Layers of hot fudge and peanut butter candies make this easy Reeses Ice Cream Cake a stunning summer dessert! It is so easy to change it up and make this ice cream sandwich cake in minutes with your favorite candies.
We usually have some kind of ice cream in our freezer at all times because it is our daughter's favorite dessert. Every year she asks for an ice cream cake for her birthday.
We always have so much fun making and devouring these DIY ice cream cakes together. This year we decided to layer ice cream sandwiches in a pan with hot fudge and candy. We had bags of Reese's peanut butter cups and Reese's Pieces in the pantry, that's what we went with.
Why This Recipe Works
You honestly can't go wrong with whatever candy you use. Think of all the combos you could do! Caramel sauce with Snickers bars. Marshmallow topping and Three Musketeers....the possibilities are endless.
I love making homemade ice cream cakes with store bought ice cream sandwiches because the cake is ready for the freezer in less than 15 minutes. You can't beat having a gourmet homemade ice cream cake in minutes, right?
A big slice of this Reese's ice cream cake is definitely great way to cool off on a hot summer day!
Layering ice cream sandwiches, hot fudge, Cool Whip, and peanut butter cups makes this an easy ice cream cake recipe for summer parties! It is so easy to customize the ice cream cake flavors by using your favorite candy.
- Ice Cream Sandwiches - Most boxes come in 6 or 12 count boxes. If you want the ice cream sandwiches to completely fit the 8x8 pan, you will need 14 ice cream sandwiches.
- Hot Fudge - You will need one 12 ounce jar of hot fudge.
- Cool Whip - Make sure to thaw the whipped topping in the fridge ahead of time. You can also use 3 cups of this homemade whipped cream instead.
- Peanut Butter Cups - Feel free to use regular Reese's peanut butter cups or the unwrapped minis. Either one works as long as you have 2 cups of chopped candy.
- Mini Reese's Pieces - The smaller ones work best for the decorations on top because of their small size. But the regular ones work just as well if you can't find the small ones.
- Chocolate Syrup - Drizzled on top for garnish.
How to Make Ice Cream Cake
This ice cream cake recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes. The hardest part about this Reese's ice cream cake is that you have to wait for it to all freeze together before you can dig in.
- Place 5 full ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish. Cut other ones to fin in the gaps.
- Spread half of the jar of hot fudge over the top of the ice cream sandwiches in the pan.
- Spread half the container of thawed Cool Whip on top and sprinkle with chopped candy bars.
- Repeat the layers again with the remaining ingredients.
- Cover and place in the freezer for a few hours, so everything can freeze back together.
- Before serving, drizzle the cake with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with mini Reese's pieces.
Keep the ice cream cake in a tightly covered container in the freezer at all times. Remove and cut pieces when you are ready to serve. It should keep 1-2 months if properly covered.
Tips and Tricks
- Remove the wrappers from the ice cream sandwiches ahead of time. Place them on a tray and place in the freezer until you are ready to layer everything together.
- Cut two ice cream sandwiches in half lengthwise. Cut two more in half horizontally. This will give you the pieces to fill in the gaps as you layer everything together.
- Do not heat the hot fudge up. Spread it on the layers cold. This will keep it from melting the ice cream.
- Press the second layer of sandwiches down gently before adding the rest of the toppings.
- Use flavored ice cream sandwiches for a fun twist.
- Change up the toppings by adding crushed Oreo crumbs to the layers.
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*The post for Reese's Ice Cream Cake was first published August 2010. The photos were updated July 2018, and it was republished June 2019.