My family is a big clan of Ice Cream Cakes lovers. So I decided to play around with making them. Now, it's one of my "hit" and one of my family's favorite requested desserts. My grandkids even get to design their own for each of their Birthdays. This was my grandson's choice of Moose Track Ice Cream cake and it was a big hit. I try to add a little color with candies for decoration.
The recipe is simple and it only takes a few ingredients to make. And the possibilities are endless. Please give making this easy dessert for one of your family members and you will be so happy you did. This is a fail proof, yet easy thing to make. And it will be the hit at any party, trust me on this.....
2 & 1/2 sleeves of oreo cookies
2 quarts really good ice cream (you can even do two different kinds)
9 inch spring form pan
candies of your choice
Soften you ice cream on the counter for about 1/2 hour before making. You want it soft to medium soft, not soupy.
In the beginning, I used a sleeve of oreos for the bottom and a sleeve for the middle then the 1/2 sleeve for the tops. So I put them in the food processor seperately. Now, I just wing it and put the whole 2 & 1/2 sleeves of oreo cookies in at once. Whichever way you chose, it will be fine. As you can see in my pictures, these are very rustic looking cakes. But you can finish off the sides more if you want by adding more oreo crumbs and candy around the bottom edges if you would like. Mine gets gobbled up so quickly, I don't bother.
Line your spring form pan with plastic wrap, making sure you cover the bottom and sides with an overlap of about 2 inches.
Pulse one sleeve of oreo cookies in a food processor for a few seconds to break up cookies. Then turn it on for 2 minutes to really crush up cookies.
Press the cookies into the bottom of your spring form pan. Using the back of a spoon, pack it down, making sure you get all the way to the edges.
Take one of your quarts of ice cream and by the spoonful, make one layer on top of your cookie crust. Place in freezer. If you are using soft candy and want to add it to the middle layer, which I do, then chop up about 1/2 cup. Grind up second sleeve of oreo cookies and set aside. Bring cake out of the freezer. Spoon on, kind of evenly, the oreo mixture. Sprinke with your chopped candy and press down a little with the back of spoon. Now spoon the second quart of ice cream on top. Smooth it with an offset spatula, but don't fuss too much. Place cake back in freezer. Grind up your 1/2 sleeve of oreo cookies in the food processor. And whatever candy you want to decorate with, just cut it in larger chunks. Don't chop it. This looks nicer on top, I think. Bring your cake out of the freezer and decorate away. On the top, I spoon the oreos around the edges and some right in the center. Then place any candy you want to decorate with, around the edges and some in the middle. Cover your cake with plastic wrap and place in the freezer overnight. About 20 minutes before you want to serve the cake, take out of the freezer and remove the spring form pan. Carefully remove the plastic wrap and place on a platter.
You can make this easy cake with many different themes and flavors. It will be a hit at your next Holiday, or family birthday party. I make a simple chocolate sauce of butter, sugar and bittersweet chocolate (with a bit of cream at the end), to drizzle over each slice.
My granddaughter's birthday was a month ago and she wanted Mint Chocolate Chip. Remember if you add hard candy, do so just on top, because when it's frozen, they get extra hard.
This one was a big hit, Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake.
Here is another, Ande's Mint Chocolate Chip. The picture isn't great, so sorry....
Have fun and enjoy ~