Once upon a time, my husband decided he'd like to host a 4th of July cookout... And what started as a guest list of about 25 friends and family, quickly spiraled to upwards of 50 people.
Yeah, that time would be today, and to say we're in crisis mode is an understatement. Luckily he asked everyone to bring a side or dessert, but we've already made two additional trips to Walmart for more meat, utensils, napkins, trash bags, etc.
But you know you can just never have too many desserts... So I also asked my husband to pick up the ingredients for my favorite ice cream cake recipe on his latest trip.
This is seriously the easiest ice cream cake recipe ever! It requires no baking, and you can totally customize it however you prefer. I chose to go with chocolate ice cream, coupled with vanilla ice cream sandwiches, crushed Oreo cookies, and a thin layer of Smucker's hot fudge.
Normally I'd make my own homemade whipped cream, but since I'm in a pinch for time, I asked him to grab a can of Reddi-wip. He brought home a can of their extra creamy variety to top it off. Can I just say this stuff is like heaven in a can?!?
How To Make An Ice Cream Cake
This ice cream cake recipe starts with a 9"x5" loaf pan that's been lined with a piece of plastic wrap that's long enough to hang over the edges. Don't skip this step, because this is what will allow you to easily lift the entire cake out of the pan once it's frozen solid.
Let your ice cream set out until it's nice and soft. Then you'll spread a layer that's about 1/2-inch thick evenly across the bottom of the pan, making sure to push and smush it into all of the corners.
Next, line up 5 ice cream sandwiches on top of the ice cream layer. They will be a bit of a tight fit, but just press down firmly and they'll conform to the pan.
On top of the ice cream sandwiches, I spread about half a jar of hot fudge topping, and topped that off with a layer of crushed Oreo cookies. Make sure to reserve about 1/4 cup of the crushed cookies to sprinkle on top later!
Finally, I added another layer of the chocolate ice cream and folded the plastic wrap over the top. Into the freeze it went for about four hours to freeze through.
How simple is that?!? After freezing, I lifted the ice cream cake from the pan using the plastic wrap and transferred it to a serving platter. Then I topped it off with the Reddi-wip and a sprinkling of the reserved crushed Oreo cookies. You could also warm up the rest of the hot fudge topping to drizzle over the top -- yum!
Because you're only using about half of each of the ingredients to make one cake, you could easily stretch your purchase to make two ice cream cakes. Just don't fill the loaf pans all the way to the top with ice cream, divide it evenly between two loaf pans. That makes this a fun and frugal dessert, perfect for those last-minute cookouts!
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