So you want to make Ice Cream?! 

Lately I haven't felt the urge to turn my oven on when my apartment gets to 80 degrees so I figured what's the best thing to have on a hot day, that takes very few ingredients and I can enjoy with my friends? ICE CREAM!! 

This blog entry is specific for anyone interested in starting to make their own ice cream, get some helpful tips, and enjoy the crazy combinations of your hearts desire! 

Share your recipes ! Send photos of your work! And I hope to hear about your adventures in the kitchen! 

Homemade Recipes


Cake Batter Ice Cream


  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 cups half and half

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ¾ cup yellow cake mix

  • 6 TBS rainbow sprinkles optional


  1. Combine milk and sugar in a small pot and heat over medium.

  2. Heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until sugar is mostly dissolved.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar milk, half and half, salt and cake mix. Stir well to combine.

  4. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker (make sure you prepared your bowl in the freezer ahead of time). Follow manufactures instructions. I mixed mine for 30 minutes.

  5. Add sprinkles and allow to mix for additional 5 minutes.

  6. Remove ice cream from ice cream maker and put into a small glass bowl or container. Cover with lid or foil and freeze for additional 2 hours to overnight to get ice cream to harden more.                    

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream                                

Makes about 7 cups


  • 11⁄2 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar                    

  • pinch table salt

  • 3 cups heavy cream                    

  • 11⁄2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract                     


In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.    Turn the Cuisinart® Ice Cream Maker on; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 30 to 35 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an air- tight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving



Helpful (and fun!!) Tips

  • Add food coloring to any base!

  • Take a plain recipe and add (no more than 1 cup) of finely crushed add-ins!

    • You can add nuts, cookies, sprinkles, and virtually anything else your heart desires!

  • When adding anything more than the recipe calls for make sure you stay away from liquids like caramel sauce or chocolate sauce. That can disrupt your base and make it more liquidity than you want.

  • Any time a recipe says you can eat the ice cream the day you make it is lying. LIARS I TELL YOU! The best way to enjoy your homemade ice cream is to let it sit in the freezer overnight and enjoy it the next day. Seriously, take my word on this. It doesn’t maker what recipe, when you let it sit for that long it hardens into this creamy deliciousness!


Product Reviews

So I’ve never tried any of those “No Churn” recipes but I don’t believe them.There is something about the chemistry between milk, sugar, and cream that needs a level of coldness that can’t be accomplished with just ice and salt. So I made the investment to purchase an Ice Cream Maker! Now, there are a lot of ice cream makers on the market, but don’t be fooled by the $100 + ones, they may be pretty, but consider your objectives.

How much are you willing to spend?

How quickly do you want to enjoy your ice cream?

How much counter / kitchen space do you have to store this item?

If you live in a small apartment (like me) then buying a smaller maker will be better and will suffice greatly than a large one. All the ice cream makers usually produce 1.5 quarts of ice cream and that can be fine for 2-3 people over a 3-4 day period (or longer). If you have a family of 4 or more then that ice cream will probably last about 1-2 days (or less? ahah). It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re an ice cream lover like me, making ice cream instead of buying it may not be the solution to your ice cream … issue. See ice cream making as an activity and a process. It’s fun!

When you decide on which maker you’re going to buy (I bought the Cuisinart ICE-21 and use it about once a week to make ice cream!) pick a simple recipe and make sure you read the maker’s instructions on when to put the mix in, how long to keep it stirring, and freezing instructions.

I adore my ice cream maker and if you’re on a budget I’d highly recommend getting this baby on Amazon (or World Market and Sur La Table usually have sales as well!).

Not interested in making ice cream from scratch for the first time? Try using simple Starter Mixes like the Sur La Table Starter Mixes that you can buy online or at their store! I love their starter mixes because it’s virtually fool proof! You can’t beat a great taste, easy mixes, and affordable cost! Each box comes with 2 mixes so you can enjoy it twice! But make sure to read what the box contains because I recently bought the Butter Pecan box and it didn’t come with pecans (BUT WHY??!!). So now you’re set. Get your Pinterest Board ready. Get that Maker nice and frozen and buy all the heavy cream because it’s going to be a wonderfully melty day!