Have you ever been stuck with bringing dessert to a party, but just don’t have enough time to impress the crowd with your amazing baking skills? Well honey, are you gonna thank me for this one! This recipe is super simple, make-ahead and loved by adults and kids alike! It transcends your basic ice cream cake with the one homemade component of the recipe, your own awesome hot fudge sauce! Hot fudge sauce is so easy to make, but truly does bring a simple dessert into the limelight. This cake is just store bought ice cream sandwiches and coolwhip, but becomes gooey and chocolatey with the layering of your own hot fudge sauce! You can make it the day before, or even the morning of the event. Just freeze well, and thaw for 5 minutes before serving. I think you will be the star of the party if you bring this cake!
Gooey Ice Cream Cake
2 boxes of ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped! (you will have a few left over)
1 large container of Coolwhip
Recipe for cooled hot fudge sauce (below)
Chopped peanuts, pecans or toffee bits for garnish (I used toffee bits in the photo)
In a 9×13 glass dish place 1 layer of ice cream sandwiches, if you have extra space, break 1 apart to fill the layer out. Layer 1/2 your hot fudge sauce over the sandwiches, smoothing across the entire cake. Next layer 1/2 your coolwhip over the fudge. Repeat with a second layer of all the above. Smooth the top of your coolwhip and sprinkle with the topping of your choice. I like chocolate sprinkles, curls, nuts or any candy you like!
Microwave Hot Fudge Sauce
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup heavy cream or milk
6 tbsp butter
1 T vanilla
1/2 tsp kosher salt
In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar, cocoa and cream. Cook on high 2-3 minutes, until sugar dissolves and mixture boils.
Stir in butter and cook on high 2-4 minutes more, watching closely and stirring every 30 seconds or so, until mixture thickens. Stir in vanilla and the salt.
Cool slightly to allow to thicken. When cool, refrigerate and reheat in the microwave before using.