This no-churn homemade cake batter ice cream is the perfect special treat for a summer day.  It’s so quick and easy to make, it just takes 10 minutes to whip up a batch and only three simple ingredients!

Stir in sprinkles for a funfetti-style creamy ice cream that kids and adults alike will love!

Perfect for your next birthday celebration – it’s so easy and there are no special tools required!

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Sweet homemade vanilla ice cream blended with yellow cake mix makes a delightful, creamy cake batter ice cream! When it comes to kids, always add sprinkles.

It’s perfect just served in a bowl with a spoon, but if you are feeling extra indulgent, why not drizzle over a little chocolate sauce?

I’ve made so many delicious homemade no churn ice cream recipes that I created a round up for you – don’t skip these 18 no churn ice cream recipes!

Cake Batter Ice Cream

This is a no fuss, no mess recipe to help you get your fix when you’re craving your favorite local ice cream shop! It’s incredible on its own or with fresh edible cookie dough – there’s no better way to enjoy it!

Homemade cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a gold loaf pan.

Why You’ll Love It

  • RICH CAKE BATTER FLAVOR – It’s a cold summer treat with the sweet flavor and rich, cakey texture of cake batter.
  • BETTER THAN THE BEATER – All it takes is whip, blend, and freeze!
  • LESS THAN 10 MINUTES HANDS-ON TIME – After 10 minutes of work, just pop the ice cream in the freezer!
  • QUICK AND EASY – This no-churn recipe couldn’t be simpler to whip together.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Heavy Cream – Heavy cream whips really well and will hold its shape for longer than other creams, so it’s best not to substitute this. It’s the key to a creamy finish. You can also use heavy whipping cream.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk Condensed milk adds sweetness and it also softens it to allow for easy scooping. To make it less sweet you can use low fat or fat free.
  • Yellow Cake Mix – Use your favorite cake mix to make this recipe really come alive!
  • Optional: SPRINKLES! They add a fun pop of color!
ingredients for no churn cake batter ice cream laid out on a marble countertop

Variations

  • Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream – Substitute funfetti cake mix or add sprinkles.
  • Brownie Batter Ice Cream – Use a cup of brownie mix for brownie batter ice cream.
  • Wedding Cake Batter Ice Cream – Substitute white cake mix for yellow cake mix and add 2 teaspoons of almond extract.
Cookies and cream ice cream in loaf pan

Tool to Use

A standard-size loaf pan is the perfect size and shape for freezing homemade ice cream. Simply press a piece of plastic wrap over the top!

How to Make Cake Batter Ice Cream in Just 3 Easy Steps

  1. Whip – In a mixing bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Cake batter ice cream ingredients in a glass bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Blend – Add sweetened condensed milk and cake mix until completely smooth/dissolved. Cake batter ice cream ingredients in a glass bowl of a stand mixer. Cake batter ice cream in a glass bowl of a stand mixer. Cake batter ice cream in a glass bowl of a stand mixer. A close up of homemade cake batter ice cream.
  3. Add – any sprinkles or mix-ins you’d like. A close up of homemade cake batter ice cream, rainbow sprinkles being mixed into the batter. A close up of homemade cake batter ice cream.
  4. Freeze – Pour into loaf pan, freeze 2+ hours and enjoy!

Tips

  • Freeze in small containers to expedite the freezing process.
  • Stiff peaks are when you can lift the beaters and peaks form without drooping at the tips. If the tips fold over, the cream isn’t ready yet.

  • You can use a stand mixer to make this cookies and cream ice cream, or a hand mixer. If you don’t have either of these, you can make whipped cream with a whisk, but it takes a lot of patience!

  • If the ice cream is hard to scoop straight out of the freezer, you can let it sit at room temperature a bit until it softens up.

  • Optional: Heat Treat Cake Mix. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread cake mix on a baking sheet. bake for 5 minutes and allow to cool.
Homemade cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a gold loaf pan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should you freeze cake batter ice cream before serving?

This cake batter ice cream mixture will only take about 10 minutes to make and then you need to freeze it for at least 2 hours before serving. Homemade ice cream can be kept in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to two weeks, after that ice crystals will start to form.

Who invented cake batter ice cream?

Cold Stone cake batter ice cream was invented by a Cold Stone Creamery franchise owner in 2003. Since then, the flavor has exploded in popularity and just about every ice cream brand has its own version (but of course, you can’t beat homemade!).

Are cake batter and birthday cake ice cream the same?

No! Cake batter ice cream is made with actual cake mix, while birthday cake ice cream is flavored with vanilla or buttercream and usually decorated with sprinkles. You can make a hybrid birthday cake batter ice cream by adding chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles and/or using Funfetti cake mix with this recipe – the perfect ice cream combo!

What does cake batter ice cream taste like?

Cake batter ice cream essentially tastes like frozen cake batter! All that thick, sweet, cakey goodness but in ice cream form. If you’ve got any hint of a sweet tooth, it’s sure to become one of your favorite ice creams.

How to Store

  • Freeze – Store in an airtight container in your freezer (you can seal a container with plastic wrap in a pinch). It will keep for about two weeks before the texture becomes grainy and ice crystals begin to form.

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Homemade cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a gold loaf pan.
Homemade cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a gold loaf pan.
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Cake Batter Ice Cream

This no churn cake batter ice cream is the perfect summer treat. It's so quick and easy to make, it just takes 10 minutes to whip up a batch and only 3 ingredients!
Prep: 10 minutes
Freezing time: 2 hours
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 fluid ounces)
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix

Optional

  • 1 cup sprinkles

Instructions 

  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. (You can use any type of mixer you have on hand.)
    Cake batter ice cream ingredients in a glass bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Blend in sweetened condensed milk and cake mix until completely smooth/dissolved.
    Cake batter ice cream in a glass bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Add optional sprinkles, or any of your favorite mix-ins.
    A close up of homemade cake batter ice cream, rainbow sprinkles being mixed into the batter.
  • Pour into loaf pan, freeze 2+ hours and enjoy!
    Homemade cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a gold loaf pan.

Julie’s Tips

Tips: 

  • Freeze in small containers to expedite the freezing process.
  • Store in an airtight container in your freezer (you can seal a container with plastic wrap in a pinch). It will keep for about two weeks before the texture becomes grainy and ice crystals begin to form.

How to Heat Treat Cake Mix:

While this step is not required, it is an option for an added layer of safety. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread cake mix on a baking sheet. bake for 5 minutes and allow to cool.

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Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 671IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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22 Comments

  1. I don’t understand where you say to put in the cake mix
    Do you mix in one cup of the dry or is the cake mix prepared with all the ingredients like you were going to bake a cake (wet)

    1. Absolutely! Make some for me too, please? I need to add this to our list for the 4th, it’s a favorite!