Do-it-yourself Ice Cream Cake (Like Dairy Queen)

Do-it-yourself Ice Cream Cake (Like Dairy Queen)

Relax with a slice of ice cream cake! This crowd-pleasing, completely no-bake Dairy Queen-inspired deal with combines two of your favourite ice cream flavors, plus layers of crunchy Oreo cookies, home made scorching fudge, and whipped cream. As a result of this cake must freeze for a minimum of 12 hours previous to serving, it’s an excellent make-ahead dessert for celebrations.

slice of ice cream cake on white plate.

Want a celebratory ice cream dessert? Clearly it’s best to only decide up a ready-made ice cream cake from the grocery retailer or ice cream store, however in case you’ve by no means made an ice cream cake earlier than, I encourage you to strive it a minimum of as soon as!

It requires a number of back-and-forth journeys between the freezer and counter, however aside from that, it’s surprisingly straightforward—completely no baking and only a few instruments and elements wanted.

And simply look ahead to the second the jaws drop open if you inform your friends you made this your self! (They usually’ll just about stay open till their plates are licked clear. I do know this from expertise.)

whole ice cream cake on cake stand
strawberry, Oreo crunch, and chocolate ice cream cake sliced on cake stand.

This Do-it-yourself Ice Cream Cake Is:

  • A enjoyable frozen dessert excellent for a summertime celebration
  • 5 layers of cool, creamy decadence
  • Simple to make, utterly no-bake recipe
  • Customizable along with your favourite flavors of ice cream
  • Ribboned with home made scorching fudge
  • Topped with fluffy whipped cream and cheerful sprinkles
  • As tempting as cookie ice cream sandwiches, however made in 1 pan to serve a bunch
  • An amazing make-ahead possibility so as to add to your listing of BBQ cookout desserts.

You should use any flavors of store-bought ice cream you need. Chocolate + strawberry is a favourite mixture in my household, however you may additionally strive: chocolate + peanut butter, chocolate + mint chip, cookies dough + chocolate, or espresso + cookies and cream. The mixture is completely as much as you.


5 Layers to Love

  1. Ice Cream: Begin with a 1.5-quart carton of ice cream, and let it soften.
  2. Scorching Fudge: I extremely advocate making your individual home made scorching fudge—it tastes a lot higher than store-bought and takes simply 5 minutes on the range.
  3. Crushed Oreo Cookies + Melted Butter: A layer of crushed Oreos blended with melted butter provides unbelievable texture to this cake, whereas preserving the meeting straightforward and completely no-bake. Melted butter helps the Oreos keep a bit crunchy, and likewise helps adhere them to the 2 layers of ice cream. I examined this recipe with out the butter, and the 2 layers utterly separated. (Actually, the highest layer fell off the cake. It was fairly the clean-up!)
  4. Ice Cream: A second 1.5-quart carton of softened ice cream, in one other taste.
  5. Whipped Cream: Do-it-yourself whipped cream is fast to make and the right topping for this frozen dessert. The recipe under yields sufficient to cowl the cake, plus some further for ornamental piping element. It’s good to have a second home made component to this dessert, since we’re utilizing store-bought ice cream and Oreos.

I prefer to garnish it with sprinkles for a festive end. Due to course I do!

ingredients measured in bowls including heavy cream, Oreos, hot fudge, butter, and confectioners sugar.

Greatest Pan to Use:

You want a 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan that’s a minimum of 3 inches excessive. In case you don’t have a pan this measurement, you’ll be able to flip this into 1 / 4 sheet cake utilizing a 9×13-inch pan, or halve the recipe for an 8×2-inch sq. pan.

Whichever pan you employ, line it with plastic wrap. Why? You should have a heck of a time slicing this frozen cake whereas it’s nonetheless contained in the pan! You’ll need to utterly take away the cake and place it on a frozen or chilly reducing board or cake plate to slice. And, if utilizing a springform pan like pictured, the plastic wrap prevents any melty ice cream leakage.


Ice Cream Cake Success Suggestions (Discovered From Expertise!)

I made a slew of ice cream muffins the previous month, figuring out probably the most profitable (and non-melty) solution to frost and serve this chilly dessert. Take my recommendation:

  1. Take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it sit and soften for 10 minutes earlier than layering.
  2. Line the pan with plastic wrap.
  3. Freeze the cake as directed within the directions in between including your layers.
  4. Don’t skip the melted butter with the crushed Oreo cookies; the melted butter helps the 2 layers of scorching fudge and ice cream adhere to 1 one other.
  5. Work shortly. Learn via the recipe so that you perceive every step.
  6. If utilizing store-bought scorching fudge, warmth it up a bit. This makes it a bit simpler to unfold on prime of the ice cream.
  7. Freeze the cake for a minimum of 12 hours (and as much as 2 days).
  8. In case you intend to serve this on a cake stand or different serving platter, freeze the cake stand/platter for half-hour earlier than putting the ice cream cake on prime and frosting it with the whipped cream. (In any other case, it can instantly soften making frosting very tough!)
  9. For clear cuts, run a pointy knife beneath scorching water earlier than slicing. This trick works when reducing brownie ice cream sandwiches, too.

Right here is the ice cream cake once more with vanilla on the underside layer. Have enjoyable customizing your individual ice cream cake utilizing varied flavors!

vanilla, Oreo, strawberry ice cream cake slice on white plate.
vanilla, Oreo, and strawberry ice cream cake with whipped cream on white plate with fork.

Ice Cream Cake FAQ

Can I add a cake layer?

Sure. Bake a cake in a 9-inch springform pan. I like to recommend the vanilla cake recipe from my home made cake pops or the chocolate cake recipe from my chocolate cake pops. Each yield 1 9-inch cake in a springform pan. After the cake cools, hold it within the pan, and freeze it for 1 hour. Proceed with assembling the cake. (Basically, the cake is going down of the underside ice cream layer.)

I don’t have a springform pan, what else can I take advantage of for this ice cream cake?

You can also make this in a 9×13-inch pan, or halve the recipe for an 8×2-inch sq. pan. Make sure you line the pan with plastic wrap so you’ll be able to simply take away the ice cream cake from the pan to slice it.

Can I take advantage of different cookies in addition to Oreos?

Sure, completely. Crushed crunchy chocolate chip cookies (home made or store-bought), Nutter Butters, Nilla Wafers, graham crackers, and Biscoff Cookies are some prime decisions. Any crunchy cookie works!

I solely have a 9×2-inch springform pan, can I take advantage of that?

Sure. Cut back the ice lotions to 1-quart every. Maintain the new fudge, Oreo, and whipped cream quantities the identical. Your cake will likely be a bit shorter.

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slice of ice cream cake with whipped cream and sprinkles on top on white plate.

Do-it-yourself Ice Cream Cake (Like Dairy Queen)

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  • Creator:
    Sally


  • Prep Time:
    2 hours


  • Prepare dinner Time:
    0 minutes


  • Complete Time:
    14 hours (consists of freezing)


  • Yield:
    serves 10-12


  • Class:
    Dessert


  • Technique:
    Freezing


  • Delicacies:
    American




Directions

  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse 10 Oreos (together with the cream filling) into a rough crumb; be at liberty to depart some bigger chunks. You must have about 1 cup crumbs. Combine with the melted butter and put aside to make use of in step 4. crushed Oreo cookies in glass bowl.
  2. Take away chocolate ice cream (or desired backside taste) from the freezer and let it soften for 10 minutes. In the meantime, line a 9×3-inch or 10×3-inch springform pan with plastic wrap. I often use two items to make sure all sides have a bit overhang. See recipe Be aware for different pan choices.
  3. Scoop chocolate ice cream into lined pan and, working shortly, use the again of a giant spoon to unfold it into an excellent layer as finest you’ll be able to. Place it within the freezer for half-hour. chocolate ice cream spread in round pan.
  4. Throughout that point, make your home made scorching fudge, or heat up pre-made scorching fudge sauce in order that it’s a spreadable consistency. Pour and unfold 1/2 cup scorching fudge evenly over the primary ice cream layer, then prime with Oreo combination. hot fudge drizzled on top of cake.
    Oreo crunchy pieces in springform pan.
  5. Freeze for half-hour. After 20 minutes, take away strawberry ice cream (or desired prime taste) from the freezer to melt for 10 minutes.
  6. Drizzle remaining 1/2 cup scorching fudge on prime of Oreo layer. Working shortly, spoon and unfold strawberry ice cream into an excellent layer as finest you’ll be able to. spreading strawberry ice cream in springform pan.
  7. Cowl with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and freeze for a minimum of 12 hours and as much as 2 days.
  8. Freeze the cake plate: If you wish to serve the cake on one thing aside from the underside of the springform pan (or in case you made this in a 9×13-inch pan or 8-inch sq. pan), place your required cake plate/stand or reducing board within the freezer for a minimum of half-hour. (The underside ice cream layer will instantly start to soften on a room temperature floor.)
  9. Make the whipped cream topping: Utilizing a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla on medium-high pace till stiff peaks kind, about 4 minutes.
  10. Take away the frozen ice cream cake from the freezer. Take away the rim from the springform pan. Carry the cake up utilizing the plastic wrap and punctiliously peel off the plastic. Place the cake again on the underside of the springform pan, or the frozen cake plate/reducing board. Working shortly, unfold the whipped cream all around the prime and sides of the ice cream cake. Be at liberty to pipe a border across the prime of the cake; I used Wilton 1M piping tip. Garnish with sprinkles, if desired.
    whipped cream in bowl and shown again being spread on cake.
    whole ice cream cake on cake stand with whipped cream and sprinkles.
  11. Slice and serve instantly or freeze for as much as 1 hour earlier than serving. (I don’t advocate longer than this.) Use a really sharp knife to chop, dipping it right into a glass of scorching water in between slices. Maintain leftover ice cream cake coated within the freezer.
    chocolate, Oreo, and strawberry ice cream cake slice.


Notes

  1. Making Forward: You possibly can put together this cake via step 7 as much as 48 hours forward. I don’t advocate longer than that, because the ice cream cake turns into extraordinarily tough to chop via. Be at liberty to increase that point, however the cake must sit out for a bit earlier than slicing (and the sides might start to soften).
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Food Processor9×3-inch Springform Pan, 9×3-inch Pan with Removable Bottom or 10×3-inch Springform Pan | Electrical Mixer (Handheld or Stand) | Piping Bag (Reusable or Disposable) | Wilton 1M Piping Tip
  3. To Use a 9×2-inch Springform Pan: Cut back the ice lotions to 1-quart every. Maintain the new fudge, Oreo, and whipped cream quantities the identical. Your cake will likely be a bit shorter.
  4. Different Pan Choices: You can also make this in a 9×13-inch pan, or halve the recipe for an 8×2-inch sq. pan. Make sure you line the pan with plastic wrap so you’ll be able to simply take away the ice cream cake from the pan to slice it. In step 8, freeze the reducing board or no matter you’re slicing/serving the cake on for a minimum of half-hour.
  5. As an alternative of Oreos: Crushed crunchy chocolate chip cookies (home made or store-bought), Nutter Butters, Nilla Wafers, graham crackers, and Biscoff Cookies are some prime decisions. Any crunchy cookie works!
  6. Can I Use Do-it-yourself Oreos? I don’t advocate it. They aren’t crunchy sufficient.
  7. Backside Cake Layer As an alternative of Ice Cream: As an alternative of ice cream, the underside layer could be a cake and I like to recommend making this in a 9×2 or 9×3-inch springform pan. I like to recommend the vanilla cake recipe from my home made cake pops or the chocolate cake recipe from my chocolate cake pops. Each yield 1 9-inch cake in a springform pan. After the cake cools, hold it within the pan, and freeze it for 1 hour. Proceed with assembling the cake with the new fudge/Oreo/prime ice cream layer. No must wrap the pan in plastic wrap. Be aware that in case you used a 9×2-inch springform pan, just one quart of prime layer ice cream will match as an alternative of 1.5 quarts. In step 9, earlier than eradicating the springform pan’s rim, run a pointy knife across the edges to loosen the ice cream.