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Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake

Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake Recipe: All the amazing layers of Dairy Queen Buster Bars in a quick 5-ingredient treat! Ice cream, fudge, red skinned peanuts, and chocolate coating pressed into easy-to-cut bars.

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Dairy Queen Treats

For years Dairy Queen Buster Bars have been my ultimate guilty pleasure.

On a rough day, as an after-school treat for the kids, or even as a late night snack… Dairy Queen was there, ready to lift my spirits with creamy vanilla ice cream, swirls of soft fudge, red skin peanuts, and brittle chocolate coating.

When the kids were little, those late night Buster Bars were my favorite.

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We’d get the kids in bed after a full day of work, school, appointments, and chores. Then as we’d sit down on the couch to finally relax, Lt. Dan would get the idea to run out and grab a couple of Buster Bars.

Luckily we had a Dairy Queen just 3 minutes away!

Ten minutes later, we’d sit back down on the couch, turn on a favorite sitcom, and sink our teeth into pure chocolatey joy.

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Sadly, our nearest Dairy Queen closed its doors just a few months ago.

Since then, I’ve been having withdrawals.

Not that we were eating Buster Bars every week, mind you. It’s just the knowledge that I can’t have one in 3 minutes that makes it so painful.

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No-Bake Desserts

If there was ever a time for a simple no-bake dessert recipe, it’s right now, in the heat of summer.

I love simple desserts you can whip up in minutes, especially if they taste like my beloved Buster Bars.

Today’s easy to make 5-Ingredient Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake is just what the doctor ordered. It’s the perfect pick-me-up and cool-me-down for summer parties!

Our Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake recipe has all the components of classic Dairy Queen Buster Bars pressed into a baking dish so it can be cut and served as an ice cream cake.

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Buster Bar Cake Ingredients

  • Vanilla Ice Cream. Although Dairy Queen uses their famous soft-serve for Buster Bars, a couple of layers of good quality vanilla ice cream will soften in minutes, once cut and served.
  • Fudge Sauce. Buy a big jar, so you have a nice even layer of fudge in the middle. If you have to heat it a tad to spread it, that’s ok. But it should be no more than room temperature or the ice cream will melt.
  • Red Skin Peanuts. The Buster Bar little extra something!
  • Chocolate Shell Coating. Use Magic Shell or any grocery store chocolate coating that hardens when it gets cold.
  • Chocolate Graham Crackers. Although there is no sign of graham crackers in classic Buster Bars, these act as the platform on which to build the ice cream cake, making it much easier to scoop each piece out of the dish and serve.
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How To Make Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake

Honestly, this could not be any more simple… Just layer it in!

  • Layer 1, graham crackers.
  • Layer 2, ice cream.
  • Layer 3, fudge and peanuts.
  • Layer 4, more ice cream.
  • Layer 5, more peanuts and chocolate coating.
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Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake Recipe Tips

Make sure to press both layers of ice cream smooth before moving on.

Also make sure that you sprinkle the top of the cake with peanuts before you add the Magic Shell, so it seals the peanuts in place.

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Final thoughts on the results?

Yes. Yeeeeeeeeees. This recipe will definitely satisfy a hardcore Buster Bar craving.

Plus, it’s easy to make, feeds a crowd, saves money (if you were actually going to buy 24 Buster Bars) and feels like a celebration in appearance, flavor, and creamy texture.

This Buster Bar Cake is a summertime win!

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I highly recommend you make one in the next couple of weeks… Say around Independence Day?

Also check out some of our other favorite frozen treats.

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Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
All the amazing layers of Dairy Queen Buster Bars in an easy 5-ingredient treat! Ice cream, fudge, red skinned peanuts, and chocolate coating pressed into quick-cut bars.
Servings: 24 pieces



  • Set the ice cream out to soften. Line the bottom of a 9X13 inch baking dish, with graham crackers. Break several crackers in half in order to cover the entire bottom in a single layer.
  • Scoop half the ice cream on top of the graham crackers. Use the scooper (or a stiff spatula) to smash the ice cream into a flat layer.
  • Pour the fudge over the ice cream layer. Spread it out in a thin layer over the ice cream. Then sprinkle half the peanuts over the surface of the fudge.
  • Scoop the remaining ice cream over the fudge and peanuts. Press gently into a smooth layer, sealing in the fudge.
  • Sprinkle the remaining peanuts over the ice cream in an even layer. Then drizzle the Magic Shell over the peanuts to secure them into place. Place the pan in the freezer for at least 3 hours before cutting.



This is a great make-ahead dessert. Wrap the top of the baking dish well with plastic so it doesn’t get freezer burn.


Serving: 1square, Calories: 488kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 69mg, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 428mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 45g, Vitamin A: 665IU, Vitamin C: 0.9mg, Calcium: 220mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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32 comments on “Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake”

  1. Great recipe!! I have made it exactly as written.
    Tip: make sure you have a half gallon of ice cream, it’s usually sold now in smaller packages that are not a full half gallon.

  2. This was delicious. I used chocolate graham animal cookies (crushed) for the bottom. However, I had a problem with it sticking to the pan. I was fighting with it to get it out. Any suggestion? 

    • Hi Stella,

      That sounds delicious! However, the crushed crackers are probably the reason you struggled to get the cake out of the pan. The whole crackers, flat against the bottom, will lift out easily. Were you unable to find them?

  3. Our Dairy Queen sells their ice cream by the quart for $2.50. You could use the real thing when you make this and still spend less than buying good vanilla ice cream at the store. Check your DQ for this dessert hack!

  4. Can not find the chocolate graham crackers any where, all the comments sound good, but can I use regular graham crackers?

  5. My store didn’t have chocolate graham crackers, so I bought a chocolate graham pie crust…. I plan on breaking it up and making the crust that way! Hope it works!

  6. Thank you! I made this for a neighborhood gathering. So easy. Served a large group. Everyone was delighted! My husband especially loved it. Enough that we now have a second one in the freezer that he is working on. It freezes very well. Make sure to not get the hot fudge to hot!

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  10. Thought:.. instead of using choc gram crackers what about a thin to med choc cake?

    • Hi Dale,

      Sure! That’s a great idea. It will just take a little more time and effort. Whereas, the graham crackers absorb some of the moisture from the ice cream and become “cakey” on their own.

  11. Dairy Queen was my 1st job as a high schooler. I’ve made plenty of those bars!!! And a ton of other treats…you brought back some old as heck memories!!!

  12. Hi Sommer. This looks delicious! I can’t find the link for the video. Any chance you can repost it?



  14. I’m wondering if your could use brownies as the base? Wouldn’t that be delightful!!

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  16. How far ahead can I make this? Can I wrap it good and keep it in the freezer for a week?

  17. Oh my gosh! I am so excited to make this! I found this spicy chocolate recipe that is would go great with this Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake! I’m really excited to try it!

  18. Thank you for recreating an old favorite treat! Can’t wait to give it a try at the next family gathering!

  19. This looks delicious! I plan on putting it together this evening for a birthday celebration tomorrow. My one complaint: please please please lose that annoying music. It adds absolutely nothing but detracts mightily. 

  20. Oh my goodness- this is such a good dessert!  My mom made this when I was growing up and this brings back many fun memories.  The only difference was the crust was made with ground up Oreos (filling and all).  Great summertime dessert!

  21. This was a huge hit! Everyone at my house loved it!

  22. This might be the best ice cream dessert I have ever tasted!

  23. This looks heavenly! Can’t wait to make this! Peanut and chocolate is one of my favorites with ice cream.

  24. Oh, my gosh, SO much better than Buster Bars!! Fabulous!!!