Creamy homemade carrot cake ice cream with cream cheese frosting swirls throughout. Your favorite Springtime cake, reinvented into a flavorful frozen treat!

I was watching a squirrel on a very high branch the other day. Normally I don’t pay much attention to them unless they’re hanging from the bird feeder eating the seeds. But for some reason, this moment made me suddenly wonder if squirrels, or even birds, are ever scared of heights. I know I certainly wouldn’t want to ever have to jump from branch to branch. Maybe they enjoy it though. I suppose it’s one of those things we may never really know. But, it’d be pretty awful to be one of those animals and not enjoy doing their traditional activities.

Of course, this leads to me wondering which animals would be fun to do the whole ‘day in the life of’ things. Do you have a favorite that you’d pick? I can’t say I’d ever like to experience life as a squirrel. But, I’ve always loved watching birds, particularly hawks and other larger birds. It looks fun to swoop, glide and dive around. They look so free and powerful, yet totally majestic.

I know, totally random and kind of odd. But, it’s just something that came to mind! I suppose it’s better than discussing… or not discussing (because no spoilers!) House of Cards. Or is it? I’m only a few episodes into the latest season. So, don’t spill anything if you’re further in than me! I definitely plan on powering through it this week during my workouts though! I’ve been impatiently awaiting it’s return. Just like Game of Thrones… so soon but still so far away! Who else is excited?

I’m clearly obsessed with all things carrot cake flavored. And this is no exception.

There isn’t a sprinkle of flour or cake mix in sight, but this totally tastes like carrot cake! And to keep with the whole cake flavor and theme, I drizzled in cream cheese frosting! It’s truly carrot cake in ice cream form!

Super creamy homemade carrot cake ice cream with a sweet cream cheese frosting swirl throughout. Truly mouth watering.

If you’re a fan of carrot cake, then you absolutely have to add this ice cream to your Spring plans. This is guaranteed to be a hit with all of your friends and family, so be sure to grab an extra scoop before it disappears!

Creamy homemade carrot cake ice cream with cream cheese frosting swirl recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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Carrot Cake Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Frosting Swirl

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 day
Yield: 6
Creamy homemade carrot cake ice cream with cream cheese frosting swirls throughout. Your favorite Springtime cake, reinvented into a flavorful frozen treat!


Ice cream:

  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 C finely shredded carrots
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 2/3 C light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 egg yolks


  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tb unsalted butter
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tb heavy cream


  • Add finely shredded carrots and whole milk to a blender. Process until completely smooth. 
  • Pour 1 cup heavy cream and vanilla into a large bowl, with a mesh strainer set on top. Set aside. 
  • Add contents of blender, remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream, sugar, cinnamon and salt to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks. 
  • When milk mixture begins to steam, remove 1 cup warm liquid and slowly drizzle into egg yolks while whisking continuously. Pour mixture back into small saucepan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. 
  • Pour hot liquid through the mesh strainer into reserved heavy cream. Stir to combine. Cool over an ice bath to room temperature. Cover and chill thoroughly. 
  • Churn ice cream according to manufacturer's directions. 
  • Meanwhile, prepare frosting. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in vanilla and powdered sugar, followed by heavy cream. Transfer mixture to a piping bag or plastic storage bag with the end snipped off. 
  • Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container, adding streaks of frosting throughout. Freeze until firm, 4-6 hours or overnight. 


Recipe serves 4-6, yields 1 quart.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel


Calories: 512kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 254mg, Sodium: 133mg, Potassium: 214mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 47g, Vitamin A: 1412IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 167mg, Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Ice cream

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Creamy homemade carrot cake ice cream with cream cheese frosting swirls recipe from @bakedbyrachel