Making treats for others is one of my very favorite things to do.  (That’s probably pretty obvious from reading my blog.)  It’s mutually beneficial – the recipients get to eat something delicious and I get to play around in the kitchen trying new things.  My friend Sarah celebrated a birthday recently and when I asked her what she would like, it didn’t take long for her to decide on cake batter ice cream.  This is an extremely popular flavor at several chain ice cream joints, but I never thought the commercial version lived up to all the hype.  Disappointing, because cake batter is pretty darn delicious and the idea of cake batter ice cream is genius.  I was excited because a homemade version had the potential to be much better than the original.  No surprise – it was!  I definitely enjoyed the homemade variety far more than the original – so much in fact that I found myself offering Ben various other cookies and things for dessert so I could keep the rest of this batch to myself.  It also seemed to meet the birthday girl’s approval.

I normally avoid using boxed cake mixes but pretty much every recipe I found for cake batter ice cream called for a box mix, so I just gave in.  Plus, boxed yellow cake batter is probably what most people are used to eating so the flavor is what one would expect.  And in case someone is planning to ask me what to do with the left over yellow cake mix, I have no real suggestions other than make more of this ice cream!