Vanilla Cake Ice Cream

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Total 24h 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

TIP: Use bigger pieces of soft ingredients (cake) for the MIX-IN Switch the vanilla extract for Bourbon vanilla extract for the adults.

Vanilla Cake Ice Cream 

You can make your own vanilla ice cream at home, but revamping the flavor with vanilla cake  can be the perfect twist. Once you’ve tasted this homemade, decadent creamy vanilla cake ice cream recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought again. People often shy away from making ice cream because they think it’s too complicated and time-consuming. But with the Ninja CREAMI,  it’s a piece of cake! 

What Is Vanilla Cake Ice Cream?

Not your average vanilla ice cream but not exactly cake either, this unique flavor combines the best of both worlds. With vanilla cake bits mixed in, you’ll be able to enjoy the flavor of ice cream cake without the hassle of putting together the real thing. 

Head to your local bakery or supermarket to buy a premade vanilla cake. Even better, get out your baking supplies and put together your own vanilla cake loaf. Don’t worry about having leftover bits after you’re done making this recipe. Any pieces of vanilla cake you don’t end up using for this ice cream you can save for a treat alongside breakfast or coffee. 

All in all, you’ll find vanilla cake ice cream to be a unique, fun twist on two delicious desserts. Surprise your family and friends with this homemade recipe that’s bound to become a signature treat!

Reasons To Make Vanilla Cake Ice Cream 

Vanilla cake ice cream is the perfect dessert any day of the week. It’s also great for holidays or special occasions because it contains the ideal flavor combo of ice cream with vanilla cake bits mixed in. 


Celebrating a special someone’s birthday? This treat doesn’t disappoint. It’s versatile, too. While the real cake flavor makes it extra decadent, you can still use this ice cream to make ice cream sandwiches or serve it with a warm slice of pie or brownie. Use it to make a sundae, serve it on a cone or in a cup. 

Celebrations And Parties

Wow the crowd at your next celebration or party. This ice cream combines the much-loved flavors of vanilla and cake — a guaranteed party favorite. 

This yummy combo will be sure to satisfy sweet cravings. Although this rich and creamy treat doesn’t need anything else, make an ice cream bar with various toppings for everyone to customize their perfect cup of ice cream. Vanilla cake ice cream is the perfect base for any sweet concoction you can imagine — add sprinkles, cherries, chocolate syrup and more! 

Bonding Activity

Making homemade ice cream can be a great activity for people of all ages and skill levels. Making this classic dessert is a fun activity for a sleepover, friend group or family gathering. 

How To Store Homemade Ice Cream

Although there are plenty of cake pieces in this recipe, you’ll store the ice cream in your freezer like regular ice cream. The Ninja CREAMi Deluxe Pints and Lids can be stored in the freezer for the perfect container of cake ice cream. 

When serving homemade ice cream, you’ll need to thaw it out for several minutes before scooping; this helps maintain its creamy texture.

How Long Does Homemade Ice Cream Last?

Although store-bought ice cream can last a couple of months, homemade ice cream lasts in the freezer for up to two weeks. 

Keep in mind that the quality of the ice cream can deteriorate over time, even in the freezer. Factors such as exposure to air, freezer temperature and the ingredients used can all affect the shelf life of homemade ice cream. To extend the shelf life and maintain quality, be sure to store it in the Ninja Creami Deluxe Pint container and keep it at a consistent temperature below 0°F.


Q: When was vanilla cake ice cream invented?

A: The history of mixing cake into ice cream goes back centuries — some sources suggest that humans were enjoying chilled desserts made with fruit and wine as far back as 500 B.C. in ancient Rome. 

However, it wasn’t until the late 19th century that ice cream cake flavors became widely available in culinary circles. By 1890, cookbooks featuring recipes for deliciously rich cakes made with frozen ingredients began to appear in print. Throughout the years, recipes have been refined and revamped to include the unique vanilla cake ice cream flavor!

Q: Who invented vanilla cake ice cream?

A: While it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly who developed modern-day versions of this vanilla cake ice cream twist, one name that frequently pops up is German confectioner Emil Frey. In 1896, Frey created a recipe for an indulgent dessert called vanillekuchen (vanilla cake). 

His recipe combined layers of creamy vanilla custard and crunchy sponge cake soaked with sweet syrup and covered with whipped cream — many believe this is the origin of today’s vanilla ice cream cakes. 

Q: Is it hard to make homemade vanilla cake ice cream?

A: Making a homemade vanilla cake ice cream can be surprisingly easy. Most recipes call for just four ingredients, plus whatever decorative touches you choose. Preparing each part separately is fairly straightforward, but assembling all those parts into a beautiful multilayered masterpiece can require some practice and patience.

Q: How long does it take to make vanilla ice cream?

A: Making homemade vanilla ice cream normally takes about 25 to 40 minutes of active preparation time, plus a few hours of chilling and freezing time. 

Q: How many different types of ice cream flavors are there?

A: When it comes to ice cream, there are seemingly endless flavor possibilities. From classic flavors like chocolate, strawberry and mint chip to more unique combinations like cookie monster or cotton candy dreamsicle, there truly is something for everyone. More unique flavor options include red velvet with mascarpone cheese frosting or key lime pie with a graham cracker crust. You can even create your own unique flavor from scratch with your Ninja CREAMi.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup vanilla cake pieces, for mix-in

Toppings (optional)

  • Waffles cone pieces
  • Sprinkles


  • Microwave-Safe Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Step 1

    In a large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave the cream cheese for 10 seconds. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and with a whisk or rubber spatula, combine until the mixture looks like frosting, about 1 minute.

  • Step 2

    Slowly mix in the heavy cream and mix until fully combined and sugar is dissolved.

  • Step 3

    Pour base into an empty CREAMi Pint. Place storage lid on pint and freeze for 24 hours.

  • Step 4

    Remove pint from freezer and remove lid from pint. Place pint in outer bowl, install Creamerizer™ Paddle onto outer bowl lid, and lock the lid assembly on the outer bowl. Place bowl assembly on motor base and twist the handle right to raise the platform and lock in place.

  • Step 5

    Select ICE CREAM.

  • Step 6

    With a spoon, create a 1 1/2-inch-wide hole that reaches the bottom of the pint. Add the cake pieces to the hole in the pint and process again using the MIX-IN program.

  • Step 7

    When processing is complete, remove ice cream from pint and serve immediately with desired toppings.