Mud Pie

Homemade ice cream cakes are super easy to put together. And when you bring this Mud Pie out, jaws will be dropping on the ground.
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Kids are funny when it comes to their birthday’s. I do not pride myself to be a professional cake decorator and as the boys are getting bigger, they want to move on from the cutesy cake pans. My young professor turned 9 last month. And for our family birthday party I was looking for inspiration for his birthday cake. Since the family was coming over, I try to come up with something everyone will like. A simple cake with frosting wasn’t going to cut it. And then there’s my sister-in-law who doesn’t do cooked fruit. Which led me to this bad boy I found in my March issue of Family Circle: Mud Pie. I showed it to the professor and he gave me the go-ahead, with a big smile and two thumbs up!

I can’t say this is a no-bake recipe. You do start by crushing Oreos (YUM!) and mixing it with melted butter. Press it into a deep-dish pie pan and bake it for 15 minutes at 350ºF. You do need time to make the pie crust, let it cool, spread the layers, let it freeze, spread more layers and chill overnight. So this is a great make-ahead recipe, when the day of your party you can spend your time making whatever else you must make.

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The original recipe called for vanilla and coffee ice cream. I changed it to dulce de leche and chocolate ice cream. How can you go wrong with swirls of caramel in there?

After the crust cools, spread your bottom layer of ice cream in, sprinkle some more chopped Oreos (YUM!) and spread your second ice cream choice over that. Let it freeze for 2 hours, munching on the remaining 6-8 Oreos you have left in the package.

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Next you spread some fudge sauce and top with toasted almond slices. I added some chopped Twix candy bars to keep that caramel theme going on. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.

All that is left to do is the whipped cream. Now Family Circle said to remove the pie 20 minutes prior to serving. I found that this was too much time and the pie would melt too quickly while I was cutting slices. You also make the whipped cream and top it while you wait. I prefer to remove the pie 10 minutes prior to serving, so the pie slices will keep it’s shape. Also prior to serving, top with homemade whipped cream, more almond slices and remaining pieces of Twix. If you want the whipped cream to not melt so quickly, make it the night before and let it freeze with the rest of the pie. Then you will have clean slices every time, even having the ability to slice them thinly for those who only want a taste.

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Everyone loved this dessert, from my 4-year old princess to her two sets of grandparents (ages, let’s say more than 4-years old!) and everyone in between. We even had a few slices leftover and I kept them in the freezer. They didn’t last more than a day or two afterwards!

With the warmer weather approaching, an ice cream cake is a great alternative to traditional cake. And it’s a real easy, crowd pleaser!

OMG Mud Pie!

Homemade ice cream cakes are super easy to put together. And when you bring this dessert out, jaws will be dropping on the ground! Recipe adapted from Family Circle, March 2010


  • 36 oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted, melted
  • 2 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 pint chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup bottled fudge sauce, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup almond slices, toasted
  • 4 Twix candy bars, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 TBS granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS almond slices, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a food processor finely crush:
    • 24 oreo cookies
  3. In medium-sized bowl combine until moistened crushed oreos and:
    • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted , melted
  4. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch deep dish pie plate.
  5. Bake crust for 15 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from freezer and allow to soften for 5 minutes:
    • 2 pint vanilla ice cream
    • 2 pint chocolate ice cream
  8. Transfer vanilla ice cream to a bowl and stir until good spreading consistency.
  9. Repeat with the chocolate ice cream.
  10. Spread vanilla ice cream into cooled crust and spread evenly.
  11. In a ziploc bag, coarsely crush:
    • 12 oreo cookies
  12. Sprinkle coarsely crushed cookies over the vanilla layer of ice cream.
  13. Spread chocolate ice cream over the top of the crushed cookie layer.
  14. Freeze for 2 hours.
  15. Carefully spread on top of the chocolate layer of ice cream:
    • 1 cup bottled fudge sauce , room temperature
  16. Sprinkle over the fudge sauce:
    • 1/2 cup almond slices , toasted
    • 3 Twix candy bars , coarsely chopped
  17. Cover with plastic wrap, making sure it doesn't stick to the fudge sauce and freeze overnight.
  18. Remove pie from freezer. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
  19. Meanwhile, using a stand mixer or hand blender, mix on high speed until medium peaks form:
    • 2 cup heavy cream
    • 2 TBS granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  20. Spread whipped cream over pie.
  21. Sprinkle with:
    • 2 TBS almond slices , toasted
    • 1 Twix candy bars , coarsely chopped
  22. Cut and serve immediately.


Serving Suggestions: An easy dessert that your guests will think you slaved over! Fun for adults and kids. For cleaner slices, freeze with the whipped cream and remove 10 minutes prior to serving.

Prep Time:

Yield: 12 servings

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