Birthday Cake Ice Cream

  • Prep 15 mins
  • Total 24h 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Birthday cake is one of my favorite things. The flavors are so nostalgic of celebration, and I love the crunch of the sprinkles and the velvety vanilla base. This recipe hits on all those notes and delivers that familiar flavor of a delicious store-bought birthday cake in ice cream form. This is a recipe that will draw rave reviews from kids as well as adults. —Chelven Randolph

Recipe Hack: It is important to stay within the 165°F to 175°F range, or you will overcook the ingredients, resulting in curdled (a.k.a. scrambled) eggs.

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  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow-colored sprinkles


  • Large Bowl
  • Small Saucepan
  • Instant-Read Thermometer
  • Fine-Mesh Strainer
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Step 1

    Fill a large bowl with ice water and set it aside.

  • Step 2

    In a small saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, corn syrup, and sugar until the mixture is fully combined and the sugar is dissolved. Do not do this over heat.

  • Step 3

    Whisk in the milk, heavy cream, and vanilla.

  • Step 4

    Place the pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula until the temperature reaches 165°F to 175°F on an instant-read thermometer.

  • Step 5

    Remove the pan from the heat and pour the base through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean CREAMi™ Pint. Carefully place the container in the prepared ice water bath, making sure the water doesn’t spill into the base.

  • Step 6

    Once the base has cooled, whisk in the vanilla cake mix until it is fully incorporated. Place the storage lid on the pint container and freeze for 24 hours.

  • Step 7

    Remove the pint from the freezer and take off the lid. Place the pint in the outer bowl of your Ninja® CREAMi™, install the Creamerizer™ Paddle in the outer bowl lid, and lock the lid assembly onto the outer bowl. Place the bowl assembly on the motor base, and twist the handle to the right to raise the platform and lock it in place. Select the ICE CREAM function

  • Step 8

    Once the machine has finished processing, remove the lid from the pint container. With a spoon, create an 11/2-inch-wide hole that reaches the bottom of the pint.  Add the rainbow sprinkles to the hole in the pint, replace the lid, and select the Mix-In function

  • Step 9

    Once the machine has finished processing, remove the ice cream from the pint. Serve immediately.