Easy Ice Cream Cake

Easy Ice Cream Cake! The perfect dessert that always gets rave reviews! Ice cream cake takes only 4 ingredients and no baking required. Now that's the BEST dessert ever.

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Can you add toppings to Ice Cream Cake?

Easy Ice Cream cake is so delicious and can easily stand on it’s own. It’s so easy to turn this ice cream cake into an ice cream sundae by adding a few toppings to the finished cake.

This ice cream cake recipe has some of your favorite candy bars crushed up and added to the top. You can easily add more favorite  candy or toppings in between the layers.

It’s so easy to change this ice cream cake up to suit your own taste.

Here are some toppings we like to add to turn this simple dessert into a fine ice cream sundae cake masterpiece.

  • Raspberries (gently rinsed and dry on a paper towel)
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Bananas, sliced
  • Candy bars (favorite candy coarsely chopped)
  • Chopped nuts
  • Whipped topping
  • Caramel topping

This is the perfect birthday cake dessert for those who aren’t big cake eaters.

can you add more layers to the cake?

Our recipe for easy ice cream cake is only 2 layers high and uses 12 ice cream sandwiches. Those 12 ice cream sandwiches make 2 cakes that are 2 layers high.

You can easily combine these 2 cakes and make one delicious 3 layer cake. You will use 4 ice cream sandwiches on each layer.

We often make this on a platter when using 4 ice cream sandwiches per layer so that they can line up in a row. This makes for easy slicing when serving.

When adding each layer, you may want to freeze each one before adding more ingredient on top. This will prevent the layers from sliding around.

We have found that if you choose to add more ingredients than listed in the recipe, it is best to freeze each layer.

If you are adding whipped topping between each layer for added sweetness and gooey goodness, be sure to freeze between those layers.

Then remove from freezer and repeat the layer and freeze again until all 3 layers are done.

It may take a little time to freeze between layers, but in the long run it will be worth it so it’s not a landslide. When we follow this recipe as directed with just 2 layers, we have not had a problem with sliding.

can you make ice cream cake in a pan?

We love how our ice cream cake is a no fail recipe. It’s a few simple ingredients that need layering, and freezing. We have made this on a platter that is the correct size to hold the layers of ice cream sandwiches.

Ice cream cake can also be made in a pan. If you are making 2 separate cakes as directed in our recipe, a loaf pan is a great pan to make the cakes in.

Line the pans with either wax paper or parchment paper and leave some hanging over the edge.

This will be so helpful as you lift the frozen cake out of the pan to slice and serve.

how to make ice cream cake

This recipe makes 2 cakes that have 2 layers each. You can easily make this into one bigger cake if you wish. 3 layers with 4 sandwiches to each layer.

  1. Line a cookie sheet or pan with wax paper or parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the edge. If making your cake on a flat platter that you will also be serving from, there is no need to line the platter or serving plate.
  2. Microwave your hot fudge at 15 second intervals until it is slightly melted, but not burning hot. Stirring in between each interval.
  3. Lay out 3 ice cream sandwiches next to each other side by side. Then spread 1/4 cup of hot fudge on the 3 sandwiches. Then place 3 ice cream sandwiches going the other direction so they are criss cross on top of the hot fudge.
  4. Heat the Magic Shell bottle according to directions on the bottle. Once it is warmed up, pour half of the bottle over the ice cream sandwiches. Spread it around trying to get the Magic Shell to the edges.
  5. Place your chopped up candy bars on top of the cake and drizzle with a small amount of Magic Shell to hold them in place.
  6. Make another cake using the other 6 ice cream sandwiches. You can make it right next to the first cake if your pan has enough room. Or you can make them on separate plates or pans and freeze after being made.
  7. Freeze each cake for about 20 minutes or until ready to serve.

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Serves: 12

Easy Ice Cream Cake

I perfect treat on a hot summer night.

50 minPrep Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 12 (3.1 ounce) Ice cream sandwiches
  • 1/2 cup of hot fudge (divided)
  • 1 (7.25 ounce) bottle Smucker's Chocolate Magic Shell
  • 2 of your favorite candy bars cut into small pieces


  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, parchment paper, or foil. You can also make the cake on a flat platter or loaf pan or any size pan that will accommodate your ice cream sandwiches.
  2. Heat your hot fudge so it is a little thinner, but not burning hot.
  3. You are going to make 2 different cakes.
  4. Lay 3 ice cream sandwiches on the foil. Spread 1/4 of the hot fudge on the 3 sandwiches. Place 3 more ice cream sandwiches on top of the fudge.
  5. Follow the instructions on Smucker's Magic Shell. Once it is warmed and ready pour half of the bottle over your ice cream sandwiches.
  6. Spread it around with a knife. Try your best to get the magic shell on the edges also.
  7. Place your cut up candy bars in the middle of the cake and drizzle a little magic shell over the candy bars so they stay in place.
  8. Make another cake just like the first on your cookie sheet.
  9. Once both cakes are done, stick them in your freezer for about 20 minutes or until you are ready to serve.


If you need to leave them over night, make sure you cover them with saran wrap. I doubled the recipe and made 4 different cakes. I used Snickers, Recess, Milky Way, and Kit Kat. With the Snickers and Milky Way cake I added caramel in the middle and it was SO good!



1391 cal


72 g


165 g


32 g
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