This Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake is a homemade version of the famous DQ frozen treat, complete with its classic hot fudge filling and Oreo cookie crunchies. It is so easy to assemble each layer of this delicious dessert and cover it in a whipped cream frosting and a smattering of colorful sprinkles. Perfect for birthday’s, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or just for a fun dessert!

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Easy Ice Cream Cake (Dairy Queen Copycat)

Inspired by the renowned DQ classic, this Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake recipe is so easy to make and tastes just as sweet and tasty as the real thing!

It’s as simple as assembling layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream with the iconic chocolate fudge and Oreo cookie crumbles sandwiched in between, then frosting and freezing your decadent dessert until you’re ready to slice and serve.

For more cold cake recipes that require no baking at all, try my No Bake Ice Cream Sandwich Cake, Ice Cream Layer Cake and Copycat Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake.

Why we love Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes

  • Quick and easy to assemble.
  • Uses simple ingredients to recreate a copycat version of a DQ classic.
  • Whipped cream frosting won’t crack in the freezer and adds a fluffy contrast to the dense, frozen layers below.
  • Delicious frozen dessert that taste like you bought it at Dairy Queen.
  • Make any celebration sweeter by customizing your cake with your favorite flavors and decorations.
  • Perfect for birthday parties, holidays, or any time you crave a cool treat.

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a slice of Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake on a plate

Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake Ingredients

  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Vanilla ice cream: I used vanilla bean.
  • Chocolate OREO sandwich cookies (or any generic brand with a cream center)
  • Salted sweet cream butter
  • Hot fudge topping
  • Heavy cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Clear vanilla flavoring
  • Colorful sprinkles (optional garnish)

DQ Cakes Recipe Substitutions & Additions

  • Tasty Toppings: I’ve kept things simple with my ice cream cake, opting for swirls of piped whipped frosting along the edges and a generous covering of rainbow sprinkles. Some other fun decorating ideas you can try are caramel or butterscotch drizzle, chopped nuts, chocolate shavings, M&M’s, chopped candy bars (like Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Twix), crushed cookies or pretzels, cookie dough bits, or brownie bites.
  • Customize Your Cake: Feel free to use your favorite ice cream flavors instead of chocolate and vanilla and replace the rainbow sprinkles with the colors to match the theme of your party, holiday, or celebration.
cutting a triangle slice from Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake

Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake Recipe Tools

  • 9 inch springform pan
  • Plastic wrap
  • 10 x 15 baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Wooden spoon
  • Silicone spatula or an offset spatula
  • Stand mixer or handheld mixer
  • Piping bag fitted with a star shaped tip
  • Cake lifter or a large sturdy spatula

How to Make Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake

A DQ Ice Cream cake is so easy to make with layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream surrounding a cookie crunch and chocolate fudge-filled center. Inspired by the original DQ classic frozen treat, this delicious dessert tastes better than the store-bought version!

  1. Bake The Cookie Crunch: Combine the crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with the melted butter. Spread the coated cookie crumbs on the prepared baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 – 8 minutes.
  2. The Bottom Layer: Spread the thawed chocolate ice cream into the bottom of the prepared springform pan. Place it back in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    Pro Tip: Allowing the ice cream to thaw for 15 – 20 minutes before adding it to the pan will make spreading it much easier.
  3. The Middle Layer: Remove the lid to the hot fudge and heat it in the microwave for 20 – 25 seconds. Spread the hot fudge over the top of the chocolate ice cream layer and then sprinkle the baked cookie crumbs over the top of the hot fudge layer. Return to the freezer for 1 hour. 
  4. The Top Layer: Spread the thawed vanilla ice cream on top of the cookie crunch layer. Return the springform pan to the freezer for 4 – 6 hours, or overnight.
    Pro Tip: Allowing the ice cream to thaw for 15 – 20 minutes before adding it to the pan will make spreading it much easier.
  5. Make The Frosting: Add the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla flavoring to a chilled mixing bowl and beat on medium, just until the powdered sugar is incorporated, then beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 3 – 4 minutes.
    Pro Tip: You should place your mixing bowl in the freezer 30 minutes before you are ready to “frost” the ice cream cake.
  6. Decorate: Remove the outer edges of the springform pan and plastic wrap, then carefully lift the cake onto a plate or round board. Frost the sides and top of the cake and then pipe either a shell pattern or swirl pattern around the edge. Top with colorful sprinkles and place the cake back into the freezer until you are ready to serve. 
    Pro Tip: To pipe the frosting, hold the decorators piping bag ½ inch above the edge of the top of the cake.

Dairy Queen Cakes Recipe Tips

  • If you do not have a springform pan, you can use a round cake pan lined with plastic wrap.
  • You can substitute any flavors of ice cream for the chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
  • You can substitute the hot fudge with caramel, and the chocolate sandwich cookies with vanilla sandwich cookies.
  • Heating the hot fudge in the microwave for 20-25 seconds will soften it so that it’s easier to spread on top of the chocolate ice cream layer.
  • Make sure to reserve room in your freezer to fit the cake pan.
collage decorating process Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake

How to Store Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes (Copycat)

Store any leftovers in a cake carrier in the freezer for up to 7 days.

How long does ice cream cake last?

Ice cream cake typically lasts for about 2 to 3 months when stored uncut in the freezer. Once the cake is cut or served, it is best to consume it within a few days to maintain its quality and prevent deterioration.

Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake with sprinkles

DQ Ice Cream Cake FAQs

Can I make this ice cream cake in advance?

This ice cream cake is a great recipe to make ahead. You can assemble your layers in the pan, cover it, and place it in the freezer for about a week ahead of time. Then when you are ready to serve, simply frost it and add your sprinkles so that the decorations looks nice and fresh.

What is the best way to transport my ice cream cake?

You can safely and successfully transport an ice cream cake using a cake carrier, large cooler or insulated food carrier. The trick is to make sure the carrier you are using is large enough to fit your cake pan along with several ice packs or bags of ice.
For best results, I recommend letting your ice cream cake freeze for 24 hours before transporting it to make sure everything is as frozen as possible. I also suggest packing your cake at the very last minute before your departure.

Can I make my own fudge topping?

Yes, you can absolutely make your own homemade fudge topping or replace the store-bought hot fudge with my chocolate ganache.

What is the easiest way to crush the chocolate sandwich cookies?

The easiest way to crush your cookies is to place them into a blender or food processor and pulse until crumbled. You can also place the cookies in a ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

inside layer of. Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake

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DQ Ice Cream Cake (Copycat Recipe)

Serves — 12
Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake is a tasty twist on the classic soft serve slice. This homemade version is quick and easy to assemble and freezes into a delcious dessert that makes any celebration sweeter.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freeze Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

Ice Cream Cake Layers

  • 1 quart chocolate ice cream
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream (I used vanilla bean)

Cookie Crunch Layer

  • 20 crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (with cream center)
  • 4 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter melted

Hot Fudge Layer

  • 11.75 ounce jar hot fudge topping

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • cup powdered sugar
  • teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring
  • Colorful sprinkles (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9 inch springform pan with plastic wrap. Set it aside.
  • Heat the oven to 350*. Line a 10 x 15 baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.
  • Add the crushed chocolate sandwich cookies to a small mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the melted butter until completely combined.
  • Evenly spread the coated cookie crumbs on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 7 – 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cookie crumbs to completely cool.
  • While the cookie crumbs are baking, remove the chocolate ice cream from the freezer and allow it to thaw. This will make spreading the ice cream into the pan much easier.
  • Once the ice cream has thawed for 15 – 20 minutes, evenly spread the chocolate ice cream layer into the prepared springform pan. Place it back in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Just before you are ready for the hot fudge layer, remove the lid to the hot fudge and place in the microwave for 20 – 25 seconds. This will soften the hot fudge, making it easier to spread on top of the chocolate ice cream layer.
  • Using either a silicone spatula, or an offset spatula, evenly spread the hot fudge over the top of the chocolate ice cream layer.
  • Evenly sprinkle the baked cookie crumbs over the top of the hot fudge layer. Return to the freezer for 1 hour.
  • 15 – 20 minutes before you are ready to spread the vanilla ice cream layer, remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer to thaw slightly.
  • Remove the springform pan from the freezer, and evenly spread the vanilla ice cream on top of the cookie crunch layer. Return the springform pan to the freezer for 4 – 6 hours, or overnight.
  • 30 minutes before you are ready to “frost” the ice cream cake, if you are using a stand mixer, place the metal bowl in the freezer. If you are using a handheld mixer, place your mixing bowl, preferably a metal mixing bowl, in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl from the freezer, add the heavy cream, powdered sugar and clear vanilla flavoring. Beat on medium, just until the powdered sugar is incorporated, then beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Separate out 1 cup of whipped cream frosting and place in either a decorator’s piping bag fitted with a star shaped tip.
  • You will need to work quickly, especially if the weather is warm. Remove the ice cream cake from the freezer.
  • Remove the outer edges of the springform pan. Using either a cake lifter, or a large sturdy spatula, remove the plastic wrap and place the ice cream cake on either a serving plate or a round decorators board.
  • Using either a silicone spatula, or an offset spatula, quickly frost the sides and top of the ice cream cake.
  • Using even pressure, holding the decorators piping bag a ½ inch above the edge of the top of the cake, pipe either a shell pattern or swirl pattern around the edge of the ice cream cake.
  • Evenly sprinkle the colorful sprinkles on the top of the ice cream cake. Place the cake back into the freezer until you are ready to serve.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage: 
Store any leftovers in a cake carrier in the freezer for up to 7 days.
Tips:
  • If you do not have a springform pan, you can use a round cake pan lined with plastic wrap.
  • You can substitute any flavors of ice cream for the chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
  • You can substitute the hot fudge with caramel, and the chocolate sandwich cookies with vanilla sandwich cookies.
  • Heating the hot fudge in the microwave for 20-25 seconds will soften it so that it’s easier to spread on top of the chocolate ice cream layer.
  • Make sure to reserve room in your freezer to fit the cake pan.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 742kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 1361IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. Thank you for sharing , was curious as to which brand of cookies to use to assure it’s like DQ cake , chocolate with cream centers , that is ….

    1. It won’t be exactly like the DQ cake crunch, but close. Just be sure not to crush the Oreos too much. You want little pieces, not a super-fine like a cheesecake crust.

  2. I made this ice cream cake, and once I put the icing on it melted and flowed off the ice cream layer under it everywhere. I ended up putting the frosting in a small cake pan and putting it in the freezer. I put the ice cream cake back in the pan, and in the freezer. I will see what the final outcome is. Perhaps I did not whip the topping enough to get stiff peaks? I thought I did. ?

  3. I can’t wait to make this. I love how all your recipes have TIPS. You’ve made this before and you make it easier for me to make it too.

  4. Can you make the frosting the night before and keep in the fridge for quick frosting the next day?

  5. 5 stars
    Thank You Jenn 👍🏼♥️❗️It LOOKS Great👏🏼😊 Plus It COST 2X AS MUCH PLUS MORE now That WAGES have Gone UP 😳❗️GREAT Birthday Idea TO Get The Ice Cream With The Cake ❗️G-d♥️Bless