This Easy Ice Cream Cake uses store-bought pound cake and is layered with 3 flavors of ice cream and tons of crushed candy and cookies! It blows away any store bought cake (even the Dairy Queen ice cream cake!)!
Ice cream dessert always make people happy! Not to mention, they are typically super easy to pull together and pretty difficult to mess up! Some of our favorite Ice Cream Desserts include our crazy popular Ice Cream Sandwich Cake and our S’mores Ice Cream Cake with its amazing graham cracker crust!
Ice Cream Cake
If you are looking for a really easy dessert that will totally wow your friend, then you have come to the right place!! Our Super Easy Ice Cream Cake will totally be your new favorite go-to dessert.
Our ice cream layer cake starts with a pre-made buttery pound cake with layers of your favorite ice cream! Get creative and use some fun flavors! Then you get to choose your favorite cookies and candy to crush up and throw in the mix!
Some of our favorite ice cream flavors to use are Cookies and Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough and Butter Pecan. We also love to incorporate our favorite Harry Potter Butterbeer Ice Cream. It is totally homemade and delicious!
Why be boring with plain chocolate or vanilla ice cream when there are so many other great ice creams out there!
This is a great recipe for a birthday cake, barbecue, holiday dessert or just for someone who loves ice cream! (We made this for my son’s birthday party and they loved it!!)
This recipe was made by one of our best contributors, Nicole from 365(ish) Days of Pinterest!
If you are looking to make something with your kids, this is a great recipe to let them help with! They will have a blast sprinkling all sorts of candy and cookies on top of the chocolate shell.
Let them get involved picking out the ice cream flavors and the candy toppings! They can also choose what order the layers should be while we stacked it all up.
When you go to the grocery store to get your ingredients, we used the Sara Lee Family Size Pound Cake from the freezer section.
Ingredients for Ice Cream Layer Cake
- 1 frozen pound cake – We used a 16-ounce family size cake (found in the frozen food section of the grocery store)
- 3 different ice cream flavors (about 1 cup each) We used Chocolate Brownie, Cookies and Cream and French Vanilla (Softened)
- 3 different candies (one per ice cream layer) We used Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&M’s and crushed up Oreo cookies
- Chocolate candy shell (they sell this near the ice cream toppings and it hardens almost immediately after hitting the cold ice cream)
- Sprinkles (optional…. but I think everything is always better with sprinkles!)
How to Make a Homemade Ice Cream Cake
First, take the ice creams out of the freezer and let them soften for about 10 – 15 minutes on the counter. Trust me, this will make it easier to spread out when you are assembling the cake.
Remove the pound cake from the foil pan and cut it into 3 even layers. Do not feel like it needs to be measured perfectly. Honestly, I think the more crooked it is the cuter it looks!
Line the foil pan with plastic wrap to go over all 4 sides (this will make it easy to cover and then easy to remove it from the pan later when you are ready to slice and serve!)
Next, place one layer of pound cake in the bottom of the pan and cover with 1 cup of ice cream (feel free to use more if you are so inclined!). Sprinkle the layer of ice cream with your first kind of candy (and sprinkles if you have them!).
Repeat layers and top the last layer of ice cream with the chocolate shell topping. Before the shell completely hardens, sprinkle with additional candy and cookies.
Place in the freezer UNCOVERED for about 5 minutes to quickly harden the shell and ice cream a bit.
Remove from the freezer, wrap up tightly and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
Once you’re ready to serve, remove from the freezer and pull gently on the plastic wrap to lift the ice cream cake out of the cake pan. Transfer to a serving plate and use a warm knife to quickly and easily slice through the ice cream and cake layers.
More Easy No-Bake Desserts
- Banana Split Cake
- Chocolate Lasagna
- No-Bake Eclair Cake
- Monster Cookie Oatmeal Energy Balls
- Peanut Butter Balls – SUPER EASY!
- Mini Key Lime Pie Cheesecakes in mason jars!
- Oreo Bars – 4 Ingredients
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
- Oreo Cream Pie
- Edible Cookie Dough
- Funfetti Dip – only FOUR Ingredients!
- Brownie Batter Dip
Easy Ice Cream Cake
This Easy Ice Cream Cake blows away any store bought cake! Perfect for a birthday party, barbecue, holiday party and more!
- 1 16 ounce frozen pound cake ((family size))
- 3 cups ice cream different ice cream flavors (We like to use 3 different ice cream flavors about 1 cup each. We used Chocolate Brownie, Cookies and Cream and French Vanilla)
- 1/3 8 ounce bag Mini Reese's peanut butter cups
- 1/2 cup M&M's
- 8 cookies Oreo cookies
- chocolate candy shell
- Remove the pound cake from the foil pan and cut it into 3 even layers (sort of-ours were hilariously crooked)
- Line the foil pan with enough plastic wrap to go over all 4 sides (this is to make it easy to cover and then remove from the pan later for slicing
- Place one layer of pound cake in the bottom of the pan and cover with 1 cup of ice cream. Sprinkle with candy.
- Repeat layers and top the last layer of ice cream with the chocolate shell topping.
- Before the shell completely hardens, sprinkle with additional candy and cookies.
- Place in the freezer UNCOVERED for about 5 minutes to quickly harden the shell and ice cream a bit.
Wrap up tightly and store in the freezer until ready to serve. (approximately 4-6 hours)
- Once you're ready to eat it, remove from the freezer and pull gently on the plastic wrap to lift the ice cream cake out of the pan. Use a warm knife to quickly and easily slice through the ice cream and cake layers.
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Originally posted on May 18, 2016
I’m telling you, once you make our Easy Ice Cream Layer Cake, you will never, ever buy a DQ Ice Cream Cake again!
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