ice cream cake with crushed chocolate wafers

Whether you're celebrating a birthday or simply looking for a show-stopping summertime dessert, ice cream cake is always a crowd-pleaser.

Not only is this cool and creamy homemade confection a hit with all ages, it costs approximately a third of what a store-bought cake will set you back, and it can be prepared in 10 minutes or less.  

Another bonus: Since you're the chef, feel free to mix and match your favorite flavors and toppings. Then sit back and enjoy the rave reviews!

Note: The most challenging thing about this recipe is not going back for seconds (or thirds!).

diy ice cream cake

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Here's what you'll need:

A springform pan

Chocolate wafer cookies

1/4 stick of melted, unsalted butter

2 half-gallons of your favorite ice cream flavors

8 oz. whipped topping

Your choice of toppings

Start by placing a springform pan on wax paper to minimize drippings and allow two of your favorite ice cream flavors to soften until they're not quite melted but easily spreadable. And read on for the other steps to making this affordable, easy ice cream cake that's perfect for any party!

Do you make your own cakes for birthday and other parties, or do you always buy them from the store?

 

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