Milky Way Ice Cream Cake

The Milky Way Ice Cream Cake is a heavenly dessert that layers the creamy delight of ice cream sandwiches with the rich flavors of Oreo cookies, Cool Whip, and the optional, but highly recommended, decadence of Milky Way candy bars. Topped with swirls of chocolate and caramel drizzle, this no-bake dessert is not only a breeze to make but also a showstopper at any gathering. Having assembled this delectable treat for a family celebration, I was amazed at its simplicity and how it became the center of attention, with requests for the recipe coming in before the night ended. Its blend of textures and flavors, from the smooth Cool Whip to the crunchy Oreos, complemented by the creamy ice cream sandwiches, makes each bite a delightful experience.


  • 1 box of ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 package of Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 container of Cool Whip (16 oz), thawed
  • 1 Milky Way bar, chopped (optional)
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel drizzle
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract


  1. Prepare the Pan: Use a square pan, lined with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Cool Whip Mixture: Mix the thawed Cool Whip, crushed Oreo cookies, and Vanilla Extract until combined.
  3. Layer Ice Cream Sandwiches: Cover the bottom of the pan with ice cream sandwiches, cutting to fit if necessary.
  4. Add Cool Whip Mixture: Spread half the Cool Whip mixture over the ice cream sandwiches.
  5. Chocolate and Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle chocolate syrup, then caramel over the Cool Whip layer.
  6. Optional Milky Way Layer: Sprinkle chopped Milky Way pieces on top.
  7. Repeat Layers: Add another layer of ice cream sandwiches, the remaining Cool Whip mixture, and repeat the drizzles and optional candy.
  8. Final Freeze: Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 4-6 hours until firm.

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Freeze Time: 4-6 hours
  • Total Time: About 6 hours 20 minutes

Additional Tips

  1. Serving Tip: Let the cake sit at room temperature for a few minutes before slicing for easier serving.
  2. Variations: Feel free to use different types of candy bars or cookies for varied flavors.
  3. Layering: Ensure the layers are even for a visually appealing slice.
  4. Storage: This cake can be frozen for up to a week, covered tightly to prevent freezer burn.
  5. Presentation: Garnish with additional cookie crumbs or candy pieces right before serving for an extra touch of elegance.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?
    Yes, but keep in mind homemade whipped cream might not be as stable when frozen.
  2. Is there a lactose-free version of this cake?
    You can use lactose-free ice cream sandwiches and a dairy-free whipped topping as substitutes.
  3. Can I add nuts or other toppings?
    Absolutely! Customize with your favorite toppings like nuts, sprinkles, or even fruit.
  4. How do I make clean cuts through the cake?
    Dip your knife in hot water and wipe it dry before slicing.
  5. Can I make this cake in a round pan?
    Yes, but you may need to adjust the number of ice cream sandwiches and cut them to fit the shape of the pan.
  6. How do I prevent the cake from sticking to the pan?
    Lining the pan with parchment paper allows for easy removal and prevents sticking.
  7. Can I make this cake without the candy bars?
    Yes, it will still be delicious with just the cookies, ice cream sandwiches, and drizzles.
  8. How do I store leftovers?
    Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap and keep it in the freezer.
  9. Can I prepare this cake ahead of time?
    Yes, it’s an excellent make-ahead dessert for any occasion.
  10. What’s the best way to thaw Cool Whip quickly?
    Place the Cool Whip in the refrigerator for a few hours or defrost it on the counter for about 30 minutes.