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No Machine Cake Batter Ice Cream

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This incredibly Easy Cake Batter Ice Cream is made using only 4-Ingredients with no special equipment! The perfect soft and creamy ice cream recipe that is packed with cake flavor.

There is no better way to celebrate than cake batter recipes! Be sure to try my Birthday Cake Pancakes and Cake Batter Pretzels.

This recipe was originally published June 30, 2013. It has since been updated to include fresh photos and helpful tips.

blue bowl on a white tabletop filled with scoops of ice cream

RECIPE FEATURES

  • Beginner Recipe: This recipe is perfect for beginners. The ingredient list is short and it is practically no-fail.
  • Minimal Ingredients: You only need 3 base ingredients and sprinkles!
  • Family Favorite: One of our go-to ice cream flavors is Baskin Robin’s Icing on the Cake. This tastes incredibly similar!

We have two family members that aren’t super fans of cake which makes it tricky when celebrating birthdays. Luckily, this Birthday Cake Ice Cream brings that classic flavor with the added joy of SPRINKLES. Bonus? You can make it in advance, it is rich and creamy, and you DO NOT NEED AN ICE CREAM MACHINE!

Ice cream is a favorite, and you know I have so many no-churn varieties already, but this one takes the cake. Dry cake mix is mixed into sweetened condensed milk for that bold flavor and whipped cream gives you that smooth and light texture.

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Box of yellow cake mix and bowl of sprinkles

FUNFETTI ICE CREAM INGREDIENTS

The ingredient list for this recipe is short, and most of the items are shelf stable. We keep a box of cake mix and can of sweetened milk on hand always. That way we can whip this up whenever the mood strikes.

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: This is what will add the sweetness to your ice cream. It also works amazingly well as an ice cream base to add in additional ingredients.
  • Cake Mix: Yellow cake mix, to be exact. You stir dry cake mix into the sweetened milk to add that classic birthday cake flavor.
  • Heavy Cream: Wondering how this works without a mixer? Whipped cream adds the needed air into your ice cream batter. Be gently when folding into the sweetened condensed milk. You want it just mixed in.
  • Sprinkles: Optional, but sort of not. Is cake batter ice cream even cake batter without the brightly colored sprinkles?

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS

  • While this isn’t absolutely necessary, you can add even more flavor by stirring in a 1/4 teaspoon of butter and vanilla extract.
  • Another fun addition? Fold in baked cake pieces! Bake the cake and cool completely. Cut into small pieces. Freeze solid before folding in.
  • Spread canned frosting onto a baking tray lined with parchment. Freeze solid. Break into small pieces and sprinkle throughout the better before freezing.
no churn ice cream ingredients in a glass bowl

HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM WITHOUT A MACHINE

  • GATHER INGREDIENTS: I like to start by gathering and measuring out my ingredients. This helps the process of making ice cream run smoothly.
  • ADD FLAVOR: Create the base of your ice cream by stirring together the sweetened condensed milk, dry cake mix, and extracts if using.
  • WHIP THE CREAM: Whip the cream in a chilled bowl with a mixer until peaks form. Gently fold in with the sweetened milk mixture. Fold in the sprinkles.
  • FREEZE: Transfer to an ice cream freezer container, or quality air tight container, and freeze for 4 hours, or until solid.
  • ENJOY

HELPFUL TOOLS

  • Mixing Bowls: I am obsessed with this nesting set of mixing bowls (affiliate). They stack nicely and each bowl comes with a secure fitting lid.
  • Mixer: You can use a hand mixer (affiliate) or a stand mixer (affiliate) for this recipe.
  • Silicone Spatulas (affiliate): These make it super simple to fold the ingredients without the risk of over mixing and deflating the batter.
  • Containers: I purchased this set of two containers (affiliate) a few summers ago. It is ideal for this recipe and fills both up perfectly.
ice cream scoop with one scoop of birthday cake ice cream

ICE CREAM MAKING TIPS

I LOVE this recipe for so many reasons (as previously stated). One of the big ones is that it is so simple to customize. Here are  a few tips to ensure you get perfect ice cream every single time!

How do you thicken no churn ice cream?

This ice cream recipe will be lighter and less dense than traditional churned ice cream. If you want a thicker ice cream, you can whip the cream a little less. This lets less air into the batter giving you a thicker finish. Soft peaks are what you will want.

How do you make no churn ice cream softer?

This ice cream recipe will be SO SOFT. You shouldn’t have to make any adjustments to the recipe, but if you find it is super frozen and hard to scoop you can leave it on the counter for 10 minutes before serving.

Do you have to churn homemade ice cream?

No. This is a no-churn recipe which means you won’t need an ice cream machine.

How long will this recipe last?

If stored properly, securely closed in a container in the freezer, this recipe will last up to 2 months. Although, we tend to eat it much faster.

Do I add the ingredients listed on the cake mix?

No. You will add the dry cake mix to the sweetened condensed milk. You can ignore the ingredients called for on the box.

top down image of ice cream scooped into a blue bowl

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No Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream

No Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream

Yield: 3.5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

This super simple cake batter ice cream requires no mixer! All you need are five simple ingredients and a freezer safe container!

Ingredients

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup yellow cake mix, dry
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Stir the sweetened condensed milk, dry cake mix, and vanilla in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whip the heavy cream in a chilled bowl until stiff peeks form, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Gently fold the whipped cream into the milk mixture, stirring until just combined.
  4. Add sprinkles, if using, folding until just incorporated.
  5. Pour into a large air tight container.
  6. Freeze for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

Notes

  • While this isn’t absolutely necessary, you can add even more flavor by stirring in a 1/4 teaspoon of butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Another fun addition? Fold in baked cake pieces! Bake the cake and cool completely. Cut into small pieces. Freeze solid before folding in.
  • Spread canned frosting onto a baking tray lined with parchment. Freeze solid. Break into small pieces and sprinkle throughout the better before freezing.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g
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serena

Wednesday 9th of April 2014

how many ml would you say 1 can of condensed milk is? please answer asap thanks :)

Chaney

Friday 12th of July 2013

Oh my goodness - this looks so good! I'm definitely trying this. Pinning! I've got an ice cream maker though - I assume the recipe will work just fine in it? Thanks!

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Thursday 4th of July 2013

Yum, this ice cream looks delicious. I found your blog on Whatever goes Wednesday, I'm subscribing!

Joanne/Winelady Cooks

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

I just came from Mrs. Diner's Food Holiday Link Party for Ice cream this week. This recipe sounds delicious, I know my grandsons will enjoy it. It's been so hot I think it will be a nice treat for the holiday.

Thanks for sharing, Joanne

Carly

Monday 1st of July 2013

I love cake batter flavor. I need to try this. Sounds so simple!

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