Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni & Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Freeze: 12 hrs
Total: 12 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 12 slices

This strawberry shortcake ice cream cake tastes just like a sliceable and shareable version of the classic Good Humor ice cream bar. You will love the delicious bits of strawberry crunch crumbles on top.

Extra strawberry flavor is infused into every piece by using freeze-dried strawberries two different ways. First, the freeze-dried strawberries are folded into the strawberry ice cream layer of the cake. They are also crushed along with butter cookies to create the strawberry crunch crumble that is sprinkled on top.

Strawberry shortcake ice cream cake is perfect for entertaining during the warm summer months because the entire dessert can be prepared in advance and stored in the freezer until ready to slice and serve. It's the perfect combination of cool, rich, creamy, and crunchy.

Ingredients

For the Crust and Filling:

  • 30 crisp butter cookies

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 cups softened vanilla ice cream

  • 5 cups softened strawberry ice cream

  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries

  • 8 ounces thawed frozen whipped topping

For the Strawberry Crunch Crumble:

  • 15 crisp butter cookies

  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Line a 9x9 inch baking pan with non-stick foil. Set aside.

    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake ingredients

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  2. In a food processor, process 30 of the butter cookies until finely ground.

    Cookies in a food processor

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  3. In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter.

    Cookie crumbs and melted butter in a bowl

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  4. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set.

    Cookie crust pressed into a pan

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  5. Spread the softened vanilla ice cream onto the crust. Freeze, covered, until firm. This will take at least 2 hours.

    Vanilla ice cream layered on top of cookie crust in pan

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  6. In a large bowl, combine the softened strawberry ice cream with the freeze-dried strawberries.

    Strawberry ice cream with freeze-dried strawberries in a bowl

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  7. Spread the strawberry layer over the frozen vanilla layer. Freeze, covered, until set. This will take an additional 2 hours.

    Strawberry ice cream spread over other layers in a pan

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  8. Cover the top with the thawed whipped topping.

    Whipped topping added to the top of the cake

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  9. To prepare the strawberry crunch crumble, place the remaining 15 butter cookies and 3/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries in a large zip-top bag. Coarsely crush with a rolling pin.

    Freeze-dried strawberries and cookies in a zip-top bag being crushed with a rolling pin

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  10. Sprinkle the strawberry crunch crumble over the whipped topping. Cover and freeze until the entire cake is firm, at least 8 hours or overnight.

    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake in the pan

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  11. Remove the cake from the freezer 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Lift from the pan using the the non-stick foil. Slide off the foil and cut into squares to serve. For easy serving, run a sharp knife under warm water before each cut.

    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni & Eric Kleinberg

What Are Freeze-Dried Strawberries?

Freeze-drying involves first freezing the strawberries and then placing them in a vacuum under very low pressure. The water content of the strawberries is reduced but the fruit’s structure is maintained. Freeze-dried strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and dietary fiber. This drying process also concentrates the fruit’s sugar dramatically, resulting in a sweet strawberry treat that is packed with delicious berry flavor.