The Best Homemade Ice Cream Cake Recipe...Ever.

That's it.  That beauty right there is MY birthday cake.  Every year my mom made this cake for my birthday. I had never actually made it before, but we have a very special visitor.  The Honeybadger (Clara) has a fairy Godfather.   Doesn't everyone?   She also has a fairy Godmother and I will NEVER correct her. It makes me giggle.  By reading beyond this point you are agreeing to my updated privacy policy found here, and my use of commission based links.

Anywhoo, her fairy Godfather was visiting and he is having his darn near forty birthday!  His lovely wife let us know that ice cream cake is his favorite and bam!  I made it happen.  In the interest of full disclosure, almost nothing about this recipe is organic.   Fake oreos just will not do.  I reached into the depths of my mother's 1970's recipe file for the golden ticket, aka Peanut Buster Bars.


2 sticks of melted butter
1.5 quart vanilla ice cream
1 package of Oreos, or I use the 365 Brand replica
1 small container of spanish peanuts
2/3 cups chocolate chips
2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 cups of evaporated milk


1.You need to melt the butter.

2. Then use the million dollar blender (Vitamix) to crush one entire package of cookies. 

3. Put the crushed cookies in a large rectangular pan. With a Cookie Monster spatula, because COOKIES!

4. Add one half of the melted butter.

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5. Here's the fun part.  Put the remainder of the butter, 2/3 cup of chocolate chips, and two cups of powdered sugar into a pot.

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6. Then add 1 1/2 cups of evaporated milk to it.

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7. Turn the heat onto medium and boil it down.

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Keep going until it looks like this...

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8.Set a timer for 8 minutes and keep stirring!  After the timer goes off, take it off of the fire and add one teaspoon of vanilla. 

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It should look like this.  Oh! Yum!

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9. Go ahead and take your ice cream out of the freezer.  It needs to soften in order to spread it in the pan (on top of the crushed oreos).  

10. Take your Spanish Peanuts, put em in a bag, and start whacking!  Crush them into small pieces.

11. Now that the ice cream is soft, spread it in your pan.  Mine is 16x9. Then put it in the freezer for four hours (or until the ice cream hardens).

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12. Then, take that hot fudge and pour it on top. Don't worry, if the ice cream is a little too soft the fudge will peek through.

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13. Clearly, I left my ice cream out too long but oh well!  Then pour your crushed peanuts on the top.

It sure isn't pretty (mostly because I left that ice cream out too long) but it is darn good.  I am only slightly embarrassed to tell you I ate A LOT!

Also...Super cute taste tester approved.

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Here is an image to pin for later:

Homemade Ice Cream Cake

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