap and easy to pull off, trust me! 

It’s also a pretty clever and frugal alternative to the ice cream cakes you would pay so much more for at places like Baskin Robbins or Cold Stone Creamery.

super easy ice cream sandwich

You can definitely make this into a special occasion birthday cake to celebrate or enjoy it on a random Tuesday night for dessert! 😋

slice of ice cream sandwich cake

This ice cream sandwich cake is totally customizable too, so you can completely tailor it to your family’s tastes. The possibilities are endless! You can get super creative with the ingredients, or stick to the basics as I did.

ingredients for ice cream sandwich cake

For instance, I am using classic vanilla ice cream sandwiches, but if there is a special flavor of ice cream sandwich you like, like chocolate or Neopolitan, those would make for yummy swaps. Next time I’d like to try using cookies & cream ice cream sandwiches. YUM!

I used whipped topping for the middle and outside, but you could use any flavored softened ice cream and spread it on if you’d prefer. I have even seen other examples using chocolate pudding with the whipped topping for a chocolatey version of this yummy cake.

holding Mayfield ice cream sandwich

Speaking of using your favorite products for the ingredients, my Hip sidekick Erica lives on the East Coast and swears by Mayfield Ice Cream Sandwiches. 🤤

compiling an ice cream cake with ice cream sandwiches

More tips for making this ice cream sandwich cake recipe:

  • Not all ice cream sandwiches are the exact same shape/size, and loaf pans vary a little too. You may have to cut an ice cream sandwich in half to make a layer in your loaf pan, like I did.
  • I drizzled my ice cream sandwich cake with magic shell chocolate after freezing and before serving. You could also use any chocolate syrup topping. Caramel would be yummy too!
  • Top with sprinkles to customize your cake for any occasion or holiday (rainbow for a birthday, red, white, and blue for Independence Day, etc).
  • This is a great make-ahead dessert because you can compile it in advance and then serve it straight from the freezer at your leisure. Just keep in mind it needs at least two hours to freeze before serving.

first layer of ice cream sandwiches

spreading whipped cream ice cream sandwich cake

placing ice cream sandwich in loaf pan

top layer of ice cream sandwich cake

easy ice cream cake with ice cream sandwiches

adding chopped Twix to ice cream sandwich cake

putting ice cream cake in the freezer

chocolate drizzle on ice cream sandwich cake

ice cream cake with chocolate syrup


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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Layer ice cream sandwiches in a loaf pan to create a yummy and clever ice cream cake in under 10 minutes!

Directions

1

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

2

Fit one layer of ice cream sandwiches on the bottom. I fit two full ones and then cut one in half. If your sandwiches are shorter and can fit facing the opposite direction, you can rotate them as well. 

3

Spread half the whipped topping on top of the sandwiches followed by another layer of ice cream sandwiches and then the remaining whipped topping.

4

Then sprinkle the chopped candy bar on top, or chocolate chips would work, too!

5

Freeze for at least two hours or up to a week.

6

To serve, pull up on the parchment paper – the cake should come right out. Place it on a cake plate. Before serving, drizzle the cake with chocolate magic shell topping or chocolate syrup if desired. Enjoy!

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cake made from ice cream sandwiches on the counter

This cake reminds me of when my kids were younger because they were super impressed with it! 

An ice cream sandwich cake is so simple to make, super tasty, and it looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G both straight out of the freezer and cut in slices!

slice of ice cream cake on plate

If you need a larger cake, you can double the recipe and make it in a bigger pan. Everyone will love it and I guarantee that people will be asking for more, so you’ll want to be sure to make enough. Enjoy!


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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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  1. Harlow

    wow put some candles in this and would make a wonderful BIRTHDAY CAKE 🙂 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! Great idea 🙂

    • Kym

      That’s EXACTLY what I plan to do for my dad; tomorrow!!

  2. jennifer

    I love this! I have made it with heath bars and drizzle with caramel syrup and the chocolate syrup that hardens. Also great sprinkled with nuts or marashino cherries! Never thought to use a loaf though, its so decadent and pretty. I usually just put mine in one of those throw away foil pans. Thanks for reminding me of this, Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome! 🙂

      • Tt

        You can get a loaf pan in the throw away ones too

  3. Suzyq

    That is genius!!

  4. ihearthip

    I’m in

  5. Stormy

    Well we’ve booked queen Elsa for our DD bday this year!! I’m making this “frozen” bday cake!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh cute!

  6. Victoria

    Hi, do I put it in the freezer or refrigerator? Silly question I know but I want to make sure. It looks amazing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes freezer,
      thanks!

  7. Suzy

    I want to make this next time for a bday cake and it will cost so little!! Thanks Lina and all !!!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome!

  8. Conswalla

    I saw this on the Rachel Ray show last week while I was in the dentist office. Quick, easy and looks delicious.

  9. Norma

    Love it!our theme this year is the amazing Spider-Man. So I’ll try to drizzle it with chocolate and strawberry syrup.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh fun

  10. Ash

    It looks wonderful. I made these with oreo cookies instead of bars. I will try this one too.
    Out of Topic: Lina or Any one now how to make Blooming Onions. I tried them but they were not good.

    • Amy

      Ash.. Sort of off topic but if you like onion straws.. The pioneer woman has an awesome recipe for them. Made them several times and they come out better each time. I sliced them using a mandolin.

      • Ash

        Thanks. I just saw the Recp and it’s looks good!

    • Jenni

      OMG, I was wondering the same thing about the Bloomin’ Onion. My hubby is on the road and I never have anyone to go to Outback with…except the kiddos…and that’s not fun by myself.

  11. Brindha

    Looks yummy and easy… My kind of dessert to make at home. Thanks Lina!

  12. RA Cashier

    Definatly making this for my brothers birthday cake!

  13. shop4mybabies

    I’m too lazy for this, i’ll just dip the ice cream sandwiches in the cool whip tub and squirt some Hershey syrup in my mouth with every bite lol

    • Flospy

      Right?!

  14. Nikki

    They have flavored ice cream sandwiches. Try it with a lemon one for a perfect summer treat!

  15. Claudia

    I make this in a 13 x 9 pan and spread a jar of c caramel sauce over the sandwiches, t g engine the cool whip and candy. So easy and delicious.

  16. Heather

    I’ve made this with the neopolitian bars. So yummy!

  17. amanda

    Use crumbled oreos in the middle and on top. If you like oreos use cookies and cream sandwiches im already hungery.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum!! Thanks Amanda!

  18. Dawn

    I have seen this done 19 kids and counting how easy and creative I bet my daughter would love this!

  19. Asia

    I have made this before in a 13×9 with caramel, chocolate syrup and crushed butterfingers on top … oh so good and so easy!!!

  20. Jeanne Addamo

    does the wax paper come off easily ? Don’t want to cut it with
    the paper on….

  21. crystal

    It is the most simple things that would be so delicious. My god!!!

  22. Cory

    Can I put the chocolate drizzle on and then freeze it?

  23. Sherry

    Headed to the store for the ingredients to make for Sunday dinner after church this week!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! Enjoy 😀

  24. Kim Amy

    My son requested a ice cream cake for his birthday, this is awesome. I think we will sprinkle oreos on top, but otherwise copy yours! Thanks

  25. Teresa cook

    Can I cover this while it’s in the freezer

  26. Victoria

    Does it work well using real whipped cream instead of cool whip? Any tips?

  27. Lisa

    Hello! Are you using the regular ice cream sandwiches or the mini ones? Thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh the regular sized ones!

  28. Mendy

    Looks super good gonna have to make this for the next bbq!

  29. Laura

    Wow! I am definitely doing this for hubby’s birthday! So simple, yet looks soooo elegant!

  30. alisonolmstead

    And this Saturday is National Ice Cream Cake Day. Perfect timing!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice! Yes perfect!

  31. mamamanahan

    If you make it with hot fudge and peanuts, it tastes similar to a peanut buster parfait from Dairy Queen:)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yum! Love that ❤️

  32. cpnkay

    I made a larger version of this a few weeks ago. 24 pk of ice cream sandwiches and a 16 oz Cool Whip. Parchment paper lined in cake pan. 12 sandwiches, half of Cool Whip, drizzle desired syrups and we used mini M&Ms. Repeat all steps again. So so good!!! My kids loved helping and when the Cool Whip freezes, it tastes like icing!! I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was!!

  33. D Lynn

    I love the Chocolate Mint ice cream Sandwich version of this cake (with chocolate syrup & Andes mint candies & cool whip). Always a hit with mint lovers like me.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Polly

    I add caramel and chopped pecans on top, there’s never any left

  35. Nancy Cromwell

    Has anyone ever used real whipped cream from a can for this? I can’t eat cool whip, it has MSG in it, which gives me a migraine.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I would think the canned kind would melt. I would whip some real whipping cream and sweeten it to taste. Or i have used Tru Whip which has cleaner ingredients and can be found next to cool whip usually. Hope that helps!

    • MommySpendsLess

      Are you sure it has MSG in it? I know “natural and artificial flavors” can be almost anything, including MSG, but since MSG imparts an umami flavor I typically don’t watch out for it in sweet foods.

  36. megbee

    I made this one year for my daughter’s birthday dinner. It was a hit. The best B-Day cake she’s ever had in my humble opinion. 😊

  37. breanna-2

    I wonder if there is a way to make this Keto….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      There is! Check the tips section – good luck!

  38. Phyllis Keefer

    I use a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan with one box of ice cream sandwiches. One box fills it completely. When serving I cut into squares. Makes 9 large servings.

    I have also made using a 9×13 pan and two boxes of ice cream sandwiches for a large crowd.

    Never fails to impress. So good!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  39. TheQueenBee

    Any ideas for non chocolate? Can’t find ice cream sandwiches without it in my area.

    • Peggy

      If you have a local Kroger, they have strawberry cheesecake flavored ice cream sandwiches.

  40. Materof6

    Soooo exciting to see Mayfield featured! Here is Tennessee, it’s the best! This looks wonderful, Lina! My soon to be 2 year old will love this for her birthday! She always shouts “iz-keam” when she’s sees us eating it. This is the best of two worlds! Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Thanks so much and yes so fun for birthdays – enjoy! 💕🙌

  41. Amanda Durham

    My grandma used to make a Christmas version of this by dousing the ice cream sandwich E’s in peppermint schnapps & topping it with crushed candy canes.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow I love that idea! Thanks Amanda!

  42. Sharon

    I’m loving this in the loaf pan so you can cut slices. Seems much simpler than the one I made years ago. Thanks for the ideas for additional flavors and toppings!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! Enjoy Sharon!💕

  43. Mary Ann

    Awesome dessert! Quick and easy. Everyone loved it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh hooray I am so glad!

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