Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

This might be our family's most requested birthday cake from now on. The recipe comes from a friend from church, Wendy. She is very popular at our house right now:-).

I first tasted this cake at Wendy's house during a Youth Council meeting. I could not figure out how they made it and was in awe of the flavor that seemed to take me back to my childhood. The layering impressed the dickens out of me and while I knew I was going to ask for the recipe, I was afraid it would look too involved.

I was wrong. This cake can be put together in 10 minutes flat. It calls for very few ingredients and it was a hit with everyone who ate of it. Please find some excuse to make this. Is there a birthday coming up? An anniversary? All I can say is that you better think of something.

 Banana Split Version (sliced bananas, strawberry sundae topping and crushed Oreos)

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (recipe from Wendy G.)
In the pictures (and directions below) you can see I lined my pan with foil.  I've made this many times since without lining the pan and then just serve it out of the pan.  Lifting the pieces individually out of the pan gets just as many oohs and ahhs:-). 

Also, feel free to use different flavored sundae toppings and different candies.  You can also add fruit.  Below is our favorite combination.

24 ice cream sandwiches
16 ounces of cool whip
1 jar caramel sundae topping
1 bag of your favorite candy, coarsely chopped Reeses peanut butter cups
  
This great recipe (and many others!) can be found in our cookbook.

Yep, that's it.

Lay half of the ice cream sandwiches (whole) in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan, trimming the last couple to get complete coverage. Top with half of the cool whip, half of the caramel sundae topping and half of the candy. Lay down another layer of ice cream sandwiches.  Top with remaining cool whip and spread out evenly with a knife, making a lip around the edge so the sundae topping won't run out and over the edges.  Top with remaining candy, cover and freeze for several hours (or overnight) before serving.

That's it.


Depending on how cold your freezer is, you may need to thaw it on the counter for 10-15 minutes before serving.





Now, I guess I could have made some homemade ice cream from local milk, baked my own chocolate wafers, whipped up some real whipped cream, made my own caramel sauce and candy.

But, oh, I would have missed the taste of those store-bought ice cream sandwiches I remember growing up. That, and, I would have pretty much gone insane. This pregnancy has lead to some short-cuts and eating this cake has made the idea of short-cuts much easier to deal with.
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127 comments:

  1. Wow. That's all I have to say. Well, that and I NEED TO TRY THAT!

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  2. I made this for my brothers' birthdays a couple summers ago (got the recipe from Wendy because YOU told me about it), and we all loved it.

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  3. ooo this sounds yummy but can anyone translate it into "English" for me please lol ... coz I wanna try it ... what do I buy in English shops ... love sandy xx

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    1. You would substitute Bird's Dream topping or long-life whipped UHT cream for the Cool Whip. Ice cream sandwiches... hmmm... if they have a common name in the UK I don't know it. They are just vanilla ice cream bars but instead of being coated with chocolate candy they have chocolate biscuits on the sides.

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    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_cream_sandwich

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    3. Wait, wait, wait... You mean to tell me, they DON'T HAVE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES in England?! Oh, the horror! My kids had those tonight!!

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    4. That's what I was thinking....no ice cream sandwiches in England??? I love them!

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    5. I would use choc ices with a layer of your favorite biscuit on either side, I think that would work well. Make sure the biscuits aren't too hard though. Also for the cool whip, so they still sell superwhip? I'm English but live in the US and had superwhip which is exactly the same as cool whip. Hope this helps, let us know how it goes. Oh I bt it would taste so good with Malteesers.

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    6. In Ireland we call the ice-cream sandwich an ice burger. I'm sure they are in the UK too - made by HB

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  4. Found your recipe on Pinterest! I'll be making this on Saturday for our Family Easter Dinner! Can't wait to taste it!

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  5. I made this today for our family Easter celebration tomorrow... It looks amazing but I'll be sure to update you with the feedback I get :-)

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  6. I made this for dessert for later today, but my husband and kids decided that they needed to test it before we took it to my cousin's house. It got rave reviews from all!!!

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  7. I found this recipe through a Pinterest post also...and MY birthday is Tuesday so I think I should make it for ME!!! :)

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  8. I found this through Pinterest last week and made it yesterday. O. M. G. Deliciousness!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I just made this for my brother's birthday and instead of chopping up Reese's I cut up bananas and put a layer in the middle!! Yummo!!

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  10. I made this for my friends birthday today and omg it was yummy. :) I also found this recipe on Pinterest.

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  11. do you need to spray the tin foil??

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    1. It was so long ago that I made it using the foil (now, I just make it directly in the pan and serve it out of there), but I am almost certain I did not spray it. You don't want that oil tainting your ice cream and since it's not baked, it's not going to bake onto the foil causing intense stickiness. Enjoy!

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  12. This looks so easy and yummy, but my family is definitely not a fan of Cool Whip ...... do you suppose it would hold up if I used homemade whipped cream instead? Has anyone else tried it that way? Thanks!

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    1. I'm not sure how it would work...I'm sure it wouldn't taste bad:-). Let us know how it turns out if you try it!

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    2. I have made this before without the sundae topping and Reeses. I used butterscotch pudding (the powder out of the box) mixed into the cool whip, can't tell its cool whip! Then I topped with crunched up Heath bar. You can probably use your favorite pudding flavor with the candy topping of your choice.

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    3. you can also cut it down to 12 sandwiches...and use 1 jar of choc fudge ice cream topping mixed with 1 instant choc pudding. it's a fudgy middle...... put 4 ice cream sandwiches down on plate, use half of the fudge mixture, put 4 more sandwiches down, use up all fudge mixture, top with last 4 ice cream sandwiches. Then use coolwhip to seall all sides and top and freeze. if you don't want cool whip, just make more fudge topping and sprinkle some sort of candy or cookie on top instead of cool whip.
      it's all good

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    4. I know this is very late in the way of a response, but I immediately thought of vanilla flavored yogurt.

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    5. Yesterday was scorching hot in Montreal so I did this recipe for my father's birthday cake! But since my parents don't like any type of «fake» whipped cream,we made it with real 35% cream that we whipped prior to assembling, replaced the caramel by home made strawberry coulis made fresh and replaced the candy by fresh sliced strawberries! It worked out perfectly... It was a HUGE success!!! Everybody loved it and it was a really nice and refreshing dessert! Thanks-a-million :)

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  13. Been making this for YEARS!!! Always a crowd pleaser. I only do one layer, though. Fills up the 9x13 pan and is plenty rich. I have used Heath bars, Butterfingers, Reeses, all kinds of candy. Our favorite is Heath. Getting to crush the candy is a weird sort of therapy, an added bonus!!!

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  14. This seems absolutely sinful. And, sooo easy. I'll try a smaller pan and fewer ice cream sandwiches. Maybe toffee candies. Thanks for the recipe.

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  15. Your blog is ahmazing....you have inspired me on my long quest to live more simply... :)

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  16. I will be trying this on friday for my coworkers cant wait thanks for the receipe.

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  17. May God bless you and your family.You have helped me do my part in my child's party. I was in charge of the deserts! Thank you:-) and God Bless:-)

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  18. I just want to say I love your Bible Verses:-) thy hand hath proovided!

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  19. how long do you freeze it for??

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    1. I usually make it the night before, but I would guess several hours will firm it up nicely- remember the ice cream sandwiches are already (mostly) frozen when you set the cake in the freezer. Enjoy!

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  20. So easy and sooooooo delicious!1 Did this for my son's birthday and everyone loved it. My father in law said I had now made his "favorite" dessert.

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  21. Oh this sounds so good can't wait to try! Thank you!

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  22. I just made it for my sons school for his birthday
    AMAZING
    But I used twix which are his favorite and Carmel sauce from good old mic dicks;)
    They will sell you a Sunday cup full for 5 bucks seriously it makes the cake there Carmel uh;)!! Heaven!!

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  23. Found this on Pinterest and used Butterfingers with the caramel. Thanks bunches!

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  24. This is Paula Deen's recipe

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    1. This has been around longer than Paula Deen!

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    2. It doesn't start with a stick of butter, so I couldn't be Paula's :)

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  25. I make this alot during the summer,only I blend cream cheese into my cool whip.

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  26. Sure to be a hit at any gathering!

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  27. I've made this many times....taste better each time ! I've used mint chips,whip cream,walnuts......cherry pie filling w/nuts and whip cream....chocolate chunks,peanuts,whip cream,chocolate hard shell. What ever your imagination will take you...SO GOOD!!!!!!!!

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  28. Made this minus the candy and it was still AWESOME!!!!! Making one tonight for my son & family they've never had it

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  29. Doesn't the cool whip get hard when you refreeze it?-

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    1. It actually turns into the same "hardness" as the vanilla ice cream in the sandwiches. If your freezer freezes things rock hard, you will want to set it out for awhile to soften it, but most freezers that keep ice cream sandwiches the right "hardness" will keep the cake perfectly. All this to say, no, the cool whip doesn't get too hard:-).

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  30. this is the same thing the "Duggers" with 19 kids makes for dessert for the family.

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    1. I don't know. I don't watch that show, but it's possible- good recipes circle around fast!

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    2. Sorry! I thought you're comment was a questions:-).

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    3. Not you're, your. And, question, not questions. Goodness me.

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  31. Made my first one tonight. Used M&M's so I would have one less thing to unwrap. Lol

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  32. Love this dessert, and so easy. My coworkers and I made a dozen of these to put in the big freezer at the local Ronald McDonalds House. Didn't take long at all-- we did only one layer though.

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  33. I just made this for My daughter's Birthday tomorrow! I always make an ice cream cake and asked if she would like to try this - However her candy choice was KitKat and I used Caramel and Hershey's special Dark Hot fudge topping i found to drizzle in between the layers cannot wait to try it tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  34. How long to freeze it for? I was thinking of makjng this the nighr before

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    1. Freeze for at least a few hours. The night before would be fine.

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  35. What size pan did you use? Do you cover while on the freezer? Can't wait to make it for my husband!

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    1. Use a 9 x 13-inch pan and, yes, cover it prior to freezing. When I make it in my pan, it's a bit higher than the pan, but my lid allows for some height so it's no problem. If you don't have a lid like this, you may want to freeze it uncovered for a half hour to let the cool whip firm up and then cover it with plastic wrap or foil:-).

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  36. wow~ made this for a family celebration and it was a huge hit. I used heath bar bits and hot fudge on top. I'd love to try it with banana's next time. I made it the day before, but tastes even better the day after that, providing there are any leftovers! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. this recipe is saving the day or Birthday i might say-- can't wait til it melts in my mouth-- YUM! and thank you:)

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  38. Thanks for the great and easy recipe. I made this last night and served tonight for a special family dinner for niece who is leaving in a few weeks for her freshman year of college. The dessert was a big hit!

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  39. Do you need a deep pan for this? It doesn't look like a normal cake pan will work?

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    1. The pan I use is a pretty standard 9 x 13 inch pan, but the filling does rise above the pan. My lid allows for some space, but you could always freeze it for an hour or two uncovered, then use foil to cover it if you don't have a lid with some height:-).

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  40. I am so making this for my daughters wedding rehearsal dinner. I did an ice cream cake for wedding shower, so this will be a sweet surprise for her. I just have to figure out how to keep it frozen for 1 1/2 hour drive to the wedding site. Thank you for sharing

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  41. I just made this! Super easy. My choice of toppings was Crunch bar in the middle and mini M&Ms on the top for some colorful decoration. 60 friends at our Olympics Opening Ceremony Party will LOVE it! Thanks for the great recipe.

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  42. This sounds soooooo delish. I'm picking up ice cream sandwiches next trip to the grocery!

    Love your chicken stories/photos. I'm a chicken lover at heart and am enjoying yours vicariously. Sadly, my DH says we don't have room for chicks.I'm still trying to figure a way to make this happen. Having chickens that is. Thanks so much!

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  43. YUM!! I am thinking maybe a banana split type-- strawberries and bananas in the middle (instead of candy) with a drizzle of caramel and chocolate sauce.... way better than any ice cream shop creation!!

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    1. Exactly what I was thinking...maybe some walnuts and/or pineapple topping to put on after it's dished...mmmm...

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  44. To Marci,
    No, you cannot put whip cream on it and put in freezer....it will not freeze....trust me...I made a peanut butter pie and thought I'd try a piece first by freezing it with whip cream on it and drizzled some chocolate syrup over the whip cream and it all ran together....still eatable, but I would suggest if you use whip cream to put it on just before you start to eat it.....not put it on the pie and stick in the freezer.....the whip cream will not freeze....

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  45. My husbands LOVES ice cream cakes and doesn't really care for actual traditional birthday cakes. But ice cream cakes are ridiculously expensive! Like 20 to 30 bucks for a simple one! And we are poor college students. I am totally making him this cake for his birthday in a few months. Thank you so much! :)

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  46. found this on pinterest, made it, it was a great hit! the family loved it :) thanks!

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  47. Made this tonight for my dads birthday tomorrow, used snickers instead...I cant wait to eat it tomorrow!

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    1. I was thinking Snickers right off the top! How did that turn out?

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  48. Made this tonight for my son's 4th b-day tomorrow!!!! I used the caramel topping & peanut butter & chocolate morsels!!! Looks sooooo delicious!!! Can't wait to try it....I know my kids will love this!!!

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  49. I love ice cream sandwiches store bought, but cannot do cool whip, can you use real whipped cream vs cool whip.

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    1. I haven't tried it with real whip cream. How does real whip cream freeze? If it freezes nicely, I would go ahead and try it. Please come back and tell us if you do!:-)

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  50. I just made this. Here's a tip - make sure you have everything ready to go. Sandwiches unwrapped, candy unwrapped and chopped, caramel jar open. Once you get started, you have to keep moving. I didnt and the jar was hard to get open w/o help, I had to unwrap everything while making this, chop the candy. Needless to say, it got a little messy. Next time, I will unwrap all sandwiches and put em on a plate in the freezer until ready to be used.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I agree that having the candy chopped and ready is a must and having other ingredients ready is helpful. I unwrap the sandwiches as I go and with everything else ready, there is ample time to get it put together before the ice cream starts running:-).

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    2. I was the one that posted about it getting messy. In the end, it was a hit! Everybody loved it! I made it for my people here first before I make it for a Halloween party in a few weeks. Thank you for this recipe!

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  51. Must try this for the next potluck!

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  52. Do you think it would be ok to make/freeze this dessert a week before serving? Thank you!!!

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  53. Would it be ok to make it in a glass casserole dish to keep the caramel from running?

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    1. If it's a glass dish that is safe to use in the freezer (like Pyrex), it would be fine:-).

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    2. Thank you Jane!!! I can't wait to try this!

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  54. I made this today with crunched up pretzels and that is a fantastic combo! I love all the new ways to try this recipe.

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  55. I made this for our kids Halloween party and OMG! So delicious.

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  56. If you can get the ice cream sandwiches then make your own ice cream sandwich using Graham cracker and put Ice cream on those. And there's your ice cream sandwich.. I like the cinnamon kind of Graham crackers, which my child loves... if you try it let me know what you think.

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  57. When using bananas, how did they turn out after they were frozen? Did the texture get grainy?
    Thanks, from Cindy

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    1. The bananas were fine. I did not notice any weirdness in texture- they tasted and felt (in my mouth) like frozen bananas:-). I hope this helps!

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  58. Drizzled with Kahlua before adding the cool whip.

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  59. Making this for my moms birthday on wednesday.......she will love it!

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  60. i am going to make this for my husband's birthday in January. thank you!!!

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  61. Making thus tomorrow for my family's Christmas eve party (:

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  62. We had this cake while on summer vacation with the chocolate coating for ice cream that turn hard. It was wonderful u put it on top like frosting. My kids couldn't get enough

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  63. I've made this before without using any candy or caramel topping but mixing almond flavoring into the cool whip. Delicious!

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  64. This looks so yummy!!!! Anything with cake is yummy, but this is a step up. Thanks for the idea.

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  65. How many people does this serve?

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    1. It depends on how big you cut your pieces, of course, but I would say you can count on 12 large servings.

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    2. since there are 24 ice cream sandwiches in the recipe, wouldn't 12 servings mean each person would get the equivalent of two ice cream sandwiches? Seems like a huge serving including the other ingredients.

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  66. What size bag of candy did you use to cover the whole pan?

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    1. I wish I had a bag around the house to check- I just use one standard size bag of the individually-wrapped mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for one whole cake. I unwrap them, chop them into quarters and use half in the middle layer and the other half on top. The candy amount is pretty flexible, though, depending on how sweet you want your cake:-).

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    2. zee more.... zee better !!!

      looks Amazing !!

      looking for a reason to make this dessert.....

      here come the holidays....

      maybe I will also but red and green m&m's on top !

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  67. Good but I still love homemade cakes. I really would not call this a cake more like an ice cream pie I make a good one but i use graham crackers, whip cream,oreo ice cream, vanilla pudding and crushed oreo cookies to top. layer the same way feel free to try it.

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  68. I found your recipe in Pinterest (of course!) and can´t wait to try it... I also feature your post in my blog, under the "Favorite links" post of next week. I hope it's ok with you!

    Keep on the great work, your blog it's amazing!

    Alma
    http://polkadotsflowers.blogspot.mx/

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  69. This looks and sounds like a wonderful summer dessert. Can't wait to try... however... I'm living in Norway and can't get Cool Whip here - but we do have the whipped cream in a can, (like Redi-Whip). Do you know if that would work?

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  70. this is delicious and so easy!
    i might choose another type of candy since the snickers got hard.. other than that i will be doing this again!
    its foolproof

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  71. I got this recipe from friend. Instead of caramel I use chocolate sauce and crushed sweet drumstick ice cream cones for middle and topping.I also found neopolitan ice cream sandwiches to use. REAL good!!

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  72. This was a hit with my kids! We used hot fudge instead of the caramel. Just heat up the hot fudge for about 25-30 seconds in the microwave before pouring it on.
    WONDERFUL!! Thinking of all the different options for the middle candy layer . . . Oh, the choices are endless. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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  73. Two thumbs up! It really is as good as it looks! Thanks

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  74. I love all the recipes I find on pinterest, but this one has definitely perked my interest. I definitely am making my own birthday cake this year. I am thinking crushed up cookies and chocolate coating that hardens (like the kind of chocolate on dipped cones from dairy queen). The count down has begun, it's going to be a long 5 days till my birthday. I feel like a kid again. Thanks pinterest.

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  75. I hope they have this cake in heaven

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  76. I made this tonight for my husbands birthday. I too saw it on Pinterest and when I saw the ice cream sandwiches I knew this would be the best cake for him. He loves them! I halfed it since we're just a family of 2 adults and 2 little kids and used a 9x9 pan and 12 ice creams but still used almost 16oz of cool whip. on my middle and top. I also used both chocolate and caramel syrup with the Heath candies bits in the baking isle by the choc chips. I can't wait for tomorrow when we eat it! Looks so good. Thank you!

    PS- I will add I am definitely going to add a little bit of cream cheese to the cool whip mixture for my birthday in a couple months to give it a creamier flavor and add Special Dark candies and syrup as those are my favorite. :-P Yummm!

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  77. Saw someone else had pinned this and needed to check it out. Looks really good

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  78. I have been making this dessert for years..but i use crushed skor bars in between layers and sprinkle the top. A great summer dessert.

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  79. Just made this tonight and everyone loved it. Husband has already claimed it as his birthday cake, and my daughter who is as fussy as they come nearly tripped running for seconds. Easy to make and foolproof.

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  80. So mine is in the freezer right now. I made a few changes, though.. I used peanut butter icecream sandwiches and hot fudge topping instead of caramel. I'm way too excited lol

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  81. I too have been making this for years. My crowd loves it with crushed Malted Milk Balls stirred into the Cool Whip w/whole Malted Milk Balls as top decor.

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  82. Made this for my husband but got all ingredients no sugar added but most had Splenda in it.
    My husband is a diabetic so this was perfect.

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  83. Given this looks so good....Cool Whip is awful...to cut corners try real whipped cream right out of the can...

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  84. I hate to be a downer, but you are feeding poison to your family. Anyone who can tolerate that much sugar in one serving of food has been eating a more than healthy amount of it on a daily basis. I understand you have good intentions, but you may as well be teaching your kids to smoke or do drugs. Sugar is not food-it has no nutritional value and is in fact a hazard to your health. Are you not aware of the recently published studies that show sugar as a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and numerous other serious diseases? Bring your family up on fresh produce and keep that poison out of your house - the longer they go without it the less they will like it. The companies that produce junk food like this and then sell you drugs after you get sick from it are stealing your good health and well being from you. Dont let them do it. Learn to prepare and love real food.

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    1. I appreciate your concern. Our family does not eat like this on a regular basis- in fact we grow much of our food organically, eating it fresh and preserving it to eat throughout the year. We do not eat this type of food on a daily (or weekly) basis. This is a special occasion dessert that we make a couple times a year.

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    2. I am sure this is meant to be eaten "on occasion"! Relax.......

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    3. I don't think you do hate to be a downer. If you really care about people you speak truth with love. When you want to spread hate you post anonymously on someone else's blog. If that isn't your intention, then maybe you need to learn to change your approach, because that's sure how it comes across!

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  85. I made this for my son's birthday and it was a huge hit! I think next time I'll splurge on a higher quality ice cream sandwich bar- the store brand (in February) tasted a bit freezer burned which was slightly disappointing. Especially since the cake was so yummy!!!

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  86. Love this! I included it in my latest "Massive List of Links" post (http://itsemmaelise.com/post/78652228099/massive-list-of-links-part-10). Thanks again for sharing!

    ♥emma
    www.itsemmaelise.com

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