Easy Ice Cream Cake

For years, Jenni Hakensen labored to make desserts from scratch for her kids’ birthdays. But her son, Luke, a picky eater, was never interested. So three years ago, when Luke turned eight, Jenni got the brilliant notion to take his beloved ice cream sandwiches and make them into a cake. She let the cookie wafers stand in for the classic cake layers, and because the sandwich filling is flat, there was no softening and spreading of ice cream. A sprinkling of his favorite candy bar was the finishing touch. The creation was an instant hit: Luke has requested it for every birthday since. A sweet story indeed.

INGREDIENTS

    1. 1cup heavy cream
    2. 2tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
    3. 6ice cream sandwiches (3.5 ounces each)
    4. ½cup chocolate chips, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line an 8½-by-4½-inch loaf pan with a piece of wax paper or parchment, allowing the paper to hang over both long sides.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream and sugar until stiff peaks form.
  3. In the bottom of the pan, arrange 3 of the sandwiches in a single layer, cutting them to fit as necessary. Spread with half the whipped cream. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and whipped cream.
  4. Sprinkle the top of the cake with the chopped chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.
  5. Holding both sides of the paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan and transfer to a platter. Discard the paper and serve.