We are a chocolate cherry household. If it’s date night, we order a chocolate cherry milkshake. Christmas brings box after box of the Queen Anne chocolate covered cherries. The only chocolate cherry fail we have ever had was wine (no big surprise I guess).
making an ice cream sandwich cake
In a moment of cooking brilliance I decided to slather cherry fluff between ice cream sandwiches and pour hot fudge over the resulting decadence. Of course I also created a new hot fudge sauce that is rich and dreamy and probably worthy of some famous award like an Oscar or a Pulitzer. Seriously, they should have those for original recipes and I should get one!
I know you might be tempted to pick up a bottle of chocolate syrup or a can of “hot fudge” from the store to make this cake easier. If you do, don’t tell me about it. I don’t want to know you! The chocolate sauce is seriously the best part and considering you have cherry fluff and ice cream sandwiches in the mix that is really saying something!
The chocolate sauce takes minutes to make from scratch and you will probably love me forever when you taste it! Besides, this cake is so simple, why cut corners?
Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup salted butter
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 12 ice cream sandwiches I used a generic brand from Winco
- 1 tub cool whip thawed
- 1 package of cherry jell-o 3oz
- maraschino cherries to garnish as desired
- In a large sauce pan over medium heat, bring cream to a simmer. You do not have to stir but watch that it does not go past a simmer.
- Add chocolate chips and brown sugar. Stir until all the chips are melted, removing from heat when they are half melted.
- Add the butter, vanilla and salt. Stir until combined and the sauce is smooth without any sugar grains. Set aside to cool while you assemble the cake.
- Unwrap the ice cream sandwiches and set aside.
- Whisk together the cool whip and jell-o powder in a medium bowl.
- Layer the ice cream sandwiches and cherry frosting on a platter as desired. Different brands of ice cream sandwiches are different shapes and sizes. I placed four on the platter and then stacked the sandwiches three high. You can spread the cherry filling between the layers and on top, leaving the sides bare. There is enough cherry frosting to frost the sides and ends if you like.
- Drizzle some of the chocolate sauce over the top of the cake and garnish with cherries. Serve with leftover chocolate sauce. If the sauce becomes too cool, warm it gently in the microwave until it reaches a nice pouring consistency.
- Serve right away or freeze until ready to serve. Store leftovers in the freezer in a container with a tight lid and eat soon. Refrigerate leftover chocolate sauce (if you have any).
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