The Easiest Ice Cream Cake that even a Kid Can Make!


Who doesn't love a cool and creamy ice cream cake, especially one that's so simple, even a 6-year-old can make it?

If you're looking for a sweet treat that's a breeze to create and sure to delight both kids and adults, you've come to the right place.

Not only is this ice cream cake amazing, it also can be customized with your favorite toppings, whipped up in a jiffy (about 7 minutes flat) and will be devoured in even less time than that if you allow it. ;)

The Ingredients: What You Need

To whip up this ice cream cake, you'll only need a few simple ingredients:

  1. 24 Ice Cream Bars: Choose your favorite flavors. It's a tough job, but someone has to taste test them, right?
  2. Cool Whip: The magical, fluffy, and creamy topping that ties everything together.
  3. Toppings: Let your creativity run wild! 

Some ideas for toppings:

  • sprinkles, 
  • candy pieces, 
  • chocolate syrup, 
  • caramel syrup
  • crushed cookies, 
  • mini marshmallows, 
  • mini chocolate chips
  • or anything your heart desires

The How-To: As Easy As 1, 2, 3! 

1.Prepare Your Pan:

Find a 9x13-inch pan – a standard baking dish will do just fine.

Make sure it's clean and ready to hold all that deliciousness.


2.Layer It Up: Now, here's where the fun begins.

Unwrap your ice cream bars, and start creating a layer on the bottom of the pan. Arrange them snugly to cover the entire base.

It's like building a sweet ice cream foundation!

3.Cool Whip Magic:

Once your first layer of ice cream bars is complete, it's time for the Cool Whip.

Slather it generously over the ice cream bars. This not only adds a creamy dreaminess but also serves as the 'glue' to hold your toppings in place.


4.Get Creative:

This is where you can let your imagination run wild!

Sprinkle, drizzle, or scatter your favorite toppings on top of the Cool Whip.

How about some colorful sprinkles, crushed Oreo cookies, gummy bears, or even a zigzag of chocolate syrup?

Your ice cream cake, your rules.

5.Repeat & Finish Strong:

Now, add another layer of ice cream sandwiches on top of your toppings.

Yes, more ice cream – the more, the merrier!

Follow up with another layer of Cool Whip and decorate the top with your chosen toppings.

The key is to make it look as visually appealing as it tastes.

Which to be honest is not at all hard to do. 

6.Chill Out: Voila!

Your ice cream cake is complete, and it looks utterly irresistible.

Pop your creation into the freezer for at least an hour or until you're ready to serve.


Variations and Fun Ideas

Now, we've got the basic recipe down, but what's a kitchen adventure without a little creativity?

Here are some exciting variations and ideas to make your ice cream cake even more fun:

Fruit Fiesta:

Introduce some healthy elements by adding fresh fruit between the layers –

  • strawberries, 
  • bananas, 
  • or even blueberries can make your ice cream cake pop with color and flavor.

Cookie Monster:

Swap the ice cream bars for layers of your favorite cookies and add your choice of ice cream from a tube for a cookie ice cream cake!

Chocolate chip, peanut butter, or snickerdoodle – it's your call.

Sundae Bar Cake:

Elevate your ice cream cake by turning it into a sundae bar.

Add bowls of whipped cream, hot fudge, caramel sauce, and a variety of toppings so everyone can customize their treat just how they like it!

Theme It Up:

Make your ice cream cake fit any occasion.

Use colored, festive, or seasonal sprinkles or themed candies for birthdays, holidays, or special events.

It's the perfect canvas for your creativity.


Meet Our Tiny Chef

Before we wrap up, I'd like to share that this delightful ice cream cake was lovingly created by our 6-year-old daughter.

This recipe is so easy and fun that even the youngest chefs can help out.

Involving kids in the kitchen is a wonderful way to create memories and share the joy of cooking together.

So, there you have it, the simplest and most scrumptious ice cream cake you and your little ones can make.

Whether it's a birthday, a special celebration, or just a regular day that needs a sweet ending, this ice cream cake is sure to bring smiles all around.

Enjoy every bite of this delightful, chilled creation, and remember – dessert is always better when made with love and laughter! 🍦🍰

Easy Copy & Paste Printable Version:

Notes: Copy and Paste the following text into your text editor of choice. Then print your recipe from there! 

(My preference is Google Docs.)

Ice Cream Cake Recipe


  • 24 Ice Cream Bars
  • Cool Whip
  • Toppings (e.g., sprinkles, candy, chocolate syrup, crushed cookies)


  1. Prepare Your Pan: Use a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Layer It Up:Unwrap and arrange ice cream bars to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Cool Whip Magic:Spread a layer of Cool Whip over the ice cream bars.
  4. Get Creative:Add your favorite toppings – sprinkles, candy, chocolate syrup, or crushed cookies.
  5. Repeat & Finish Strong:Add another layer of ice cream bars.Top with Cool Whip and more toppings.
  6. Chill Out:Freeze for at least an hour or until ready to serve.


  • Try adding fresh fruit between the layers.
  • Swap ice cream bars for cookies for a cookie ice cream cake.
  • Create a sundae bar with whipped cream, hot fudge, and more.
  • Customize for special occasions with themed toppings.

Enjoy your homemade Ice Cream Cake!