My kids have never had ice cream cake. Mostly because all the pre-made ice cream cakes I've come across have peanuts or tree nuts in them (or traces of). This all changed this weekend. My daughter went to a friend's house for a birthday party and her mom introduced me to the easiest ice cream cake recipe ever (thanks, Amanda!).
The cool thing is that I needed to bake a cake this weekend for a family birthday celebration. Honestly, I was kind of dreading baking the cake. I just didn't feel like baking. Which is why I'm so happy for this recipe (once again, thanks Amanda!!). I changed the recipe Amanda gave me slightly by making it a cookies and cream variation. Using the ingredients listed, this cake is peanut and tree nut free.
*MAKE SURE TO READ ALL INGREDIENT LABELS BEFORE CONSUMING & CHECK WITH COMPANIES IF UNSURE SINCE INGREDIENTS CAN CHANGE AT ANY TIME.*
I've also come up with a couple other modifications for dairy, egg, and gluten free which I will put at the end of the post.
Here's a picture of the ingredients. Only 6 of them!:
1 box Chapmans Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches, Peanut & Tree Nut Free
1 litre Chapman's Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, Peanut & Tree Nut & Gluten Free
1 family size container Oreo cookies
1 475ml container whipping cream
2-3 Tbsp icing sugar
2-3 Tbsp Newtons No Gluten Cocoa Powder (or your favourite, safe brand)
(Need other kid & allergy-friendly snack food for a party? Try these allergy-friendly potato smiles.)
Unwrap ice cream sandwiches and place at the bottom of 9" x 13" pan. Cut sandwiches to fit into small spaces to make sure entire pan is filled.
Crush approx. 16 Oreos into crumbs.
Add cocoa and icing sugar to whipping cream. Whip cream until stiff peaks form.
Spread a thin layer of whipped cream on top of ice cream sandwiches (use about 3/4 of cream).
Spread crushed Oreos on top of whipped cream.
Cover and freeze for approx. 1 - 2 hours.
Soften ice cream for approx. 15 min. Take cake out of the freezer and spread softened ice cream on top of whipped cream and oreo layer. Use wax paper or wet spoon to press ice cream to flatten.
Spread with remaining whipped cream. Decorate with remaining Oreo cookies, sprinkles or other safe candies as desired.
Freeze for at least 2 hours to set cake. AND THAT'S IT! You have an easy birthday cake that is peanut and tree nut free!
The nice thing is that you can change the ice cream flavours and cookies to match your tastes and imagination (limited only by safe ingredients). Let me know in the comments what flavours you try!
If you make this, I would love to see it. Post the picture on Instagram with the hashtag #friendlypantry and tag @friendlypantry. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Dairy Free Version
Try replacing the Oreos with your favourite dairy-free cookies (such as Newtons No Gluten Chocolate Chip Cookies) and replace ice cream with dairy-free sorbet and whipping cream with So Delicious Cocowhip. This would give the cake a tropical flavour. Yum!
Gluten Free Version
If you are looking for gluten-free, try replacing the ice cream sandwiches with homemade sandwiches using your favourite gluten-free cookie (such as Newtons No Gluten Chocolate Chip Cookies) and gluten-free ice cream. The Chapman's Cookies & Cream flavour in this recipe is gluten-free. For cookie crumbs, use your favourite gluten-free cookie, crushed (such as Kinnikinnick K-Toos).
Egg Free Version
None of the ingredients listed above contain eggs, but the companies do not list "egg free" on the packaging. Please verify with the company if you have an egg allergy.