What's better than strawberry shortcake? This chilly strawberry shortcake ice cream cake! It’s easily assembled with ice cream sandwiches, vanilla ice cream and lots of fresh strawberries. Just prep, freeze and serve!
Line an 8-inch cake pan with plastic wrap so that the plastic overhangs the edges of the pan.
Arrange the ice cream sandwiches upright around the circumference of the cake pan. Freeze for 20 minutes.
Place 1 cup of the chopped strawberries and the granulated sugar into the bowl of a food processor or a blender. Process until the strawberries are pureed and the sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.
Put half of the vanilla ice cream in a large bowl and let soften until spreadable but still very thick. Fold in 1 cup of the chopped strawberries. Remove the pan with the ice cream sandwiches from the freezer and pour half of the ice cream mixture into the center. Next, pour in the sweetened strawberry puree. Pour the remaining half of the softened ice cream on top of the puree; smooth to level. Immediately transfer the cake to the freezer to chill at least 4 hours and up to overnight. Remove the cake by pulling the ends of the plastic wrap upward. Lift the cake from the plastic wrap and place on a serving plate.
Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Place the freeze-dried strawberries and pound cake in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until large crumbs form. Spread the heavy cream on the bottom half of the ice cream sandwich cake. Immediately press in the crumb mixture; reserve the leftover crumbs.
Top the cake with scoops of the remaining vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with the strawberry syrup and scatter the remaining 1/4 cup chopped strawberries on top. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Place the waffle cones on top of three scoops of the ice cream.
Serve the cake immediately or transfer to the freezer to store.