Ice Cream Cone Cake, Exploded

Have you ever purchased an ice cream cake before? Holy mother of Moses are they expensive. Recently, I paid $16 for a smallish cake that had a modest smattering of  Oreo cookies on top. I figured that it would taste very good for that kind of money, so into the cart it went. Big mistake. It was horrible. Made by a big name brand, I just assumed it would be delicious. It was the opposite of delicious. A tasteless slab of ice cream with no crust and whipped cream that tasted like it had been sitting on the cake for a year. Blech. So, I decided to try my hand at making my own ice cream cake. How hard could it be? Certainly I could whip up something much more lovely and something that actually tastes good with the same amount of money or less. So, here’s what I did…

Exploded Ice Cream Cone Cake

I started off with an Oreo cookie crust. I remember a time when Oreo sold cookie crumbs, but sadly I couldn’t find them. So I scraped the filling off of each Oreo by hand. Don’t do this while you are hungry because I ate a few more of them than I should’ve.

Exploded Ice Cream Cone Cake

After making my Oreo crust, I softened some ice cream. Vanilla and strawberry. Once they were spreadable, I smoothed them into the crust. So far, so good. Easy.

Exploded Ice Cream Cone Cake

In between the vanilla and strawberry ice cream layers, I tamped down a layer of Oreo cookie crumbs. I like a bit of texture in an ice cream cake. There’s something wonderful about a bit of crunch mixed in with the smooth ice cream. Yummy. Speaking of texture, forget whipped cream for a topping. We can do much better than that.

Exploded Ice Cream Cone Cake

How about crushed ice cream cone pieces splattered with ganache? Yup, that works for me. And since we are already going a bit over the top here, why not have some real no-kidding ice cream cones on top of the cake? That’s the fun thing about making your own cake. You can do whatever you want to do.

Exploded Ice Cream Cone Cake

In order to make the ice cream cones a bit more stable, I snapped off the bottom of the cones so that the ice cream would sort of anchor the cones into the cake.

Exploded Ice Cream Cone Cake

And then I piled the chocolate splattered cone pieces all around the positioned cones. Once I was happy with how it looked, I tossed it in the freezer to firm up overnight. Right before serving, I placed some scoops of ice cream into the cones topped with some whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry. So, how much did I spend in total? $14 and change. Not only did I spend less than the store bought cake, this looked and tasted a million times better too. And the ooh and ahh factor was even higher. As long as you don’t mind taking the time to put them together, ice cream cakes are a cinch to make. And fun too!

Exploded Ice Cream Cone Cake

Exploded Ice Cream Cone Cake


2 packages of Oreo cookies (14.3oz each), filling removed
6 Tbsp butter, melted
2 cups crushed waffle cone pieces plus 2 whole waffle cones
6 oz semi­sweet chocolate morsels
5 Tbsp light cream
8 cups of your favorite ice cream, divided (4 cups per layer) and softened
whipped cream, sprinkles and cherries for garnish


Place cookies in a food processor and process until ground. (think breadcrumbs)

Scoop out three cups of the crumbs for your crust. Set the rest aside.

Mix the three cups of ground Oreos with the butter. Mix well. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9″ springform pan. Set aside.

Place waffle cone pieces on a cookie sheet.

Place chocolate and cream into a pan over medium­low heat. Stir until melted.

Splatter chocolate over crushed cone pieces. Place in freezer to chill.

Smooth four cups of ice cream into the bottom of the cookie crust lined pan. Spread evenly.

Sprinkle 2 cups of Oreo crumbs evenly over top. Press down with the bottom of a measuring cup or use the bottom of a glass.

Spread the next four cups of ice cream evenly over top the crumbs.

Snap the the bottoms off of two waffle cones. (about 1 “) Gently press cones into the cake.

Take crushed cone pieces out of the freezer and pile them around the cones that have been placed in the cake.

Place the the cake in the freezer to firm up. At least four hours.

Right before serving, scoop ice cream into cones and garnish with whipped cream, sprinkles and cherries.

About the writer

Melanie is a food columnist, blogger and social media consultant who lives in the suburbs of Boston with her husband and four very hungry children. You can find this recipe and more at A Beautiful Bite.


Nancy T 11 months ago

Omg… this ice-cream cake is my saver! My sister’s bday is coming up in a month… every year she requests for a simple ice-cream cake… No idea why they are so expensive though… $40 for a tiny miny little one. Now I can make her this homemade ice-cream cake!

Alex Pearsons 12 months ago

This looks heavenly sweet and unhealthy, but hey, everyone needs a colorful treat in the holidays! I’m pretty sure the kids will have a kick out of this on Christmas dinner. Thanks for the recipe, though I’ll make this cake explode with more chocolate: I’m putting rocky road ice cream instead of strawberry!

Drea 1 year ago

this recipe look awesome, how do you get the cake out of the cake pan with out messing it all up?? I want to make this for my daughters birthday, and want it to look presentable…

Dana 1 year ago

You could probably leave the filling in the Oreos to make your crust if you wanted (or are just lazy and that sounds like a LOT of work [that’s ME]). I make a chocolate cheesecake that has an Oreo crust, and I just crush up a package of Oreos, filling and all, mix with the melted butter, and smash it down.

Tracy Gunia Rickett 2 years ago

I use chocolate animal crackers for the crust. It beats scooping out the frosting of Oreos!

Julie 2 years ago

I have been looking for a birthday cake to make for myself this seems to be the perfect one!

Melissa 2 years ago

Screw the calorie count and the diet. This looks and I bet tastes great! If I make if for my hubbies birthday its the perfect excuse too make it…after all its not everyday you would eat this. lol

Brenda Dion 2 years ago

OMG you are a dessert making rock star and a b*tch (in a good way) for posting this during swimsuit season! Will attempt after Labor Day!

Kimmie Rose 2 years ago

Grrr, this post is evil! lol Why did I open this when I know I am on a diet? But damn…. that looks good!

Homemademimi 2 years ago

Hell yeah.

Nina 2 years ago

That picture (and recipe) is totally outrageous. In a good way.

Alison 2 years ago

Oh. My. God.

Autumn 2 years ago

Holy guacamole, that looks heavenly. I may have to try it, partly so I can eat all of that oreo filling as I prepare the cake.

Amanda 2 years ago

Oh my! That looks fantastic! I would, of course, have to make the Oreo crust while my boys were away because there’s no way I would share all of that stuffing!

Debbie 2 years ago

Looks great. when it comes to the Oreo cookies i do think you could have left the filling. i have a oreo desert i make and the bottom crust is Oreo cookie all smashed with the filling in them… It holds the filling together better. With ice cream cake it might make it a little richer. Thanks for sharing this looks wonderful.

Mama and the City 2 years ago

You know our weaknesses.

1. cake. check!
2. chocolate. check!
3. ice cream. check!


Kristy @Loveandblasphemy 2 years ago

That is awesome. And so much more awesome than my own attempt at making cakes!

Michelle 2 years ago

I am so making this. My tummy loves you right now but I’m sure my ass will hate you for this later. Love how easy it looks.

Laurie 2 years ago

You are a genius. That is all.

Heather @ Kraus House Mom 2 years ago

I will most definitely be making that for absolutely no reason except my own enjoyment, I may not even share with my kids.

    Doni 2 years ago

    I was jut thinking the same thing.

Carrie 2 years ago

Oh, my Lord.

Did I just read about heaven?? I’d have a really hard time getting past the breaking of the oreos. That filling. Whoa.

What a fab job…it looks just perfect!!


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