Cake Batter Ice Cream is a delicious, cold and creamy treat perfect for summer! If you are looking for a new ice cream recipe for your ice cream maker this is the perfect one to try. It only has five ingredients and is quick and easy to make. The best part about it is that it’s a Cold Stone Cake Batter Ice Cream copycat. It tastes just like my favorite ice cream from Cold Stone. Top it with sprinkles to a fun festive addition!
Amazing Cake Batter Ice Cream!
I am all about ice cream this summer and I’m so excited to share another homemade ice cream with you! A week or so ago I shared my favorite copycat Blizzard ice cream – Cookie Dough Ice Cream!
This time it’s a copy cat recipe of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream – Cake Batter Ice Cream! Oh, how I love this stuff! But when we go to Cold Stone I don’t always love the long lines and the cost – ice cream for the whole family gets a little pricey when you go there. So, I figured I have an ice cream maker so why not make my own Cake Batter Ice Cream at home?
I grew up in a household that only made homemade ice cream on very special occasions. Maybe once a year. I always remember that when it was made there was excitement in the air.
Remembering how special it was making homemade ice cream when I was growing up I made sure to register for an ice cream maker for my wedding and I use it a lot, especially during the summer. As much as I love the classic vanilla ice cream my family made I can’t help but dress up the ice cream I make. S’mores Ice Cream, Golden Oreo Ice Cream, and Nutter Butter Ice Cream are a few that we love to make.
Plan ahead to make Homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream!
Anyway, about this Cake Batter Ice Cream: yes, you have to plan ahead a bit and, yes, you will need an ice cream maker. The ice cream itself is not hard to make – it’s seriously a stir and pour operation! – but, it does need time to churn and harden in the freezer.
But, I promise you it’s all worth it because when you can make your own creamy smooth ice cream at home instead of dishing out the bucks to get it at the ice cream shop you will be very happy! Plus, there’s nothing better than homemade ice cream during the summer.
I mean, how cute is that ice cream cone with sprinkles?? This Cake Batter Ice Cream is smooth and rich and tastes just like the one made at Cold Stone Creamery. When the hubby tried it he was surprised how creamy it is – apparently, the homemade ice cream he had growing up always had ice crystals, which isn’t good! So, he loved this creamy smooth ice cream and I know you’re going to love it, too.
What ingredients do I need for Homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream?
This is a quick overview of the ingredients and recipe. Please scroll to the bottom where the recipe card is for the full directions!
- Heavy cream
- Half and half
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Yellow cake mix (unprepared)
How do I make Homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream?
The only hard part about this recipe is remembering to freeze the ice cream container before you churn the ice cream! The container needs to be very cold for the ice cream to churn properly, so before you do anything make sure to pop it in the freezer first! I usually place it in the freezer the night before I plan to make the ice cream.
- Mix Ingredients – Combine the half and half with the sugar in a bowl. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and then stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. At this point, you can add the cake mix. I like to sift the cake mix into the cream mixture – this helps ensure there are no lumps of cake mix in the ice cream.
- Process in Ice Cream Maker – Pour the mixture into the cold container in your ice cream maker. Churn the ice cream following the manufacturer’s instructions. When it’s done churning the ice cream will be very soft, so transfer it to a container and pop it in the freezer so it can firm up.
What tools do I need to make Cake Batter Ice Cream?
- Mixing bowl
- For sifting the cake mix, you can use a sifter or a fine-mesh sieve
- Ice cream maker
- Cute Ice Cream Bowls!
- Container for storing your ice cream in the freezer
Pre-Freeze the Bowl of your Ice Cream Maker
I mentioned it already, but it’s worth repeating – don’t forget to freeze the container/bowl for your ice cream maker! When you make homemade ice cream you want the ice cream mixture to freeze as fast as possible.
Using a very cold container to churn your ice cream will speed things up and will prevent ice crystals from forming in your ice cream. Ice crystals will change the texture of your ice cream – instead of smooth and creamy it will have a grainy texture. No good!
So, set a reminder on your phone, tie a string on your finger, or cover your fridge in post it notes to remind yourself to freeze the container. I usually pop mine in the freezer the night before I want to make ice cream.
What makes ice cream creamy?
How do I store leftover ice cream?
Here are my top tips for storing leftover ice cream!
- Store your ice cream in a shallow container like a baking dish or loaf pan. This makes it easy to scoop, but it also helps keep your ice cream stable and completely frozen while it’s in the freezer.
- Store your ice cream in an airtight container. First, cover the ice cream with plastic wrap so its touching the surface of the ice cream. Then cover the container with a tight-fitting lid. This will keep your ice cream from developing freezer burn!
- Store your ice cream in the coldest part of your freezer, which is usually in the back of the freezer. Don’t store it in the front or in the door of the freezer. These areas are exposed to warm air every time the freezer is open which will cause your ice cream to melt a little and then refreeze. If this happens, your ice cream will develop ice crystals which will give it a grainy texture.
- If you’re going to make homemade ice cream it’s a good time to check the temperature of your freezer. Ice cream needs to be stored at 0 degrees F or below. This inexpensive freezer thermometer is easy to use!
So, get your cones and bowls ready! Or, if you’re like me, grab a spoon and dip right into the container! This Cake Batter Ice Cream is so rich and creamy and a fun summer treat. I know you’re going to love it!
Love homemade ice cream? Be sure to check out my other ice cream recipes!
More Ice Cream Recipes!
These are a few of my favorite ice cream recipes to make at home! You will need an ice cream maker for them.
- Strawberry Ice Cream
- Cookie Dough Ice Cream
- Banana Split Ice Cream
- Peppermint Ice Cream
- Peach Ice Cream
Try it and love it? Rate it, please!!! ? Seriously though a five-star rating below will make my day! If you snap a photo of you making homemade cake batter ice cream, please be sure tag me on Instagram at @julieseatsandtreats or #julieseatsandtreats so I can see your yummy treat!!
Cake Batter Ice Cream Recipe
- 2 c. heavy cream
- 1 c. half and half
- 3/4 c. white granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 c. dry yellow cake mix unprepared
- Stir together the half & half, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. This does not take long just stir with a spoon. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
- Measure out the dry cake mix. If you have a sifter use it as the cake mix gets lumpy and you don't want lumps in your ice cream. Stir in the cake mix into the cream mixture until it's completely mixed and the mixture is smooth.
- Make sure the ice cream base is cool before putting it in the ice cream freezer for processing. Make sure you prepare your bowl in the freezer ahead of time. Pour ice cream mixture into the bucket of your ice cream maker and process according to manufacture's instructions.
- After processing, put the ice cream into a bowl or other container, seal, and place in the freezer for several hours to allow the ice cream to get firmer.