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Red Velvet Ice Cream

This Red Velvet Ice Cream tastes like everything you love in the cake! It has subtle cocoa and buttermilk flavors with a cream cheese frosting swirl.
Servings 1 quart
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • red food coloring
  • cream cheese frosting use as much or as little as you prefer to swirl in your base


  • Beat eggs and egg yolks in a medium sized bowl.
  • Next add sugar and cocoa powder to the bowl and whisk together. Add heavy cream to a large pot and heat to boiling level. Remove from heat.
  • Slowly add three tablespoons of the hot cream to the egg mixture to temper it and whisk together to combine.
  • Then slowly add in the rest of the heavy cream and continue whisk the entire time to make sure it doesn't scramble.
  • Next whisk in buttermilk and vanilla extract.Lastly, add red food coloring until you reach the color you desire.
  • Place the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours (or overnight) to chill completely. Add your mixture to an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Once finished, add 1/3 of ice cream to the container and swirl with 1/3 of the cream cheese frosting and repeat until all is in the container. Freeze for 3-4 more hours then serve.
  • Store in freezer while not serving.


To store leftover homemade ice cream, invest in a high-quality container that can be used year round. Alternatively, these biodegradable containers also make for quick, sustainable storage.
You can also use Tupperware or Rubbermaid freezer-safe containers, old plastic ice cream containers.
Homemade ice cream is best consumed within 2 weeks but it can be stored for up to 4 months. The quality, taste, texture, and color will deteriorate after long-period freezer storage. Keep the container tightly sealed to prevent freezer burn and serve while fresh.