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Copycat Dairy Queen™ Ice Cream Cake

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 6 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8
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We all scream for ice cream (cake). Keep the oven off and make this simple DIY ice cream cake that tastes just like the real thing.
Updated Oct 5, 2017
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  • 1 tub (1.5 quarts) chocolate ice cream
  • 1 package (14.2 oz) Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 jar (12.8 oz) hot fudge topping
  • 1 tub (1.5 quarts) vanilla ice cream
  • 24 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Betty Crocker™ candy sprinkles and Rainbow Candy Chips


  • 1
    Remove chocolate and vanilla ice cream from freezer; allow to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine crushed Oreo™ cookies and hot fudge sauce until thoroughly mixed.
  • 2
    Scoop chocolate ice cream into a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Top chocolate ice cream with cookie-fudge mixture and place scoops of vanilla ice cream on top of the cookie layer. Spread the ice cream flat and even with a spatula. Return to freezer until firmly frozen, at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  • 3
    Working quickly, remove the cake from the springform pan and transfer to a serving platter. Frost cake with whipped topping, piping decoration around the edges with an icing bag fitted with a large star tip if desired.
  • 4
    Return to freezer until firm, about 2 hours. Decorate before slicing and serving.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Place serving platter and serving plates in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before transferring the cake onto it. The bottom of your cake won’t melt when you make the move!

Nutrition Information

910 Calories, 48g Total Fat, 11g Protein, 109g Total Carbohydrate, 78g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 9 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

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