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It’s summer, which means I should be relaxing and chilling, but that hasn’t been my summer experience in forever. This summer has been particularly insane, though it’s finally starting to slow down.
My schedule the last few weeks have meant I haven’t had a chance to sit down for more than a few minutes at a time. I pick up a friend’s daughter at swim practice, take kids to summer school, take my son to swim lessons, hurry up to shower and eat before I drop him at a volunteer gig, then pick up the girls from summer school, and that’s all by 1pm. The days continued like that until the last activity of the day.
Now? My family headed to camp. My whole family except me. It cost less for my husband to rent a nearby hotel and enroll our kids as day campers than to have them stay overnight. Who knew?
My family jokes that when they leave, I hang out the disco ball. That isn’t true. I still have plenty of responsibilities and requirements, but I make sure to take a little time for myself. Instead of not having time for coffee or drinking it on the run in the car, I make something special and just sit on the front porch on my new conversation set and relax with a book for a half hour.
I love the tone it sets for my day. I told some friends about this, and they had just one response. “We like how you party.” I like my friends. If they start showing up each morning, I won’t be surprised, especially if I make a cake batter frappe for them.
Yes, it even has nonpareils as an extra special reminder of this summer celebration of quiet. It looks a little fancy, but it’s super easy with International Delight® French Vanilla Gourmet Coffee Creamer, almond extract, and Reddi-wip®.
With the disco ball dare, I knew I had to come up with a fun summer coffee drink, and cake batter frappe? Oh my word yes, this is the celebration in my mouth I needed. Once I had the idea to make a cake batter frappe, I headed to Walmart to try to figure out how on earth to create a frozen coffee drink recipe that tastes like cake batter.
I know the predominant tastes are vanilla and almond in many cakes, so I started with International Delight French Vanilla. It took a bit before I realized I could add a touch a almond extract, then I ran over to the case next to the coffee creamers and grabbed some Reddi-wip, because what’s a celebration without whipped cream? Last stop, I picked up the optional nonpareils and headed for home to start taste testing my cake batter frappe.
You guys. It turned out better than I’d hoped. The almond doesn’t overpower the sweet and creamy flavor from the International Delight French Vanilla, but it adds the perfect note. Add a dollop of Reddi-wip, made from cows not treated with artificial growth hormone, and you have a perfect frappe to celebrate that rare quiet summer morning.
I chose to use Reddi-wip Extra Creamy, but the original red can works, too. Both contain no artificial colors or sweeteners, but with a celebration in mind, I wanted the extra creaminess from the blue can of Reddi-wip. I debated adding a cherry on top, too, but the nonpareils are the perfect not over-the-top touch. If you add a maraschino cherry though, I promise I won’t judge.
One sip, and you’ll want to recreate this recipe again and again. Run to Walmart to pick up the (minimal) ingredients, and let me know what you think when you make it for yourself! And on the days that aren’t a celebration, International Delight and Reddi-wip are just as tasty added to your coffee on a daily basis to flavor them.
How to Make an Easy Cake Batter Frappe
Brew strong coffee. If you have an espresso machine, go ahead and use it. To make a single (generous) serving, you need just a half cup. If your friends get wind of your morning celebration, you may need to double or triple this recipe to share.
Add ice and coffee to your blender cup. Pour in the International Delight creamer, and add the almond extract. Pulse blending until you have it thoroughly mixed.
Pour into a tall glass (because you want to enjoy this pretty creation!) and top with Reddi-wip and the nonpareils. I chose the small round nonpareils because they add color without adding too much extra texture. And…I already had them in my pantry since these are the same ones I use to make my homemade mini donuts, which I think would pair beautifully with this cake batter frappe.
Serve immediately, and enjoy – preferably on a quiet front porch with a good book. This is such a low stress frappe recipe, and you could switch it up with other International Delight creamers. Find a ton of ideas using both French Vanilla and Caramel Macchiato on this recipe site.
Have you ever tried a cake batter frappe?
This simple cake batter frappe tastes fantastic and is a perfect summer treat. With just a few ingredients, it's ready quickly but has a complex flavor you'll enjoy.
- 1/2 c strong coffee
- 1 1/2 c ice
- 1/4 c International Delight French Vanilla Gourmet Coffee Creamer
- 1/8 t almond extract
- Brew coffee, using the strongest setting.
- Add coffee and ice to blender cup. Add creamer and almond extract.
- Blend, pulsing on and off, until ice is crushed.
- Add frappe to a tall glass. Top with Reddi-wip and a sprinkle of nonpareils.
- Serve immediately.
This recipe makes enough for one generous serving. Feel free to double or triple the recipe to share with friends!