4th of July Ice Cream Cake

This 4th of July Ice Cream Cake is made with ice cream sandwiches, chocolate syrup, Cool Whip and fun red, white and blue toppings. It’s a simple ice box cake that is perfect for summer.

4th of July Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Treats are always needed at our 4th of July BBQ and this easy ice cream cake (with bright and festive 4th of July colors) is perfect for any BBQ, or get together!

Ice Cream Sandwich Ice Cream Cake

This ice cream cake is a simple icebox cake made with ice cream sandwiches. No baking required making it perfect for summer.

You will need ice cream sandwiches. I use the cheaper, rectangle ice cream sandwiches. The square ones would work too.

You will stack the ice cream sandwiches in layers and add your favorite ice cream sauce/syrup in between each layer. I try to add just the perfect amount so the syrup/sauce doesn’t squish out of the sides.

Ice Cream Sandwiches stacked to make an ice cream cake.

Next, you will cover the ice cream sandwiches with cool whip. It doesn’t need to be smooth and perfect. I actually like it better when it’s wavy and not smooth.

Cool whip on top of stacked ice cream sandwiches to make and ice cream cake.
Ice cream sandwiches covered in Cool Whip to make an ice box cake.

Last, you will add your favorite red, white and blue toppings. Sprinkles, candy (like the M&Ms below and strawberry (red) syrup) make the perfect topping for this 4th of July Cake made out of ice cream sandwiches.

Red ice cream syrup. Red, white and blue M&Ms and sprinkles on top of a cool whip cake made of ice cream sandwiches.

Place the cake in the freezer for at least 2 to 3 hours to set up before serving.

NOTE: If you are worried about the toppings getting messed up or “bleeding the colors into the cool whip, you can add them on before serving.

When you are ready to eat this ice cream cake, cut into pieces and enjoy!

A piece of an Ice cream sandwich cake made for the 4th of July.
4th of July Cake with a piece cut out of it showing the ice cream sandwiches its made out of.

Change It Up – Other Options

It’s easy, delicious and can easily be made bigger or smaller with more or less ice cream sandwiches!

The great thing about this dessert is you can change it up in so many ways!! You can change the toppings and colors on top for any occasion/holiday. The layers of syrup/sauce can be changed to caramel, butterscotch, strawberry or any other flavor you can find.

You can add candy, cookies, sprinkles or a fruit topping; or nothing but a simple layer of cool whip.

The flavor of ice cream sandwiches can be swapped out….I bet the cookies and cream or Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches would be delicious!!!

So give it a try-change it up for every holiday or party and enjoy the delicious flavors of an ice cream cake made easy right at home!

For some other fun 4th of July treats, try my 4th of July Fruit Pizza, or my Patriotic Popcorn.

For another easy icebox cake try my S’mores Ice Cream Cake.

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4th of July Ice Cream Cake

This simple ice cream cake is delicious! It is made with ice cream sandwiches and chocolate syrup in between each layer, and topped with cool whip and yummy toppings! It is so easy but everyone loves it!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time (before serving): 4 hours
Servings: 6 servings (approx.)


  • 18 ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped see notes- you can use more less
  • 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Chocolate syrup for drizzling between layers see notes
  • Strawberry Ice Cream Syrup for topping
  • M&Ms, red white and blue if you can find them
  • sprinkles- red white and blue
  • Parchment paper to make the cake on makes cutting serving easier


  • Unwrap the ice cream sandwiches. I make my ice cream cake on a cutting board, with parchment paper. Then I make the ice cream cake right on the parchment paper. You can also make it in a pan for easier covering and freezing.
  • Line up 6 ice cream sandwiches for your bottom layer. Then drizzle your chocolate syrup all over the ice cream sandwiches- not too heavy but enough that each sandwich has a bit on it.
  • Line up 6 more ice cream sandwiches going the opposite way. Depending on your brand of ice cream sandwiches I sometimes have to trim off a bit of the ice cream sandwiches to make them line up evenly. Drizzle chocolate syrup again on ice cream sandwiches.
  • Take the last 6 ice cream sandwiches and place them on top, laying them the opposite way (same way as first layer).
    Frost with Cool whip on top and sides. Then drizzle red strawberry syrup on top, and then add sprinkle and M&Ms.
    *You can add the toppings before serving if you want.
  • Place in freezer for at least 2-3 hours so it can harden up and layers can freeze together for easier cutting. I loosely place foil over the top so it is not touching the top of the cake.
  • When you are ready to serve it, cut it into desired pieces and enjoy!
    18 ice cream sandwiches stacked in 3 layers usually serves 8-12 people depending on the serving size.


You can use any brand of ice cream sandwiches, and you can stack more or less and change the size of your ice cream cake by how many ice cream sandwiches you use.  You may have to trim some of the ice cream sandwiches as you alternately stack them in different directions for each layer. 
You will use chocolate syrup to drizzle in between each layer of stacked ice cream sandwiches.  This makes the layer stick together better for cutting, and adds a little bit of extra flavor.  Instead of chocolate, you can use caramel, butterscotch, fruit filling, extra cool whip, or cool whip mixed cookies, candy or anything that is a bit gooey to stick to the layer together.
You can also change up the drizzle on top to chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, and top it with any candy or cookies you wish!  

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 727kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 1mg

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