The Best Ice Cream Cake

Evan turned five yesterday, which I did not give him permission to do and am not all that thrilled that he went ahead and did it anyway. But, my baby wanted me to make him an ice cream cake for his birthday and, what my baby wants, my baby gets.

Jeff has long talked about a “Yodel Pie” from his youth. Like all of his family recipes, it consisted of three ingredients: Yodels, ice cream and hot fudge. I’m sure it was good, but I was also sure it could be better. Instead of using jarred hot fudge, I made my own. And, I happened to have both vanilla ice cream and Oreo’s, so I crushed them up and doctored up some Oreo ice cream with far more Oreo’s than any store bought ice cream would ever boast. Also? A heart attack in a bowl.


I wish you guys could all taste it, because it’s kind of unbelievable. If you want to give it a shot, here’s what you need…

Two boxes of Yodels (or Swiss snack cakes), each cut into six slices

Two gallons of ice cream, whatever flavor you want, softened

Hot fudge. You could use two jars, but I think the fact that it was homemade was what made this so good. And it takes five minutes.

{How I always make mine: Simmer 1 container sweetened condensed milk, 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, one unsweetened square of baking chocolate and 1 tablespoon of butter until melted. Mix in 1 tablespoon of vanilla. That’s it.}

Then, you just layer. Start with the Yodels, add the ice cream and then the hot fudge.



Keep repeating until you reach the top of the bowl, sprinkle with all of the chocolate flakes that have fallen off during slicing, and then stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours to firm it up.


The kids literally licked their plates, and that includes Jeff. They’ve already asked that I make it for every other birthday this year, which is fine by me since I can’t overcook it or ruin it by frosting too early.



Happy birthday, my sweet boy.

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What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


Cheryl 3 years ago

I made this tonight. Family is in yodel cake coma.

Cheryl 3 years ago

I made th

TheHeadacheslayer 3 years ago

@ScaryMommy help! We made the fudge sauce just for ice cream and it got really thick and made a giant gooey mess (which isn’t awful). My DH followed your recipe for it to the letter. Any ideas how to thin it down a bit and keep it from solidifying? lol

Thanks–tastes YUMMY over chocolate peanut butter ice cream (Target brand) with nutter butters and Fat Toad Farm caramel. I’ve had a killer migraine for 2 days. Don’t judge lol.

Cheryl 3 years ago

Oh, and I’m so making this cake!!!

Cheryl 3 years ago

Before my daughter turned five, we begged her to stay four. We told her we’d pay her to stay four. She refused. Why? Because children are selfish and do what they will. She just turned ten. She said she might take us up on our offer now, and just stay at ten. :)

Crystal 3 years ago

I already have three butt cheeks because of my cake addiction. Guess it’s time to even things out. :) And I had no fucking clue that you baked or cooked. Awesome!

BonnyBard 3 years ago

Aw, five! Happy Birthday, Evan!!! And that cake looks incredibile, I got the sugar jitters just looking at it!

Autherine 3 years ago

This looks decadent but it would stick to my hips and never leave.

The Mommy Psychologist 3 years ago

Whoa. I think I gained five pounds just looking at the picture!

Nellie 3 years ago

that serious looks SO amazing! I’d want that every year too!!

Tracy Larson 3 years ago

ok, yum! Yodels make the cake. Oh, and did I say, yum? YUM!

Rebecca 3 years ago

That looks decadent! And thanks for the hot fudge recipe, will be trying that soon!

Kelly 3 years ago

This? This is most definitely on the “recipes for the test kitchen” list.

Damn you, Jill. Damn you.


Lees 3 years ago

Don’t let the Duggars hear about this.

Lynn Kellan 3 years ago

Will you make this pie for my birthday?? :)

Lu 3 years ago

Oh my goodness! Looks sooo good! My son wanted ice cream cake for his birthday and my labor consisted of driving to Baskin Robbins! My hat is off to you!

Pam @Mommacan 3 years ago

Well, if I had a spoon and that cake I would certainly know what I am having for breakfast this morning.

The Cheeky Kea 3 years ago

Oh my god! I think you just gave me an orgasm! Hello Christmas dessert.

Anna 3 years ago

forget birthdays, i’m making this for every event for the rest.of.time.

Shanna @ Motherhood on the Rocks 3 years ago

Gonna pin this as soon as I wipe the drool off my computer screen!

Michele Bartlett 3 years ago

How big a bowl and how big a condensed milk for the hot fudge sauce? Need to know asap! Making this for everything I have to attend this Christmas!

Michelle 3 years ago

My sister is obsessed with Swiss Cake Rolls. I will need to pull this out of my hat in March. Thanks!!

Lynn Kellan 3 years ago

Yodels and ice cream? Okay, you’ve just proven that you’re the next Martha Stewart. :) YUM!

Hana 3 years ago

Don’t underestimate the power of a decadent dessert!

Hana 3 years ago

My oldest a.k.a. my husband is going to love this! Plus I’ll have something to threaten to take away from the kids if they are acting up. “No Yoddle cake if you don’t share!”

semevel 3 years ago

and when your child becomes morbidily obese and develops diabeties they will want expensive medical treatment and being a pathetic mother who is being told what to do by a 5 year old you can keep giving them what they want

    Jennie 3 years ago

    Seriously?! You’re berating a mother for giving into her kid the only day of the year that it’s acceptable? Having a yummy confection on one’s birthday will not make one morbidly obese. Jeez, get the stick out of your butt, and remember why this site exist-so people can come here and say what they need to get off of their chest and not get judged for it.

      TheHeadacheslayer 3 years ago

      Amen Jennie! Holy cow….I cannot imagine how letting a child having a special treat on their birthday is bad!

      And then you have kids like mine who beg for things like brocolli as a part of their birthday meals…..yeah, letting him have a “chocolate” cake (he’s allergic to dairy so we have to improvise) is just *SO WRONG* (sarcasm included)

TheHeadacheslayer 3 years ago

NOMS NOMS NOMS!!! And thank you for the hot fudge recipe–going to try that this weekend…..*yodeling*

Kelly 3 years ago

You are my people… I can screw up any pin except a dessert. When it comes to dessert, I can even make up my own because what doesn’t taste amazing with hot fudge, ice cream, and MORE chocolate! I’ll have to give this cake a try :-)

For last year’s b-day, I layered chocolate icecream, hot fudge, graham cracker crust (crumbled up), and topped it with peanut butter pie filling. People went bat shit crazy over it!

Amy at Best Baby Strollers 3 years ago

What a fantastic idea – you’ll ge your sugar rush for an entire week! I’ve got a birthday in my family this month, perhaps it’s time to give it a try… :)

Susan 3 years ago

Oh these are AWESOME! My neighbor made one for a party last year and I had never heard of it before – but wow, was that delicious!

Natasha 3 years ago

OMG I want it so bad

sara 3 years ago

I need to make this for my birthday…that was in August!! Better late than never!!! :) looks amazing!!!

Rachael 3 years ago

I’m 39 weeks pregnant and can barely move. Can I have one delivered please?

    Emma 3 years ago

    Bless you, you poor unfortunate creature. If I could bring you a cake from the other side of the world I would. Spare a thought for the southern hemisphere gals, who are doing it tough being pregnant in 80% humidity, 110 degree heat, end of the school frantic-ness and Christmas!

RachRiot 3 years ago

Oh sweet baby Jesus, I need this cake in my life! Wilford Brimley showing up at my door to talk to me about my DIUHBEETUS is just a bonus. Thanks!

Lori Z. 3 years ago

Am I the only one who has never heard of a Yodel? I see what it is, a HoHo, but is “Yodel” some East Coast thing? Is this a division of the country, like saying “pop” when everyone knows it should be “soda”, or am I truly ignorant on how best to give my kids juvenile diabetes?

diane 3 years ago

My mom actually made the yodel cake for my birthday!! That’s how far this recipe goes back. To get the cake out of the bowl, I fill the sink with hot water, put the bowl in for a few seconds at a time. I will eventually slide right out. Thanks Kelly for the shout out =o)

Kelly M 3 years ago

I can confirm how yummy it is. My friend, Diane, has been making these cakes for her kids birthdays for years. The only thing she does differently is put the entire thing in a big bowl. She layers the yodels on the bottom and the sides and then fills it with ice cream and hot fudge layers. After it freezes she lets it sit for a minute or two and flips the whole thing onto a plate. It’s a round, dome cake! Easy to cut and it looks really cool. Enjoy!

    Scary Mommy 3 years ago

    OMG, I am SO trying that next time. Would tonight be too soon??

      Lollie ~ The Fortuitous Housewife 3 years ago

      If your clan has gotten their fill of this tasty treat, I’m willing to sacrifice mine to future taste testing.

Courtney 3 years ago

I LOVE Swiss Cake Rolls. I might have to make this for my husbands upcoming birthday. He has a HUGE sweet tooth.

Kim 3 years ago

Good God, this looks to die for!!! Hope Evan had the best day ever!

    Nick 3 years ago

    Mam, it looks just what I want to try, best in the world. I too hope that Evan had a “good” day! Woo.

Alison 3 years ago

I’ll take two of those!!


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