This is a recipe I’ve done twice now. Each time was for a friends birthday. Making an ice cream cake isn’t as daunting as it seems. This is probably not how they do it at Dairy Queen but it works haha. The important thing to remember is to give yourself enough time to make the cake. I usually give myself 3 days but it can be done in 2. I’ve never tried to make it in 1 day but I guess you could if you started early in the morning and have an intense deep freezer lol. Also make sure that you make enough room in your freezer for the cake! I find that putting the top of a cake carrier over the cake while it’s in the freezer helps a lot.
Three cake pans
Cake circles (optional)
1 box of chocolate cake mix (I usually make my cake from scratch, but box mix works just as well)
1 pint cookies and cream ice cream
Frosting (I made a vanilla buttercream but any will do)
One pack of Oreos
Prepare cake in two cake pans according to box instructions. While cakes are baking set out the ice cream to soften it up so it will be easier to scoop. When cakes are finished set aside to cool. While the cakes are cooling, place a piece of plastic wrap inside the third cake pan(this will help make removing the ice cream easier) and scoop your ice cream into it. Fill pan to the top and smooth it out. Wrap the entire pan in plastic wrap and then wrap with aluminum foil and place in the freezer. Take the two cakes out of the pans and level one off to be the bottom layer of the cake. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and foil and place in the freezer. Let the cakes and ice cream freeze over night.
If using the cake circles cut pieces of wax paper into triangles and place on the circle. This will help to keep the cake circle clean while you’re decorating it. Remove the cakes and ice cream from the freezer and unwrap. Place the cake that was leveled off on first then the ice cream and finally the last cake. You will need to work fast because your ice cream will start to melt. If your ice cream layer is bigger than the cake layers you will need to trim it off. I find it easiest to take a knife and run it around the cake. You want it to be all even(and you can snack on the ice cream trimming lol). When your cake is even all around you want to start to apply your first layer of frosting.
*Now after doing this twice I’ve come to the conclusion that frosting does not stick well on ice cream lol. If anyone knows how to better do this part then please let me know!*
Apply a layer of frosting over the entire cake. Try your best to get as much to cover the ice cream layer as possible. After you’ve got a nice layer on the cake place it back into the freezer to sit over night.
Before you get started with the cake you want to go ahead and get your Oreo garnishing ready. Place 5-10 Oreos in a Ziploc bag and seal tight. Crush Oreos with a rolling pin or with your bare hands lol. I personally like to just pound on them :D You also want to separate some Oreos to make the border around the cake. You can remove the cream if you want.
Now, remove your cake from the freezer. Apply the rest of your frosting on the cake in a nice smooth layer. It should be a little easier to get the frosting to stick to the ice cream layer now. When the cake is completely frosted place the separated Oreos around the bottom of the cake to make a border. Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on top of the cake. Removed the wax paper from beneath the cake. If not serving immediately put cake back into the freezer until ready to serve.
And volia! You have an ice cream cake. This can be done with any flavor of cake and ice cream. If you have any questions about anything I did here, don’t hesitate to ask. Or if you’ve got any suggestions as to how I could do something differently let me know! Enjoy! :)