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This Ice Cream Sandwich Cake is an easy dessert made with ice cream sandwiches, Cool Whip and chocolate syrup. Perfect on a hot summer day and the easiest birthday cake you’ll ever make!

ice cream sandwich cake with sprinkles in loaf pan

Easy Cake Made with Ice Cream Sandwiches

I made this super easy ice cream sandwich cake recipe for my daughter’s birthday party this year. She’s not a fan of birthday cake, but she absolutely loves ice cream for dessert.

The ice cream cake was a hit with the whole family, and it’s become one of the kids’ favorite no bake desserts. There’s no cooking, baking, mixing or anything — all you do is assemble the cake using classic ice cream sandwiches, and then you freeze it!

This indulgent ice cream cake is the perfect dessert for any occasion. We have served it for birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day as well as different family gatherings, and it’s a real crowd pleaser!

box of vanilla ice cream sandwiches, Coo Whip, chocolate syrup and sprinkles


All you need are 3 simple ingredients for this simple dessert. You can find them in your local grocery store. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Vanilla ice cream sandwiches — or your favorite flavor
  • Cool Whip — thawed — or any brand whipped topping or whipped cream to layer the sandwiches. You will use the whole tub of Cool Whip for this recipe.
  • Chocolate syrup — to help hold sandwiches in place. You can also use hot fudge sauce.
  • Rainbow sprinkles — or your favorite toppings

Equipment — You will also need a loaf pan and parchment paper to assemble the cake.

How to Make an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

First, place 2 pieces of parchment paper, overlapping, in a loaf pan. This makes it a lot easier to remove the cake later!

Then, place 4 ice cream sandwiches in a single layer in the loaf pan. You may need to trim the edges of sandwiches in the first layer, but you can use these to fill out the sides.

ice cream sandwiches in loaf pan

Now, spread a layer of whipped topping on top of the ice cream sandwiches. It doesn’t have to be super thick, just thick enough to cover the sandwiches.

You can save the thickest layer of whipped cream or topping for the top of the cake.

spread whipped topping over ice cream sandwiches

Next, drizzle a little bit of chocolate sauce over the Cool Whip. This just helps to keep the layers of sandwiches in place.

It also adds extra chocolate flavor, which is never a bad thing. Yum!

chocolate syrup drizzled over whipped topping on ice cream cake

Now, you just add the second layer of sandwiches, followed by whipped topping and more syrup.

You will have 3 layers of ice cream sandwiches when you are done assembling the cake. Once you add the final layer of ice cream sandwiches, you just spread the remaining whipped topping on the top layer of the cake.

Add colorful jimmies, sprinkles or candy on top of the Cool Whip for decoration.

sliced ice cream sandwich cake on white plates

How Long to Freeze

Pop this easy ice cream cake into the freezer for about 2 hours, or until it’s set. The cake should be firm enough to slice.

How to Store

Store this simple ice cream sandwich cake in the freezer until ready to serve. Place leftover ice cream sandwich cake in an airtight container or wrap the cake with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. The cake should keep for a few weeks in the freezer.

slices of ice cream sandwich cake on plates

Recipe Variations

You can make this icebox cake with any flavor of ice cream sandwiches. Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches, chocolate ice cream sandwiches or cookies and cream ice cream sandwiches are great choices for this delicious dessert.

Try caramel sauce, butterscotch syrup or strawberry syrup in place of chocolate sauce. Add chocolate chips, crushed Oreo cookies, M&M candies, chopped candy bars or Reese’s pieces for decoration.

If you need a larger cake, use a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and as many sandwiches as you can.

ice cream sandwich cake slices on white plates

Recipe Tip

You’re working with ice cream, so you have to move quickly so it doesn’t melt.

  • Have sandwiches unwrapped and ready to go for quick assembly
  • Make sure the Cool Whip is thawed
  • Get someone to help layer ice cream sandwiches to make things go fast — kids love helping!
  • Remove the cake from the pan and place on a platter for easy slicing. You can do this ahead of time and place back in freezer if you want
  • To make an ice cream sandwich cake in a 13×9 pan, double the ingredients

More Ice Cream Desserts

If you love ice cream, try my coffee ice cream, chocolate peanut butter ice cream, Oreo ice cream and more easy dessert recipes your family will love!

5 from 13 votes

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

By: Dee
This Ice Cream Sandwich Cake is an easy dessert made with ice cream sandwiches, Cool Whip and chocolate syrup. Perfect on a hot summer day and the easiest birthday cake you'll ever make!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Freezing time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 12 ½ vanilla ice cream sandwiches
  • 8 ounces whipped topping Cool Whip, thawed
  • chocolate syrup
  • candy for decorating optional
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  • Cut parchment paper and overlap to fit inside loaf pan
  • Place 4 ice cream sandwiches in the pan in a single layer, trimming to fit, if necessary. Place small slices on the side to fill pan, if desired
  • Spread a layer of whipped topping evenly on top of the ice cream sandwiches
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the Cool Whip topping
  • Repeat layers, and finish up with a layer of whipped topping over the top. Decorate with candy sprinkles, if desired
  • Freeze until solid, about 2 hours or longer if needed



You can use only 12 sandwiches or cut up about half of another sandwich to completely fill in the loaf pan if you want for a total of 12 1/2 sandwiches.
Use your favorite syrup or hot fudge sauce instead of chocolate, and use whipped cream if you can’t find whipped topping.
Double the ingredients to make in a 13×9 inch baking pan to serve more people.


Calories: 312kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 156mg, Potassium: 149mg, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 283IU, Calcium: 104mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Recipe first published in 2020 and updated in 2024.

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  1. Carolina says:

    Made this for my niece’s birthday party, it was so easy to make and everyone loved it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad everyone liked the cake!

  2. Betty says:

    Made this with the grand kids! Fun and they loved eating it too! Sets up fast too!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you, Betty! So glad you liked the ice cream cake!

  3. Max says:

    This is an awesome recipe! My kids and I loved making this. We also loved eating it. It was gone in one day!!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Sounds like my family! Thanks, Max!

  4. Allyson Zea says:

    My son requested something like this for his birthday, and this recipe was perfect! Thank you for the simple instructions!

    1. Dee says:

      So happy he liked the cake! Thanks for the sweet comment, Allyson!

  5. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    I make a cake like this and it is always so popular at pool parties! Yours looks wonderful!

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Dorothy. Ice cream cakes are so perfect for summer!

  6. Toni says:

    My kids loved this so much! They couldn’t stop eating these!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Toni! I’m so glad they liked the cake!

  7. Beth says:

    Yum! This looks so yummy and scrumptious! I can’t wait to make this for my kids! They are going to love this!5 stars

  8. Erin says:

    This Ice Cream Sandwich Cake is looks absolutely delicious! Yummy!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Erin! It’s an awesome cake!

  9. Sara Welch says:

    Loved how easy this was to make and my kids loved it too! Going to be making this again later this summer for my daughter’s birthday!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So happy you liked it, Sara! It makes a wonderful birthday cake!

  10. Amanda says:

    Oh the kids will not be able to get enough of these, I will be making them this weekend!