S’mores Ice Cream Cake

An ice cream cake topped with candies and mini marshmallows with a slice cut out of it

This no bake, homemade S’mores Ice Cream Cake is great for Father’s Day, birthdays and other summer celebrations.  This recipe is easy to make. This Ice Cream Cake combo is absolutely delicious.

S’mores Ice Cream Cake

Have you ever made a homemade ice cream cake?  They are so easy and so much fun to make.  The number one tool needed is a spring form pan.  Simply think of an ice cream cake as layered goodness!

Here’s a little unknown fact about me!  I worked at an ice cream diner called ‘Mr. Softies’ during my college years as my summer job.  Mrs. Pearce, one of the owners, taught me how to make ice cream cakes, make marshmallow flowers and soups; what a combo.  She was one awesome lady!  Sadly, Mr. Softies no longer exists and Herbie and Mrs. Pearce have passed, but they have left me with fond memories.

I used to make the basic vanilla, chocolate ice cream cake at Mr. Softies.  I started making flavor packed cakes for my family combining their favorites in the mix.

This specific recipe is S’mores inspired because it includes all of our favorite S’mores supplies; marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and Reese’s.

 

This cake is great for birthdays, Father’s Day or any summer entertaining.

Here is the recipe to layer, freeze and enjoy…

S'mores Ice Cream Cake

A young boy eating a piece of ice cream cake

Ingredients

  • 30 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • ½ cup peanut butter filled M & M’s
  • 6 PICS graham crackers
  • ¼ cup PICS chocolate syrup
  • 24 oz. PICS Rocky Heavenly Hash Ice Cream
  • 1 cup PICS mini marshmallows
  • 24 oz. PICS Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • PICS canned whipped topping
  • 1 cup PICS butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 7.5 oz. jar of Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 – 3 cups PICS Confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons PICS vanilla extract

Instructions

Cut the Reese’s peanut butter cups into quarters.

Chop the peanut butter filled M & M’s in a mini chopper or food processor.

Break the six graham crackers into four pieces, place them in mini chopper or food processor and grind them into graham cracker crumbs.

Place the graham cracker crumbs into a bowl and stir in the chocolate syrup.

Remove the heavenly hash ice cream from the freezer and let it slightly soften.  Spread a little over half of the container into an eight-inch spring form pan filling it almost half way.

Remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer to let that soften.

While the vanilla ice cream is starting to soften create a center of the cake by adding half of the graham cracker mixture, a ½ cup of mini marshmallows, half of the chopped peanut butter filled M & M’s and half of the cut Reese’s peanut butter cups.  Pack the center ingredients gently into the chocolate ice cream by using the back of a large spoon or a spatula.

Add the vanilla ice cream to fill the remaining space of the spring form pan.  Smooth out the top with a spatula, spoon or butter knife. 

Place the cake into the freezer for approximately 3 hours.  

Before removing the cake from the freezer, make the frosting by whipping together the butter, fluff, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer.

Once the cake has frozen, remove the pan from the freezer.  Use a wet knife to loosen the
cake from the edges of the pan before releasing and removing the sides of the spring form pan.

Frost the ice cream cake with the frosting.  Add the remaining graham cracker crumb
mixture, chopped M & M’s, cut Reese’s and mini marshmallows on top.  Use whipped cream to create a decorative edge along the top to help hold the candied topping in place.

Freeze the cake for at least another hour before serving.

Notes

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More on making this recipe:

Make Ahead: You can make this cake one to two days before serving.

Leftovers: Leftovers can be cut into slices and stored in an airtight container in the freezer.

Ice cream: You can use any combo of chocolate and vanilla based ice cream flavors that go with the candies. There are a wide variety of options of the PICS brand ice cream flavors at Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets.

Cooking with Kids: Every recipe is filled with life skills that encourage children’s confidence in the kitchen. Here are a few to focus on when making this recipe:

  • Following directions
  • Chopping and chopper safety
  • Cutting and knife safety
  • Stirring
  • Layering
  • Freezing
  • Mixing and mixer safety
  • Spreading
  • Food storage

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A cinnamon and sugar coated taco shell filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with dulce de leche caramel sauce and chocolate sauce

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