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Birthday Cake Ice Cream

What is the best way to derail your new healthy lifestyle? By eating a huge amount of homemade, store bought and mom and pop shop ice cream, of course! I’m going to blame the recent heat wave and the creamy temptress known as ice cream for my lack of willpower.

This is my second attempt at cake batter ice cream. Well this is more of a birthday cake/piece of cake ice cream. My first try wasn’t the best and I couldn’t get rid of it fast enough. I attempted to use a vanilla gluten-free boxed mix that I’ve had in my pantry for quite some time. The final product was a different texture than normal, creamy ice cream and I was very dissatisfied as I was making this for someone pretty amazing and deserving of a homemade version of their favorite ice cream.

I was determined to make good on this ice cream promise. This time I baked vanilla cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles and froze the pieces. I then used the pieces in the final churned cream, milk, sugar and eggs.

Rainbow sprinkles are my absolute favorite topping for ice cream; especially ice cream cones. This obsession dates back to 1988. My favorite ice cream memories are of car rides to Twin Cone, the closest local ice cream shop. To get there we have to drive down a very winding road, nicknamed ‘Roller Coaster Road.’ This road has always given me butterflies. My dad would drive slightly over the speed limit and make the ride more enjoyable for me and still today I get butterflies and recall fond memories driving along the curvy turns.


Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Make sure your cake is prepared and the crumbles are frozen before beginning this recipe. I would also suggest measuring out your ingredients before you begin because this is one of those recipes where you will want to pay very close attention to the heat and you'll need to stand close to continuously stir the mixture.

Yield: 1 quart

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: 4 hour 30 min


1 cup prepared cake pieces (about two cupcakes), frozen
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


Prepare your cake and freeze about 1 cup of pieces.

Combine eggs, yolks and sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl.

Heat milk and cream in a medium saucepan; do not let boil, just “scorch” it until it is near-boiling hot.

Turn off heat. Incorporate 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture while beating continuously.

Pour the egg and milk mixture into the remaining milk and cream, continue to beat. Heat mixture under medium low, while constantly whisking, until the consistency is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Pour mixture into a bowl and cover. Chill until completely cool. Once cooled, pour mixture into frozen ice cream maker and follow your machine’s directions for churning. Layer the ice cream, cake pieces and sprinkles in an airtight container. Store in the freezer until frozen.

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9 Responses to “Birthday Cake Ice Cream”

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    Lynna — July 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Aww, that’s such a cute memory! I don`t think I have many ice cream memories when I was a kid. XD

    This sounds oh-so yummy!! Truthfully, I`ve never had cake batter ice cream before. I`m guilty. I always pictured it being super sweet and sugary. But boy, this picture makes it look so good…it`s tempting me!

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    Jenna — July 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Roller coaster road is the best. And I propose you make this for me, dairy free. Please and thank you.

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    katie — July 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Seriously… this looks amazing! I’ve yet to make cake batter ice cream… think I might tackle it this weekend. I love your story about roller coaster road! I think we all had a road similar to that growing up!

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    Myriam — July 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

    It looks great but you forgot to mention how much
    sugar to use!

    • Samantha replied on — July 14th, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Thanks! Fixed.

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    JulieD — July 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Looks so darn amazing…I cannot wait to try this!!

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    Dana — March 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Ran across your site looking for an ice cream recipe. Thought I’d share what I do. I make vanilla ice cream and pour a whole box of yellow cake mix (straight powder!) into the mixture and then make the ice cream. My cousin managed a Coldstone when she was in college and she said this is exactly what they did. It’s sooo good!

    • Samantha Seeley replied on — March 10th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Oh I love learning the inner workings of places like Cold Stone. Thanks for sharing! Sounds great!


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