Cherry + Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

10 Minute Ice Cream Cake Recipe

It’s August! I’m in as much of a state of disbelief as you are. This month’s theme is Celebrate! I’m turning the big 3-0 at last, and anyway, it’s summer — we need to get our party on. All the recipes this month will be cake-related, since cake is my favorite and so are you.

James’ mom makes an ice cream cake like this one, except with chocolate fudge instead of cherry frosting in the middle. Since chocolate and cherries make me weak in the knees, I concocted a fluffy cherry-vanilla center. Using ice cream sandwiches as the base, this impressive-looking (and tasting!) cake takes all of 10 minutes to whip up.

10 Minute Ice Cream Cake Recipe


Makes two small cakes or one large cake.

12 ice cream sandwiches
16 oz. Cool Whip
10-12 oz. cherry pie filling (about half the can, as desired)
1 box instant vanilla pudding (1.5 oz)


1. In a large bowl, gently fold together the cherry pie filling and 8oz (half the container) of Cool Whip. Add the vanilla pudding packet until completely combined.

2. On a piece of parchment paper, lay out three ice cream sandwiches. Top with cherry/Cool Whip/pudding filling. Repeat with a layer of ice cream sandwiches, another layer of frosting, and another layer of ice cream sandwiches.

3. Cover the entire cake in the leftover plain Cool Whip. Freeze at least 4 hours before serving.

10 Minute Ice Cream Cake Recipe

I like to make a small cake (6 ice cream sandwiches) and reserve the frosting and Cool Whip to make another small cake later on, but you can make one big cake using all 12 ice cream sandwiches at once if you’re having lots of people over. You popular person, you.

P.S. More cherry and chocolate goodness.

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  1. oh. my. gosh. this looks SO GOOD! and so easy! where you come up with these amazing recipes?

    • I think almost every time I do a recipe that people love, the inspiration comes from my mom or James’ mom, and I improvise from there!

  2. This looks amazing Joy!! Yummy! So, when is your birthday?? The big 3-0 is a big deal!! : ) Happy (upcoming) Birthday friend!!

  3. This looks amazing Joy!! Yummy! So, when is your birthday?? The big 3-0 is a big deal!! : ) Happy (upcoming) Birthday friend!!

  4. WOW this looks sooo yummy! love the simplicity of it too ( using ice cream sandwiches!) and the stripey impact is awesome. happy 30th coming up! looking forward to a month of cakey-ness! (i, of course, also love cake!!)

  5. This looks amazing! So creative to use ice cream sandwiches… making layers of cake that thin would be quite the task. Cheers for the upcoming month of cakes and celebration!

    • Oh, I can’t even imagine how you would begin trying to make cake that thin. I guess it would probably have to be an icebox cake — cookies that absorb moisture to create a cake-like consistency. Hmm…

  6. Looks delicious, and so easy!

  7. Ohhh this looks so delicious! A perfect summer dessert 🙂

  8. Time to make this. Do I have to share? Next post: fashionable stretchy pants, please.

  9. the smallest box of instant vanilla pudding i could find is 3.4 oz, where do you find a 1.5 oz?

    • Arnella, I just checked and I’ve been using the sugar/fat-free pudding. You can go ahead and use the regular instant pudding; it just weighs more because of the ingredients.

  10. How would I use 6 ice cream sandwiches instead of 12? How much of the other stuff? Please email me at thanks!

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