I know pumpkin season has already started, but vanilla ice cream is always in season, am I right? I finally have answered your request for a vegan vanilla ice cream. I have received that request more than any other ice cream flavor over the years. And not just vanilla, more specifically, a birthday cake ice cream. Which basically is just vanilla ice cream that is next-level. One of my readers wrote me 2 weeks back asking me to create a birthday cake flavor since it was her daughter's favorite. She had just made my Butterfinger Ice Cream and loved it and sent a lovely email. Since I have received so many vanilla requests, I figured it was time to get it done. Everything is better with sprinkles in my opinion.
Guys, I finally cracked the vanilla vegan ice cream code, haha!
And I did it without full-fat coconut milk being the base. I'm sorry, but I don't want my vanilla ice cream to taste like coconut. There are so many vegan vanilla ice creams out there but they are always made with coconut milk and we alll know that it really tastes like coconut and not vanilla. Coconut, just like banana, overpowers every flavor, especially a delicate flavor like vanilla. If there is chocolate or lots of spices, that helps to mask, but this is vanilla and it needs to be front and center. I use "lite" coconut milk in this recipe because it is THE best milk base for ice cream because it is creamier than cashew, soy, almond, rice, you name it and it leaves NO coconut taste. I cannot stress enough how important that it is to use.
Sometimes I say that cashew milk is an ok sub for the lite coconut milk in my ice cream recipes, but that is because the flavor is chocolate, where the cashew flavor won't be noticeable. But if you put cashews and cashew milk as the ice cream base in a vanilla ice cream, that is TOO much cashew flavor. We don't want that. Not to mention, store-bought cashew milk is watery and tastes rather disgusting to me.
VEGAN BIRTHDAY CAKE ICE CREAM
I came up with a couple of crack-the-vanilla-code ingredients to take this from your average vanilla ice cream to that true BIRTHDAY CAKE flavor.
I used....a yukon gold potato, a touch of apple cider vinegar and a touch of lemon juice! Holy moly. I swear both my hubby and I couldn't believe the flavor straight out of the blender, but after freezing....watch out chocolate ice cream. It was hard to put it away. My 5 year old gobbled it up. The yukon gold potato helps to add a touch of buttery flavor, as well as adding some body, but it's just enough to do some magic, but not so much that it tastes like potato. In fact, I'm thinking I probably could have gone up to a 1/2 cup, however, yellow potatoes are much thicker/starchier than sweet potatoes, so I didn't want to ruin the ice cream. I'll save eating full potatoes for dinner, not dessert. It is 100% undetectable. Y'all know how I love potatoes in my ice cream.
Exhibit B: 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Exhibit C: Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream.....Ancient recipe but proof of my love of sweet potatoes and putting them in unexpected places. Lol. I've been doing this potato thing in ice cream years back before it was "trendy" lol. Just look on IG how trendy and odd things are that go in ice creams, haha. But my original recipe is 5 years old! I had never seen somebody use a potato in ice cream before, so I really didn't know how it would turn out, but it totally worked! And when I posted this recipe years back, a few were thinking I was a little off my rocker. But, obviously, now it doesn't seem so weird.
So, to make this amazing Vegan Birthday Cake Ice Cream, you will need the following + salt:
- raw cashews
- canned "lite" coconut milk
- pure maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- yukon gold potato
- apple cider vinegar
- lemon juice
Hey, if you are not a fan of sprinkles, booooo, just kidding...just leave them out and enjoy the vanilla cake flavor! Still divine. But I have to say, the sprinkles really do make it taste that much better, lol. I only buy my vegan sprinkles from Sweetapolita off Etsy. As you can see, these are some stunning sprinkles....not your average run-of-the-mill boring sprinkles. She has SO many sprinkle varieties, it's insane. Just make sure to select the vegan ones since she has non-vegan ones as well.
If you love birthday cake, then make sure to check out my #1 cake recipe on the blog, my Vegan Gluten-free Funfetti Birthday Cake, made by hundreds of readers and all of them have told me it's a big crowd-pleaser, vegans, non-vegans, etc. and that it's your all-time favorite cake. It resembles a true all-purpose flour cake, yet it is totally gluten-free and oil-free. I even had one reader tell me that her Dad said it was the BEST cake he had ever had in his life and y'all he isn't even vegan! So, please try it if you haven't yet.
Please watch the video to see how to make this in action!