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Tempura Fried Ice Cream

Indulge in a sweet and crispy dessert with this Japanese-inspired dish, featuring a ball of ice cream coated in a delicate tempura batter and fried to golden perfection.

Tasty Team
89% would make again


for 6 servings

  • 2 pt ice cream (690 g)
  • 11 oz pound cake (310 g), 2 loaves
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (125 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cold water (240 g)
  • oil, for frying

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 577
  • Fat 24g
  • Carbs 79g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 46g
  • Protein 11g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Scoop out 6 balls of ice cream onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and freeze for at least an hour, or until firm.
  2. Slice pound cake into 1-2 inch (2 ½-5 cm) slices.
  3. Lay three slices of pound cake on plastic wrap side by side and flatten with a rolling pin.
  4. Wrap frozen ice cream ball in pound cake so it’s fully enclosed. Freeze for at least an hour, or until firm.
  5. Make tempura batter by mixing flour, egg, and water a little at a time.
  6. Heat oil to 400˚F (200˚C).
  7. Coat the wrapped ice cream in tempura batter.
  8. Carefully lower the coated ice cream into the oil and cook until golden brown, 15-30 seconds. Don’t cook for too long or else the ice cream will melt.
  9. Remove excess oil by patting with a paper towel.
  10. Serve immediately with your toppings of choice.
  11. Nutrition Calories: 1322 Fat: 101 grams Carbs: 95 grams Fiber: 3 grams Sugars: 52 grams Protein: 10 grams
  12. Enjoy!
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