I tried to get a picture of JUST this ice cream cake - but nobody would let me.
They were too busy eating it.
A long, long, long time ago, when I was spending a few weeks in the summertime with Nana, she made an ice cream cake. I was amazed that you could make such a thing at home. The only ones I'd ever seen were bought from Dairy Queen and served for super special occasions. Nana shared her recipe, and I happily took it home.
But when Mom and I tried to find the ingredients, it wasn't so easy. Zero bars aren't easy to find anymore - even then - and eventually we decided to use something else.
So Nana's recipe has morphed into this one. I made this for my husband back when we were engaged, and then when the kids were small, I realized that they could help with most of the process to create this dish.
So now we make this every year for Father's Day. This is one tasty tradition!
- 1 carton vanilla ice cream
- 2 Snickers bars, frozen
- 3/4 package of Oreos, separated and icing removed
- 1 tub of whipped cream
- caramel and/or chocolate sauce for drizzling
To make your own ice cream cake:
- Put the Oreos in a zipper-seal bag. Use a rolling pin to crush.
- Press the Oreo crumbs into a pie plate or 8X8 baking dish.
- Unwrap the Snickers bars and put them into a freezer zip-seal bag. Crush them until you have crumb- to small-bite size pieces remaining. For us, this means taking the bag of bars out to the concrete carport and letting the kids have at it with a hammer. They love this! FYI: Watch for holes in the bag.
- Carefully open the ice cream carton by the ends. Unfold it so that it's completely flat on the counter with the ice cream sitting on top in a block shape.
- Slice the ice cream and arrange it on top of the Oreo crumbs. This is easier if you're using a square pan! Use half of the ice cream.
- Refold the carton and return to the freezer.
- Top the ice cream layer with crushed candy bars and chocolate/caramel sauces. If you have any extra cookie crumbs, this is a great time to use them, as well.
- Unfold the ice cream carton and add another layer to your cake. This will use the rest of the carton.
- Add more chocolate and caramel sauces to the top of your cake.
- Cover with whipped cream. Use your knife to create fun shapes in the top - it will freeze that way!
- Cover the cake and put into the freezer until firm.
- Serve quickly - if your family is like mine, it won't last long!
What yummy dishes do you prepare for Father's Day?