Birthday Cake Crumb Ice Cream


Here are two things you need to know about homemade ice cream:

1. It’s preeeetttttyyy dang easy to make. Vanilla ice cream has like, five ingredients.

2. Raw eggs. Do they freak you out? Too bad. They are allllll up in your homemade ice cream.

Ever since I made homemade ice cream for the first time, I stopped being afraid of raw eggs. I’m pretty much one of those dudes that cracks eggs into a glass and chugs them for breakfast.


Except totally not because I STILL feel like I need to be careful not to touch anything in my kitchen and wash my hands with three pumps of soap after cracking open an egg. But for some reason when the egg is whisked inside a pool of cream and vanilla and sugar I have no problem touching/eating/covering my kitchen with it. No hand washing required.

Will someone pleeeeeease explain to me why eating raw cookie dough is frowned upon but eating raw (?) ice cream is not?



Remember how I mentioned that you could potentially mix up melty vanilla ice cream and birthday cake crumbs and it just might be heavenly? Well, I decided to step it up a notch and make my own vanilla ice cream to pump full of crumbs and rainbow sprinkles (and maybe even *GASP* a chocolate buttercream swirl).


image_2Zeeeeess. Eeeeez. Gooooooood. Is Funfetti ice cream a thing yet? If not I totally just invented it. RAINBOW SPRINKLES AND BIRTHDAY CAKE. IN ICE CREAM FORM. FUNFETTI ICE CREAM.


If you’ve been wishin’ and hopin’ and dreamin’ and prayin’ about getting an ice cream maker/attachment…

 It is time {said in Rafiki’s voice}.

Birthday Cake Crumb Ice Cream (Sweet Cream Ice Cream Base slightly adapted from Ben & Jerry)

yield: ~one quart


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream*
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups birthday cake crumbs**, cooled completely
  • 1/2 cup rainbow jimmies

*The original recipe calls for 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup milk, but I liked the slightly lighter and airier consistency that resulted from 1 1/2 cups of each. If you want a denser, creamier ice cream go with the original ratio (2 cups cream, 1 cup milk).

**note: I used Momofuku’s birthday cake crumbs (recipe link in the ingredients list) for this  – which are different than crumbs from a leftover cake (they are a much denser, crunchier consistency). You might be able to use pieces of a leftover birthday cake in the ice cream, but I haven’t tried it so I can’t be sure!


  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the sugar a little bit at a time, then whisk until fully incorporated, about another minute. Pour in the cream, milk, and vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker/attachment and freeze according to maker/attachment directions. When the ice cream has frozen to soft serve, gently fold in the birthday cake crumbs and rainbow jimmies (and if you’re feeling fancy and happen to have some chocolate buttercream lying around, fold that in too!) with a rubber spatula. Freeze in an airtight container for a few hours, or until ice cream reaches desired consistency (I liked mine best after it had been sitting in the freezer over night).

12 thoughts on “Birthday Cake Crumb Ice Cream

  1. Melissa

    If my boyfriend and I ever move in together, I am buying an ice cream maker immediately. I’m not allowing myself to own one now because I live by myself and would make things like this everyday and eat it straight from the machine. But when that machine comes into my life, I will be sure to make this recipe! Looks incredible!

    1. The Sweet Life Post author

      It is so dangerous! And yes, that’s the thing about ice cream – you have to keep it in your freezer, so it’s not like you can bring it into work to share/get rid of! I just made a huge thing of peanut butter oreo ice cream and it is calling my name every minute of the day.

  2. Anna {dear friend}

    “I’m pretty much one of those dudes that cracks eggs into a glass and chugs them for breakfast.”


    This looks insanely good.



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