I was trying to figure out what kind of cake to make Mike for his birthday and one of my lab mate’s suggested an ice cream cake. She then went on to say that I should make it out of ice cream sandwiches because you can just assemble it and it looks all fancy but it’s pretty much the easiest thing ever.
It was. I didn’t so much have to make the cake as I had to assemble the cake. It vaguely reminds me of old ladies and potlucks, but it’s darned tasty and I’m ok with that association. I mean, I watch Sunday Morning, so I already know that I’m old (I’m judging based solely on the cholesterol lowering drug ads and how the show is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Society).
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
This recipe is based off a Kraft one, but I’ve taken out all of the blatant Kraft references because you really don’t need the brand name products.
- 12 Ice cream sandwiches
- 1L of “whipped topping” (CoolWhip or something along those lines, though I’m sure you could use real whip cream if you wanted), thawed
- 1 package of instant pudding mix
- 6 cookies of your choosing (I used Girl Guide cookies because I happened to have some of those already), chopped up into bits
- Chocolate sauce or fudge topping
- Mix 1/2 cup of chocolate sauce or fudge with 1 cup of the whipped topping.
- Add the pudding mix and stir for at least 2 minutes (which is, I am sad to say, a fairly good arm workout)
- Add the chopped cookies to the mix
- Take four ice cream sandwiches out of the freezer and place them side by side (this is important because I had them out while I was doing the first steps and they started to melt). I was fancy and used neapolitan ones and alternated the way I set them down so it alternated chocolate and strawberry.
- Spread half of the chocolate mix on top
- Add four more sandwiches
- Add the rest of the chocolate mix
- You may or may not need to put it in the freezer to get a little bit more solid if, like me, it has started to melt
- Ice with the rest of the whipped topping
If you want to decorate it like I did, I just put it back in the freezer to make the icing solid and then went to town with little tubes of gel icing. The store only had two colours, and it turns out those tubes are hard to wield, but I feel that added to the cake.