Sunday, 8 January 2012

Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream

I created this ice cream to help kick off the start (or birth) of 2012.   I’ve got good vibes about this year you know! Not only is the ice cream flavoured of birthday cake, but it’s got birthday cake chunks AND buttercream pieces swirled throughout!  You can’t tell me that doesn’t sound AMAZING!!  

Unfortunately 2012 didn’t start out exactly as I’d imagined.  I’d planned to spend New Years Day making this birthday cake ice cream, and then telling you guys all about it.  I had the liquid ice cream mixture chilling in the fridge overnight, so it was ready to be poured into my brand new ice cream maker (I’d won it way back in the summer from Tesco Supermarket via a contest they were having on Twitter, but haven’t had a chance to use it until now.)  Jayden had just woken up from his nap, and upon picking him up I noticed he was incredibly hot and had a temperature of 39.3ºC (102.7ºF).  To make a long story short, we ended up spending New Years Day in the emergency room at our local hospital before being transferred upstairs to the children's unit for another 3 days. They weren’t sure what exactly was causing his temperature, but every time they got it back down it would return within a few hours.  They’d ruled out all the minor infections and viruses, so decided it was best to test him for meningitis.  Thankfully the tests came back negative, and 2 days later his temperature returned to normal.  We were finally able to return home on the evening of January 4, and I’m pleased to report that Jayden is doing much better.  I couldn’t have asked for better care from the Dr’s and nurses.  I had a lot of spare time on my hands while we were in the hospital, so luckily I was able to work on my Mint Oreo Cupcake post while we were there.  
With Jayden doing much better, I wanted to give my ice cream another try.  I whipped up a fresh new batch of the ice cream mixture, chilled it overnight and then poured it into my ice cream maker.  I watched the paddle turn the liquidy mixture into a nice smooth creamy ice cream.  There’s something oddly gratifying about watching ice cream churn. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the machine!

After the ice cream reached the proper consistency, I stirred in the chunks of birthday cake and buttercream icing before transferring it to a plastic container to firm up in the freezer for a few hours.
I cannot tell you how good this ice cream is!!!  It reminds me of my birthday parties when I was a kid.  My mom would make the most amazing character cakes using these shaped Wilton pans, and then we’d eat it with a nice big scoop of ice cream.  That’s what this ice cream tastes like!  A childhood birthday party all rolled up in a single scoop of cold creamy deliciousness!  YUM!  

Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream
Serves 2 - feel free to double the recipe, but my ice cream maker only holds a small amount.
1/2 Cup Whole Milk
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Double Cream or Whipping Cream
1/2 Cup Yellow Cake Mix, sifted (I used Betty Crocker French Vanilla)
1 Cup Cubed Cake
1/3 Cup Buttercream Icing
Sprinkles to garnish

1.  To prepare your buttercream to be used in the ice cream, put a small amount in a piping bag and pipe buttercream lines onto a cutting board covered in cling film.  Put the cutting board in the freezer for an hour or two so the icing can freeze.  Using a sharp knife, cut the buttercream icing lines into 1/2 inch (approx 1cm) pieces, transfer to a small dish and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to use them in step 4.

2.  Pour the cream and vanilla into a medium sized bowl (one that has a lid), sift in the cake mix and whisk until well combined, set aside.  In a small saucepan whisk the milk, sugar, and egg yolk together until well blended. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat until stirring constantly until it reaches 160ºF (70ºC).

3.  Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it into the cream and cake mix mixture. Whisk together until well combined.    Put the lid on the bowl, and place in the refrigerator or freezer overnight or for several hours until the liquid is cold.

4.  Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions until it reaches "soft-serve" consistency. Gently stir in the birthday cake chunks , and buttercream pieces.  Transfer ice cream to a plastic container with a lid, and place in the freezer for several hours or overnight until the ice cream has firmed up a bit. 

I’m so pleased with my ice cream invention and how easy it was to make, I can’t wait create more delicious flavour combinations.  I think I may just have to sever ties with my long standing friends Ben & Jerry.  Sorry guys, but our time together may have just come to an end!


sarahflight said...

Oh my god this looks so amazing!!! x

Kezia said...

What a fantastic idea - will definitely be trying this one out!

Tempress said...

You always come up with the best ideas! I want to try this.

Lucy said...

This looks incredible and very irresistible! So glad Jayden is home now - you definitely deserve this celebratory treat :)

Made With Pink said...

Thanks very much ladies. This ice cream is seriously soooo good! I've already made a second batch!

I forgot to mention that you can half your cake mix and use one half for the actual cake part. The cake chunks should be about the same size as salad croutons.

Love and other Spices said...

Hey there,thanks for the comment on my blog.The ice cream looks so amazing.Now that I have visited your site and seen all this lovely desserts,I'll be dropping by more often :)

Anonymous said...

Can you make this without an ice cream maker??

Bridget said...

This sounds so delicious - I love that there's cake chunks in it. I'll definitely be trying it out this summer!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Such pretty colours in this photo and it does look very birthday-like.

Sorry to hear you had a such a worrying new year but best to get these things checked out.

Happy New Year xx

mikepem said...

Apologies to all those whose enthusiasm for this dessert may be dampened by a word of caution. By all means try it out just once before you check both its calorie count and more importantly its life threatening ingredients. I have done a rough reckoning based on the recipe's constituents and, believe me, I would not be up for second helpings.

Made With Pink said...

Anonymous: Yes! You definitely can make this ice cream without a mixer. Please check out the following link for detailed instructions on how to do so:

Bridget: The cake chunks are really what makes this ice cream so delicious! I couldn't imagine it without them.

Sarah: Thanks very much. Jayden is doing much better now.

Mikepem: Sorry you feel that way, but I'm sure most people know that Ice Cream is rather high in calories no matter if it's store bought or homemade. There are far worse things that people consume on a regular basis. Anyone who has ever eaten a grocery store cake or made a cake mix from a box at home has eaten all of these same ingredients before. They are hardly life threatening. Drinking too much water can kill you (google Water Intoxication) Everything in moderation my friend ;-)

Molly said...

Yay! I love cake batter flavored ice cream but we've discovered that most of my family is petroleum dye sensitive in the past year and that rules out most of the commercially available varieties. :( I'm so excited to try making some of my own! Thanks to you and pinterest!

50cc scooters said...

Wow,This one is really wonderful idea.Thanx to share with us this one fabulous idea.It amazing.

kpaige said...

WOW!! I love the photos, too!! Is the pink in the ice cream from the cake, or the frosting? I would love to incorporate pink, but I'm not sure how to do it. If the frosting is pink, would it look messy? I'm thinking maybe it is the cake chunks that are pink? Thanks for the awesome post!


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