Birthday boys and birthday girls around the world will have smiles on their faces when you whip up a special dessert like this super simple (but no box cake mix required!) homemade No-Churn Funfetti Ice Cream Cake.
No-Churn Funfetti Ice Cream Cake
You know, as you get older, you learn things about yourself. Or you discover things you already kind of knew, but then come to accept. I always envisioned that I’d be the kind of mom to throw fabulous themed birthday parties for my kids every year. We’d have creative games and homemade party favors and all kinds of cute decorations. And I will say, for a few years, I made a valiant attempt.
The Bug had a bug-themed first birthday. I made centerpieces that looked like flowers with different pictures of him in the middle. I scattered bug confetti on the tables. I molded chocolate lollipops that I hand-painted. I made bee, beetle, and ladybug cupcakes complete with fondant wings and eyes and stingers. For his second birthday, the theme was Yankees, complete with Peanuts and Cracker Jack Cupcakes and a Pinstripe Cake, a hot dog bar with a vat of chili, plus wiffle bats and balls for all the kids. And his third birthday was all about Jake and the Neverland Pirates, with treasure map wraps for lunch, buried treasure (i.e. M&M-stuffed) cupcakes, a treasure hunt, and gold doubloons all around. Then Little Dude had a monkey first birthday party, again with some pretty adorable cupcakes that looks like monkeys or were decorated with bananas.
By then, I was done. I wasn’t all that into planning all the games and making all the favors. I thought I was really good at it till I became aware of the wonderfully awful thing known as Pinterest and realized that I was not going to be the event planner I thought I might be someday because I had quickly been outpaced by people way craftier.
For various reasons, the kids only had small family celebrations the past couple years. Sure I made Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake and Hummingbird Cake and Banana Chocolate Chip and Nutella Layer Cake, and we did things to try to make it special, like outings and family gatherings and such, but that was it. I was fine with it, and I hoped they were too.
But this year The Bug started Kindergarten, and I really wanted him to have a party, and so did he. I had all these ideas for a May the Fourth be With You party since his birthday is on May 4th, and he was in a major Star Wars phase for the past year and a half. Well, until he decided dinosaurs were his new passion. With a bunch of things going on in May, I finally gave in and just decided to have the party at a place where they would set up, clean up, order the pizzas, and run all the activities for the kids.
Oh my gosh, it was the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done! I didn’t have to plan games and activities. I didn’t have to clean my house before AND after. I didn’t have to slave in the kitchen for days to make stuff that a room full of six year-olds would barely eat and not care about whether it was a blog-worthy recipe. I didn’t have coordinate, run around, and go totally crazy. And all of this was especially helpful since I broke my foot!
What I did get to do was make dinosaur fossil cupcakes with my kid. I got to take pictures while they played. I got to smile and laugh watching him enjoy having a total blast with his friends. I got to come home and have a glass of wine while the boys relaxed and watched TV after all the excitement.
Worth every penny, plus it also gave me time to make something special for our little family celebration at home…
And boy am I glad I make this No-Churn Funfetti Ice Cream Cake. I mean, he was glad. Yeah, the birthday boy. It was all about the birthday boy. Not his ice cream obsessed mama. Though I certainly had my share. But when he saw the thick chocolate frosting, and then I sliced into it to reveal the rainbow of sprinkles, he was one happy kiddo. Almost as happy as when he took his first bite and tasted that cake-flavored ice cream!
But here’s the thing – all of the cake batter ice cream recipes I saw called for cake mix. Umm, hello, gluten allergy here. Plus, I find no-churn ice cream to be fairly sweet already so I didn’t feel like I needed to use gluten free cake mix to add even more sugar, nor did I want flour in my ice cream cake to potentially make it gritty, as might be likely with gluten free flours. So I just added what you would put into a homemade cake – butter, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. All of that plus sweetened condensed milk got folded into whipped heavy cream, along with a good helping of sprinkles. Pour it all into a springform pan (I like this one because with the raised base, it’s easy to slide off the cake onto a serving plate), freeze, and frost. Then a few more sprinkles, because, duh!
You can probably use any storebought or homemade frosting you like, or even whipped cream with some cocoa powder, but I went with this Two-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Cookies and Cups. It’s so easy, super chocolaty, and really added to the homemade cake and frosting flavor, without being actual cake. Perfection!
Happy 6th Birthday, Bug! Mama loves you enough to outsource your birthday party so I can make you a No-Churn Funfetti Ice Cream Cake. And then cut a slice, photograph it, and reassemble it with the extra frosting before singing “Happy Birthday”.
What kind of birthday parties did you have as a kid? What about your kids?
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A few things you’ll need…
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, well chilled
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- one 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
- 1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ lb (1 cup, 2 sticks) unsalted butter
- Place a large bowl and beaters or whisk attachment into the freezer for a few minutes to chill.
- Line an 8-inch springform pan with plastic wrap (you can use a 9 inch pan if that's all you have, but cake will not be as tall).
- Combine the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt in the chilled bowl, and using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer or hand mixer, whip the cream to stiff peaks.
- Carefully pour the sweetened condensed milk and melted butter into the bowl, then gently into the whipped cream. Then quickly and gently fold in the sprinkles.
- Spread the ice cream evenly in the prepared pan and freeze for several hours, until firm.
- While in the freezer, prepare the chocolate frosting.
- Remove cake from the freezer and quickly unmold and place on a serving plate. Frost evenly with the chocolate frosting. Decorate with additional sprinkles, if desired.
- Return to freezer to firm up the frosting, until ready to serve.
- In a heatproof mixing bowl set over a simmering pot of water, melt the butter ant chocolate chips, stirring frequently until smooth.
- Remove from the heat, cool, and then place the bowl in the refrigerator until solid.
- Remove bowl from refrigerator and allow to come up to room temperature.
- Using a hand mixer, beat on medium until light and fluffy.
Enjoy this No-Churn Funfetti Ice Cream Cake recipe!
Here are some more ice cream cake recipes…
- Homemade No-Churn Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake
- No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake
- Homemade No-Churn Nutella Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cheesecake
Plus a few from my friends…
- Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake from The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Waffle Cone Sundae Ice Cream Cake from A Dash of Sanity
- Trix Ice Cream Cake from Cravings of a Lunatic