Soon after we were married, my husband kindly let me know that he “didn’t actually like cake.” I was totally blown away! He does, however, love ice cream. So, every year (since that fateful first year) for his birthday, I try to switch up his birthday “cake.” I’ve made our Hot Fudge Sunday Cake, our Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake, and even ordered a few, but this year, I tried my hand at a homemade ice cream cake and it was a HOME RUN. It’s easier to put together than it looks, but it tastes AMAZING!
Bake cake mix according to package directions for two 9? round cakes. Let cool, and remove from pans.
Remove ice cream from the freezer and let it partially thaw (you don?t want it to be melted, but it does need to be spreadable).
On a freezer-safe plate, place one 9? cake. Measure a piece of wax paper, folded in half, to go around the circumference of the cake and secure in place with tape (this will help the cake keep it shape until you?re ready to serve). On top of the cake, evenly spread ice cream to the edges, pressing it up against the wax paper.
Crumble two-thirds of the package of cookies, and sprinkle evenly over the ice cream. Place the second 9? cake on top of the cookie crumbs, and press down gently (don?t push too hard, or your wax paper may come undone).
Freeze for 2-3 hours, until ice cream can hold it?s shape.
Before serving, heat chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Remove wax paper from the cake, then pour chocolate sauce over the top, letting it drip down the sides. Top cake with remaining chocolate chip cookies, and serve immediately.