dq cake

I can’t claim any credit for this unbelievably easy ice cream “cake.” I stole it from my sister who stole it from her mother-in-law; and it was the big hit at Mia’s birthday gathering. My newly minted 5-year-old loved that she got to choose whatever ice cream went into it. And I loved that I didn’t have to turn on the oven or dirty a single bowl to make it.

Just follow Nabisco’s chocolate wafer crust recipe—crush 22 chocolate wafers in a bag, then mix them with sugar and butter. Pour that mixture straight into a spring form pan and press it into the bottom. I chose not to bake the crust so it would be more of a cookie crumble.

Next, press softened ice cream—whatever flavor(s) you like—into the pan (I used Haagen Dazs vanilla and chocolate) and smooth it down with a spatula. Sprinkle remaining chocolate wafer mixture on top.

Freeze your cake for several hours, and bring it out about 20 to 30 minutes before serving so it’s soft enough to cut. For extra pizazz, serve it with a side of hot fudge and whipped cream.

I was told by my brother, who likes to order a DQ cake on his own birthday, that he liked my dessert better. The ultimate compliment.


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Comments (3)


  1. I make an ice-cream cake for my kids’ birthdays that very similar, but I use a package of Oreo cookies for the crust, mixed with one stick of melted butter. Press it into the bottom and up the sides of a spring form pan. Bake at 350 for 10 min. For the filling my kids get to pick two kinds of ice-cream and their favorite candy. The first ice-cream flavor goes in the bottom of the cooled crust. Whatever kind of candy they’ve chosen gets chopped up and is layered over the ice-cream, then the second flavor of ice-cream is spread on top. We’ve tried all kinds of combos. The boys love being able to pick their favorite flavors and candy (Kit Kats, Milky Ways, etc.) and the cakes are always a huge hit! You could also put chopped up cookies in the middle layer, and fudge sauce (or caramel).

  2. oops, should have mentioned above that the Oreo cookies for the crust are chopped up in the food processor into powder before being mixed with the melted butter.

  3. Posted by: Mary Beth

    Both versions look fantastic. My little boy is turning 5 this month–I think I’ll show this to him!

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