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Turn your ice cream into cake with Birthday Cake Magic Shell! It’s so easy to make this – just follow this recipe and you’ll have an amazing dessert in no time.

ice cream in a clear cup with white magic shell and sprinkles on top.


Cake Batter Magic Shell

Ready for a lazy day in the kitchen? My regular readers know that I’m all about easy, delicious recipes. Even though this white chocolate magic shell sounds complicated, trust me, this DIY magic shell recipe is easier than you think. 

It’s incredibly easy to make and makes a LOT. The magic shell mixture lasts a while on your counter too, so it’s perfect to have around this summer for the hot ice cream eating days. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Oil: Traditionally, coconut oil is used in the making of homemade magic shell but you can also use vegetable oil.
  • Chocolate: use your favorite white chocolate chips to melt with the oil to create the magic shell mixture. 
  • Cake Extract: I’m using a few drops of cake batter extract for our desired flavor but you can swap this for cake mix instead! 
  • Ice cream toppings: chocolate chips, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, or sprinkles. The list can go on so I’ll leave it up to you to decide! I wanted to keep the fun cake theme going, so I used rainbow sprinkles. 

Cake Mix vs Cake Extract

You can make this with either cake mix OR extract. Extract is easier and doesn’t leave you with a partially used mix – plus a lot of people worry about eating raw cake mix.

You can find cake batter extract on Amazon or in the grocery store baking aisle.

magic shell in a clear mason jar being scooped with a spoon.

How to make magic shell

  1. Melt white chocolate chips and oil in a microwave-safe bowl
  2. Whisk in cake batter extract
  3. Cool the mixture 
  4. Stir in sprinkles and transfer to a jar
ice cream in a clear cup with white magic shell and sprinkles on top.

Expert Tips

  • If you can’t find cake batter extract you can whisk in 1 tablespoon cake mix powder (any flavor).
  • Do not use nonpareils since they will dissolve in the liquid. Jimmies or quins are the best kind of sprinkles to mix into this.

FAQs

Does magic shell need to be refrigerated?

No. It can be left at room temperature for up to a week. 

Does magic shell go bad?

Yes. After one week of sitting at room temperature or one month in the refrigerator. 

ice cream in a clear cup with white magic shell and sprinkles on top.

Birthday Cake Magic Shell

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A homemade version of your favorite childhood ice cream topping! Birthday Cake Magic Shell is easy to make and even better to eat.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup (170g) white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cake batter extract
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles do not use nonpareils – they will dissolve in the liquid

Instructions

  • 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 batter extract. Let cool before adding sprinkles. Once cool, stir in sprinkles and transfer to a jar.
  • Store at room temperature for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

  • If you can’t find cake batter extract you can whisk in 1 tablespoon cake mix powder (any flavor).
  • Jimmies or quins are the best kind of sprinkles to mix into this, not nonpareils.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.04mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on July 16, 2023



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  1. If you just want white chocolate magic shell… without the bday cake mix, do you still use the same amount of oil or do you reduce it since you’re not using the cake mix?

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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 🙂