Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

My son’s birthday is at the end of July and every year on his birthday it seems like we’re on vacation in a location where a birthday cake is hard to make.

On his first birthday, we were literally camping in the middle of nowhere so we made him a pyramid cake out of Twinkies.

This year I told him I would bake him any cake he wanted and I pulled up Pinterest so that he could pick one out. He picked this one. I’m pretty sure it was the M&Ms that got him.

I know it’s not rocket science…and not actually baking, but it sure makes the kids ooh and ahh. They don’t care if it takes minutes or hours to make. And since it’s the last day of National Ice Cream Month, here she is…

This cake is beautiful when it’s all set up in the freezer with every slice fun and exciting. The Florida heat was not nice to my cake. In seconds it turned into an ooey gooey mess.
Layer your ice cream sandwiches and a thick layer of whipped topping. From here you can sprinkle on any candy or chocolate you like. My son wanted M&Ms but if it were my choice I would sprinkle some chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups. I like to drizzle some fudge topping in between layers too.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Prep Time
22 hrs
Cook Time
22 hrs
Author: Christy Denney
  • 15 ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 12 ounce container frozen Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 10 ounce bag M&M's (or chocolate candy of your choice)
  • fudge topping
  1. Place 5 ice cream sandwiches, long sides touching on a flat serving plate. Spread an even layer of whipped topping over the top, making sure the whipped topping extends to outside edges for the best appearance.
  2. Sprinkle 1/3 cup candy pieces on whipped cream and drizzle with some fudge topping.
  3. Repeat layers twice.
  4. Freeze 3 hours or until firm. Cut with serrated knife.
Recipe Notes

Source: adapted from Schwans

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  1. I had to laugh because I make this too, although bigger ๐Ÿ˜‰ I use caramel sauce instead of chocolate and Skor or Crispy Crunch…oh, but the m&m’s look yummy! This is always a hit!

  2. Happy Birthday to your lil’ man! Ice cream sandwich cakes are the best.. because they are so easy to throw together and super yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Great minds think alike, it just so happens that I just made this “cake”! Your picture is so much prettier than the one I may post some day! I love the M & M’s (I used Crunch bars) and I added caramel simply because I’m a caramel lover! I love this dessert, it’s easy, it’s delicious and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love it!

  4. Fun and yummy looking.

  5. Wow, this looks really good!

  6. I love this so much! I think I’m going to make it for MY birthday next year!

  7. I DIE over M&Ms and Cool Whip. Seriously. I am all. over. this.

    Your little man has good taste ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. A PERFECT summer birthday treat. Can’t believe how easy this thing is! Ice cream sammies are a classic favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ And adding M&Ms to anything makes it so festive.

  9. What a fun cake.

  10. I found this trying to find what an ice cream cake might look like because I’ve only every really imagined them in my head. Looks like so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lian x

  11. OMG, this looks totally amazing! I love how easy this is. And I totally heart Cool Whip!

  12. I’m celebrating my birthday on saturday, I think this will be the dessert!!!!!
    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I made this for my husband’s birthday and left it in the freezer over night. It was amazing! Hit of the night! And so GOOD!

  14. For being so easy this sure is a fun cake!

  15. I saw this and wanted to try it. Made it last week but only a few changes. It was the biggest hit. I added a box of Jello Oreo instent pudding to the cool whip to make oreo cool whip and used Heath instead of the M&M’s. And I covered the whole cake with the oreo cream. It was SOOO Delisios. Amazing how simple and fast it takes to make and turns out so great.

  16. I made this cake for my nephew’s birthday and it was a hit. The only complaint I received was why I only made one ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also added cream cheese to the cool whip so the icing was thicker. I live on an island so you can relate how humidity can kill your dessert.

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. I’m going to have to try this recipe. Problem is I live in the UK where we don’t have cool whip and I’ve never seen ice cream sandwiches before so may be interesting!! I’ll let you know how I get on!

    Siany — nom-appetite

    • you can make ice cream sandwiches. Look for a recipe . I have one in one of my taste at home cook books. Im sure you could find one on line. good luck. also use resses pieces, as my grandson loves peanut butter

  18. Has anyone used real whipped cream instead of cool whip? If so, how did it turn out?

  19. this is a brilliant idea!!!!

  20. Wow, what a great idea…………only thing I would do different is slice each ice cream sandwich into 1/3’s before adding goodies.. Seems it would be hard to cut thru all the cookies with out messing the cake up!

  21. I really want to try these but I live in south africa…so have never heard of ice cream sandwhiches or frozen cool whip? Is that by any chance just normal frozen whipped cream?
    Please can someone help as I NEED this cake for this winter heat in SA..xx

  22. This would be a great birthday or any holiday cake..I can’t wait to try it..Thanks

  23. Delicious! If you’d like to dress it up a bit, just line a large loaf pan with wax or parchment paper — leave ample overhang. Make your cake layers by assembling it backwards (upside down) and freeze. This method prevents the whipped cream from oozing beyond the sandwiches and keeps it level. When ready to eat, pull the cake out of the pan by the paper overhang and place on a serving plate. Drizzle and sprinkle any final condiments and VOILA! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. LOL

  25. I made this but wasn’t sure what to freeze this in. Can someone let me know?

  26. This looks good and super easy! About how many servings do you think that this recipe yields?

  27. Looks amazing I will try for my husband’s birthday looks awesome