Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Oreo Ice Cream Cake makes for the perfect no-bake dessert during warm summer months. Best of all, it only takes 5 simple ingredients!

Oreo Ice Cream Cake is a go-to for summertime, especially if you love cookies and cream! For more Oreo goodness, you may also love our Dirt Cake and Oreo Pudding Cake.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake recipe cut on plate with a bite missing.

the perfect summer treat

Born and raised in Arizona, we are used to VERY hot summers. But even though we have become accustomed to them, we still like to have plenty of cool desserts to help us survive them!

One of our favorites is cookies and cream Ice Cream Cake.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake is delicious and super easy to make. If you’ve tried our Dirt Cake and love Oreos, then I think you’ll love this one too.

This cake can be changed up with your favorite ice cream flavors. I think we will try Mint Chocolate Chip next time, or maybe Bluebell’s Cookie Two Step which is half cookies and cream and half chocolate chip cookie dough – my fave!

We hope you enjoy this easy ice cream cake!

Oreos on counter for Oreo Ice Cream Cake recipe.

How to Make Ice Cream Cake

A lot of people are hesitant to make ice cream cakes because it seems difficult, but it’s actually really simple! It does take time since you have to freeze it after you add each layer (totaling 5 hours of freezer time), but believe me, it is SO worth it because you end up with these 5 delicious layers:

COOKIE CRUST. Add the crushed cookie crumbs to a bowl, reserving about ½ cup for the topping. Add the melted butter to the crushed Oreos, mix it up, then press it into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.

ICE CREAM. Spread the softened Cookies and Cream ice cream over the crust and freeze for 2 hours.

FUDGE SAUCE. Take it out, drizzle Chocolate Fudge Sauce over the ice cream and freeze for another hour. Make sure the sauce is cold because hot fudge sauce can cause the ice cream to melt.

FREEZE + ENJOY! Finally, add Whipped Cream and sprinkle with the remaining Oreos, then freeze for 2 more hours. Simple!

How to make Oreo ice cream cake process pics.


Layered cake. Use 2 round cake pans lined with plastic. Complete steps 1-3 dividing the ingredients evenly in each pan. Freeze.

Once frozen, lift both rounds out of the pan and stack them. You can add Oreos and whipped cream to the bottom ice cream layer, stack the second layer, and decorate the top.

Frosting the cake. You can use whipping cream to spread on top or a more traditional frosting.

Celebrations. Decorate this cookies and cream Ice Cream Cake according to whatever party you’re having.

  • Summer birthdays – add sprinkles and candles for an ice cream birthday cake.
  • Memorial day and 4th of July parties – use red, white, and blue colored sprinkles and candy.
  • Baby and bridal showers – decorate with frosting flowers.
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake Recipe in a baking dish.

Recipe Tips

Soften ice cream. When making your cake, soften the ice cream to about 15°F so that it’s easy to spread. Be sure that it doesn’t have a chance to melt.

Slicing the cake. Use a long serrated knife. Warm the knife in hot water, dry the excess water, and cut. The warm knife should slice right through the ice cream cake and create clean even slices.   

Serving tip. Prior to serving, thaw the cake for 30 minutes in the refrigerator, or 15 minutes on the counter. This will ensure the cake is at just the right temperature and consistency.

Line the pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper to make it easier to lift the cake out, cut, and serve.

Crushed Oreos. To crush the Oreos, place them in a food processor, or fill a Ziploc and use a rolling pin to break them up. Choose fine crumbs or more chunky pieces – your choice!


STORE. As a general rule, ice cream cake can last in the freezer for 5-7 days and keep its flavor and texture. When storing, wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

If your cake does not contain cream cheese, whipped cream, eggs, or buttercream then it can last for up to two months.

Transport an ice cream cake without melting. Use an insulated ice chest to transport your ice cream cake along with some ice to keep it cold. You have a few ice options:

  • Regular ice will work for a short travel time. Avoid opening the cooler until you’re ready to remove the cake.
  • Ice packs/blue ice last longer than regular ice and don’t leave water when they’ve melted. This is a good option for longer travel, or if your destination, such as a park, will not have a freezer to store the cake until it’s time to eat.
  • Dry ice is the third option. This will keep your cake frozen for quite some time. Be aware that you will need extra time to thaw the cake before serving or it will be too frozen/hard to cut.
Easy Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe cut and served on a white plate.

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Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe

5 from 134 votes
Oreo Ice Cream Cake makes for the perfect no-bake dessert during warm summer months. Best of all, it only takes 5 simple ingredients!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freeze Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 689 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 pkg Oreos crushed (see notes)
  • 1/4 c butter melted
  • 1/2 Gallon cookies and cream ice cream softened
  • 16 oz jar hot fudge warmed
  • 8 oz carton whipped topping thawed


  • Add crushed cookie crumbs to a bowl reserving ½ cup for the top. Add butter and mix well. Press into a greased 9×13 pan.
  • Spread softened ice cream over crust and freeze for 2 hours.
  • Drizzle warm fudge over ice cream and freeze for 1 hour.
  • Add whipped topping, sprinkle with reserved Oreos, and freeze for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and let it set out for 15 minutes before serving. ENJOY!



A regular size package of Oreo cookies is 14.3 oz which is about 36 cookies. However, if you add more or less the recipe will still work. It just depends on how thick you want your Oreo crust to be and if your pan is big enough.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Every time I make it I use a different flavor ice cream. It’s easy and the time needed to make it is so worth it!

  2. I see in the recipe it says hot fudge sauce, warmed. Yet in your tips above it says make sure the fudge sauce is cold so it doesn’t melt the ice cream. I am not sure what you really mean.

    1. Great question! So I’d say if it is too thick to drizzle well, you may want to warm it a bit. But yes, obviously not too hot so it won’t melt the ice cream.

  3. Please clarify how much ice cream to use. The recipe says 1/2 gallon but in the comments a whole gallon is mentioned several times.

  4. 5 stars
    This cake was delicious! A great hit for our son’s birthday party. He is looking forward to getting to finish it off NY himself!

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