No Churn Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream

No Churn Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream is a sweet treat for Carnival season! This no churn ice cream starts requires no ice cream maker and just a few ingredients and is studded with king cake! Homemade King Cake Ice Cream is the perfect Mardi Gras dessert to serve on Fat Tuesday! Makes 10 servings.

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A cone of No Churn Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream, with other cones, ice cream and king cake slices in the background

When I originally made this ice cream back in 2019, I came down with strep throat a day later, and we jokingly nicknamed this “Strep Throat Ice Cream,” as reasonable people do.

And since I probably (definitely) licked the spoon a time or three while making this ice cream, so no one in our household was allowed to eat this ice cream… except for me.

Clearly, I tried the condensed milk ice cream when all was said and done because that’s what a good food blogger does… but also I was on antibiotics for 10 days, and ice cream felt really good on my sad throat, too.

Rest assured, we made another batch before Fat Tuesday and confirmed its deliciousness!

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    Why I love this recipe:

    This No Churn King Cake Ice Cream is the perfect Mardi Gras season treat, and since it’s no churn, you don’t need an ice cream maker! (To this day, I don’t have an ice cream machine because I stand by the fact that no churn ice cream is way easier!)

    It’s also reminiscent of a well-known Texas brand’s Mardi Gras-flavored gallon that I’ve heard is hard to come by some places. So if you’re unable to find that ice cream, know that I’ve got your back with this easy ice cream recipe.

    While it’s not as easy as picking up a gallon from the grocery, and is a little different, flavor-wise (I chose to make mine vanilla while I know theirs is more of a cinnamon), it’s the easiest way to make ice cream I know.

    In my opinion, it’s worth the added effort, should you not be able to purchase it from the store.

    Love Louisiana flavors? Check out Instant Pot Gumbo, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Cajun Shrimp and Grits, Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice and Chicken and Sausage Gumbo!

    Need more Mardi Gras inspiration? Head on over to 18 Mardi Gras Recipes to Make This Carnival Season!

    Ingredients for no churn ice cream

    What you need to make this easy ice cream recipe:

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    In addition to these tools, you need a few different ingredients, as well.

    How do you make no churn ice cream?

    No churn ice cream is easy as pie because it only calls for a few ingredients!

    The base of all no churn ice creams is heavy whipping cream (turned into whipped cream) and a can of sweetened condensed milk.

    We add vanilla bean paste (which adds insane vanilla flavor to the base), Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles and chunks of King Cake, too, before the mixture goes into the freezer, covered tightly in plastic wrap.

    Freeze for 5-6 hours, then scoop for a delicious Mardi Gras dessert!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where do I find a King Cake to add to this ice cream?

    I’ve found that most grocery stores in Dallas have King Cakes in their bakery departments. You can pick one up there, or you could special order one from New Orleans if you can’t get your hands on one locally.
    You can also make one, but that’s a lot of extra work.

    I’m all about the homemade King Cake, but a store-bought one, even a sad rendition of one, works here, because the King Cake adds to the flavors. And if it’s dry, it’s not like you’ll notice. Ice cream is decidedly not dry, and it’ll be wrapped up in that goodness, so you’re golden.

    How do you store no churn ice cream?

    I always leave mine in the loaf pan* (affiliate link) in the freezer, covered with a few layers of plastic wrap, because it doesn’t last long.

    If you want to make or store your ice cream in a freezer-safe, airtight plastic container, you can absolutely do this, too! (They actually make ice cream storage containers* (affiliate link) these days, too!)

    Whatever you do, just be sure to store it in a container large enough for you to be able to get an ice cream scoop into.

    What are some other Mardi Gras recipes I can make for Fat Tuesday?

    You’re in luck! A few of my blog friends and I have teamed up today to bring y’all a veritable feast of different Mardi Gras-esque food and drink because we love all things Mardi Gras!
    Hurricane Matthew (A Hurricane Drink Recipe)
    Vieux Carre Cocktail
    Cajun Spicy Tomato Soup
    Shrimp Hush Puppies
    Traditional Polish Pączki
    Easy Shrimp Po Boys
    King Cake Donut Holes
    Mardi Gras King Cake
    Homemade Beignets
    Pecan Pralines

    Quick tips and tricks for the best condensed milk ice cream

    • Use the right ingredients. This recipe absolutely will not work if you do not use heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk!
    • If you can’t find a king cake, use a store-bought cinnamon roll instead! (Technically, that would make this Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream, but since a king cake is a sister of a cinnamon roll, I consider it an acceptable substitute.)
    • If you can’t find vanilla bean paste, you can use the same amount of vanilla extract. It won’t has as strong a vanilla flavor, but it works in a pinch!
    No Churn Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream in a loaf pan before freezing

    No Churn Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Make No Churn Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream as a sweet treat this Carnival season! This ice cream starts as any no churn ice cream recipe would—with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Vanilla bean paste swirls into the base, giving tons of flavor. Layer the ice cream with chunks of King Cake and green, purple and gold sanding sugar, then freeze. Homemade King Cake Ice Cream is the perfect Mardi Gras dessert to serve on Fat Tuesday!
    5 from 1 vote
    Servings 10 servings
    Calories 476 kcal
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Freeze Time 8 hours
    Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


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    • Pour the COLD heavy whipping cream into a large mixing bowl.
    • Using a hand (or stand) mixer, whip the cream slowly at first, then increase the speed until stiff peaks form.
    • Combine the sweetened condensed milk with the vanilla bean paste in another bowl. Stir until smooth.
    • Fold the vanilla sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream.
    • Chop the King Cake into bite-sized pieces, and set aside.
    • Layer the ice cream base with the King Cake and sprinkles in the 8″ x 4.5″ loaf pan. (I did three layers, but you could certainly do two.)
    • Place the loaf pan back in the freezer, and freeze for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.
    • Once frozen solid, scoop with a warm ice cream scoop, and serve immediately!


    If you don’t have vanilla bean paste (and don’t want to go find it), you can substitute 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. The ice cream won’t be nearly as vanilla-centric, but it will still be delicious!


    Serving: 1gCalories: 476kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 7gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 163mgFiber: 1gSugar: 46g
    Keyword dessert, dessert recipe, easy dessert recipe, easy ice cream, ice cream recipe, king cake ice cream, Mardi Gras dessert, Mardi Gras recipe, no bake dessert recipe, no churn ice cream
    Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
    Cuisine American
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      1. Hi Stephanie! Yes, you can substitute another cake in for the king cake if you can’t get your hands on a king cake where you live. I’d also consider adding uniced cinnamon rolls, as those are pretty close to a king cake since they’re super cinnamon-y.

        If you give this a try with a different cake, let me know which type you chose and how it turned out. I’m sure it’ll be delicious!

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