I like to make most of my stuff from scratch but I do like to have a couple of cake mixes on hand for a quick dessert for busy times. You can "doctor" them up and customize them to make them extra special. This is also a great way to use up the ice cream in the freezer. I know most of you are thinking "are you serious? What leftover ice cream?" At our house....we like ice cream but don't eat it regularly so this recipe is a great way to use it up instead of tossing it out, especially if we had a party and have a couple of flavors taking up "valuable real estate" in the freezer!
3 ingredient Ice Cream Bundt Cake Recipe:
- 1 box of cake mix, dry (I used Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate flavor today)
- 2 cups of slightly melted ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet or gelato, any flavor (I used a gluten free Chocolate Chunk ice cream for today's recipe. I did not use a reduced fat version)
- 3 large eggs
I saw a recipe on the internet recently that called for just 1.5 quarts of ice cream + 3 cups of self rising flour. Mix & bake in a regular sized bundt pan (or two loaf pans). I tried it and personally thought it wasn't very good. It was very dry and pretty bland even though I used a fancy ice cream. I tried tweaking the recipe again by using 3 cups of GF flour (I used Betty Crocker GF flour blend) + 2 tbs. baking powder + 1/4 tsp. salt + 1/2 cup sugar as the base mix and THEN added the 1.5 quarts slightly melted ice cream & 3 large eggs & 1/4 cup oil. I baked it in a regular sized bundt pan (or two loaf pans). It turned out just fine. It was more like a moist bundt cake rather than a dry bread. I tried it several ways and we all thought this particular recipe needed the oil for moisture. GF flour can be a little finicky to work worth. (This is a store bought cake mix alternative. Although, I really really like my Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcake Recipe. You can find that recipe on my blog).
Oh....and did I mention that taking a cake mix out of the box and putting it into an oven mit, adding a spatula or wooden spoon along with the directions makes a great last minute stocking stuffer or hostess gift?! Yep, my little gift giving secret is now out there. You all know what a resourceful gift giver I am now! :) Having 3 kids....I ALWAYS had to have a few last minute simple gifts. Our life was hectic (to say the least!) and they always needed a small token gift for a Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader, bus driver, etc. Money was on a tight budget when I was going to nursing school so these little thoughtful cake mix/oven mit gifts always came in handy. I always dressed them up with pretty ribbons, a spatula or wooden spoon and added some sprinkles or something fun (I attached the recipe to the ribbon or to the cake mix pouch). I always got a comment back from the recipient that they really enjoyed the gift. Although I thought it was just a simple gift....they told me it came in handy for a last minute party or potluck or snow day fun with their kids. We did those simple gifts for a few years and then I thought I would get "real gifts" when money wasn't so tight. Most of the recipients said they were disappointed that they didn't get their cake mix oven mit kit. They actually looked forward to them! I guess they didn't figure out that it was just a box cake mix! :) My kids also like getting these little cake mix mit kits in their holiday stockings now that they are adults! :) Just be sure if you are gift-giving a GF cake mix (like Betty Crocker GF mix that makes only 12 cupcakes or 1 8x8 cake pan) that you put instructions to bake in cupcake pan or 1 loaf pan. It will not make a full size bundt cake! If you are using a traditional "regular" cake mix then the instructions will need to say regular size bundt pan OR 2 loaf pans or cupcakes. You want the recipient to be delighted in their gift...not frustrated!)
|Ice Cream Bundt Cake Mit Kit ready for gift giving!|
I hope you enjoyed my quick & easy dessert. It is flexible and you can easily customize it to your family's preference. If you don't have a gluten allergy then you can certainly just use a regular size cake mix (like Betty Crocker) and your favorite ice cream. You can even add a handful of colored sprinkles or chocolate chips. It is a quick & easy cake to make. It is even great with fresh berries or to use as a shortcake for summer time fun!
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