Easy Ice Cream Cake is so delicious and simple, it’s guaranteed to be your new favorite birthday cake. Made with ice cream, fudge, Oreos, whipped cream, and sugar, don’t miss this easy ice cream cake recipe that guests will love!

Ice Cream Cake with sprinkles on top sitting on a pastel pink pedestal.

You’ll never believe how easy it is to make a totally delicious ice cream cake. Save money and make this cake at home using the ice-cream flavors you want.

This cake does need to be made in advance and takes time to freeze between layers, so be sure to plan accordingly. Making it is simple, just let the freezer do most of the work.

slice of ice cream cake on a white plate.

This cake is totally customizable. Feel free to use the ice cream, cookies, and sauces you want (would be great with caramel or butterscotch!) So easy to do, give it a try today!

Easy Ice Cream Cake Recipe

The cake is make in a leakproof springform pan. To gain height on the pan, spray it with cooking spray then line the inside with parchment paper so it sticks out 2-3 inches above the top of the springform.

greased springform pan with parchment lining the sides

Next, add the softened chocolate ice cream (or whatever flavor you want) and freeze for 10 minutes.

parchment lining the springform pan

Remove the lids from the fudge and microwave until the sauce is pourable. Layer on one fudge sauce, then crushed Oreos, then the other fudge sauce.

fudge layer for easy ice cream cake recipe
oreo layer.
fudge Oreo layer.

Freeze for 30 minutes until hardened. Add on the softened vanilla ice cream and return to freezer.

vanilla layer for easy ice cream cake recipe

Freeze for at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer and let sit for 5 minutes then remove the springform and parchment. Return to freezer while you make the whipped cream.

Easy Ice Cream Cake without frosting showing chocolate, fudge, oreos, and vanilla layers

Easy Whipped Cream for Ice Cream Cake

This is a super simple whipped cream recipe consisting of only whipped cream and sugar. Just whip using a handheld mixer and your done. It makes the perfect frosting for your ice cream cake too!

Spread a thin layer of whipped cream on cake and return to freezer to firm up. This is the “crumb coat” and will make the final frosting layer adhere better and have a more uniform appearance.

Easy Ice Cream Cake with a thin layer of whipped cream frosting

Freeze for 10 minutes and add on second top layer of whipped cream frosting.

Easy Ice Cream Cake Recipe

If adding sprinkles or decorations, put them on now so they have a chance to “stick” to the frosting.

top sprinkles view of the easy ice cream cake

Return to freezer to firm up completely. Can be made up to 2 days in advance. Let sit at room temperature 10 minutes prior to serving. Enjoy!

slice of ice cream cake.

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Hope you enjoy this recipe for easy ice cream cake. Substitute whatever flavor of ice cream you like and you may never buy a store-bought cake again!

Close up of the side of the easy ice cream cake recipe.

Easy Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Just 5 ingredients will give you a delicious and easy birthday cake that tastes even better than the Dairy Queen version! 
5 from 16 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freezer Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 498kcal
Cost: 12-14

Ingredients

  • 1 1.5 quart chocolate ice cream, softened
  • 2 15 ounce jars fudge sauce
  • 1 14.3 ounce pack Oreos, crushed slightly
  • 1 1.5 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 2 cups whipping cream, cold
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • spinkles for decorating (optional)

Instructions

  • Grease a 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray. Line the inside of the springform with parchment paper so that it extends 2-3 inches above the hight of the pan. Spread the softened chocolate ice cream on the bottom of the pan and freeze for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Remove lid from the fudge sauce and microwave until it is pourable. Pour one jar of fudge sauce over the chocolate ice cream. Sprinkle on the Oreos and then pour the other jar of fudge sauce over the Oreos. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  • Spread the vanilla ice cream over the fudge layer and freeze for at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before removing the springform. Put back in freezer. 
  • Prepare the whipped cream: beat the whipped cream and sugar in a chilled bowl until stiff peaks form. Spread a thin layer on the cake and refreeze for 15 minutes. Apply a second thicker layer over the cake. If decorating, apply the sprinkles and other decorations now and freeze to harden. 
  • Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Make-Ahead Tip: You can make this entire cake up to 2 days in advance. 

Nutrition

Calories: 498kcal
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48 Comments

  1. Hi, would love to make this for my daughter’s birthday coming soon. I will need to travel with it to the birthday venue and leave in a cooler for a while. Not worried about it staying cold, as we have excellent cooler, and it will be December. Wondering more about how best to transport it? I do have a large round cake carrier, I always worry things may slide around in there. Do you have any tips? Thanks!

    1. As long as it’s very frozen, you shouldn’t have too much problem transporting it. A cake carrier should work to keep it safe.

  2. Hi. Does this have to be made in the spring form? Could I do it in small cake pans if I don’t want quite that much ice cream cake?
    TY

  3. Just made this cake- it was yummy, but the type of fudge I used didn’t freeze, so I had fudge spilling out everywhere. I would buy the kind of fudge that hardens when it hits the cold ice cream next time.

    1. Yes! I recommend the fudge you get near the ice cream section in the grocery store. Mrs. Richardsons and Smuckers hot fudge are both great options.

  4. 5 stars
    I will be making this cake for the 4th year in a row tomorrow! Always a great hit! Easy recipe that everyone loves!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe for several birthday cakes, as requested after the 1st time I made it for my son’s birthday! It’s been a hit every time! I’ve followed it down to the exact recipe, and it never fails to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s super easy and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it:)

    1. Yes, it would be thick enough. The only issue would be that you’d only be able to frost the top of the cake. But it works otherwise!

  6. I’m such a visual person, thank you for the pictures! Turned out great, my son and family loved it! I plan to make it again for his birthday, but found our parchment paper was hard to stick around the pan. Maybe it was our brand. Did you cut the parchment paper to shape (circle) on the bottom pan too?

    1. Hi! I actually spray the sides of the pan with nonstick spray before adding the parchment. This helps the parchment to “stick” to the sides. I never do a parchment round at the bottom of the pan.

  7. I am going to make this cake tomorrow. I have one question. Do you take the parchment paper off the bottom of the cake also?

    1. I usually use the Smuckers or Mrs Richardsons’s fudge you find in the ice cream section of the grocery store.

      1. In the process now…for the whipped cream can it be cool whip Whipped topping or should it be whipping cream from a carton?

      2. I usually just make my own whipped cream from the carton. However, cool whip could work too! Let me know how it goes?

  8. 5 stars
    This was wonderful!!!! Our family truly enjoyed it and our guests thought we bought it at the store. 🙂
    Do you have any suggestions on how to easily remove it from the base of the springform pan? We took spatula, slid it underneath the bottom layer, then moved it around to gradually loosen it from the base. Eventually we were able to lift it off. It took a bit of effort, but it worked. Thank you for the great recipe!

  9. Help! I tried to make this cake and my hot fudge layer never set 🙁 I bought two jars of Hershey’s hot fudge and only warmed them up enough to pour them onto the cake, what did I do wrong? The cake wasn’t pretty but it tasted very good 😁

    1. Did you freeze the cake after pouring on the fudge? It should have set up then. Sorry it didn’t work out for you, but happy to hear it still tasted good!

      1. 5 stars
        My family always requests this cake for their birthdays, we just change up the icecream flavors. I use Hershey’s fudge and do not warm it up at all. Straight out of the jar it spreads just fine. Maybe that could help those that say their fudge didn’t harden. I just use Cool Whip to frost the cakes – freezes nice and solid and keeps the icecream inside nice and frozen as long as every bit of the cake is covered. I do one layer, freeze, then a second layer. Hope this helps, and thanks for the recipe!

      1. I’ve heard that certain brands of fudge don’t freeze as well as others. Definitely don’t do Hershey’s syrup, as I’ve been told that doesn’t freeze at all.

  10. Hi there. Wondering if you have to put your cake in a cake carrying container in the freezer or if it’s okay to just sit uncovered on a tray in freezer? Also wondering how long the cakes last?

    1. If you’re using a springform pan, it’s good to wrap the outside base in foil and place on a pan in case there are any leaks. Once frozen solid, you can loosely cover it with cling wrap or store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

  11. 5 stars
    This turned out absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for this awesome easy recipe that my family truly enjoyed.

      1. Looks delicious and easy. Would I use parchment paper for a 9 by 13 glass dish ? If I decide to do the springform pan would I take parchment paper off sides for decorations and leave the bottom parchment paper on ? Thank you

      2. You wouldn’t need to use parchment for a glass baking dish unless the dish was very shallow and need the extra height from the parchment. If you do springform, I just leave the bottom parchment on. Enjoy!

  12. 5 stars
    I had no idea that ice cream cake could be so easy to make!! And so delicious – thank you for the step-by-step photos, they were so helpful.

      1. Silly question, but how do I soften the ice cream. Getting ready to make this for my daughter’s 12th birthday this week. She wants cookies and cream ice cream. I just want to make sure I soften the ice cream correctly!

      2. Hi! Soften ice cream by leaving it out for about 10-15 minutes. Pour it into a large bowl and stir so that the texture is all the same. Hope she loves it!

  13. 5 stars
    Wow. I can’t believe how easy it is to make an ice cream cake. Can’t wait to make this for next birthday celebration.

    1. This recipe looks easy to make and delicious. I would like to make it gluten free. Can I substitute the chocolate fudge for let’s say raspberries ? Any other suggestion? Thank you.

      1. Raspberries would be perfect! You could even just add in some melted chocolate or extra GF Oreos 🙂