Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream

The perfect birthday or celebration ice cream, cake batter and sprinkles create a rich cake flavor in this easy frozen treat. 

Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream Recipe from

We have a string of summer-time birthdays in our family. Out of the five of us, I’m the only one who doesn’t have a summer birthday. The girl who isn’t a fan of cold gets stuck with a winter birthday, go figure. I made this ice cream a month ago, or nearly a month ago for my oldest daughter’s birthday. She requested “the orange ice cream” (aka orange creamsicle ice cream) again, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make a special birthday related ice cream instead. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the creamsicle ice cream, but I had been waiting for the perfect moment to make a cake batter ice cream … of course loaded with sprinkles too. Because what’s birthday cake ice cream without sprinkles? That’d be a truly depressing ice cream if you ask me. Totally subpar. And you know what? She totally didn’t complain. Not one bit. In fact, she loved it. I’m positive you will too!

Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream Recipe from

Yesterday also just happened to be the Mr’s birthday, so it seems fitting to finally share this ice cream… even though we didn’t have any of this to enjoy this past weekend. I did however whip up a total cheater cake. Sometimes you just have to. But I seriously wish I had some of this ice cream. Nothing beats homemade ice cream… except apple pie. Apple pie will win every time in my book.

This is a very vanilla, creamy cake batter ice cream, loaded with sprinkles and optionally topped off with homemade sweetened whipped cream… and more sprinkles. Because more sprinkles are always and forever totally necessary.

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chill time

Total Time: 24 hours plus

Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream

The perfect birthday or celebration ice cream, cake batter and sprinkles create a rich cake flavor in this easy frozen treat.


1C whole milk
2C heavy cream
3/4C granulated sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/3C yellow cake mix
5 yolks
1/4C rainbow sprinkles


In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks. Pour one cup heavy cream in a medium bowl, with mesh strainer set on top.

In a medium saucepan, combine whole milk, remaining 1 cup heavy cream, sugar, salt, vanilla and cake mix. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth and then occasionally, until heated through and just steaming.

While whisking the yolks continuously, slowly drizzle a quarter of the hot liquid into the yolks. Pour egg mixture into saucepan. Continue cooking until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.

Pour through mesh strainer into heavy cream. Cool over an ice bath. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill completely prior to churning, 4-6 hours or overnight.

Churn according to manufacturer's directions. In the last 5 minutes of churning, slowly add rainbow sprinkles. Transfer to a freezer safe container. Freeze until solid.

Baked by Rachel original

Looking for more celebration recipes? Try these:
Cake batter funfetti chocolate chip cookies
Cake batter Rice Krispie treats
Funfetti cupcakes
Homemade ice cream sandwiches
Devil’s food cupcakes with vanilla buttercream
Mini cookies and cream cheesecakes
NY Times chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookie brownie bars

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63 Responses to “Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream”

  1. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 29, 2013 at 6:15 am

    This sprinkle loaded ice cream has my name written all over it! I’d love a huge bowl of it for breakfast. :) Homemade apple pie and homemade ice cream – YES! Two of my favorites. Apple pie will always win for me too, though.

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

      Truly! Apple pie will always win but homemade ice cream is super delicious! :)

  2. #
    Tracey — July 29, 2013 at 7:05 am

    It just occurred to me I haven’t had any funfetti ice cream at all this summer, even from my local ice cream shop. I need to remedy that asap! This looks awesome, so many sprinkles – yay :)

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

      Thanks so much Tracey! You’ve definitely got to remedy that before summer is over ;)

  3. #
    Erin|The Law Student's Wife — July 29, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Such a perfect bday treat! I can see grown ups and kiddos a like getting very excited about this. I mean, be real: Who doesn’t grin when they see SPRINKLES!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

      Anyone who doesn’t love sprinkles has something wrong with them ;)

  4. #
    carrian — July 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Ok, that looks perfectly creamy and delicious!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

      Thanks Carrian! :)

  5. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — July 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

    My favorite kind of ice cream!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

      Yay! :)

  6. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

    How incredible is this?!!! Two bowls for me please!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

      Thanks Steph!I’d be happy to share if we still had some! :)

  7. #
    KarlyLo — July 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

    What a fun way to celebrate! Wish I could have a bowl for breakfast!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

      The best breakfast ever, right? ;)

  8. #
    Tieghan — July 29, 2013 at 9:16 am

    This look perfectly creamy, perfectly colorful and just perfectly awesome!! So my kind of fun ice cream!!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

      Thanks Tieghan!

  9. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

    This looks so good! I made cake batter funfetti ice cream about 6 weeks or so ago. I added Golden Oreos to it. I bet the cake mix in yours gives it such a great flavor. Happy Bday to your lil girl!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

      I still haven’t tried those golden oreo’s. I’ve got to add them to my list to try sometime soon!

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 29, 2013 at 9:35 am

    So many birthdays to celebrate and you picked a great treat to celebrate them.

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

      Thanks Meagan!

  11. #
    Wendy — July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

    This recipe looks great, but serving four to six is not Nearly enough in my household. Each family member’s bowl of ice cream consists of scoop after scoop after scoop, etc., until the bowl is piled high with ice cream. No polite one-scoop for us! As this is the case, if I make this in my one-gallon ice cream maker, will I only be filling the container half full? a quarter full? I wonder if you could tell us how much your ice cream recipes make – i.e., one gallon; 1/2 gallon, etc. – instead of how many they serve… Thanks!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

      Hi Wendy – I actually linked to the ice cream maker I use, at the bottom of the post. It makes up to 1 1/2 quarts but every batch varies slightly.

  12. #
    katie — July 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Yum! We have a ton of birthdays toward the end of June beginning of July–its a little crazy how many birthdays we have to celebrate in a 2 week time span! This ice cream looks divine.

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      Isn’t it crazy how everything always seems so bunched up and then there is nothing?

  13. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — July 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Holy yum! I have a weakness for cake batter desserts! I’m stuck with a winter day too. My kiddos just celebrated their bday last week. I just may need to celebrate one more time with a batch of this incredible looking ice cream!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

      We totally got ripped off with winter days. I’m sure your kiddos would be totally game for celebrating again ;)

  14. #
    marcie@flavorthemoments — July 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

    This ice cream! This is the perfect birthday treat. Who needs cake when the ice cream is this good!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

      Right?! Ice cream always wins.

  15. #
    Kelly — July 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Holy yum! This looks ridiculously good, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate! :)

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

      Thanks Kelly!

  16. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — July 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Oh sprinkles. How could this not be the best birthday ice cream ever!! Love it.

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

      Always sprinkles ;)

  17. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’m really starting to love cake batter anything, so this ice cream looks totally perfect! I’d love a big bowl with my lunch…

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

      Or even as lunch ;)

  18. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — July 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I love love love cake batter anything, so I know I’d be all over this ice cream. It looks SO good!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

      Thanks Amy. I guarantee you’d love this!

  19. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    You know this is brilliant, right? 50 gold mitts for you, friend!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

      haha! Thanks Lauren :)

  20. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I would choose this sprinkle loaded ice cream over cake any day of the week!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

      I fully agree and thanks! :)

  21. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    How beautiful that bowl of ice cream is! Love it and want some!!!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

      Thanks Robyn! :)

  22. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — July 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    OMG! Our favorite!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

      Yay! One of ours too :)

  23. #
    cassie — July 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I would be in trouble with a batch of this in front of me. I have no self-control when it comes to sprinkles and cake mix!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! :)

  24. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I always wished I had a summer birthday! There would be so many more options for things to do for it :) This looks amazing! I want a huge bowl right now!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      I know!! Way more things to do in the summer vs winter… unless you’re a snow bunny or something but that’s totally not my thing.

  25. #
    Christina — July 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I will definitely be making this!

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      I hope you enjoy it!

  26. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    happy birthday, joshhhhhhhh! i would like to give him the gift of eating an entire bowl of this for him! i’m generous :)

    • Rachel — July 29th, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      So very generous of you ;)

  27. #
    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — July 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Yum! This looks absolutely delicious and so fun. The photos are beautiful, too!

  28. #
    Joanne T Ferguson — July 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    G’day Rachel,
    Even thought it is winter here in the Land Down Under and is COLD brrrrrrrr, true!
    I could go for one of these now as looks delish too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  29. #
    Samina @ The Cupcake Confession — July 30, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Okay, wait! cake batter and ice cream??? I’M DROOLING! ^_^

  30. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I love ice cream in every form and always requested an ice cream cake for my birthday growing up. I think this ice cream in any of those cakes would have been perfect!

  31. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — July 30, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Ohhh yum. Cake batter anything is totally my jam.

  32. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — July 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    What a fun birthday treat! I haven’t had this kind of ice cream in a long time. I say it’s about time to remedy that.

  33. #
    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — August 2, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I remember the first time I had cake batter ice cream at Maggie Moo’s on a visit to Nashville several years ago. I’ve been hooked ever since. It blew my mind. Can’t wait to try this one.

  34. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    LOVE this ice cream. Cake Batter has always been a favorite!!

  35. #
    Nutmeg nanny — August 6, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Oh just stop it! This looks too good, I need a very large bowl please ;)

  36. #
    Shalom — May 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I followed the recipe this weekend and it was awesome! Thanks! I was hoping you could explain to me why you left that 1 cup of heavy cream unheated for mixing at the end? All ice cream recipes I’ve seen heat all of the cream. What’s the “physics” behind that? Thanks again, sooooo good!

    • Rachel — May 28th, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! I don’t have a scientific explanation for you as to why my recipes call for it to be made that way, beyond that’s how I first learned to do it so I’ve continued with that method. One possible explanation is it helps to cool the custard quicker, along with an ice bath. But if it works and tastes great, why change methods? :)

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