Cake Batter Ice Cream (Cold Stone Copycat)

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Cake Batter Ice Cream is an easy recipe, prepped in just 5 minutes. Made with 7 simple ingredients this Cold Stone Copycat recipe is rich and creamy.

I’m getting ready for summertime and stocking up on homemade ice cream recipes. I hope you enjoy my Cake Batter Ice Cream recipe. You might want to try my Ice Cream in a Bag, my No-Churn Peaches and Cream Ice Cream, or maybe my No-Churn 2-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream.

Cake Batter Ice Cream

What is cake batter ice cream?

So, just like the name sounds, Cake Batter Ice Cream is a heavenly creamy ice cream that really takes just like cake batter does. If you loved licking the spoon when your mom made a cake when you were little, this is the homemade ice cream for you.

What flavor is cake batter?

This Cake Batter Ice Cream is a vanilla ice cream with sprinkles so it takes on the flavor of both ingredients. Some birthday cake ice cream recipes use a white cake mix and some use yellow. But, the flavor is typically vanilla with sprinkles.

We tested this recipe with many cake mixes and it was Pillsbury Classic Yellow Moist Supreme cake mix that gave it the Cold Stone Creamery flavor.

Of course, there is no reason why you can’t make a chocolate cake batter ice cream recipe by using a box of chocolate cake mix. It’s easy to customize the flavor by changing the ingredients.

Cake Batter Ice Cream (Cold Stone Copycat)

Can I add extra ingredients to the ice cream?

Sure, if you like your ice cream full of chunks and pieces, there’s no reason why you can’t add some extras. Why not try adding chunks of peanut butter cups or mini marshmallows. Or, you can cut up chocolate chip cookies for a cookie dough ice cream.

Fun serving idea

Why not change up the colors of the sprinkles for different holidays and events? You can use red and green for Christmas. Use pastel-colored sprinkles for Easter or springtime. Or, use red and blue sprinkles for Independence Day.

Cake Batter Ice Cream (Cold Stone Copycat)

Can I make this Cake Batter Ice Cream dairy-free?

My Cake Batter Ice Cream recipe uses heavy cream and whole milk. I haven’t tried it using dairy-free alternatives.

However, I have heard that it’s possible to substitute non-dairy coffee creamer for the heavy cream and use almond or soy milk in place of the whole milk.

You will need to experiment to find out an alternative that works for you.

If you do find a dairy-free alternative to this Cold Stone Creamery copycat, let me know in the comments below.

How long can I store this ice cream?

Homemade ice cream is best eaten as soon as it’s frozen. Unlike store-bought ice cream, it has no preservatives.

So, this ice cream will be best if you eat it within a few days of making it. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t store it for longer.

You will want to store it in a shallow freezer container that is airtight. Cover the ice cream carefully with plastic wrap. Press it down over the top of the ice cream.

Then, put the cover of the container over that. This step will help prevent ice crystals from forming on the top of the ice cream.

And, remember to store the ice cream in the back of the freezer. It has the most consistent cold temperature. Never store ice cream on the freezer door.

This can cause it to melt and refreeze which will affect the taste and texture.

Cake Batter Ice Cream (Cold Stone Copycat)

More fun recipes with sprinkles

There’s just something fun about desserts with sprinkles. So, why not try a few more of my recipes that use sprinkles.


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Cake Batter Ice Cream (Cold Stone Copycat)

4 scoops of cake batter ice cream

Cake Batter Ice Cream (Cold Stone Copycat)

Donna Elick
Cake Batter Ice Cream is an easy recipe that is prepped in just 5 minutes. Made with 7 simple ingredients this ice cream is rich and creamy, it is soon to be your new favorite flavor with this make at home Cold Stone Copycat recipe.
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 mins
8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Freezer
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 cups Pillsbury Classic Yellow Moist Supreme cake mix, unprepared
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles


  • Combine cake mix and sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk together until combined and free of clumps. Add milk and whisk until well combined. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until well combined again.
  • Add to ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturers’ ingredients. Add sprinkles during the ‘mix-in’ phase of churning or stir in when you transfer the frozen ice cream to the freezer. Transfer to a quart container and freeze until ready to serve.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 527cal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 519mg | Sugar: 47g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Cake Batter Ice Cream (Cold Stone Copycat)

Originally published June 2015. Updated and republished July 2020.

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  1. Congrats on four years of blogging, Donna! What an amazing experience blogging has been for all of you. Here's to many more than four more years of fun.

  2. Delicious! It totally reminded me of Cold Stone's famous flavor. I usually mix mine with crushed graham crackers, but for a 4th of July dessert, mixed in funfetti cookies and lots of red, white and blue sprinkles. Everyone loved it!

  3. This recipe is incredible, tastes just like cold stone. I can't get cold stone where I live anymore so this is going to be a new staple. Can't stop eating it!!!

  4. I just made this exactly as recipe says. My entire family said it is their new favorite ice cream flavor! My husband was very excited I found a recipe this delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I dont have ice cream maker, can it be frozen in loaf pan
    For few hours. I want try this icecream, thanks

  6. This is amazing! My dad requested cake batter ice cream and this was perfect. So easy to make, it took maybe 5 minutes of active time and most of that was fitting it into a container after! Can't wait to make this again!

  7. 5 stars
    Cake batter and I have a love/hate relationship. But in ice cream form? It’s to die for. This is so much cheaper than coldstone too!

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