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It’s HOT here in Missouri folks. I’m always trying to think of ways I can keep the kids cool while we are outside, soaking up the sun. If you saw my sons Nautical Birthday party, then you probably noticed the ice cream bar that I incorporated. This got my wheels a turnin’ for a Kids Summer Activity…
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
It may not be pretty (hence the “kid activity,” verbiage) but it sure is GOOD, and the kids had a blast. THAT’S what matters.
Of to Walmart we went, and I let the boys choose what flavor of ice cream that they wanted for our DIY Ice Cream cake adventure.
Blue Bunny, Peanut Butter Panic it was, but holy moly… I was FLOORED at the amount of flavors that were available. Red Velvet Cake, Banana Split, Sweet Chunky Cookie Dough… OMG. I about pushed my kids aside like a playground bully to get all of the flavors that I wanted. 😉
We also needed a box of the Simply Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches to help “build,” our Ice Cream Sandwich Cake.
Back home we went, and the DIY Ice Cream Cake was underway!
I already had ice cream fixin’s left over from our ice cream bar at the birthday party last week, so I just brought it all outside with us. Dig in that pantry and see what you have. The crazier the possible ice cream topping, the better for kids, right?
Get the Kids Involved
I started by setting up a small table outside, in the grass, for easier cleanup.
We started out by lining a loaf pan with wax paper. Parchment paper should work too if that’s what you have handy.
(Yes, my kid is wearing his Superman costume, and I’m not sure what else to say about that.)
Then it was time for my kiddos to unwrap the ice cream sandwiches. I won’t mention how many of these went in to their bellies before they actually made it to the loaf pan.
Once I convinced them to stop eating the ice cream sandwiches, I had them place three sandwiches in the bottom of the pan. Depending on the size of your loaf pan, the quantity may differ.
I could have broken up a 4th sandwich and filled the gaps, but that’s where the Peanut Butter Panic Ice Cream came in.
We scooped some of the ice cream out, and filled the gaps with the scoops of ice cream. I let the boys use their hands, for some added messiness, but I used a small cake spreader.
Just fill the gaps, in and around the ice cream sandwiches, until you no longer see “space.”
Once that is all filled in, take some whipped cream and cover that layer with the desired amount you choose.
Good luck getting away with not sharing the whipped cream with your youngsters. If you manage this… let me know your skillzzz…
Add another layer of ice cream sandwiches on top of the whipped cream, spread more ice cream on top, and then layer with another round of whipped cream.
Time to Decorate!
This is where I REALLY let my kids get creative.
Peanut butter syrup…
mini chocolate chips
It was time to freeze the cake for just a bit! I had planned to let the ice cream cake “sit,” in the freezer and harden for about an hour. But… as life would have it, my husband called and said he needed me at the office right AWAY.
My kids were chomping at the bit to eat some, and I didn’t have the heart to make them wait. So after about 30 minutes of it sitting in the freezer, we went ahead and pulled it out. It was hardened, but not as hard as I wanted it to be. So if you have the time, let it sit for about an hour.
Lift the ice cream cake out of the loaf pan, by lifting up on the wax paper. Carefully pull the wax paper off of the cake (yes, your hands can get messy with this, but not horribly… and it’s worth it.) Place it on a plate or a big platter, and slice off a hunk and enjoy!
Superman thoroughly enjoyed it.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
- 6 mini ice cream sandwiches
- 2 cups ice cream of choice
- 2 cups whipped cream
Ice Cream Toppings (optional):
- chocolate syrup
- chocolate chips
- Line a loaf pan with wax paper
- Line 3 ice cream sandwiches along the bottom. (The size of your loaf pan may cause the amount of ice cream sandwiches needed, vary.)
- Top ice cream sandwiches with one cup of ice cream of choice.
- Spread 1 cup of whipped cream on top of ice cream.
- Repeat by layering another 3 ice cream sandwiches, 1 cup of ice cream and one cup of whipped cream.
- Top with desired ice cream toppings.
- Freeze for 1 hour.
- Remove from freezer, and lift up cake out of loaf pan by lifting out the wax paper.
- Slice ice cream sandwich cake into individual slices.
- Serve immediately. Freeze any leftovers.
Get outside this Summer and get to “bakin,” your DIY Ice Cream Cake with your kids. You won’t regret it.
I’d love to hear how you’ll spend your summer outside with the kids! Is ice cream going to be included? 😉