This Eggless Kulfi ice cream cake recipe consists of a soft pistachio cake layered with creamy kulfi and cardamom whipped cream. Easy yet impressive ice cream cake loaded with cardamom and pistachios is perfect for all your summer entertaining.
Hello Summer!!! All things Frozen. Creamy. Dreamy.
This is just taking the humble kulfi and making it elegant.
What is Kulfi?
Kulfi is a traditional Indian ice cream, but more denser. It is usually made be boiling milk over low heat for a long period, until it has reduced considerably in volume and then sweetened, flavored and frozen in small earthen pot molds known an “Matki”. But, aluminum / stainless steel / plastic molds are widely used in modern times. It is almost uncommon to find kulfi served in scoops like ice cream.
Some recipes include using thickening agents like cornstarch or bread crumbs to give a more creamier consistency.Kulfi ice cream comes in various flavors such as cardamon, saffron, mango, rose, pistachio, almond, orange and strawberry.
I created a kulfi that has been devoured by family, friends and readers since it was shared 3 years ago. You guys have been loving this recipe 🤗😍🥰
What is ice cream cake?
An ice cream cake, is a regular cake layered with ice cream. Most common combinations are chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and often filled with cookie crumbs / fudge sauce. It is D-E-L-I-C-O-U-S!!!
So, what is Kulfi Ice Cream Cake?
It is my spin on the classic ice cream cake!!! This consists of pistachio sponge cake layered with a kulfi mixture and then topped with whipped cream and chopped pistachios.
An ice cream cake is not something that you see often around here. But, I had to share this kulfi cake that I made for my husband's birthday and shared on Instagram.
There were so many requests for this recipe, that I had to share this right away.
Kulfi Ice Cream Cake is
- Ain't hard
- Make ahead for entertaining
- So creamy
- No ice cream maker required
Let us look at the layers in making this cardamom ice cream cake:
1.PISTACHIO SPONGE CAKE
It is one of the easiest cake recipes that you can make. This recipe uses an eggless cake, so this is a great eggless ice cream cake. Most importantly, the cake does not harden when frozen.
Make this pistachio kulfi recipe which has two main ingredients and no ice cream maker required. The best part is that the kulfi is incredibly creamy.
3. WHIPPED CREAM
Just a basic whipped cream flavored with cardamom instead of vanilla extract.
4. CHOPPED PISTACHIOS
A little crunch is always a good thing!
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How to make kulfi ice cream cake recipe?
1.Make pistachio cake and cool completely.
2. Make kulfi recipe.
3. Spread kulfi on top of cake.
4. Freeze for couple of hours. This helps to spread the whipped cream much more easier.
5. Make cardamom whipped cream and spread on of the kulfi.
6. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top and freeze over night.
Few KULFI CAKE TIPS:
This recipe is a TWO DAY PROCESS.
First day - Heat up some cream with saffron and cool completely. This helps in the saffron to infuse into the cream. Refrigerate, until next day.
Second day - Make pistachio cake, kulfi, whipped cream and assemble ice cream cake.
Always use very cold whipped cream before use.
How long can you store this cake in the freezer?
Leave the cake in the spring form pan, cover with a plastic wrap and freeze for few days.
If are storing the cake longer, the wrap a piece of foil on top of the plastic wrap and store for 2-3 weeks.
Unhinge the clasp and remove the sides of the spring form pan. Cut slices and serve.
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Kulfi Ice Cream Cake
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup raw pistachios
- 4 cardamoms
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup plain yogurt refer notes to use greek yogurt
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon water
Cardamom Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
Kulfi Ice cream
- one batch easy kulfi recipe
- Chopped pistachios for garnish
- Day-1 Follow instructions in kulfi recipe and make the saffron cream. Refrigerate until very cold.
- Day-2Make pistachio cake Pre heat oven to 350°F. Grease and line a 9-inch round spring form pan with parchment paper and set aside. (Don't have a spring form pan? Check out notes to use a regular 9x9 baking pan)
- Add first 6 ingredients (flour, pistachios, cardamoms, baking powder, baking soda and salt) Into a small dry grinder (such as Nutri bullet / Food processor / Mixer) and grind to a fine powder. Keep aside.
- Add next 4 ingredients (yogurt, sugar, oil and water), into a medium bowl and whisk for about 2 minutes, until the mixture looks creamy and sugar has dissolved.
- Stir in the dry flour mixture and continue to whisk, just until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX. Transfer batter into the prepared pan, spread evenly and smooth top (It will be a thin cake).
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cakes looks golden on top and sides.Cool cake on a wire rack, until completely cold (Do not remove cake from the pan).
- Make kulfiFollow instructions and make the kulfi recipe. (Do not pour into molds. We will use the kulfi before being frozen).
- Cake assemblySpread the kulfi on top of the cake, spread evenly. (Optional: Sprinkle some chopped pistachios on top of kulfi ) Place pan in the freezer for about 2 hours to flash freeze (this makes it easy to spread the whipped cream).
- Make cardamom whipped cream Add all ingredients (heavy cream, sugar and cardamom powder) into a large bowl and beat with a hand held electric beater. until thick peaks form.
- Finish cakeSpread whipped cream on top of the kulfi and spread evenly. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top for garnish. Cover pan with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Slice and enjoy!
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Hi Maria, thanks for the amazing detailed recipe. I made it last week and it was an instant hit. Couple of questions for next time I make it:
1. The dough for the pistachio cake was quite hard to spread, is that expected?
2. I want to make the kulfi a bit less sweet, can I just reduce the amount of condensed milk to 75% or do I need to sub something else for the texture?
Glad you loved the cake. To answer your questions:
1. The cake batter is supposed to be light and spreadable consistency. My guess would be that the yogurt was thick. You could try stirring in 1 or 2 tablespoons water into the cake batter, if this is the case next time.
2. I would recommend increasing heavy cream by about 1/4 cup in the kulfi recipe if you are reducing the condensed milk to 75%.
Hope it helps, Maria
@Maria Doss, thank you for your response- this is very helpful!
Thank you for the recipe. Can this be made without the spring foam pan? If so, would the kulfi ice cream need to be prepared a day before in a separate cake pan? Thanks
The springform makes it extremely easy to remove the ice cream cake when done. Alternatively, you could try lining a 9-inch (or 8-inch) round pan with several layers of plastic wrap (or foil) and then assemble the cake as instructed. When ready to remove, try loosening the plastic wrap with a butter knife, gently remove the cake out and remove any remaining plastic wrap sticking to the cake.
If serving directly from pan, then you don't have to use any plastic wrap.
Hope it helps, Maria