Easy No-Churn Funfetti Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cake

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Easy Funfetti Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cake is a kid-favorite no-bake dessert made with a simple cake batter-flavored no-churn ice cream recipe and loaded with rainbow sprinkles. But no box cake mix is needed, so this homemade ice cream cake is also gluten free!

Easy No Churn Funfetti Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Originally published on May 10, 2016

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. 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. There was bug confetti and hand-painted chocolate lollipops. Bug cupcakes with fondant wings, eyes, and stingers graced the table.

For his second birthday, the theme was Yankees baseball, complete with a hot dog bar with chili, a Pinstripe Cake, plus whiffle bats and balls for all the kids.

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.

But then I realized I am way more of an Amazon Prime mom than a Pinterest mom.

For his sixth birthday, I gave in and 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.

It was the most brilliant thing I’ve ever done! I did hardly any work and got to smile, laugh, and watch him enjoy having a blast with his friends. Then 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. Additionally, it gave me time to make a Funfetti Ice Cream Cake recipe for our family celebration. You see, I love him enough to outsource his birthday party so I can make a homemade ice cream cake.

Plenty of rainbow sprinkles in this slice of No-Churn Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake

Gluten Free Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake

Most homemade cake batter ice cream recipes call for cake mix. But those of us with celiac disease or that doesn’t work so well.

While you can get a gluten free cake mix, they tend to be a bit more gritty than regular cake mix, which is not the texture you want in ice cream. Plus, they are more expensive, and then you have an open package of cake mix that doesn’t have the right amount to even bake a cake.

Plus, no-churn ice cream already tends to be fairly sweet already. So there really isn’t the need to add the additional sugar from a cake mix.

 

What is in birthday cake ice cream?

  • No-churn ice cream base of heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk
  • Melted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Rainbow sprinkles to make it funfetti ice cream!
  • Chocolate frosting made with chocolate chips and butter

Is the Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake recipe gluten-free?

Yes, it is! Even though it does not contain cake mix, it contains the ingredients that add the characteristic buttery vanilla flavor to funfetti cake batter!

Are there eggs in cake batter ice cream cake? How about nuts and peanuts?

No, so this is the perfect birthday cake for someone with an egg allergy. And as long as you ensure your ingredients, particularly the rainbow sprinkles, are made at an allergy-safe facility, it’s also a great option for someone with a nut or peanut allergy.

a slice of Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake from overhead

How do you make birthday cake ice cream cake?

  1. Combine the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt in a chilled bowl
  2. Whip the cream to stiff peaks.
  3. Pour the sweetened condensed milk and cooled melted butter into the whipped cream.
  4. Fold into the whipped cream.
  5. Add the rainbow sprinkles and fold in gently.
  6. Spread the ice cream evenly in a springform pan lined with plastic wrap.
  7. Freeze for several hours.
  8. Frost the cake and return to the freezer.

Can you use regular frosting on an ice cream cake?

You can use any store bought or homemade frosting you like. However, once frozen, it does get a little hard and difficult to cut.

I typically use a lightly sweetened whipped cream, similar to what I put on my gluten free strawberries and cream cake. It has a similar texture to the cake, though a bit lighter, so it can still be cut well with the ice cream cake. For a chocolate whipped cream, you can just add a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder.

In this case, I went with this Two-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Cookies and Cups. It’s so easy and super chocolaty. It adds to the homemade cake and frosting flavor, without being an actual cake. Perfection!

What kind of pan do you use to make ice cream cake?

I like to use a leak-proof springform pan. Since you line the pan with plastic wrap, leaking isn’t really an issue. But these have a raised bottom, making it easier to slide the cake onto a serving plate when you want to frost it. An 8-inch springform pan is ideal, but these are harder to find in the leakproof version. So you can use a 7-inch or 9-inch, but you will end up with a taller or shorter cake than pictured here.

gluten free cake batter ice cream cake on a blue plate

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No-Churn Funfetti Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cake Recipe

This frozen dessert tastes like cake batter ice cream, but it’s not made with a boxed cake mix or an ice cream maker. This no-churn ice cream cake just shouts, “Happy birthday!”. Slice through the thick chocolate frosting and reveal the rainbow sprinkles to have some seriously happy kids. They will be even happier when they take their first bite and taste that cake-flavored ice cream!

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No-Churn Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

Easy No-Churn Funfetti Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cake

Birthday boys and birthday girls of all ages will have smiles on their faces when you whip up this super special but super simple frozen dessert. No box cake mix needed, so it's also gluten free!
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
chill time 8 hrs
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 16

Ingredients

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

For the frosting:

Instructions

For the ice cream cake:

  • Place a large bowl and beaters or whisk attachment into the freezer to chill for about 10 minutes.
  • Line an 8- or 9-inch springform pan with plastic wrap (if you use the 9-inch, the 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 fold 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, or until firm.
  • After cake has been in the freezer for at least 2 hours, prepare the chocolate frosting.

For the frosting:

  • In a heatproof mixing bowl set over a simmering pot of water, melt the butter and chocolate chips, stirring frequently until smooth.
  • Remove from the heat, cool slightly, and then place the bowl in the refrigerator until solid, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove bowl from refrigerator and allow to come up to room temperature.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat on medium until light and fluffy.
  • Remove cake from the freezer; 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.
Nutrition Facts
Easy No-Churn Funfetti Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 82mg3%
Potassium 181mg5%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 905IU18%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

15 Comments
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  2. Jocelyn

    I have been looking for a funfetti ice cream recipe that doesn’t use cake batter mix, and this is perfect! I modified the recipe to decrease the fat (I replaced much of the heavy whipping cream with low fat milk), so I actually churned the ice cream base.. Anyway, my kids loved the results, and I know I will be making it again. Thank you!

  3. Super easy recipe. It was very creamy but it was definitely overly sweet Ice Cream Cake for my family. The hubs and daughter both love super sweet treats and both agreed that it was too sweet. If I try this again, I will double the amount of whipping cream and leave other ingredients the same.

  4. First, I love that this is cake batter without the gluten! But second, I hope that you really didn’t let Pinterest steal your joy from planning your kids’ birthday parties! I’m sure the parties were beautiful! You sound like an amazing Mom 🙂

  5. Hof ter Zielbeek

    That’s cool!! Looking so colourful and delicious. Who would not like to have a cake like this. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe Brianne 🙂

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