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This ice cream sandwich cake is a kid’s dream come true! Made with ice cream sandwiches, fudge sauce, Oreo cookies and Cool Whip, this easy dessert is one of the best summer treats you can make.

Close  up view of a slice of ice cream sandwich cake next to a fork on a white plate.

We put in a pool a couple of summers ago and that means that Elle’s friends are over all of the time to swim. And there’s nothing that kids love more during the summer than a frozen treat.

Sometimes I’ll make a batch of strawberry popsicles, birthday cake ice cream, or rocky road ice cream, but lately I will grab a box of classic, cheap-o ice cream sandwiches and toss together this super simple but super delicious ice cream sandwich cake.

It’s basically the perfect kid summer dessert, but don’t think that adults don’t love it as well. 

If you’re looking for a way to keep the kids (and adults) happy this summer, this is it.

Fork with a bite of ice cream sandwich cake set onto a white plate next to a slice of ice cream sandwich plate.

WHAT IS AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH CAKE?

This ice cream sandwich cake is the epitome of summer treats. Seriously, if you were one of those kids that got so excited when you heard the ice cream truck coming down the street, you will love this recipe.

It’s also super easy and affordable to make. It’s simply ice cream sandwiches arranged in a pan and layered with fudge sauce, Cool Whip, and chopped Oreos. 

When you let it all freeze up, you can slice it up and serve it like an ice cream cake.

I love making this with classic ice cream sandwiches, but scroll down to “recipe variations” to get some of my ideas on different flavors you can try.

Frozen ice cream sandwich cake on a slice of parchment paper, ready to be sliced and served.

HOW TO MAKE MY ICE CREAM SANDWICH CAKE

Ok, this is one of those recipes, kind of like my chocolate-covered marshmallows, that is so simple that it seems almost silly to write it down as an actual recipe. But it’s also so delicious that I couldn’t NOT share it with you!

Oh, and it’s incredibly easy to make. It would be perfect to make with kids – they would find it so much fun to assemble and, of course, eat after it has frozen. 

Chopped oreos folded into whipped topping in a white mixing bowl.

Ingredients you’ll need

You’ll only need four ingredients to make the classic version of this recipe. Ready? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 14 Oreo cookies
  • 8-ounce container Cool Whip (or TruWhip)
  • 14 full-size ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 (11-ounce) jar hot fudge sauce 
Ice cream sandwiches arranged in the bottom of a square cake pan.

Just by the ingredients alone, you know this is going to be great. I mean, how can you go wrong with those four things together? 

I like to just buy a jar of Smucker’s hot fudge sauce when I make ice cream sandwich cake, but you can use my homemade hot fudge sauce if you like.

I love whipped topping, but if you aren’t a Cool Whip fan, you could always try using whipped cream frosting instead. 

I use the full-size ice cream sandwiches and always need 14 of them for the 9×9-inch pan. If you grab mini ice cream sandwiches, just keep in mind that you will need significantly more of them.

Hot fudge sauce spread on top of ice cream sandwiches in a square cake pan.

Making this recipe

Grab your favorite 9×9-inch pan – you will want to use one that is about 3 inches deep if you have it, but you can make it work in a shallower pan if you have to! Line the pan with parchment.

Add about ⅔ of the chopped Oreos to the whipped topping and set this aside. Don’t discard the rest of the Oreos – you’ll need them later.

Oreo cool whip spread over hot fudge sauce and ice cream sandwiches in a square cake pan.

Layer half of the ice cream sandwiches into the bottom of the baking dish. You might need to cut a couple of them to fit in snugly. 

Spread half of the fudge sauce onto the sandwiches – depending on what brand of sauce you use, you may need to warm it slightly to get it to spread well. Next, spread on half of the whipped topping mixture.

Repeat the layers, then sprinkle the remaining chopped Oreos on the top. Cover and freeze the cake for at least 3 hours before serving.

Frozen ice cream sandwich cake on a slice of parchment paper, ready to be sliced and served.

RECIPE VARIATIONS

The recipe card below is for what I consider to be a “classic” version of this ice cream sandwich cake, but don’t let that stop you from getting creative with this recipe!

Try making this with different flavors of ice cream sandwiches: Neapolitan, double chocolate, strawberry, Oreo, M&M…they would all be delicious! 

Two white plates, each holding a slice of ice cream sandwich cake. A glass of milk is visible in the background.

Square or rectangle ice cream sandwiches will fit together more snugly in the pan, but you could still use round ones. You may just need to cut them in half or quarters to get them to fit together better.

You can change up the sauce and mix-ins, too. Try using chopped toasted nuts, toasted coconut, fresh strawberries, chopped candy bars, different flavors of Oreos, or your own favorite cookies. 

You could even swap out the hot fudge sauce for salted caramel sauce or even strawberry sauce

Whatever your family’s favorite flavors are could totally be worked into this ice cream sandwich cake, so let your imagination run wild with this one.

Side view of a slice of ice cream sandwich cake on a white plate. A glass of milk and a second plate are visible in the background.
Slice of ice cream sandwich cake on a white plate.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

This ice cream sandwich cake is a kid’s dream come true! Made with ice cream sandwiches, fudge sauce, Oreo cookies and Cool Whip, this easy dessert is one of the best summer treats you can make.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freezing time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients 

  • 14 Oreo cookies chopped into small pieces
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping Cool Whip or TruWhip, thawed
  • 14 full-size ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 jar hot fudge sauce 11-ounces

Instructions

  • Line a 9x9x3-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine about ⅔ of the chopped Oreos with the whipped topping until just combined. Set aside. Reserve the remaining Oreos.
  • Place half of the ice cream sandwiches in an even layer in the baking dish. You will need to cut a couple of the ice cream sandwiches to fit them snugly into the dish.
  • Evenly spread half of the fudge sauce onto the ice cream sandwiches. Follow with a layer of Oreo whipped topping. Repeat layers. Sprinkle the top of the cake with the remaining chopped Oreos. Cover and freeze for at least 3 hours.

Notes

I like to use Smucker’s hot fudge sauce for this recipe, but you could use homemade hot fudge sauce or your own favorite brand. Depending on what you use, you may need to warm it slightly to get it to spread easily over the ice cream sandwiches.

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 2mg
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Sharon C

Monday 17th of July 2023

Ohh my heavenly gosh This is beyond delicious looking n so easy. Quick question .... Do I need to take it out the of freezer for a bit of time before I serve it in order to cut through the sandwiches? Thank you. Can hardly wait to try this!

Jamie

Tuesday 18th of July 2023

Hi Sharon – I just a large, really sharp knife and don't have any issues, especially if I run the knife under hot water for a few seconds, then dry it off quickly before cutting. The knife glides right through! Hope this helps. Happy baking! Jamie

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