Want to be front and centre hero at your Christmas soirées this year? Here’s a perfect poser dessert that will reward your ego with grateful accolades, a champagne toast or two (or three) and requests for the formula.

My friend Jen presents this fabulous dessert at her Christmas luncheon to the delighted applause and plate licking pleasure of her guests. I picked up the baton and posted the recipe several years ago, had fun playing with the formula recently and, for the requesters, here’s an update. Plus a variety of options. Perfect for entertaining 8 to 10 of your nearest and dearest any time of year and ever so easy to knock up between those pesky household chores the day before serving.

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2 x 220g bottles chocolate Ice Magic

2 litres Cookies & Cream ice cream

1 litre Vanilla ice cream

2 packets Oreo Cookies

Oil spray

500g Strawberries for decoration

1) Spray a 22cm springform pan with oil spray then line the sides and base with a double layer of baking paper, extending 6cm above the rim of the pan

2) Squeeze one bottle of Ice Magic over the base of the pan and spread to cover surface. Tap on bench to settle then pop in freezer until set

3) Scoop 1/2 the Cookies & Cream ice cream into a bowel and stand at room temperature or until slightly softened

4) Spoon the softened Cookies & Cream ice cream over the Ice Magic layer and press into an even layer with the back of a spoon

5) Freeze for one hour or until firm

6) Gently pulse one packet of the Oreos until coarsly crumbled

7) Sprinkle Oreo crumbs evenly across the layer and return to freezer

8) Soften Vanilla ice cream in the same manner and spoon over Oreo crumb layer

9) Freeze for one hour or until firm

10) repeat steps 6 and 7

11) Spoon remaining  1/2 of the Cookies & Cream ice cream over the Oreo crumb layer

12) Cover and freeze over night, until ready to serve

13) Remove the side of the pan and carefully transfer cake to a chilled platter or cake stand

14) Top with strawberries and drizzle with the remaining Ice Magic

15) Serve immediately to the grateful hoards


PS: Have fun experimenting with different flavours! A few to get you started:

  • Substitute Cookies and Cream for Caramel or Chocolate ice cream
  • Substitute Oreo Cookies for Maltesers or crushed choc mint biscuits
  • Substitute Strawberries for tempered chocolate shards and Maltesers or mint cookies

Choices, choices!


20140111-084054Thank you Australian Woman’s Weekly for the concept.


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    3 Comments on Wanna be dessert queen?

    1. Kendall Neilson-Rudd
      Kendall Neilson-Rudd
      January 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s delicious – our family Christmas favourite for all ages!
      Always use streets blue ribbon (full cream) chocolate ice cream and bullas cookies & cream ice creamwhen making it. They are the nicest!

    2. Kendall Neilson-Rudd
      November 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm (1 year ago)

      My mumma’s Christmas special! Delicious! 🍦🍨🍦 How good would salted caramel be as an option.

      • Jane
        November 13, 2016 at 9:33 pm (1 year ago)

        Oh yes indeedy!!


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