Fried Ice Cream – Enjoy Fair Foods At Home!

Attending the fair is a fun, end of summer activity. Eating fair food is also fun! We wanted to help you recreate a fair fried food at home, deep-fried ice cream. This delicious food is actually much simpler than you would think. Chances are you already have most of the ingredients on-hand at home! Whether you missed your local fair, or you’re looking to enjoy the delicious food outside of the typical fair season, this recipe is sure to help edge the craving until you can indulge in-person at the following year’s fair.

Go ahead, give it a try! This recipe will give you your fair food fix.

Need another summer treat? Try our delicious ice cream dessert.

Fried Ice Cream

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Desserts, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 fried ice cream balls


  • 4 Ice Cream Scoops
  • 1 6 oz Pound Cake Loaf
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 1 48 oz High Oleic Soybean Oil


  • Scoop out 4 balls of ice cream onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and freeze for at least an hour, or until firm.
  • Slice pound cake into 1-2 inch (2 ½-5 cm) slices.
  • Lay two to three slices of pound cake on plastic wrap side by side and roll with a rolling pin until flat.
  • Wrap frozen ice cream ball in pound cake so it’s fully enclosed. Make sure and wrap the plastic wrap around the ice cream balls. Next freeze for at least an hour, or until firm.
  • Make tempura batter by mixing flour, egg, and water a little at a time.
  • Heat high-oleic soybean oil to 400˚F (200˚C).
  • Remove ice cream balls from the freezer once hardened. Next, take off the plastic wrap, then coat the wrapped ice cream in the tempura batter.
  • Carefully lower the coated ice cream into the oil and cook until golden brown, 15-30 seconds. Don’t cook for too long or the ice cream will melt.
  • Serve immediately with your toppings of choice.
Keyword dessert, fair food, ice cream