Easy Funfetti Birthday Cake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

This is the best-tasting, no-churn Funfetti Birthday Cake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe made without an ice cream maker. Chunks of gluten-free almond flour funfetti mug cake and ribbons of blue buttercream frosting are swirled into a high-protein cottage cheese ice cream base. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and cane sugar.

Funfetti birthday cake cottage cheese ice cream in a bowl.

This is the best-tasting, no-churn Funfetti Birthday Cake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe made without an ice cream maker. This viral cottage cheese ice cream is made healthier with a gluten-free almond flour mug cake that cooks in the microwave in less than 2 minutes. Then, a mini-portion of blue buttercream frosting with powdered cane sugar is ribboned throughout this easy homemade ice cream. It’s a high-protein dessert with more grams of protein than regular ice cream. 

This nice cream is fun to make and even more fun to enjoy! It has all the delicious flavor of a frozen birthday ice cream cake from the grocery store but supports a healthy diet with all-natural ingredients and natural sweeteners. However, it is still a treat and needs to be eaten in moderation. 

Does birthday cake cottage cheese ice cream taste like traditional ice cream?

Cottage cheese ice cream has a similar texture and creaminess as regular ice cream but with a subtle ‘cheese’ flavor. I intentionally use the least amount of added sweetener as possible yet still have it be emotionally satisfying to make it a healthier option. So, it may not taste quite as sweet as traditional ice cream, but it still has delicious flavor. And it leaves me feeling just as good even after I eat it. But you can modify the recipe and add more sweetener to meet your preference. And you still get the added nutritional benefits of cottage cheese.

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Why You’ll Love This Homemade Cottage Cheese Ice Cream with Birthday Cake Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Funfetti birthday cake cottage cheese ice cream in a dish.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting birthday cake cottage cheese ice cream:

Large Egg: This binds the cake together and adds moisture. 

Almond Flour: Be sure to use almond flour and not almond meal. You can also use 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour instead.

Cane Sugar: You can use any granulated sugar or a sugar substitute like stevia or erythritol.

Light Olive Oil: You can also use melted coconut oil, vegetable oil, or avocado oil.

Baking Powder: Replace with half the amount of baking soda if needed.

Sprinkles: Use any type of sprinkles or omit them if desired.

Butter: Vegan butter or margarine can be used for a dairy-free version.

Powdered Cane Sugar: Regular powdered sugar or a powdered sugar substitute can be used.

Milk: Any type of milk, including dairy-free options like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk, can be used.

Vanilla Extract: Use any other flavor extract or skip it for a different flavor profile.

Blue Food Coloring: Optional, or use natural food coloring alternatives if desired.

Cottage Cheese: You can use your favorite type of cottage cheese. I recommend using full-fat cottage cheese or whole milk cottage cheese for the richest texture. Greek yogurt or a dairy-free yogurt alternative can be used for a similar texture and flavor.

Maple Syrup: Honey, agave syrup, or any other liquid sweetener can be used.

Salt: Omit if you prefer to reduce sodium intake.

Funfetti birthday cake cottage cheese ice cream in a bowl.

How to Make My No-Churn Ice Cream with Cottage Cheese and Birthday Cake Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for the best way to make homemade ice cream with birthday cake and buttercream frosting. They’re also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Make the Funfetti Mug Cake

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cane sugar, vanilla extract, and oil until well combined.

Add the almond flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles, and mix until smooth.

Spray the inside of a microwave-safe mug with non-stick spray. Pour the funfetti cake batter into the mug. Top with a pinch of more sprinkles.

Microwave on high between one minute and 30 seconds and 1 minute and 50 seconds, or until the cake is set in the center. 

Carefully empty the cake onto a plate and place it in the freezer to cool quickly.

Mixing mug cake ingredients in a small bowl.
Dumping mug cake out of a mug.

Step 2: Make the Buttercream Frosting

In a small bowl, add the butter, milk, vanilla extract, salt, blue food coloring and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if needed so the frosting is soft enough to fall off a spatula.

Stirring blue buttercream frosting.

Step 3: Make the Homemade Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

In a high-speed blender, food processor, or immersion blender, blend the cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth.

Adding cottage cheese ice cream ingredients to a food processor.

Step 4: Assemble the Funfetti Cake Ice Cream

Pour the blended cottage cheese mixture into a freezer-safe shallow bowl, loaf pan or dish.

Drop in dollops of the blue frosting. Gently swirl it with a spatula.

Cut the cooled funfetti mug cake into cubes and fold them in to the ice cream.

Add a few more sprinkles.

Cover the container and freeze for at least 2-3 hours or until firm.

Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly.

Scoop the ice cream into bowls or cones and enjoy!

Swirling blue buttercream frosting into the cottage cheese mixture.
Mixing cake chunks into the ice cream.
Funfetti birthday cake cottage cheese ice cream in a bowl.

Recipe Notes and Helpful Tips

Cottage Cheese Texture: Blend the cottage cheese until smooth to ensure a creamy ice cream texture. Some small curds are okay and can add a nice texture to the ice cream.

Cake and Frosting Alternatives: You can use store-bought funfetti cake or frosting instead of making them from scratch. Just crumble the cake and swirl the frosting into the ice cream.

Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of maple syrup or sweetener to taste. You can also use sugar-free or low-calorie sweeteners if preferred.

Additional Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

Here are some delicious suggestions for more sweet treats with higher protein content:

Chocolate Cake Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese Ice Cream: Use chocolate cake cubes, and chocolate frosting, and add peanut butter powder to the cottage cheese mixture.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream: graham crackers, vanilla frosting, and add fresh strawberries to the cottage cheese mixture.

Carrot Cake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream: Use a carrot cake mug cake cubes, cream cheese frosting with lemon juice, and add pumpkin pie spice to the cottage cheese mixture.

Freezing: Press a layer of plastic wrap or parchment paper directly onto the surface of the ice cream before sealing the container with its lid. This helps prevent ice crystals from forming.

Thawing: When ready to serve, let the ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly before scooping.

Scooping: Use a sturdy ice cream scoop or spoon to scoop the ice cream. Dip the scoop in warm water between scoops for easier serving.

Refreezing: It’s best not to refreeze melted ice cream, as it can become icy and lose its creamy texture. Try to scoop only the amount you plan to serve.

Do I need an ice cream maker to make Birthday Cake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream?
No. You simply mix the ingredients, pour them into a shallow dish, and allow it to freeze for several hours.

Can I use store-bought cake and frosting instead of making them from scratch in this healthier cottage cheese ice cream recipe?

Yes, you can use store-bought funfetti cake or frosting to save time. Simply crumble the cake and swirl the frosting into the ice cream.

Is this birthday cake cottage cheese ice cream high in protein?
Cottage cheese itself is naturally high in protein, so yes, this ice cream is higher in protein than traditional options. 

Can I omit the food coloring from the buttercream frosting?
Yes, the food coloring is optional and can be omitted if you prefer not to use it.

How long does cottage cheese ice cream take to freeze?
The ice cream needs at least 2-3 hours to be solid enough to scoop and 4 hours to completely freeze.

Can I add other mix-ins to homemade birthday cake ice cream?
Yes, feel free to add other mix-ins such as chocolate chips, nuts, or additional sprinkles for extra flavor and texture.

Can I use a different cake flavor for this birthday cake no-churn ice cream recipe?
Yes, you can use a different flavor of cake to customize the ice cream. Just be sure it’s baked and cubed before mixing it into the ice cream.

Funfetti birthday cake cottage cheese ice cream in a bowl.

Easy Funfetti Birthday Cake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the best-tasting, no-churn Funfetti Birthday Cake Cottage Cheese Ice Cream Recipe made without an ice cream maker. Chunks of gluten-free almond flour funfetti mug cake and ribbons of blue buttercream frosting are swirled into a high-protein cottage cheese ice cream base. It's naturally sweetened with maple syrup and cane sugar.
5 from 4 votes
Servings 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients
  

Funfetti Mug Cake:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oil (light olive is my fave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 teaspoons sprinkles

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup powdered cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk (almond milk is my fave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 drops blue food coloring

Cottage Cheese Ice Cream:

  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cane sugar, vanilla extract, and oil until well combined. Add the almond flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles, and mix until smooth.
    Spray the inside of a microwave-safe mug with non-stick spray. Pour the funfetti cake batter into the mug. Top with a pinch of more sprinkles.
    Microwave on high between one minute and 30 seconds and 1 minute and 50 seconds, or until the cake is set in the center. Carefully empty the cake onto a plate and place it in the freezer to cool quickly.
  • In a small bowl, add the butter, milk, vanilla extract, salt, blue food coloring and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if needed so the frosting is soft enough to fall off a spatula.
  • In a high-speed blender, food processor, or immersion blender, blend the cottage cheese, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth.
  • Pour the blended cottage cheese mixture into a freezer-safe shallow bowl, loaf pan or dish. Drop in dollops of the blue frosting. Gently swirl it with a spatula.
    Cut the cooled funfetti mug cake into cubes and fold them in to the ice cream. Add a few more sprinkles.
    Cover the container and freeze for at least 2-3 hours or until firm.
    Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly.

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Notes

Cottage Cheese Texture: Blend the cottage cheese until smooth to ensure a creamy ice cream texture. Some small curds are okay and can add a nice texture to the ice cream.
Cake and Frosting Alternatives: You can use store-bought funfetti cake or frosting instead of making them from scratch. Just crumble the cake and swirl the frosting into the ice cream.
Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of maple syrup or sweetener to taste. You can also use sugar-free or low-calorie sweeteners if preferred.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 369mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 230IUCalcium: 89mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword birthday cake, buttercream frosting, cottage cheese ice cream, funfetti, mug cake, sprinkles
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

5 Comments

    1. Yay, Ariel! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review and rating. I appreciate it so much 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to share this recipe with you! It tastes just like birthday cake but a healthier option 🙂

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