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No-Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream is super easy and fun for kids of all ages. Enjoy a scoop of this frozen dessert that tastes like funfetti cake batter with its rich, buttery vanilla flavor and tons of rainbow sprinkles. This recipe is made with only six ingredients and without a box cake mix, so it is naturally gluten free!
Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream
Lately, my kid is having ice cream issues. This is a serious problem.
We have been to our favorite local ice cream place tons of times. They only have soft serve. He knows this. And yet he threw a fit because he couldn’t get a scoop of cookie dough. They have vanilla and chocolate twist and vanilla and orange twist. He wanted chocolate and orange twist. Naturally.
And then he couldn’t understand why they can’t put a gelati in a cone. Nor why his gelati didn’t come with hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry. Dude, it’s not a sundae!
Ah, the demands of 6-year-olds. Daddy has told him that if he makes one bit of a fuss next time, he will be limited to vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles from now on. I’m much more strict. I told him he can have Brussels sprouts instead of ice cream.
And I’ll keep the Birthday Cake Ice Cream with Rainbow Sprinkles all to myself!
Whether you call it birthday cake ice cream or cake batter ice cream, it tastes just like you are licking the bowl after mixing up a Funfetti cake mix. It’s creamy and buttery with rich vanilla flavor. There is a pinch of salt which doesn’t make it salty. It simply enhances the other flavors. And let’s not forget the rainbow sprinkles!
Only this recipe doesn’t actually have cake mix, like many of the birthday cake ice cream recipes you’ll find. So it’s naturally gluten free.
OK, then, without cake mix…
What makes ice cream taste like cake batter?
Heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk are the basis of any no-churn ice cream, whether it’s something as simple as Cheesecake Ice Cream or chockfull of stuff like Butter Pecan Fudge Swirl Ice Cream. Heavy cream is whipped to stiff peaks and sweetened condensed milks is folded in to give you an ice cream base that doesn’t require any cooking or churning in an ice cream maker.
But it’s those extra ingredients that make it taste like funfetti cake batter without cake mix – unsalted butter, vanilla extract, salt, and, of course, rainbow sprinkles!
Even without using cake mix, you only need six simple ingredients to make this luscious ice cream!
- Heavy cream: Whip this up for super creamy ice cream.
- Sweetened condensed milk: This makes it sweet.
- Unsalted butter: melted and cooled to give it that rich, buttery flavor just like cake batter.
- Vanilla extract: a key component of the birthday cake ice cream flavor. Therefore, I highly recommend a good quality vanilla extract. Vanilla has gotten quite pricey in recent years, and in some recipes, it’s not as critical. But here, you really want the vanilla flavor to shine, so choose something like Neilsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract.
- Salt: just a pinch enhances the sweetness and buttery goodness while making the vanilla stand out.
- Rainbow sprinkles: what more can you say? They add color, texture, and, of course, fun!
How to make cake batter ice cream
Besides only having six ingredients, as you’ll see in the video above, it’s actually super simple to make this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream recipe.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details. But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
- Combine the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt in a chilled bowl
- Whip the cream to stiff peaks.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk and cooled melted butter into the whipped cream.
- Fold this mixture into the whipped cream.
- Stir in rainbow sprinkles.
- Spread the ice cream into a loaf pan or another freezer-safe container and cover with a lid or wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
- Freeze for several hours or overnight.
Tips for Success
Whipping the cream
- Use a metal or even glass bowl, and chill it in the freezer or refrigerator before whipping the cream. Try to avoid plastic.
- Do NOT overbeat the cream. It’s actually fine to have soft peaks. But if you whip to must it will curdle a bit and start to separate.
Folding in the other ingredients
- Use a large spatula and fold the ingredients in gently. Pull the spatula vertically through the middle of the bowl to the bottom, then fold the mixture over on itself.
- Make sure the butter is cooled completely to room temperature but has not solidified so that it doesn’t “melt” the cream, but still distributes evenly.
- Stir the sprinkles in very briefly so that the color does not start to dissolve off of them and smear through the ice cream.
Gluten free tips
I am not a medical professional. This information is solely based on my research and personal experience, and I provide it as a courtesy to my readers. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for any questions as it relates to your needs, particularly if you have celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy or intolerance. Products, manufacturing facilities, and ingredients change frequently, so you should always contact the manufacturer for the latest information.
This birthday cake ice cream recipe is gluten free since it does not contain cake mix or any other flour ingredients. So it is a great option for those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance.
Most of the ingredients are naturally gluten free, such as the heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. There are a few vanilla extracts out there that contain colorings or other additives that contain gluten, so be sure to read labels and choose a vanilla extract such as the one I recommend above.
Most rainbow sprinkles are gluten free, but since some colorings can contain gluten, be sure to confirm.
The great thing about no-churn ice cream is that it is also egg-free, making it perfect for those with egg allergies too!
What to serve with birthday cake ice cream
A celebration will be complete if you have some funfetti ice cream with one of these gluten free birthday cake recipes:
- Gluten Free Yellow Cake with Fudge Frosting
- Gluten Free Strawberries and Cream Cake
- Banana Nutella Chocolate Chip Cake
- Gluten Free Coconut Cake
- Gluten Free Rainbow Layer Cake
Then serve it with some Funfetti White Chocolate Strawberries!
Things You’ll Need
- Hand Mixer with a Whisk Attachment: you can whip the cream by hand with a whisk, but I like using a hand mixer. The beaters are fine, but a whisk attachment works better. A stand mixer can be used, but it is quite powerful so you do risk overbeating it.
- Good-Quality Vanilla Extract: as I mentioned, because the vanilla is so key to make it taste like birthday cake, you want an extract that has the best, pure flavor of vanilla. Definitely avoid imitation vanilla extract.
- Butter Extract: this is the other key component for the cake batter flavor.
- Rainbow Sprinkles: If you are gluten free, make sure your sprinkles are gluten free! Sometimes they aren’t.
No-Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream
For the ice cream cake:
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, well chilled
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
- Place a large bowl and beaters or whisk attachment into the freezer to chill for about 10 minutes.
- 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 fold into the whipped cream. Then quickly and gently fold in the sprinkles.
- Transfer the ice cream into a container you can freeze. Cover tightly and freeze for several hours, or until firm.
More no-churn ice cream recipes
- No-Churn Apple Caramel Ice Cream has soft bits of apple and swirls of caramel.
- Caramel Toffee Chip Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream tastes like cheesecake, and it’s filled with mini chips and caramel.
- No-Churn Toffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream combines so many favorite flavors into one amazing ice cream.
- Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Batter Ice Cream is a rich, chocolaty ice cream with ribbons of gooey marshmallow.
- No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream has only five ingredients and tons of fresh strawberry flavor.