Trent’s favorite kind of birthday cake is an ice cream cake! For the past few years I’ve been shelling out around $30 to purchase his cake. Every year it’s the same, Nestle Crunch on one layer and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on the other!
And before you say it, yes, Trent is worth every bit of $30. But it’s ice cream people, $30 of ice cream! I mean, how hard could it be to make an ice cream cake? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not hard at all. Just take a look!
Making this bit of yummy goodness myself saved us about $20! And, if you found ice cream with your favorite mix-ins, you could save yourself a few dollars there!
Growing up, my mom used to make ice cream cakes! Her version had angel food cake instead of the crunchies! Either way you serve it, it’s going to be a hit for the ice cream lovers in your family!
Before you start this task, you’ll want to make sure that your ice cream has thawed for a little bit. I made my cake right after I bought supplies at the store and still had to let the ice cream thaw for a bit longer! One thing that I didn’t do was put the cake in the freezer in between each layer. I highly recommend that you do this because the mix-ins from the top layer all ended up on the bottom of the pan. (One positive is that it looked nice when I took the cake out of the pan!)
I wish I could take credit for this homemade crunchies recipe, but I can’t. All the credit goes to Our Best Bites!
And, I know you’ll be shocked when I say this, but I didn’t exactly follow her recipe and I should have! Her recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups of cookie crumbs. I used the entire bag, and it made for a rather thick layer of crunchies. It was yummy, mind you, but it was difficult to cut and eat because it was so thick. I mean, what was I thinking? I could have had cookies to eat later!
I also used Double Stuff Oreos (because they’re my favorite). Next time I make this recipe I’m going to make it with original Oreos. The extra cream is yummy but it would be more authentic of the crunchies flavor if I’d used the original flavored Oreos!
Homemade Ice Cream Cake with Crunchies
2 Tubs of your favorite ice cream
Mix-Ins (if desired)
Oreos (I used Double Stuff but recommend original flavor)
- If you’ve chosen to use mix-ins for your ice cream cake, cut or crunch them up to your desired consistency. Stir them into your thawed ice cream.
- Spread the ice cream in the bottom of a bundt pan (or whatever pan you’d like to use).
- Place the pan in the freezer while you’re making your crunchies.
- Place your second layer of ice cream (with mix-ins, if desired) on top of your crunchies.
- Freeze for a couple hours.
- To remove the cake from the pan, simply dip your pan in hot water. (Be careful, because as you’ll see from my pictures that I left it in the hot water too long and it got a little melty when I flipped it over! Hey, you live and learn, right?)
- Crush Oreos. (You can either use a food processor or a ziploc bag and rolling pin.)
- Mix 2 1/2 cups of cookie crumbs with the Magic Shell. Spread the crunchies mixture over your first layer of ice cream.
I can’t wait to make this again! Oh the flavor combinations!
Have you made ice cream cake before? What’s your favorite combination?