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Ingredients: 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tbsp sprinkles, 1 cup... @choccoveredkt

Magic Fairy Dust!

I had the privilege of babysitting two adorable little girls last night, and I brought my Vitamix.

As a teenager, I didn’t really like babysitting, even though do I love children. It’s just… after a while, I get to a point where I never want to see another Barbie or play the role of the daddy in “House,” can’t stand the show, Dragon Tales, and wish the kids would just go to bed already. (Now I am very sorry for being such a devil-child to my own babysitters, never going to sleep for them!)

That being said, I had the rare opportunity (rare because I pretty much stopped babysitting after high school) to babysit for these little angels last night and *gasp* actually found myself having a ton of fun! Maybe it helped that no one made me play the daddy.


I got the cake batter ice cream (or birthday cake ice cream) idea from my popular Cake Batter Milkshakes.

And last night seemed like a perfect opportunity to try it out, since kids love sprinkles. Plus, kids seem to really love blending things. In any case, it beat watching Dexter’s Laboratory. 

The girls adored the cake batter ice cream, which we called “Fairy Dust Ice Cream.”


Did you ever babysit?

When I babysat, the kids often wanted to just watch tv, which made my job easy, but boring. And some of the shows were awful! Cow and Chicken, Ed Edd and Eddy, Lizzie McGuire, SpongeBob… (Ok, so I secretly liked SpongeBob.) Were you good about going to bed for your own babysitters? I was not. But these sweeties were incredibly good! I’m already looking forward to spending time with them again. Our next project: these Cake Batter Donuts.

Or, as the girls would say, fairy dust doughnuts!


Ingredients: 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tbsp sprinkles, 1 cup... @choccoveredkt


Cake Batter Ice Cream

(Makes 1 huge serving)

  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • scant 1/16 tsp salt (don’t omit)
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar of choice
  • 1/2 tbsp sprinkles or homemade sprinkles
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk, nondairy creamer, almond milk, or a combination
  • If you want it to taste more like cake batter, add 2 tbsp coconut butter. You can also add 1/4 tsp butter extract, which is surprisingly vegan.

Cake Batter Ice Cream: For a creamy ice-cream-like texture, use at least 1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk or nondairy creamer as opposed to all almond milk. You can, of course, sub other milks for the almond. But if you do this, play around with the amount of vanilla extract, sweetener, and add-ins. For example, an already-sweetened milk will probably need less added sweetener. RECIPE: Mix the ingredients together, then pour into an ice cube tray or 1 or 2 shallow plastic containers. Freeze. Once frozen, pop the blocks out and blend in your vitamix. (If you don’t have a vitamix, you’ll probably have to thaw the ice blocks longer, but you can still get a yummy ice milk in a food processor.)

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Published on June 22, 2011

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  1. krickit6 says

    Katie, can I just say: I cannot imagine YOU being a devil-child!! 🙂 This ice cream looks incredible, too.. My goodness, I.NEED.A.VITA-MIX!! 🙂

    Thanks! 🙂

  2. Lisa Fine says

    Such a fun idea to make with kids. I love cooking with kids – and I love that they always seem to enjoy whatever they’ve made, including vegetables!

    I used to babysit quite a lot, since I worked at a day camp and was able to sit for many families. It was always a great way to earn extra money, and it was usually a lot of fun. There weren’t many kids I babysat for who just wanted to watch tv, luckily.

  3. Jennifer JCD says

    I had to read this post twice because I didn’t believe what I was reading… Fairy Dust Ice Cream!! Wow! I think you made my day.

    I babysit a lot when I was a teenager, mostly as a nanny for the neighbour kids after school and in the summers. It was lots of fun, but once I reached university, and the neighbour kids were in junior high, it tapered off because the kids didn’t need me any more. 🙁 It was fun while it lasted, and the kids I babysat never had Barbies or played ‘house’ much… they were more into dinosaurs, playing in the park, and building forts with blankets and chairs.

  4. Kayla says

    This looks amazing! Katie, are you REALLY blending the ice cubes in the Vitamix, because your icecream just looks so perfect! What are you doing? When I blend icecream cubes in the Vitamix the icecream never comes out so perfect looking! It’s more of a slushy, yet delicious, mess!

    I love how they butter extract is vegan. Haha, now what does that tell you? 🙂

  5. Katy sparrow says

    Aw, you’re such a sweet babysitter! Bringing over the blender and everything! I know those little girls are talking about you nonstop.

    I babysat for several sweet kids on the beach where I lived while I was in college this past year..the little boy that I watched 3 times a week was such a great kid..we had lemonade stands with organic lemonade and vegan cookies sometimes and he saving the money to donate to Adopt an Angel, an animal adoption charity..And at bedtime I would sing him jack johnson songs until he fell asleep. Gah I miss him!

    When babysitters would come over, I would first off run and hide and later I would cry a little if they beat me at the Memory game. Hhaha

  6. tea-bag says

    i never baby sat – everyone knows i hate kids & i once accidentally dropped a baby. yeah, true story. don’t let me watch your kids! i might add some nyquil to this ice cream, though, and then i’d for sure baby sit them! jk! … 🙂

  7. Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl says

    I love everything about this recipe! You are most likely (if you weren’t already) now those girls favorite babysitter 🙂 I love the name too – how perfect for the children!

    I didn’t babysit that much but I’m going home in July to Omaha and have already offered to babysit for my best friend’s ADORABLE 1 year old boy. I cannot wait!

  8. Michaela says

    Seriously? I was only looking up the Cake Batter Milkshake recipe last night and now you came up with c.b. ice cream!! I love it! I wish I had a babysitter who brought their vitamix (!) and made us ice cream (!) with sprinkles (!).
    I do love babysitting and I have been doing it for ages! Also, I have been an aupair twice 🙂 But I certainly didn´t like having someone babysit ME! All I wanted was my mummy and I rarely went to bed when she wasn´t there 😉

  9. Cait @ Beyond Bananas says

    I babysat all through college. The family I worked with ended up being MY second family and I am still very close to them three years after graduating! I worked in the husbands law firm through college too – and just recently went to the bar mitvah of the oldest boy. It is awesome watching them grow!

    I rarely ever got babysat..because I would CRY the WHOLE time.. because I wanted my mom!

  10. kristi (sweet cheeks) says

    I wish I had YOU as my babysitter when I was younger!!! Those girls are so lucky to be able to enjoy your awesome kitchen creations. You seriously amaze me with everything you make…so much creativity and nothing but pure healthy REAL ingredients. I love it..and you! 🙂

  11. Alyssa says

    My kids would LOVE you!!!!!!!
    I was good for my babysitter. But I did often ask a lot of inappropriate questions, to which she replied “Ask your parents. PLEASE ask your parents!”

  12. Lisa says

    ah! I lOVED Lizzie McGuire! and before I ever started babysitting! haha 🙂
    but agreed, i HATE playing house. UGH!!!! im like, cant I just sit and watch you guys play? but nope! they wont have that!
    i dont remmeber if I was a good “going to bed” child, but my mom told me I would scream and cry when she left the house with my babysitter. I was a demon child!! 🙁 haha

  13. Barb says

    What can you use to blend your ice cream if you don’t have a vita-mix? Will a regular food processor work?

    My specialty with the kids I babysit for has been brownie cupcakes (brownie batter in cupcake tins). Easy to decorate, not as messy to eat.

  14. vogelstar says

    I babysit my niece and nephews. I love tricking them into eating soy ice cream and such. They have no clue and they love it. And I do remember giving my babysitters a hard time when it came to sleeping. If I only knew then what I know now about how wonderful napping is, I would have happily taken all of them.

  15. Aja says

    My job right now is babysitting, but it’s not on a schedule. I babysit when people call. One family has twin boys and they just play video games all evening and go to bed when I tell them to, so I kind of just laze around and watch television. The other family I have to keep entertained but no television for them while the parents are gone. I put the little girl down for a nap and the boy just likes to talk.

    My parents were always home in time for bed, so my babysitters never had to deal with that.

  16. The Teenage Taste says

    This ice cream looks fabulous…and the name is so cute!
    I hate babysitting, but maybe I’ll grow out of it like you did. When I was younger I was always really shy and quiet around my babysitters which is weird because now I hate it when I babysit a shy kid. Ooops. 😉

  17. Sarah says

    Awww how sweet! Fairy dust ice cream haha I love kids 🙂 When I used to babysit I would always make homemade pizzas with the kids. They loved that

  18. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    Ohh I love the “fairy dust” ice cream idea! It looks so pretty and I bet it tastes even better! You are an excellent food photographer too- your pictures always look so pretty! I’m glad you had a nice time babysitting! I’m with you- I think I’d enjoy babysitting now more than I used to! And I wasn’t so bad for my babysitters but the combination of me and my 2 older brothers was the bad part- the 3 of us together must have been quite a handful!!

  19. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    I hate babysitting! Ugh! I’ve managed to avoid it most of my life, but I have one friend who used to always make me watch her kid. Thankfully, that kid is now 14, so my babysitting days are over. I’m pretty sure the task would have been much easier with a scoop (or five) of that ice cream. Geez, I NEED a Vita Mix!

  20. Veronica says

    I love that you can make icecream without an icecream maker! I have a food processor and have used it to make banana soft serve, but I bet I could make your ice cream recipes as well. I was never watched by a sitter in the evening, so I never got the opportunity to terrorize them about not wanting to go to bed. I used to go to daycare during the day and at nap time, I would just lay there, bored to death. I never was a nap-person.

  21. Amber K says

    I babysat constantly! I actually liked it a lot better then than I do now. I find that I have much less patience for watching kid TV and replaying the same game over and over and over and over now. Although I hung out with my niece (7) and nephew (5) this past weekend and I had NO idea how excited they would be to shred papers. I bet those kids liked blending, because these kids went bat-sh!# crazy shredding paper after paper!

  22. veganteen11 says

    I am babysitting this summer for 6 week straight! I’m running out of ideas to do with the kids.. Yesterday we made vegan orange sorbet, but they wanted something like real ice cream. I will have to try this.
    Thanks for the ideas!

  23. Nicole @sugarcoatedsisters says

    Wow Katie this is beautiful! I love that it’s “fairy dust,” I bet the girls you babysat liked that 😉

    I babysat a bit, but I never got into it so much. I feel like parents got less willing to pay for a babysitter as the economy went bad, so I lost lots of opportunities. I probably wasn’t good at going to bed for a babysitter because my babysitter was oftentimes my older sister; and no one likes to take orders from his/her older sister!

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