Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is a semi-homemade cake made with strawberry cake mix, strawberry ice cream, Golden Oreos, and Cool whip! It is beyond delicious and perfect for any strawberry lover!
Emma’s 2nd birthday was last week and I wanted to make a cake that really embodied her personality. I kept coming back to strawberry, and I’m so glad I went with it. It is sweet and pink – just like her! This Strawberry Ice Cream Cake is similar to my Funfetti Ice Cream Birthday Cake, just a strawberry version. It utilizes a cake mix, ice cream, and Cool Whip, making it look impressive but it’s really pretty simple!
What You’ll Need
Strawberry Cake Mix – plus all of the things on the box required to make the cake.
Strawberry Ice Cream – vanilla would also work.
How to make Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
While this recipe is very simple, it does require some hands-off time that makes it feel a little tedious. This is because the cake needs to cool completely and the ice cream needs to re-freeze after thawing out to spread it.
So first, prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Pour the batter into a greased 9″ springform pan and then bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes. The top of the cake should be golden and baked through. Now, cool the cake completely, about 2 hours.
After 90 minutes, take the ice cream out of the freezer to let it thaw. Once the cake is cooled, remove the sides of the springform pan and cut the cake in half horizontally. Place the sides back on the springform pan. Spread half of the ice cream on top of the bottom half of the cake and then top the ice cream with the crushed Golden Oreo crumbs. Spread the remaining half of ice cream on top of the golden Oreos and then place the top half of the cake back on the cake.
Cover with plastic wrap and then freeze for a couple of hours. After it is frozen again, remove the cake from the freezer and take off the side of the pan again. At this point I like to put the cake on whatever serving plate/stand I’m going to serve it on. Since the cake is frozen, it transfers pretty easily.
Frost the cake with Cool Whip and then sprinkle with Oreo crumbs and diced strawberries. At this point, it’s ready to serve immediately. If you’re not going to serve it right away, be sure to put it back in the freezer until you are ready so it doesn’t melt!
Strawberry Ice Cream Cake Variations
This cake can be made in so many different variations! Obviously this strawberry version is perfect for anyone who loves strawberry. If you can’t find strawberry ice cream, use vanilla ice cream. You can also really use any kind of cake mix that you’d like, including chocolate, white, red velvet, and yellow cake mix! I’m dreaming of the day I make it with chocolate cake mix and salted caramel ice cream….YUM!
Prepare the cake mix according to package directions.
Grease a 9" springform pan and pour cake batter into the pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. . After 40 minutes, check every couple of minutes. The top will look golden, and you want to make sure the the middle is fully baked. If a toothpick comes out gooey, keep baking.
Let cool completely, about 2 hours.
30 minutes before it's finished cooling and you're ready to assemble the cake, take the ice cream out of the freezer to thaw.
Place Oreos in food processor and pulse until large crumbs form. You don't want it to be completely crushed like you would with a cookie crust for a pie. They should be large crumbs. You can also do this by placing the Oreos in a large gallon Ziplock bag and roll a rolling pin over it. Set aside.
Once the cake is cooled, remove the sides of the springform pan from around the cake.
Cut the cake in half horizontally.
Leave the bottom layer on the springform pan bottom and return the sides around the cake pan.
Spread half of the carton of ice cream over the bottom half.
Top the ice cream with the Oreo crumbs and then spread the remaining ice cream over the Oreo crumbs to make a little Oreo crumb/ice cream sandwich.
Top with the second half of the cake.
Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2 more hours. At this point, make sure the Cool Whip is thawing!
After 2 hours, take the sides off the springform pan and frost the cake with the Cool Whip.
Sprinkle additional Oreo crumbs and diced strawberries on top for decoration.
At this point, you can serve immediately (it IS an ice cream cake so you don't want it to melt!) or return it to the freezer until you're ready to serve it. The frozen cake does transfer well to a cake stand, which is what I did, and then kept it in our deep freezer until I was ready to serve.
Slice and enjoy!
This cake requires quite a bit of “hands-off” time. You have to wait for the cake to cool, and for the assembled ice cream cake to freeze twice. So plan ahead! I recommend making the cake and assembling it a day in advance. Then you can take the springform pan off and ice it the day of. I liked freezing the cake for an additional couple of hours after icing it with the whipped cream frosting, but it can be iced and served immediately if you’re pressed for time.