Chocolate-Cherry Ice-Cream Cake

This dessert is a celebration waiting to happen! Make it ahead, and you can have a secret in the freezer ready to surprise someone.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

16
creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
1/4
cup butter or margarine
1
quart (4 cups) cherry or cherry vanilla ice cream, softened
8
creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped
1
cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1
quart (4 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2
cup fudge ice-cream sauce
Sweetened whipped cream, if desired
12
fresh cherries with stems
  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Place 16 cookies in food processor. Cover and process until finely ground. Add butter; cover and process until mixed. Press in springform pan, 9x3 inches. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until firm. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 2 Wrap outside of springform pan with foil. Spread cherry ice cream over cooled crust. Freeze 30 minutes.
  • 3 Sprinkle chopped cookies and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips over cherry ice cream; press slightly. Spread vanilla ice cream over top. Drop fudge sauce over ice cream in small spoonfuls; swirl slightly into ice cream. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips; press slightly. Freeze about 8 hours until firm.
  • 4 To serve, let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes. Carefully remove side of pan. Cut dessert into wedges. Top each wedge with whipped cream and cherry.

Expert Tips

Spray the back of a metal spoon with cooking spray, then use it to press the crumb mixture into the pan.

It’s a snap to spread the fudge sauce over the ice cream. Just spoon the sauce into a resealable plastic food-storage bag, cut off a small tip from a corner and squeeze.

This special dessert keeps well in the freezer for up to two weeks. Make the dessert, freeze until firm, then cover with foil to store.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
410
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
48g
48%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
36g
36%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.