Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 12th July 2013

My son, Matthew celebrated his birthday last week (I can’t believe my kids are passed the teenage years) and as usual he requested an ice cream cake. His favourite is the Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard Cake but this time instead of hopping in the car and heading over to Dairy Queen I decided to make my own version of the ice cream cake for his 20th birthday celebration, Oreo Cookies and Cream. I’m sure I’ve shared this with you before but I’ve been trying very hard to reduce the amount of commercially prepared products that I purchase plus freshly churned ice cream – yum!

A photo of Oreo Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake decorated with Oreo Cookies and Mini Cookies and Cream Chocolate Bars displayed on white cake stand with lit birthday candles and sparklers.

The cake has four layers of goodness, vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate ice cream, fudge and cookie crunch, and Oreo cookies and cream ice cream. It’s frosted with stabilized vanilla bean whipped cream (to prevent weeping) and decorated with Oreo cookies (standard size and mini) and mini cookies and cream chocolate bars. All of Matt’s guilty pleasures rolled up into one cake, he loved it!

A cropped photo showing one half of an Oreo Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake displayed on white cake stand.

I decided to make the custard with whole eggs this time. I picked up a great tip from David Lebovitz in the comments section of Elise’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream post. David is a chef and author of The Perfect Scoop. David explains the importance of being extra cautious when cooking the custard because the whites cook much quicker than the yolks. He goes on to explain that if you’re not careful with the temperature you could cook the whites into bits before the yolks properly emulsify the custard even at a lower temperature.

Photo of Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake decorated with Oreo Cookies and Mini Cookies and Cream Chocolate Bars.

I recommend cooking over a medium to low heat and I can’t stress enough the importance of not allowing the custard to come to a boil at any point in time through the cooking process. If necessary pull the saucepan off the heat occasionally or if you’re new to making custards, cook at a lower heat.

A photo taken looking down on Homemade Ice Cream Cake, Oreo Cookies and Cream decorated with Oreo Cookies and Mini Cookies and Cream Chocolate Bars and multi colour birthday candles.

Cooking at a lower heat may increase the cooking time but the few moments you may save cooking the custard at a higher heat is not worth running the risk of scrambling the eggs because if that happens you’ll have to start the custard again. If you want a luscious and smooth ice cream you must start with a good base.

Close up photo of Oreo Ice Cream Cake.

I added an ingredient to the custard that I’ve not had any experience with in the past, instant skim milk powder. I was pleasantly surprised at how it provided an extra creamy texture, enjoyable mouth feel plus it also added flavour.

A photo of Cookie Cream Ice Cream Cake with slice removed and plated on white dessert dish set in front of whole cake.

I enjoy reading about the science of ice cream making and in my research I came upon an article that described how the skim milk powder affects the texture of ice cream. It helps to reduce crystallization something that home cooks battle with in ice cream making because we don’t have the commercial manufacturer’s advantage, expensive equipment that is better at preventing ice crystals from forming. It also enhances the ability of the ice cream to hold its air.

A photo of Ice Cream Cake, Oreo Cookies and Cream decorated with multi colour birthday candles.

Friendly warning, if you’re like me and don’t have a fully automatic ice cream maker the cake will take a few days to prepare because it’s necessary to freeze the ice cream bowl in between batches. Fully automatic ice cream maker is on my Christmas wish list. I have my eye on this Gelato & Ice Cream Maker from Cuisinart but if you have any recommendations please share in the comments section.

Photo of Cookie Cream Ice Cream Cake with slice removed to expose the inner cake layers.

My first attempt at making homemade ice cream cake was a success and I can’t wait to make another one.

Up close photo of Oreo Ice Cream Cake displayed on white cake stand.

Happy Friday!

A cropped photo showing one half of an Oreo Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake decorated with Oreo Cookies, Mini Cookies and Cream Chocolate Bars and birthday candles.

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15 Responses to “Oreo Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake”

  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel Says:

    Happy birthday to your little guy… even if he isn’t so little anymore! ;) And holy moly what a beautiful cake!! I want to reach through the screen for a slice :)

  2. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thanks Rachel, I can’t believe how fast time has passed by!

  3. Carla Nazario Says:

    Delicious! Like super!

  4. Joey Says:

    Happy birthday to you son!

    That’s a really really gorgeous cake! I love how you piped the whipped cream and stuck oreos and chocolate bits into it. And those candles!

  5. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    First of all, happy birthday to Matthew! My Matt also loves cookies n cream ice cream, it is his favorite. He would go nuts if I made this cake.

    I also have a super old ice cream maker and have only used it a couple of times to make frozen yogurt. I’ve been wanting to indulge and make real ice cream forever and am going to finally do it with your version here! I’m dying to make this whole cake but not sure if I’ll get the chance. The ice cream is a must, though!

  6. Mr. & Mrs. P Says:

    Gorgeous cake!!! Who wouldnt love this??

  7. Poornima Says:

    Wow Grace, that looks too scrumptious for words. It should be illegal for anything to look so tempting. I don’t own an icecream maker so I cannot make it right now :(. But I plan to buy one for my birthday soon and this will be first on the list. Knowing how well your recipes have served me in the past, I am sure it will be awesome, can’t wait. Btw, the photos are amazingly good too, they make your desserts look real, I can quite literally taste them in my head.
    Btw, a very happy birthday to Matt, and here is to many many happy returns of the day.

  8. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Poornima I’m not sure what area of the world you live in but Costco is having a sale on Cuisinart Ice Cream Makers. My soft serve machine broke down during the preparations and I ran out to purchase one, they had them on for $39.99, I was so surprised at how good the ice cream turned out.

  9. Kumar's Kitchen Says:

    Cookies and cream in a cake…amazing, will try it soon, looks fabulous :-)

  10. Alex Dumpfree Says:

    WOW!! This cake looks nice. Oreo cookies are one of my favorite. In this summer I spent my most of the day having Ice Cream on lunch. This cake is likely a double bonus to me as it’s made by Oreo cookies and Ice Cream…..:)

  11. Poornima Says:

    Thank you so much for the tip Grace. I checked it out and got the 2 quart one yesterday. A bit earlier than I planned but I could not let the sale pass by. I plan to start with the vanilla ice cream and once I get the hang of the machine, I am going to try this amazing cake and post a picture. Thank you so much once again…I am so happy :)

  12. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Good Morning, I didn’t realize they had the 2-quart, was the value just as good? My daughter picked the machine up for me and I thought I paid 39.99 like my sister (she purchased after I told her about the deal Costco had on) but it looks like I paid a little more, 49.99 (I’m sure Costco will adjust price). I was so happy with the texture of the ice cream. Please, please, please post the image I would love to highlight on my Facebook page. You’re going to enjoy having the ice cream maker, you’ll be able to prepare so many wonderful treats.

  13. Poornima Says:

    I paid 39.99 too, I thought it was amazing value actually. This is the one I got:

    http://www.costco.com/Cuisinart%C2%AE-2-Quart-Ice-Cream%2c-Frozen-Yogurt-%2526-Sorbet-Maker.product.11278665.html

    Yeah, I think Cosco will adjust the price because it is $39.99 even in the online stores. I promise to post the picture with due credits and send the link to you as soon as I manage something presentable. I have actually never made icecream at home, I hope I do justice to your wonderful recipe :)

  14. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    You got the newer model, that’s even better! I wonder if my sister got the same, I will have to check it out. The capacity is larger which is a bonus.

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