This simple ice cream cake recipe will quickly become your favorite! It’s super easy to make, and is sure to impress your entire family!

collage of steps to make easy ice cream cake

love summer. There’s just something about the insane heat, the lazy days, and spending tons of time poolside that makes my heart happy. And it helps that I’ve got a few different recipes that scream summer to me – I keep ’em in near constant rotation throughout the summer and it just doesn’t feel like summer unless they’re in my kitchen. So far, I’ve shared our favorite strawberry lemonade recipe and my delicious (and so easy) sangria recipe. But, there’s one more I have to have a few times every summer.

Ice cream cake.

It’s so (so!) good.

This is probably the easiest ice cream cake in existence, and it’s oh-so tasty. I’ve had the recipe for years and have no idea where I got it – but I promise, you’re gonna want to save it. Because it just might change you life.

The Easiest, Most Delicious Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 12 ice cream sandwiches
  • (1) 8-oz tub of Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup of hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
  • (1) 4-oz package of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 10-15 Oreos
bowl of filling for simple ice cream cake recipe

Start off with the hot fudge – get it warmed and toss it in a mixing bowl. Then, add in 1 cup of the Cool Whip (you’ll need the rest later). Mix it until it’s completely combined.

Add in the instant chocolate pudding and mix. It’ll get pretty dry, so add in your 1/4 cup of milk now too.

Once it’s all mixed in, crush up your Oreos and throw ’em in. You may choose to use more or less depending on how much you love them, but I’ve found 12-14 to be my magic number.

row of ice cream sandwiches

Next up, grab a big piece of foil and lay it out on the counter. Unwrap 4 of your ice cream sandwiches and lay them out in a row.

Take half of your Oreo mixture and spread it out on top of the ice cream sandwiches. It’s super thick so you may have to get in there with your fingers to help spread it out. This is probably my favorite part – perfect excuse to taste the filling!

Once you’ve got it spread out nicely, add on another four ice cream sandwiches.

layers of ice cream sandwiches for homemade ice cream cake

Then, top it off with the rest of the filling. Once again, use your fingers to help it get nice and even.

Finish it off with the last four sandwiches.

homemade ice cream cake with ice cream sandwiches and chocolate filling

Now, you get to bust out the rest of the Cool Whip. Spread it out over the cake and cover it as well as you can – it may help if you’ve let the Cool Whip sit out for a little while before doing this so it’s easier to spread. If you’re using the 8-oz tub, you’ll have a very thin layer, but you can get it a littler thicker if you get the bigger tub – it’s all a matter of preference. I like to keep my focus on the filling (it’s the best part!) so I usually do a thinner layer, but it’s awesome either way.

easy homemade ice cream sandwich

Once it’s all finished, wrap it up in the foil and put it in the freezer for at least four hours – the longer, the better.

Then, once it’s all frozen and ready to eat…enjoy!

This is my absolute favorite dessert in the summer – so easy and SO tasty!

Easy Ice Cream Cake

Easy Ice Cream Cake

The most delicious ice cream cake, made with ice cream sandwiches!


  • 12 ice cream sandwiches
  • (1) 8-oz tub of Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup of hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
  • (1) 4-oz package of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 10-15 Oreos


  1. Warm the hot fudge and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of the Cool Whip, set the rest aside for later. Mix until combined.
  3. Add instant chocolate pudding and milk. Stir to combine.
  4. Crush up Oreos and add to mixture. Stir to combine.
  5. Lay out a piece of foil. Open 4 ice cream sandwiches and place them in a row on top of the foil.
  6. Take half of your Oreo mixture and spread it on the ice cream sandwiches.
  7. Layer another 4 ice cream sandwiches on top of the mixture.
  8. Add the rest of the Oreo mixture.
  9. Finally, add your final four ice cream sandwiches.
  10. Spread the rest of the Cool Whip on the top and sides of the ice cream cake as icing.
  11. Wrap the foil around the cake, then put the whole thing in the freezer. Allow to freeze for at least 4 hours prior to eating.

What dessert is a must-have for you in the summer?

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