Copycat Dq Ice Cream Cake

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
Recipe by Redneck Epicurean

Posted in response to a thread. I asked the sweet gals at our local DQ about making these cakes. This is it. Simple as it may seem, this is exactly the recipe. The three hours is freezer time.

Top Review by sissylyne

I didn't try your recipe but I know a lot about dq cakes. I worked in a dq for 4 years, I made a huge amount of cakes in that time. I would freeze the pans first(there was no top or bottom on pans). Then put a ring of vanilla all the way to the top (around the rim). That is so you only see vanilla ice cream from the outside. Then put chocolate ice cream at the bottom to about half way up. {Then for the cookie layer, it is called krunch with cold fudge. The best description of krunch is a plain chocolate wafer cookie. It is the same type used for treatza pizzas and the wafer of their ice cream sandwiches. Now most dqs use a pre made insert for the cookie layer but you can just blend krunch and cold fudge to make it.} Place a thin layer on top of chocolate then finish with vanilla. I would scrape the top smooth and then freeze in the pan, later I would let it sit out 5-15 min to soften, for pan removal then scrape the sides for the line pattern. Refreeze then decorate. I think heavy whipping cream was used for that. We wouldn't use gel that often for writing since it looks horrible when frozen.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 quarts of your 2 favorite flavors ice cream, softened (DQ uses chocolate and vanilla)
  • 1 (1 lb) package chocolate sandwich style cookies, crushed (Oreos)
  • 1 (11 3/4 ounce) jarmicrowavable chocolate fudge topping
  • 12 ounces non-dairy whipped topping


  1. Butter the cake pan of your choice, then press wax paper over the bottom of the pan.
  2. Allow one of the flavors of ice cream to soften, then spread one flavor on the bottom of pan until the pan is almost half full.
  3. Sprinkle with crushed Oreo cookies.
  4. Heat the hot fudge in the microwave until pourable; let cool slightly then spoon hot fudge sauce over the top of this. Set in freezer until frozen.
  5. Fifteen minutes before removing the pan, soften the second quart of ice cream. Smooth it evenly with the top of the cake pan. Return to the freezer and freeze until very hard.
  6. Remove from freezer and frost with a mixture of equal parts vanilla ice cream and thawed frozen whipped topping beaten together. Return to freezer until serving time.

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