This Vanilla-Caramel Ice Cream Cake with Oreo Crust is a huge family favorite! I used homemade whipped cream and caramel sauce, but you can cheat if you want!
I’m breaking the rules here. I try not to use packaged cookies for anything, but I allowed an exception for my hubby’s birthday. I made him his favorite vanilla-caramel ice cream cake with Oreo crust. My family has loved this dessert for more than two decades, so I figured a few, or maybe a thousand, of you might enjoy it too. Plus, I’ve revamped the recipe to make some components from scratch.
Ironically, there’s no actual cake involved. Instead, a buttery Oreo crust gets filled with vanilla ice cream that’s been mixed with fresh whipped cream. Then homemade caramel gets layered on, followed by Oreo crumbs. Another layer of ice cream/whipped cream follows, and it all gets garnished with more Oreo crumbs. It’s the kind of dessert that makes people happy, especially if eaten the next day, when the crust has gone from stiff and crunchy to soft and yummy.
I have to laugh when I think of how this whole tradition started. It’s because my hubby requested a Dairy Queen ice cream cake for his birthday during the first year of our marriage. And, while I enjoy a Dairy Queen cone or sundae as much as the next person, I can’t handle a DQ cake. (Is it just me?)
So, after that first celebration, I vowed to take matters into my own hands. After all, this guy I’d married was expecting an ice cream cake every year.
I called Mom and asked if she had any ideas. She found a version of this recipe and recited it to me over the phone. And, the rest is history. It wasn’t long before my son was requesting this cake for his birthday too, and my daughter would sometimes ask me to make it for parties with friends.
I’ve mostly stuck to the vanilla-caramel combo, but once I even made a coffee ice cream one with fudge sauce…and then died and went to heaven. I bet chocolate-strawberry would be awesome too. But, there are too many picky eaters in my household, so vanilla-caramel gets the vote around here. It’s delicious, I promise!
P.S. I tweaked the caramel sauce recipe that I’ve used before, since I realized I was cooking it too long and with too high heat. It works beautifully now, and I’ve updated my Frozen Take 5 Delight Bars to reflect the changes.
(Recipe Source: Inspired by a recipe Mom found years ago. Caramel sauce adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.)