Gwyneth loves cake. Well, she says she does. It was the one thing she could talk about for her fourth birthday party. But the thing is, she doesn't really eat cake. Really, she just likes the frosting. But, all she could talk about was a pretty Elsa cake, so pretty Elsa cake she got, fondant and all. (Which, she ate just the fondant, so apparently she does not discriminate when it comes to frosting.)
But the one cake she absolutely loves is Ice Cream Sandwich cake. And that works for me because it is the world's easiest cake, and it is always a crowd-pleaser. We have this at both of our kids' parties, and it's at all of the plethora of warm weather birthday parties for Rob's family. Because again, easy crowd-pleaser!
Three ingredients. Ice cream sandwiches, cool whip, and whatever cookie and/or candy you want. The sky is the limit, but I usually do Oreo because I'm a sucker for cookies n cream. Really, I'd do mint Oreo if I knew others would obsesses over it as much as the kids and I, but I know mint chocolate is polarizing so I avoid for large gatherings. The hardest part of this cake? Opening the ice cream sandwiches. Seriously. It's that easy!
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
(for layer in a 9x11 dish, double for 2 layers)
12 Ice Cream Sandwiches
8 ounces cool whip, thawed
Any crushed candy, cookies, etc. you want.
Unwrap all of the ice cream sandwiches
Spread a thin layer of cool whip on the bottom of your dish.
Layer ice cream sandwiches evenly on top of the cool whip, breaking to fit in the dish if necessary.
Top with remaining cool whip (or amount desired) and garnish with crushed cookies and/or candy as desired. A drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce is yummy too!
Freeze until ready to eat.
Remove about 15 minutes before wanting to serve if it's been frozen for awhile.
Note: to double, which I always do for large parties, do: cool whip, sandwiches, cool whip, (garnish if desired), sandwiches, final layer of cool whip and top with cookies and/or candy.
Source: We got it from a family member, but I found several sources online, so I can't attribute to any one source in particular.