Who can resist the allure of working at an ice cream shop during high school? Not me! I vividly remember those rainy days when my co-worker and I would indulge in blind taste tests of the delectable Perry’s ice cream flavors. Among the countless options, there was one flavor that captured my heart: Piece of Cake. This unique twist on the classic “birthday cake” ice cream won me over with its enticing combination of yellow cake flavor, pound cake chunks, and swirls of chocolate frosting. It was a match made in ice cream heaven!
Growing up, I always requested yellow cake with chocolate frosting for my birthdays. So when I discovered Perry’s Piece of Cake ice cream, it felt like a personal culinary creation just for me. However, when I moved to North Carolina, I was dismayed to find that Perry’s ice cream was nowhere to be found. Determined not to miss out on my favorite flavor, I embarked on a mission to recreate it at home. And guess what? I succeeded in creating a homemade version that comes close to the original! Let me share with you everything I’ve learned.
Tips for Making Piece of Cake Ice Cream
How Do You Make Cake Flavored Ice Cream?
Making cake-flavored ice cream is easier than you might think. All you need to do is incorporate some cake mix into the batter. For my recipe, I used the super moist yellow cake mix from Betty Crocker. You can also experiment with other cake flavors to create your own unique ice cream combinations. In fact, I’ve even made a delicious Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Ice Cream using the same method!
Is Cake Mix Safe to Eat Raw?
While cake mix is a tempting treat on its own, it’s not advisable to consume it raw. Since we’re not baking the cake mix, we need to heat treat it to ensure it’s safe to eat. Here’s a simple method: measure out the cake mix, put it in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and check the temperature. Continue microwaving in 30-second increments until the cake mix reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Where Can You Find Pound Cake?
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own homemade pound cake. However, for simplicity’s sake, I usually pick up some pound cake from the grocery store. It’s readily available and saves time. Just remember to cube the pound cake and freeze it for at least 30 minutes before adding it to the ice cream. This ensures that the cake maintains its shape and adds a delightful texture to each spoonful.
Achieving Perfect Chocolate Frosting Swirls
When it comes to adding the chocolate frosting swirls, it’s all about finding the right balance. During my first attempt, I may have gone a little overboard with the frosting (oops!). But fear not, I’ve learned from my mistake. For the perfect amount, I recommend using three large dollops of chocolate frosting. Then, using a butter knife, gently swirl the dollops into the ice cream to create a beautiful marbled effect.
For the frosting, I personally prefer using Betty Crocker’s rich and creamy chocolate frosting. However, feel free to use your favorite brand or even whip up a homemade version. The choice is yours!
Homemade Ice Cream FAQs
While I may not be a professional, I’ve been sharing my homemade ice cream journey on Instagram since 2020. It brings me great joy to inspire others to embark on their own ice cream-making adventures. If you’re new to the world of homemade ice cream, these frequently asked questions might be helpful:
Do You Need an Ice Cream Maker?
No, you don’t necessarily need an ice cream maker to create homemade ice cream. However, investing in one will elevate your ice cream game to new heights. An ice cream maker ensures a creamy, high-quality texture that’s hard to replicate without it. Trust me, once you experience the satisfaction of making your own ice cream, you won’t be tempted to buy store-bought varieties again (except for those emergency Ben & Jerry’s runs!).
What Is the Best Budget Ice Cream Maker?
For beginners, I highly recommend the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. It’s affordable, user-friendly, and produces incredibly creamy results. Plus, it’s undeniably cute! I’ve personally witnessed the joy it brings to my friends and family members who have purchased it. In fact, all of my homemade ice cream recipes are tailored to the Cuisinart ice cream maker.
Do You Have Recipes That Don’t Require an Ice Cream Machine?
While I focus on recipes designed for ice cream machines, there are plenty of “no churn” homemade ice cream recipes available online. These recipes typically use sweetened condensed milk as a base. However, I must admit that the texture of no-churn ice cream is often firmer and icier compared to churned ice cream. So if you’re after that creamy, velvety texture, investing in an ice cream maker is worth it.
How Long Does It Take to Make Homemade Ice Cream?
Making homemade ice cream requires a bit of planning. The most crucial step is to freeze your ice cream maker bowl for 24 hours before churning. Once your bowl is frozen, you can prepare the ice cream mixture in the morning and refrigerate it for a few hours before churning. The churning process itself typically takes around 20 minutes. However, if you leave your ice cream mixture in the fridge longer, it will result in a creamier texture. Personally, I prefer leaving mine in the fridge overnight for optimal creaminess.
To give you an idea, here’s an example of my homemade ice cream making schedule:
- Friday Afternoon: Place the freezer bowl in the freezer and make the ice cream mixture. Cover and refrigerate both for 24 hours.
- Saturday Afternoon: Churn the ice cream mixture. At this point, it will be ready to enjoy in a soft-serve consistency. However, I prefer a harder texture, so I put it back in the freezer for a few more hours.
- Saturday Evening: Indulge in the delight of homemade ice cream!
What If My Ice Cream Isn’t Thickening?
The most common mistake when making homemade ice cream is forgetting to freeze the bowl ahead of time or not giving it enough time to freeze properly. Trust me, I’ve made this mistake myself, and it can be incredibly frustrating. Imagine eagerly anticipating a scoop of your homemade creation, only to realize that the ice cream mixture isn’t thickening. So remember, proper planning and freezing the bowl for the recommended time are essential for achieving that perfect consistency.
What’s the Difference Between Ice Cream and Custard?
Ice cream and custard are similar, with the key distinction being the addition of egg yolks in custard. The inclusion of egg yolks gives custard a smoother and creamier texture. When making custard-based ice cream, it’s crucial to temper the eggs to avoid ending up with scrambled eggs in your frozen treat. Take your time and slowly combine the egg yolks with the heated custard mixture, whisking or stirring continuously. To ensure a velvety smooth texture, strain the mixture to remove any small bits of cooked egg yolk.
Can I Use Non-Dairy or Low-Fat Milk?
Yes, you can definitely experiment with non-dairy or low-fat milk options when making homemade ice cream. For non-dairy recipes, there are various alternatives available that you can explore. I’ve tried making a non-dairy vanilla ice cream before, and it had a unique, nutty flavor that was quite enjoyable. As for low-fat milk, you can substitute it for whole milk in your ice cream recipe. However, be aware that the texture will differ from full-fat ice cream, as it won’t achieve the same creamy consistency.
How Should I Store Homemade Ice Cream?
While it may be tempting to leave your ice cream in the freezer bowl covered with plastic wrap, using an airtight container is a better long-term storage solution. Opt for an airtight container to preserve the flavor and texture of your homemade creation. Personally, I recommend these containers, which have served me well in keeping my ice cream fresh and delicious.
How Long Does Homemade Ice Cream Last?
The ideal timeframe for consuming homemade ice cream is within one week. However, it can last up to two weeks if stored properly. After that, the texture may become icy and grainy. So gather your loved ones and savor every scoop of homemade goodness while it’s at its creamy best.
I hope you enjoy this delightful Piece of Cake Ice Cream recipe! If you give it a try, I would be thrilled if you left a comment and rating to let me know your thoughts. Thank you for joining me on this ice cream-filled journey!