We turned an iconic ice cream truck treat into a dessert you can make at home. Learn how to make a strawberry crunch ice cream cake.
Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

For us, one of the most iconic treats is the strawberry shortcake ice cream bar—you know the one with a strawberry ice cream center layered with vanilla ice cream and cake crumbles? It’s the perfect combination of strawberries, cream and crunch. But why wait for the ice cream truck? You can make a similar treat big enough to share right at home. And the best part: strawberry ice cream cake is super simple to make.

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake Ingredients

  • Golden Oreos
  • Butter
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Strawberry ice cream
  • Whipped topping


  • Freeze-dried strawberries
  • Golden Oreos
  • Fresh strawberries to garnish, optional


Step 1: Make the cookie crust

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The foundation of this dessert is a lovely cookie crust. To make the crust, crumble about 24 Golden Oreos. You can use a food processor to get fine crumbs or break out the rolling pin and zip-top bag.

Editor’s Tip: You can also use graham crackers, shortbread cookies or vanilla wafers here if you prefer.

When you’ve got crumbs—somewhere between a powder and coarse crumbles—stir them together with the melted butter. Press into an 8×8-inch pan lined with parchment. Pop this into a 350ºF oven for about 20 minutes. Once baked, let it come to room temperature.

Step 2: Make the strawberry-cookie crunch

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While you have the food processor (or rolling pin) out, make the crumble that coats the outside of the cake. Start by crumbling the Oreos. You can leave them fairly coarse for a nice crunchy outside. Remove them from the food processor and set them aside.

Then process the freeze-dried strawberries. We recommend crumbling them up separately from the cookies because they will turn the whole batch dark pink. The taste will be the same, but by separating them at this stage you’ll get a more impactful two-tone effect later. When you’re ready to use the cookie-berry crunch, toss them together lightly.

Step 3: Layer the ice cream

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To make the first layer of the strawberry ice cream cake, grab your favorite vanilla ice cream—this is our Test Kitchen’s favorite brand. Allow it to sit out for a bit on the counter so it’s easy to spread. When it’s soft, but not runny, spread an even layer across the graham crackers. Be careful so you don’t mess up your crust. Then pop it in the freezer to get it nice and firm, about an hour.

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Repeat with the strawberry ice cream. If you’d like, stir in a few extra freeze-dried berries (a handful will do). This will give you a bit more color and flavor. When you’re satisfied with this layer, freeze it. An hour should do the trick.

Step 4: Top it off

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With the ice cream layers nice and firm, you can remove the 8×8 pan from the freezer. Layer on some whipped topping. Use as much or as little as you like. Pop this in the freezer one more time. It’s a lot of back and forth with the freezer, but this helps the layers really set up ensuring you get beautiful layers when it’s time to slice.

When it’s all chilled, sprinkle on a healthy dose of the cookie-strawberry crumble.

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake Tips

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How do you serve strawberry ice cream cake?

You can serve this simple strawberry ice cream cake right in the pan if you’d like. To show off all your hard work, use the parchment paper lining the pan to pull it out. You might need to let the pan sit for a minute, but it should pull out easily (a thin spatula always helps, too). The end result is crunchy yet creamy and pretty.

What are freeze-dried strawberries?

They sound kind of space age but are fairly easy to find these days on Amazon, or at Target, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, some dollar stores and grocers. A freeze-dried berry has all the water removed leaving behind a super crunchy and super flavorful treat.

Watch how to Make Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake

While growing up, I loved treats from the ice cream truck that rolled through my neighborhood. This ice cream cake is inspired by one of those crunchy, strawberry novelties. —Lisa Kaminski, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + freezing Bake: 15 min. + cooling


9 servings


  • 36 Golden Oreo cookies, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 5 cups strawberry ice cream, softened
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (1 ounce) freeze-dried strawberries, coarsely crushed
  • Fresh strawberries, optional


  1. Line a 9x9-in. baking pan with parchment. Preheat oven to 350°. Finely crush 24 cookies. In a small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake until firm, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Spread vanilla ice cream onto crust; freeze, covered, until firm. Spread with strawberry ice cream and then whipped topping; freeze, covered, until firm.
  3. Coarsely crush remaining cookies. Combine cookie crumbs and freeze-dried strawberries; sprinkle over whipped topping. Freeze, covered, until firm, 8 hours or overnight. Remove cake from freezer. Lifting with parchment, remove from pan. Gently peel off parchment. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. If desired, garnish with fresh strawberries.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 584 calories, 30g fat (16g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.