Don’t wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream!  It’s creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles. Don't wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It's creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.

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This past week was Ross’s birthday, in which he gracefully entered his thirties (plural) and made it look good. (Feel free to embarrass him in the comments if you so choose.)  So of course, us being us, it was a weekend of good eats.  We met up with friends for a beer and our favorite burger at a local restaurant, and for his cake, I created an epic tower of chocolate and peanut butter that we will definitely share with you in the coming weeks.

Notice I did NOT say I made this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream for his birthday.  But here’s the thing: I made it for no occasion at all, except that it sounded delicious.  And we happened to have some leftovers in the freezer over his birthday weekend, which we somehow managed to eat, you know, when we weren’t eating cake or burger.  (I SWEAR we’re not 500 pounds.)  And in spite of the fact that Ross is not usually a big cake-batter-ice-cream-person, he pretty much inhaled this version.  So I’m going to go ahead and say this was kinda-sorta-birthday-ice-cream.  But more importantly, it’s also un-birthday ice cream!  So take your pick and enjoy whatever day you want.

Don't wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It's creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.

Cake batter ice cream: easier than it sounds.

Personally, I didn’t need any encouragement to try a cake batter ice cream flavor.  When I’ve gone to one of those mix-in ice cream places, my guilty pleasure has been cake batter ice cream mixed with brownie.  Oh yeah.  You know it’s good.

But since we love to use our ice cream maker at home, I set out to make a new version.  I consulted the interwobs to learn how ice cream shops achieve that cake batter flavor, and you know what I found out?

Hold on.  It’s so redneck, I can’t…

Guy, it’s just cake mix.  You literally throw cake mix in the ice cream base and mix it all together.  And voila!  Cake batter ice cream!  #sorrynotsorry

True, I saw a few different ratios of ingredients and what-not, but they all used a yellow box cake mix for that cake batter flavor.  So I mashed up my favorite vanilla ice cream recipe from David Lebovitz with this crazy ol’ cake mix idea and a few other tweaks for flavor, and I found my cake batter ice cream heaven.  Even without mix-ins, this is the richest, tastiest, most flavorful cake batter ice cream I’ve had the good fortune to meet.  (Batter?  Barely know ‘er!)

Don't wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It's creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.But of course there are mix-ins.

And those mix-ins take this ice cream from cake to BIRTHDAY CAKE, which is like a billion times better than ordinary cake, amiright?  While the ice cream was churning I added crushed Birthday Cake Oreos and a fistful of sprinkles, and I watched joy and happiness and unicorns spread throughout the land.

The obvious question you might be asking yourself: why not use funfetti cake mix instead of yellow, for maximum birthday sprinkliciousness?  Well, the flavorings in yellow cake mix are stronger and more distinct than a white cake mix.  So if you want a stronger cake batter flavor, use the yellow mix and add your own sprinkles.  But if you’re fine with a slightly subtler yet still delicious taste, feel free to substitute funfetti.  In fact, you can use any old cake mix in here – whatever strikes your fancy!  Tell me if you come up with some hot new combination.  Because I’ll want to try it next.

Oh yeah, and since it was Ross’s big day, we also played with dry ice because it’s fun.  And fairly functional at keeping ice cream frozen during photoshoots.  But mostly fun.  Look at that beautiful sublimation!

Don't wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It's creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.

Then we got distracted and removed the ice cream from its bed of dry ice, and this happened:

Don't wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It's creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.

Messy messy messy. And oh so scrumptious!

Joking aside, this is quite possibly my favorite ice cream I’ve ever made.  And heaven knows I’ve made some ice cream in my day.  BTW, need an ice cream maker?  We use this Cuisinart ice cream maker, and it’s powered through 5 years strong. (← Amazon affiliate link)

So while the weather is still warm (or not), whether it’s your birthday (or not), whether you think you like cake batter ice cream or…just kidding, of course you like cake batter ice cream!  Anyway, give this one a shot!

Don't wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It's creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.


Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream
 
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Don't wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It's creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.
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Serves: About 1 quart
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1½ cups yellow cake mix (about half a package)
  • 7 Birthday Cake Oreos, crushed, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles, plus extra for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour milk, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan and heat on medium-low on the stove. Stir regularly and keep an eye on it so the milk doesn't scald. When it's hot but not quite simmering, remove from heat.
  2. Whisk egg yolks together in a large, heat-proof mixing bowl.
  3. Very slowly, pour the hot milk mixture into the eggs, while whisking continuously. When all the milk has been added, pour the milk and egg mixture back into the saucepan. Heat on medium low until thickened and the mixture coats the back of a spoon. You can also use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature - you want to hit 170 to 175 degrees. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour the heavy cream into a medium mixing bowl. Pour the milk/egg mixture through a mesh strainer into the cream. Stir to combine. Add vanilla and almond extract; stir some more.
  5. Whisk the cake mix into the bowl, until lumps are dissolved. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  6. When mixture is very cold, churn in your ice cream maker according to its directions. While ice cream is still soft (but no longer liquid) and continues churning, add crushed Oreos and sprinkles.
  7. When ice cream has finished churning, place in a freezer-safe container and cover, then freeze for a few hours until solid.
  8. Eat, preferably with a few extra Oreos and sprinkles on top!
Notes
Ice cream will keep in the freezer for a couple months if well sealed.

Significantly adapted from David Lebovitz.

 Want more Oreos and ice cream?  Try this Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream Pie next!

Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream Pie

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Don't wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It's creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.

13 Comments on Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream

  1. First of all, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, ROSS!! Sounds like you had an awesome day!!

    Cake batter in ice-cream…who woulda thunk it ;)? I saw some pics of this icecream on your IG and was, like, whoa! This looks delicious!

    Dry ice? How cool is that shot? Love it!

    • Thanks Dawn! The dry ice was SO MUCH FUN! Of course it took about a million shots to get that swirl of vapor in the background, but it was worth it! And then we threw the leftover dry ice in puddles and watched it explode 😁😁 (Are we really over the age of 30??)

  2. Yeeeeessssss! Birthday Cake ice cream is my favorite! (Okay, second favorite, after mint chip.) I don’t like cake because I don’t like the texture, but I love the flavor. I can’t believe I haven’t made my own yet. Who knew it was *literally* pouring in some cake mix?! Can’t wait to make this ASAP – once I finish the basil peach that is currently in my ice cream container.

    • Haha I know, when I started trying to learn how to make it, I was like…wait…you just…just pour it in? Really?? Okee dokee! And then it blew me away. If you love cake flavor this has your name all over it! Meanwhile I’ll be looking for your basil peach recipe because that sounds AMAZING.

  3. Man, this ice cream looks incredible. That’s so funny that you adapted this from Daivd Lebovitz. He is my go-to for ice cream recipes ever since I made his Salted Caramel one and died of happiness. Unbelievably rich and creamy. I will definitely be trying yours out!

    By the way, the pics look amazing. So much detail! If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of camera and lens do you use? I am looking to update my stock lens for the Canon Rebel I have.

    Thanks! Can’t wait to see what you guys do next!

    • Thanks so much, Sharon! David Lebovitz is the man. I actually haven’t tried his salted caramel ice cream buuuuut now I have to! I use a Nikon D3200 camera. The lens is a Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G. I’m far from a camera expert but I’ve been really happy with it!

  4. Argh this looks so good! (Though for a moment there I thought you guys did something crazy and set it on fire or something it being Ross’ plural 30s birthday after all lol but dry ice is FUN). And cake mix? Huh. Who would have known?? Looks amazing!

    • Thanks Jolina! I wouldn’t put it past myself to set ice cream on fire, just to see what would happen…although I’d only do it if there was still plenty of remaining ice cream to eat. Priorities. 😁

  5. Wowza. I’m gonna go ahead and say that it’s totally okay to make this any (or every) day, right? I mean it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere! This stuff looks AMAZING!

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