Firecracker Ice Cream Cake
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Refreshingly fun, Firecracker Ice Cream Cake is a yummy treat all summer long. Spark some patriotism by adding marshmallow firecrackers to celebrate the 4th of July!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12-16
  • 20 Vanilla Wafer cookies
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 8 to 10 ice cream sandwiches, depending on size
  • 1 pint blueberry ice cream or sorbet
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pint raspberry sorbet
  • 1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • red and blue star shaped sugar cookies (optional)
  1. Coat sides and bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line side with wax paper, using spray to help adhere to pan.
  2. Finely crush the vanilla wafers in a food processor (or blender).
  3. Add milk; pulse just until mixture holds together. Set aside.
  4. Unwrap 4 ice cream sandwiches. Working quickly, cut each into quarters, in half long wise and then across. Stack strips of sandwiches to form a stand up edge. Repeat with remaining sandwiches to form a stand-up edge.
  5. Spoon cookie crumbs into the center of the pan; press firmly over bottom. Freeze 1 hour.
  6. Remove all 3 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet from the freezer and let soften at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  7. When softened, (not completely) add food color if you'd like. Remove pan from the freezer. Spread 1st layer of ice cream on the bottom, top with the next one, and then the last one.
  8. Top with thawed whipped topping, swirling top decoratively.
  9. Top with sprinkles and star cookies.
  10. Cover well and return to freezer.
  11. Freeze overnight.
  12. To serve, remove the sides of pan, then waxed paper. Add fire cracker decorations. Cut into wedges.
  13. To make decorative fire crackers: In a mug, melt white, vanilla melts in the microwave, at 15 second intervals. Using a wooden skewer, poke a marshmallow and dip it in the coating and then into red or blue sugar. Let it dry on a parchment lined jelly-roll pan. Repeat, dipping the other end. Dip 12 marshmallows to make 3 fire crackers. Refrigerate till set. Next, thread the marshmallows unto a long wood skewer. Cut the top and bottom off of a party straw with red and blue streamers. Push the pointed end of the streamer into the ice-cream cake. Insert the straw over the top of the skewer and push it into the top marshmallow to secure.
It's nice to have another pair of hands when it's time to open, cut, and place the ice cream sandwiches around the base of your pan.
Recipe by Cheery Kitchen at