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Triple Choc Cookies n Cream Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Ice cream cake

A dense mud cake base, a thin layer of rich chocolate ganache and topped with a creamy cookies n cream ice cream makes this a 3 layered killer dessert.

“Summer… Sun… Weekend… Party…Comfort Food”

Can you hear this dessert whispering in your ear? This cake has to be the ultimate fix for ‘I have worked so hard this week’, or ‘this has been a shocking week (or day!)’. Let this little decadent delight brighten your day.

I am not ashamed to say that this regularly lives (for short periods of time… before it is devoured) in my freezer. On those days, Saturday night movie munchies or when you just feel like impressing last minute visitors with a ‘this is something I just whipped up’… this is the baby for you.

3 layers- oh yeah, that’s right. Count ‘em, three layers of pure deliciousness:

A sweet mud cake base, a layer of rich chocolate ganache and topped with the easiest, creamy cookies and cream ice cream.

This cake, like most good recipes, was born out of, ‘I have a bit of this, a bit of that and I need to use that… yep, I can make something from this’. As a nocturnal cake maker with my business, when creating carved cakes, I often am left with scraps of cake that I am not sure what to do with; there is only so much cake you can eat. I think ‘Death by Chocolate’ may actually be legit.

Ice cream cake

I know a lot of people are thinking, left over cake- are you serious? My family devours it before it gets past day 2. I get that- save some, make a double batch or take advantage of the older cake sales at the bakery. This is perfect to use up that cake that is not so fresh anymore.

Now a-days it is so easy to pick up pre made mud cakes at the supermarket or, even better you could experiment with different flavoured left over cake you have at home. Hmm…  I just got some new ideas; banana caramel ice cream cake anyone?!

Triple Choc Cookies n Cream Ice Cream Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Triple Choc Cookies n Cream Ice Cream Cake


  • Base:
  • 500 grams chocolate mud cake
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • Ganache:
  • 90 mls cream
  • 140 grams dark chocolate- roughly chopped into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 large teaspoon golden syrup
  • Cookies n Cream Ice Cream:
  • 600 ml cream
  • 395 gram tin of Condensed Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 grams of plain, chocolate biscuits (Oreo’s or Chocolate Ripple biscuits)- roughly crushed



Roughly break the cake into pieces and place in a food processor with the apple juice. Use the pulse motion until the cake has broken up and combined with the apple juice to form a wet mixture.

Line a large square cake tin (9-10 inches) with baking paper and place the mixture on the bottom of the tin. Use the back of a spoon to push down on the mixture to ensure that it is firmly packed into the tin.

Ganache layer:

Place the dark chocolate in a medium bowl and place aside.

Put the cream, butter and golden syrup in a saucepan and place over a low heat on the stove. Heat until the butter is melted and the cream begins to boil.

Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and leave for 2 minutes.

Stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted.

Pour over the cake base and set aside.

Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream:

Place cream, condensed milk and vanilla in a medium – large bowl. Beat with an electric beater until the mixture is well mixed and has thickened.

Pour the mixture over the ganache layer and place the cake in the freezer over night or until it has set.

Cut into serving sizes and store in an air tight container in the freezer

Do you have a favourite recipe or tip to use up left over cake? Or perhaps a favourite ice cream cake combo?

I would love to hear from you, leave me a comment below!

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23 Responses to Triple Choc Cookies n Cream Ice Cream Cake

  1. Tanya from Mom's Small Victories September 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    This looks so delicious. Perfect for my oldest who doesn’t like traditional birthday cake.

    • Catherine Holt September 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      Oh absolutely Tanya. If your son loves ice cream, chocolate and cookies then this will be a real winner for him 🙂

    • Kirsten Burrows September 12, 2014 at 8:06 am #

      A lot of families are opting for ice cream birthday cakes now-a-days, especially with so many kids allergic to nuts. You can use milk chocolate in the ganache too- I know some kids are not a fan of dark chocolate.

  2. Amber @ Tales of Domestica September 12, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    Wow! Looks so yummy! Visiting from Blogelina’s Blog hop.

    • Kirsten Burrows September 12, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      Thanks Amber! It is definitely a must try 🙂

    • Catherine Holt September 12, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      Welcome to the blog Amber, awesome to have you here. This is certainly something to get the taste buds going 🙂

  3. Jennifer S. September 12, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    Funny I should find this today. My oldest daughter is starting to want ice cream cakes for her birthday, and it may become a trend in our family. However, they are so expensive. I was pretty sure I could make one for a lot less. Thanks for showing me how.

    • Kirsten Burrows September 12, 2014 at 8:02 am #

      Hi Jennifer. Perfect timing! Ice cream cakes are amazing and yeah, they can be expensive and I am not sure why! This is an easy recipe. You can also change it up to match her by chopping up and adding her favourite chocolate bar to the ice cream mixture. The three layers makes it look a little more impressive too 🙂

  4. Karen Huelsmann September 12, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    This looks delicious! Cookies and ice cream make a perfect combination.

    • Kirsten Burrows September 12, 2014 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Karen. This definitely is delicious and I agree- anything cookies n cream is A-MAZING! I have a recipe for cookies n cream caramel slice… that is almost too good and decadent for words! 🙂

      • Catherine Holt September 12, 2014 at 8:54 am #

        Oh Kirsten, sounds delicious….I think we are all going to craving this recipe from you next!!!!

    • Catherine Holt September 12, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      100% agree Karen. All the good things in life in one awesome treat …lol

  5. Rachel September 19, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    My husband is an avid ice cream guy. In fact, he would much rather have ice cream than cake on his birthday. But Ice Cream cakes are so expensive! I love that this incorporates ice cream and cake so everyone gets what they want. Pinning! Thanks for linking up on Merry Monday.

    • Catherine Holt September 19, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Oh they are expensive arnt they Rachel. This is the perfect alternative AND would taste way better than anything from the shops! This has something for everyone….yum yum yum 🙂

  6. Erlene September 19, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    My hubby loves ice cream and I know he would love to have this for dessert. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

    • Catherine Holt September 19, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Oh he would Erlene. You could get him to do all sorts of things by dangling this in front of him….lol

  7. Chelsea | Mommie and Wee September 22, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    I’m in love! Soooo yummy looking! Thanks for linking up with me and my lovely co-hosts at Pin Worthy Wednesday! I’ve pinned your post!

    • Catherine Holt September 22, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      Thanks Chelsea. This is a recipe to make you drool isn’t it….lol

  8. Adrian September 23, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Not one, not two but THREE different chocolates? This is my kind of dessert! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)

    • Kirsten Burrows September 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      Three layers of deliciousness! This is my kind of dessert too… decadent all the way! 😉

    • Catherine Holt September 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

      I know Adrian, how amazing is this dessert 🙂

  9. Culinary Flavors September 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    This dessert has my name written all over it! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned on our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on! I hope to see you there!

    • Catherine Holt September 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

      Lol Katerina. I can relate to you there! It’s seriously all kinds of yummy 🙂

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