Cake Batter Dessert Waffles with Ice Cream

Take waffles from breakfast to dessert in this cake batter dessert waffles with ice cream recipe, and you’ll have just as much fun making them as you do eating them!

Cake Batter Dessert Waffles with Ice Cream

If you’re anything like me, you love creative remixes of your favorite foods. One of my favorites to riff on? Waffles, totally and completely. And this recipe takes waffles from morning to after-dinner dessert with a cake batter mix and some ice cream on top! Waffles are already a sweet and fun meal, but this version takes the sweetness and fun to a whole new level. If you have a birthday kiddo who loves breakfast foods or a morning time celebration to attend, you might consider adding cake batter dessert waffles with ice cream to your menu!

They’re made using cake box ingredients, but instead of pouring the batter into a baking pan, you scoop portions into your well-heated and greased waffle iron to get the signature checkered texture. It’ll taste like cake but look like a breakfast staple, which also makes it perfect for catching melty ice cream, sprinkles, whipped cream, or anything else your heart desires to throw on top! I’d just recommend cooking these in the waffle maker a little longer than a regular waffle to be sure they fully cook and don’t stick.

What are dessert waffles made of?

These cake batter dessert waffles are super simple to make — just pick up your favorite box cake at the store and anything else the box says to use in the batter. (Typically, it’s just oil, water, and eggs.) Throw on top your favorite ice cream, colorful sprinkles, whipped cream, or chocolate syrup!

What is the best dessert waffle mix?

This is totally up to personal preference… I tend to like using the Betty Crocker cake mixes for my dessert waffles, and I’ve used just about every type out there to much (tasty) success! Some of my favorites are Funfetti, Red Velvet, Lemon, and Devil’s Food.

How do you make sure your waffles don’t stick to the waffle iron?

Make sure you turn on your waffle iron and give it plenty of time to heat up and get really hot. Also, be sure to spray it thoroughly with cooking spray on both the top and bottom grates before pouring in each new batch of batter. Finally, allow these to cook a little longer than your waffle iron indicates. I like to leave them in for an extra minute or two to really make sure they’re cooked through and totally done.


Cake Batter Dessert Waffles with Ice Cream

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 large waffles per cake mix 1x


Take waffles from breakfast to dessert in this cake batter dessert waffles with ice cream recipe, and you’ll have just as much fun making them as you do eating them!



  • 1 box cake mix
  • Ingredients called for on box of cake mix (generally oil, water, and eggs)
  • Ice cream for serving
  • Additional toppings, such as sprinkles or whipped cream, optional


  1. Preheat your waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.
  2. In a large bowl prepare the cake mix according to package directions.
  3. Pour the batter into your waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. When the waffle is done cooking, carefully place it on a wire rack to cool, taking care not to stack the waffles on top of each other. Repeat with remaining batter.
  5. Serve waffles hot with your favorite ice cream and toppings on top.


  • I have found that the cake batter waffles sometimes need a longer cooking time than traditional waffles. Don’t be afraid to cook it a little longer than you normally do.
  • I have had luck using just about every cake mix under the sun, like Funfetti, Red Velvet, Lemon, Devil’s Food, and more.
  • Be sure your waffle iron is hot and sprayed well with cooking spray before adding the cake batter to ensure the waffles don’t stick.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: waffle iron
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: waffles, waffle recipe, dessert, waffle, cake, cake mix

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Cake batter dessert waffles with ice cream are such a fun treat to make when you don’t feel like baking a full cake — and you’ll love customizing them to make them just how you like!

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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