Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cake Batter Ice Cream

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! We'd planned to take a camping trip to a state park about an hour west of Omaha. The hot weather, heat indexes of over 110, caused us to change our mind and stay home. The unexpected weekend at home left me with the time and motivation to cook and bake all sorts of summer treats!

If you live in the Midwest, you may be familiar with Sheridan's Frozen Custard. Sheridan's is a Kansas City based custard company with locations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois and few other states across the US. I was thrilled when our first Omaha location opened a few years ago! My favorite treat at Sheridan's is a Be My Cupcake Concrete. My husband loves it when we go to the drive through and he get's to order the "Be My Cupcake" for me! It's a frozen treat made with vanilla custard, white cake and sprinkles.

I was looking for a similar treat to make at home, when I found this recipe for Cake Batter Ice Cream. Instead of cake and custard mixed together, cake mix is used for the cake batter flavor. In reading the comments on this recipe, I found a couple of people who used skim milk and half and half instead of heavy cream and whole milk. Awesome, anything I can to do to make ice cream a little less bad for you works for me. Several people also commented the recipe was a little lacking in flavor, so they added more cake mix. I used 1 cup of cake mix and 1 tablespoon of vanilla paste.

My cuisinart ice cream maker is several years old and just didn't seem to be freezing properly anymore, so I'd been thinking about getting a new one. A few weeks ago, while browsing the shelves at Goodwill, I found a Cooks Essentials for $7.99. It looked brand new, I am not sure it had ever been used. My new ice cream maker made the perfect consistency of ice cream! Gotta love a bargain!!

While it was freezing, I spooned out a taste. OMG this is so good! I had to make myself back away, I could have continued to spoon out way too many tastes. I can't wait to try a chocolate version of this recipe!

I love ice cream socials. As a kid, we always had an ice cream social at church to celebrate the end of Vacation Bible School. They were always so fun. Today I am participating in two ice cream socials in the blogsphere. Suzy at Kitchen Bouquet is having her third Ice Cream Social Weekend. I particpated last year with these Key Lime Ice Cream Sandwiches! In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, La at A Musing Potpourri is also having an ice cream social.


Cake Batter Ice Cream

Recipe adapted from All Recipes
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim milk)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used a tablespoon of vanilla paste)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (I used half and half)
  • 3/4 cup yellow cake mix, sifted (I used 1 cup)


  1. Whisk together milk, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, cream, and cake mix in a saucepan until well blended. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), stirring frequently. Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator or freezer until liquid is cold.
  2. Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions until it reaches "soft-serve" consistency. Transfer ice cream to a one- or two-quart lidded plastic container; cover surface with plastic wrap and seal. For best results, ice cream should ripen in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.


  1. Hi Julie!

    This sounds so good. Thanks so much for joining in on the fun at my ice cream social.

    I hope you are having a great weekend, despite the heat! La

  2. Hi Julie! Thanks for stopping by Comfy Cuisine. Happy Ice Cream day to you too! I'll put you down as a new member of Lidia's club and will forward the next recipe along to you. Thanks for joining! :o) Now following you.

  3. Hi Julie, nice to meet you. Thanks for your visit. This ice cream sounds really delicious, cake and ice cream is one of the best desserts, combined together, wow! I have an ice cream maker and have never used it, not once. Can you believe it? I never went to an ice cream social, either, only blogging ones this year! :) xo,

  4. What a fabulous and creative warm weather treat. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that.I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. As a beater licker from way back when I know I would love anything that tastes like cake batter!! I have found that ice cream recipes are pretty forgiving when it comes to switching out to lower fat. Even switching from half and half to milk works usually. Leaving out eggs does too!

    Love the little tidbit about your hubby ordering you Be My Cupcake :-) Reminded me of a books series that I love - Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels. One of her love interests always calls her Cupcake.

    Thanks so much for joining in for the social!! We will do it all again next year!

  6. My daughter would love that flavor! It looks so pretty with the colored sprinkles, great pic!

  7. Oh, this sounds so good! You people are tempting me to drag out the ice cream machine and make some! I definitely will be trying this one out! Thanks for posting!

  8. Oh wow, this looks delicious!!!


  9. Oh wow. My husband's birthday is coming up, so that may be a good excuse to make this! Yum!

  10. This is definitely an ice cream I need to try. I just made peach ice cream yesterday but would love to try this when it's finished. Yum!

  11. My hubby would love this flavor! What a sweet treat! ♥

  12. What a great find on the CE ice cream maker! Your ice cream sounds great, the heat... not so much! Stay cool:@)

  13. What an awesome idea! And I love the cute sprinkles on the top! It would be fun to try it with different cake flavors! :)

    Your key lime ice cream sandwiches look wonderful too! :)

  14. I've never heard of cake batter ice cream but it sounds wonderful! A chocolate version would be right up my alley too. Nice score on the ice cream maker!


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