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Cake Batter Ice Cream

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An ice cream that reminds you of licking the batter in your childhood kitchen? Yes, this Cake Batter Ice Cream evokes delicious memories of those forbidden tastes of cake batter, but this time, you have permission to indulge!

Cake Batter Ice Cream with sprinkle cones and birthday candles

Cake Batter Ice Cream

Did you all know there was such a thing as Cake Batter ice cream??? Maybe I just live in a hole. When I polled my kids on their favorite ice cream flavors, my oldest mentioned cake batter. In fact, he sent me a text with a photo of a recently eaten scoop of the stuff so I could see the color.

Basically, cake batter ice cream is a rich vanilla custard with a couple big scoops of dry cake mix which adds that distinctive “cake” flavor. I decided on a butter cake boxed mix as I felt it was the least artificial tasting option, found a few recipes to give me some guidance and made it my own.

Cake Batter Ice Cream in decorated sugar cones


How to Make This Cake Batter Ice Cream Recipe

  • Most of the on-line recipes for cake batter ice cream I located did not contain egg yolks, which I consider imperative for giving ice cream a nice rich mouth feel. It does require a few extra steps, but it’s worth it.
  • You’ll have to cook a custard, pour it through a sieve, then refrigerate it overnight. But don’t despair…it’s really worth the wait.
  • The flavor of cake batter comes from dry cake mix. If you have a favorite flavor, give it a try. I find yellow cake mix to taste artificial, so I usually go with a butter cake mix.
  • I also dipped my cones in melted white chocolate and then dusted the chocolate with sprinkles for a celebratory flair.

I brought a cone to my friend, Candy, who happened to have a birthday on the morning our knitting group was meeting. She was thrilled with the special treat…and was nice enough to share a bite with the other gals.  I’m guarding  the last serving in my freezer. I need Tom to stop by and let me know if my creation is anything like the Stone Cold Creamery version.



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Cake Batter Ice Cream in decorated sugar cones

Cake Batter Ice Cream

A rich vanilla ice cream flavored with cake mix to make a celebratory treat!

  • Author: Liz
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Ice Cream
  • Method: Heating, Mixing, Freezing
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup cake mix (I used a butter flavored cake mix)


  1. In a saucepan, heat cream and milk with sugar and cook till sugar dissolves and mixture starts to bubble around the edges.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks in a large measuring cup or a heat safe bowl. Drizzle some of the hot cream mixture into eggs, whisking constantly. Keep adding cream until about a cup is incorporated, whisking constantly. Pour yolk mixture into pan and cook till mixture just starts to boil, whisking frequently Remove from heat and strain through a sieve to remove any cooked egg. Whisk in vanilla and cake mix till incorporated.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Place in freezer till it reaches desired firmness.


Total time: 9 hours, including an overnight chill

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66 comments on “Cake Batter Ice Cream”

  1. ha ha ha! Looks like I too live in a hole Liz!
    The ice-cream sounds so fab with those chunks of cake clubbed with the ice cream. Have to try it with my next batch of ice cream.

  2. This looks terrific. I haven’t heard of it either, but will add it to my list!

  3. I have yet to make a custard ice cream Liz. I really need to get with it – lol!

  4. Ice Cream Week??? Oh I’m in trouble! Cake Batter ice Cream? I’ve just popped out of a hole and I’m in real trouble now!
    Thanks for sharing, Liz. I’m off to nibble on those Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, lol…(chocolate chip cookie cake batter ice cream, ice cream sandwich, whew!)

  5. Liz, I love cake batter ice cream. This looks wonderful, and you’re pictures are stunning.

  6. And I live in a hole also. It sounds great! Nothing in this world tastes better than ice cream!

  7. I love, love, love anything flavored cake batter! This ice cream looks so good right now- I have a sore throat, and this may be just what the doctor ordered.

  8. Cake batter was my brother’s faaaavorite ice cream flavor in high school! He’d diiiie if I made this for him!

  9. Cake Batter frozen treats do seem to be en vogue at the frozen yogurt shop as well as the ice cream shop =) And it looks like you’ve taken it one step farther with the lovely white chocolate and sprinkles!

    P.s. Hope you get a chance to take a peek at my S’More Ice Cream offering at NinjaBaking =)

  10. I have had it, but I’ve never tried making it…I must change that immediately. Yum!

  11. The ice cream looks creamy and delicious but its the cones that caught my eye! What a fun and easy way to dress up an ice cream dessert! Its a party in a cone. 🙂

  12. I know my unusual ice cream flavors but I never heard of this one, that is cool and I must try it. Amazing contest!

  13. Love how you put this ice cream in sprinkle dipped cones! SO excited for everyone’s creations this week.

  14. You just expanded my world: cake batter in ice cream. Wow! I love the fancy cones, too!

  15. Ok so I’m in the same hole you were in Lizzy but now you’ve enlightened me 🙂 This looks so good and what a fun idea to add the cake mix!

  16. What a fun flavor!! Love the sprinkle dipped cones!!

  17. I need to make some of this. Not sure I can bring myself to buy a box of cake mix, though.

  18. I love anything cake batter flavor! I love making ice cream, but rarely get my ice cream maker out…looks like you may have inspired me!

  19. Simply ahhhhh-mazing Liz! Thank you so much for joining us this week!

  20. I’m very conventional; I like real vanilla bean

  21. Dear friend Liz.
    The ice cream looks creamy and delicious, and their cones are very fun and beautiful, would be a perfect summer party with several flavors of ice cream.

  22. I love mint chocolate chip, though this cake batter ice cream looks like a winner!

  23. I love cake batter ice cream but I’m so on a mission to make it without the mix! Ugh, looks like from your research and what I’ve done it can’t be done. This still looks delectable though and I love what you did with the cones!

  24. I am older than you are, Liz, and I have never heard of Cake Batter Ice Cream. Interesting. I actually have no problem with using a mix. Ever. I already have a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, and am totally in love with The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz and don’t need another ice cream cookbook. BUT, I’m jonesin’ for Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Reid. Love your cones. You have the most spectacular “extra touches”.

  25. I like vanilla ice cream

  26. Oh wow, I want one too! What a lucky friend!

  27. So, I’ve heard of cake batter ice cream before, and I think I’ve even tasted it. But I seriously did not know it was made using actual cake mix! I thought ice cream shops got some sort of “cake batter flavoring” syrup or something that they added. Pretty cool that now I know I can make this at home!

  28. Ever since I bought my ice cream maker, I give it a regular monthly use. Caramel is probably my favorite.

  29. I’ve been making lot of ice cream lately, but never though to add some cake batter.
    I looooooooove the idea and I definitely will try it

  30. I love a classic vanilla with fresh fruit and either caramel or chocolate sauce… can’t turn my back on a classic. But if I can make my own ice cream, I always make one part dark chocolate, one part coffee ice cream with some almonds and marshmallows mixed in…. and sometimes, caramel on top of that too… its the best 🙂

  31. pistachio

  32. I am an absolute ice cream lover. This sounds so good.

  33. I’ll bet Tom will be rushing right over. My daughter loves cake batter anything. Of course she loves it best on the beaters. I think it’s the sprinkles tht do it!

  34. Your pics are very pretty, I love the cone embellishment! I always add yokes to my ice cream too, don’t tell the Food Police:@)

  35. Cake batter ice cream? This is so clever!

  36. This flavor idea is so interesting. And your cones are just SO pretty Liz!

  37. I sure live in a hole too Liz…sounds delicious though…

  38. I love cake batter flavored creations and I’ve never thought to make an ice cream using it. Great idea! I bet this ice cream tastes amazing and those cones are too cute. So festive!

  39. Cake batter ice cream is one of my favorite flavors!!

  40. Gosh, the flavors everyone has made is driving me crazy! Cake batter sounds like one scoop would neverrr be enough Liz!!

  41. So pretty with the rainbow sprinkles! Ahh I need to make everyone’s ice cream now!

  42. Lizzy, as much as an ice cream ‘lover’ I am…I’ve never had cake batter ice cream. Looks so creamy and so cute in the ice cream cone! For sure, I will try your amazing recipe. Have a wonderful week, my dear friend! xoxo

  43. Didn’t realize that the cake mix can be used this way too…a brilliant ice cream recipe, Liz.

  44. Yay for #IceCreamWeek! Cake batter ice cream sounds phenomenal–all the fun of a birthday party without the fuss of working with a layer cake!

  45. Ah, ice cream flavors from the mouth of babes…ha! Love the combination of cake batter flavor and sprinkled cones–so fun and festive! I’m excited to be blogging along with you and to see what else you come up with this week. 🙂

  46. I love any kind of coffee flavored ice cream! And no you’re not living in a hole Liz. I have never heard of cake batter ice cream either. 🙂

  47. Oh Liz this ice cream looks so creamy and decadent! I cant wait to try it! I never thought of adding cake mix to it what a great idea!

  48. Oh Liz! You won my heart with this one. I love cake batter ice cream. I am normally lazy with ice cream and skip the egg step but you are right it makes the ice cream some much better. And the cones! Great job!

  49. When I make ice cream I always make a custard from egg yolks. yes, it takes a little longer but it’s definitely worth the effort xx

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