When I unwrapped the ice cream maker that my sister gave my daughter for her first birthday I was a little shocked. What was a one year old going to do with an ice cream maker? Well, it turns out that the ice cream maker was one of the best gifts my kids have ever received. It's the gift that keeps on giving - giving deliciously freshly made ice cream. If you are heading to a baby shower or a little one's birthday party, might I suggest gifting an ice cream maker. Please, who doesn't love ice cream?
Of course, over the years we have made many batches of ice cream. One of our all time favourite recipe's is our homemade birthday cake ice cream. Yep, chunks of birthday cake, chunks of icing and plenty of sprinkley toppings turn ordinary vanilla ice cream into a fun, festive treat.
2 vanilla cupcakes (either ready made, store bought cupcakes or from a cake mix box)
2 tbsp vanilla icing (either ready made or homemade)
1 tbsp festive sprinkles of your choice
For the Ice Cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups heavy cream
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
Turn on the ice cream machine and pour the cold mixture into the cold ice cream machine. Churn until the ice cream has formed, yet is still soft. Follow your ice cream machine's manual for the timing. We have the basic Cuisinart 2 quart ice cream maker - we let it churn 20 minutes.
Transfer the soft ice cream into a large, freezer safe, resealable container. Crumble in 2 cupcakes, icing and half the sprinkles. We used 2 cupcakes from a batch of cupcakes that we had baked for the birthday girl. It was easy to spare 2 cupcakes for the ice cream. Gently stir the cupcakes, icing and sprinkles into the ice cream.
Be sure to add the cupcakes and sprinkles to the ice cream after it has been removed from the ice cream machine. If not, the ice cream maker may get jammed and damaged.
What is the birthday boy or girl's favourite flavour? We used a vanilla cupcake, but feel free to add a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing. The chunks of cake and icing make a delightful and festive surprise for guests.