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DIY Birthday Cake Magic Shell

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Did you know you can make your own homemade magic shell? It’s one of the easiest things ever. And when you can copycat a great product and make it taste like cake, well, that’s a win-win.

Birthday cake magic shell: where your ice cream turns into cake!

DIY Homemade Birthday Cake Magic Shell

I loved magic shell when I was a kid. It ranked up there among the most magical of things, like unicorns, rainbows, and shopping mall cookies. My mom would dish me out some ice cream and I’d douse it with chocolate magic shell and then wait for the magic to happen.

How did it harden into a shell? It was like a little fairy godmother lived inside the bottle and waved her magic wand and poof! my ice cream was covered with hard chocolate. Then I’d carefully eat all the ice cream, leaving the best part for last: the shell. If I concentrate I can still hear the crack from my spoon against the hardened chocolate.

Guess what? You can make magic shell at home. DIY homemade magic in a bottle. And it’s so easy it’ll make you cry just a little bit.

DIY Homemade Birthday Cake Magic Shell

The secret behind how magic shell hardens? Vegetable or Coconut Oil.

{Kind of takes away the magic, doesn’t it? Like…that’s it? No fairy dust? No magic wands?}

The real secret is in the ratio of chocolate to oil. Add too little and it’ll still harden up in the jar. Add too much and it just tastes like, well, oil.

Traditionally, coconut oil is used in the making of homemade magic shell.  I used vegetable oil for this recipe because not all coconut oils are created equal. The brand I have in my kitchen currently stays solid unless I heat it in the microwave. (Even a super hot day doesn’t liquify it.) When I combined it with the white chocolate, it just hardened back up and stayed that way. That’s not magic shell…that’s just flavored white chocolate. Good, but not what I was going for.

The vegetable oil solved that problem and made my favorite new ice cream topping possible: birthday cake magic shell!

DIY Homemade Birthday Cake Magic Shell

I love regular chocolate topping on my ice cream but, if you know me at all, you know I want everything to taste like cake…even coffee. Last month at BlogHer Food, one of the parties had an ice cream bar. You know the kind: pick an ice cream, layer on the toppings. It was fun watching the other women act like kids in a fro-yo shop. I know I piled on more than I would have if I was with my daughter, that’s for sure. :)

One of the toppings they had was, you guessed it, Birthday Cake Magic Shell. I’d never seen it before (and it’s not even on the website) and I was instantly smitten. I mean, it’s funfettied ice cream topping. #loveatfirstsight

This recipe is super easy and it makes a lot. It’ll last awhile on your counter too, so it’s perfect to have around this summer for the hot ice cream eating days.

After melting together your white chocolate and oil, you just have to add the birthday cake. Normally, I like to use butter extract for funfetti flavored things but for this recipe you must use cake mix. All extract has water as an ingredient and water and chocolate are mortal enemies. If you add extract to melted chocolate you’ll get a gloppy mess. Cake mix is a must! Plus, think of all the flavor variations…

{Red velvet? I’m looking at you!}

Add some sprinkles and life is complete.

DIY Homemade Birthday Cake Magic Shell
Well, once you add the ice cream, that is.

Birthday Cake Magic Shell

Yield: About 1 1/2 cups

Birthday Cake Magic Shell

A homemade version of your favorite childhood ice cream topping! Birthday Cake Magic Shell is easy to make and even better to eat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (see note)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon dry yellow cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles (do not use nonpareils - they will dissolve in the liquid)

Instructions

  1. Place white chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH in 30 second increments, stirring after each, until smooth (about 1-2 minutes). Whisk in cake mix until no lumps remain. Let cool before adding sprinkles. Once cool, stir in sprinkles and transfer to a jar. Store at room temperature.

Notes

You can use coconut oil for this as well, but be careful of the brand of coconut oil you use. I tried it with Spectrum brand Coconut Oil and it hardened back up as it cooled. If this happens, you can just microwave it to loosen (as you would hot fudge) but it will cause the sprinkles to dissolve slightly.

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43 Responses to “DIY Birthday Cake Magic Shell”

  1. Mir posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:04 am (#)

    Magic Shell is magical! And birthday-cake flavored is taking it to a whole new level!
    Whenever I’m at those fro-yo places, I pile on so much candy. I think the fro yo is just an excuse to get a giant bowl of candy! But my kids aren’t with me when that happens.
    Still, I’ll be a good mom and let them try this. It’s amazing!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:10 am (#)

    I want to pour this on everything.I.possibly.can.!!! YES! pinned

  3. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:16 am (#)

    That’s so cool!

  4. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on June 6, 2014 at 4:50 am (#)

    Great idea! I love making homemade magic shells, I’ll have to try this variation sometime soon. :)

  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:06 am (#)

    What a great idea, Dorothy! I had no idea you could make your own shell! And of course a birthday cake flavor is the best flavor EVER! Pinned!

  6. Danielle posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:09 am (#)

    I love this and the fact that you can change it up using different cake mixes. Amazing! I’m giving this one a try and pinning for later.

  7. Melanie @ Carmel Moments posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:22 am (#)

    No, I didn’t know I could make my own magic shell. How cool is that?!?
    This ones a keeper!
    Have a wonderful weekend Dorothy!

  8. Tieghan posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:40 am (#)

    This is so fun!! Perfect for summer birthdays!

  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:57 am (#)

    Seriously I want this for my bday! You never cease to amaze me! Pinning!

  10. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:58 am (#)

    I LOVE and loved magic shell growing up! Ice cream wasn’t the same without it! Although, we only ever had chocolate magic shell. I love your version – birthday cake and lots of sprinkles?! Totally wishing I had some right now! Pinned :)

  11. Wendy posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:21 am (#)

    As a vanilla lover, I am loving your birthday cake flavored recipes! What fun it would be to have a party with a sundae bar and lots of flavors of magic shell?! I may have to plan a party just so that I can have a sundae bar!

  12. Niki posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:01 am (#)

    OMG – I didn’t know you could make this yourself. I think I found my afternoon project now :)

  13. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:03 am (#)

    HOOOOOOLY YUM. I didn’t realize making homemade shell was seriously THAT easy. Where has this recipe been all of my life?!

  14. Mary Frances posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:04 am (#)

    Ohhhhh wow. I need to sit down.
    Seriously, where has this been all my life? Magic shell was made for white chocolate, sprinkles, and cake mix! This is genius. Awesome recipe, Dorothy!

  15. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:06 am (#)

    WHAT A COOL IDEA!! I would neverrrr have thought to add cake mix to the chocolate/oil for magic shell! compleeeetely genius!

  16. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:34 am (#)

    What a wonderful recipe! I have never seen Birthday Cake Magic Shell before, but everything does taste better when it tastes like cake :)

  17. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:01 am (#)

    So cool, love this idea Dorothy! Chocolate magic shells were always part of our ice cream treats growing up and I would have died of happiness if birthday cake magic shells were around. And with all the pretty sprinkles? So awesome – pinning :)

  18. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:18 am (#)

    Birthday cake magic shell?! This needs to happen ASAP!

  19. Heather @ French Press posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:59 am (#)

    I can’t wait to surprise the kids with this today

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  21. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm (#)

    What a fun idea!!! Birthday cake makes everything better!

  22. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm (#)

    oh my gawd, I love this! My kids love magic shell so I can’t wait to try this!! #DIY baby! love it!

  23. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm (#)

    I LOVED Magic Shell as a kid, and this is just totally brilliant, Dorothy!

  24. Marti @ SewliciousHomeDecor posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm (#)

    Dorothy, your recipes always come out perfect! I love this idea using cake mix and am glad to know the perfect ratio! :)

  25. Crystal posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm (#)

    I love Magic Shell. The Heath flavor is my favorite. I’m so excited for this recipe. Just in time for ice cream weather :)

  26. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm (#)

    Dorothy, you are SO creative!! To come up with a DIY CAKE BATTER version? Pure genius — especially adding the cake mix! We rarely had magic shell at home growing up; if we were lucky, we’d have Hershey’s chocolate syrup. And that was it. Sigh… And that’s hilarious about your coconut oil. I just had some arrive in the mail 2 days ago, and because it was 100° outside, it was pure liquid! (So was the chocolate in the same package… Really disappointing.) I usually go with TJ’s brand for coconut oil; it melts perfectly! (Which may be both a blessing and a curse…)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 9th, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Yeah, I think this was one from Target. The other one I like and always use is from TJ’s. *lesson learned*

  27. Serene @ House of Yumm posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm (#)

    Although I love the idea of the fairy in the bottle, I think it’s more fun knowing how to make this!!!! Anything birthday cake is a win with me! Making it magical?! I’m blown away! Can’t wait to give this a try :)

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  29. Allyson posted on June 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness this looks so good! I am going to have to try this!!

  30. Jess @ Sweet Menu posted on June 8, 2014 at 4:35 am (#)

    Wow this is so clever! In Australia, we call it ice magic but it’s the same thing! Magical ice cream topping – I can’t believe you can make this at home!

  31. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on June 8, 2014 at 10:48 am (#)

    You have done it! Made birthday cake superfluous! ;-) This sounds delicious, and magic shell is a touch less magical now but at least I feel better about eating it when I made it myself!

  32. Krystle(Baking Beauty) posted on June 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm (#)

    Wow I always assumed this was some complex chemical mixture. How simple:oil! Would love to try this birthday cake version. I’m game for everything cake flavored.

  33. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:50 am (#)

    Toppings are always a must when it comes to eating ice cream or froyo. I did know you could do your own magic shell, but I never would have thought to use cake mix to flavor it. Love, IT!!!! Now I need a bottle of this to pour on everything. Sprinkles and cake batter make me one happy camper :-)

  34. Librarian Lavender posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:10 am (#)

    This looks so festive, the perfect birthday recipe!

  35. Liz Fourez posted on June 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm (#)

    That magic shell was AMAZING!! I’m so pumped to make it at home now! Thanks for the awesome-sauce recipe, Dorothy!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 12th, 2014 at 6:57 am

      YAY! Thanks Liz!!

  36. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on June 14, 2014 at 11:15 am (#)

    I’m so glad you came up with a version that doesn’t use coconut oil. That stuff is expensive out here. You’d think with all the coconuts falling on people’s heads, we wouldn’t have to pay ten bucks for a jar. This looks amazing, and I can’t wait to try it!

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  38. Sara posted on June 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm (#)

    Ice cream, ice cream, I love ice cream. Tomorrow I certainly will use your recipe :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 25th, 2014 at 6:59 am

      Enjoy Sara!

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