Oreo Ice Cream Cake

I have a great little ice cream maker, but haven’t felt motivated to pull it out lately and instead, have been using the Super Simple Ice Cream recipe from Eagle brand.  It’s the one where you mixed condensed milk with flavorings, then whip the cream separately and fold it in. The theory is that you are adding the air yourself, negating the need for the machine. The technique works really well, and I love being able to whip up relatively small batches of ice cream that I can customize and pour into molds or pans. In this case, I added Oreos and vanilla and poured the ice cream directly into a pan which I’d lined with cake (and plastic wrap so that it could be lifted up and out!).

Ice Cream Cake

I purposely kept the cake on the short side side because I wanted a higher ratio of ice cream to cake and because I prefer making smaller desserts so that we can eat them and I can make more! For a taller, more celebratory style cake, just double the cake ingredients (the ice cream amount can stay the same) or use a standard size box of cake mix. For this cake, I used Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake, which is an old standby at our house. I also garnished the edges with chocolate whipped cream which is just so easy to work with and perfect for ice cream cakes.

Oreo Ice Cream Cake
 
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An easy chocolate ice cream cake with an Oreo filling
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Cake Layer
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (110 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons natural or Dutch cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup boiling water or very hot coffee
Ice Cream Layer
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 7 ounces (1/2 can or about 2/3 cup) Eagle Brand condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped Oreos or Oreo Minis (use however many you want)
Easy Fudge Sauce
  • 1/2 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 can (7 oz) of condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter at room temperature, cut into small chunks
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Coating
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish: Decorating icing, Chocolate Whipped Cream (see note), Crushed Cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9x2 inch round metal pans. If your pans are dark (black), use 325 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add egg, milk, oil and vanilla; stir until well mixed. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin), and stir until mixed. Batter maybe have a few lumps in it, Pour batter into prepared pans (unless you doubled it, the layers should be very thin) and bake for 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Let cool 10 minutes; remove from pans and let cool on a wire rack.
  4. Line the inside of one of the 9x2 inch pans (make sure it’s cool) with plastic wrap (Press & Seal works well). Put one of the cake layers in the lined pan and put in the freezer while you make the ice cream.
  5. To make the ice cream, beat 1 cup of the cream in a mixing bowl with a handheld electric mixer until stiff peaks form. In a second bowl, beat together the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream, 2 tablespoons of milk, 7 ounces (2/3 cup) condensed milk (weigh it out if you can) and vanilla extract. Fold in the whipped cream and about half of the chopped Oreos. Pour this mixture over the cake that’s in the lined pan. Return to freezer and freeze for 4 hours or until very firm
  6. Prepare the fudge sauce. Combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk in a small saucepan and heat over medium low, stirring gently to melt the chips. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Stir until butter melts. Add the water and vanilla. Let mixture cool to room temperature. Spread the room temperature fudge sauce over the firm ice cream, then scatter remaining Oreos over the fudge sauce. Cap with the other layer of cake and put everything back in the freezer overnight or until very solid.
  7. Put the cream in a bowl and whip until stiff peaks start to form. Beat in the sugar and vanilla.
  8. Lift the cake from the pan by pulling up the plastic wrap and spread cream mixture all over the cake. Put the cake back in the freeze until your whipped cream icing is firm. To serve, set on a cake platter and decorate with chocolate syrup, chocolate flavored or regular sweetened whipped cream. Sprinkle crushed Oreos in the center.
  9. Let the cake stand for about 10 minutes before you cut it, or cut it and let the cut pieces stand for a few minutes before serving.
Notes
I wanted a higher ratio of ice cream to cake. If you’d like a taller cake with thicker cake layers, double the cake part of the recipe. When it’s time to stack one of the cake layers in a lined pan, use a 9 inch round pan with higher sides, such as a 9 inch round, 3 inch high springform. That should give you enough room for 1 layer of cake and a layer of ice cream. The final layer of cake will come up and out of the pan. Alternatively, you can just use any standard cake mix cake.

To make chocolate whipped cream, whisk 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of milk and a pinch of cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Put the mixer bowl in the refrigerator and chill for an hour. Add 1 cup of cream to the bowl and whip until stiff peaks start to form. Beat in a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I was thinking I needed to buy an ice cream maker, but think I’ll play with the Eagle Brand recipe first. The hershey’s cake recipe is a standby in our house too! It’s the one Mom made most often when we were growing up.This cake looks delicious but in the name of laziness and to save a few calories, I may have to try it with light ice cream and chocolate sauce from the store!

  2. says

    Martha, let me know what you think about the ice cream. I was never quite satisfied with the original condensed milk ice cream recipes because they always seemed to dense and hard, but this new version with the whipped cream is great. Another trick I discovered is that adding a scoop of marshmallow creme to the condensed milk mixture (before folding in the cream) makes the ice cream a little easier to scoop when frozen (less rock hard) and makes it a bit “fluffier”. I guess a lot of people want ice cream that is as dense as possible, but if you like a little more air in your ice cream for whatever reason, adding some marshmallow does the trick.

    Rebecca, I have an extra freezer in the garage with plenty of room for ice cream canisters and ice cream cakes, but I can imagine it’s challenging for a lot of people just to find room in the freezer to put the cake during the assembly process.

  3. says

    I wish I used my ice cream maker more. Somehow when I want ice cream I usually find myself going to DQ, Baskin Robbins or McDonalds (all three are quite close to my house).
    I think that ratio of cake to ice cream you have is perfect, the cake looks pretty perfect too *he said with a twinge of envy* :).

  4. says

    My mouth is watering over this. I love that hershey’s cake too! I wonder how your Rich and Creamy vanilla ice cream would be with this? It is my favorite recipe so far, but it does need the ice cream maker. How would you compare the two ice creams?

  5. says

    I was also going to say that I like how you used up the other 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk. I just hate having a 1/2 can of that hanging around…I eat it by the teaspoonfuls!

  6. says

    I should forward this to my husband. He keeps buying ice cream at a certain establishment that I have boycotted. He could easily make his own with this recipe.

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