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My son turned 13 this weekend and we hosted a cookout for our family to celebrate. In Texas the summer gets hot and there is rarely a day that we are not craving some ice cream! Instead of cutting birthday cake and serving ice cream on the side, I decided to make ice cream cake cupcakes for individual consumption. When having an outdoor party, the easier it is to serve food and dessert – the better.
How to Make Ice Cream Cake Cupcakes
- Cake Mix (store bought or homemade)
- Ice Cream
- Cupcake Wrappers
- Whip Cream
- Sprinkles (optional)
First mix up your cake batter for the bottom layer of your ice cream cake cupcakes. I personally used a box mix from the grocery store but feel free to get creative and use your homemade version. Since I was serving these ice cream cupcakes at a birthday party I went with the Funfetti cake mix. Because well… it’s fun, colorful and has sprinkles.
When adding your cake mix to your cupcake holders within the baking pan, make sure you only add a little batter. You are not baking full size cupcakes since you want to add a layer of ice cream so just enough batter to cover the bottom is plenty. Trust me.
While the cupcakes are baking set out the ice cream so it can soften. Since you are not adding as much batter to your cupcake pan as you normally would, the baking time will be less. It took mine roughly 13 minutes to be completely done. I kept watching them and testing with a tooth pick.
Cake batter rises and you need enough space within the cupcake holder for the ice cream to mold in shape. In order to easily fill the cupcakes with the top layer of ice cream you need the ice cream to be very soft. Wait until your cupcakes are cooled before adding the ice cream. This way the heat of the cupcake will not cause the ice cream to seep into the cake causing it to be soggy.
The most difficult part of making these cupcakes was selecting which flavor of Blue Bunny ice cream to purchase.
There were so many flavor combos I wanted to try. I ended up going with my teen’s favorite, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for one batch and the Bunny Tracks flavor by Blue Bunny for another. I love me some caramel.
Walmart had Blue Bunny ice cream on rollback which was pretty obvious when so many cartons of ice cream were sold out. I used about half a carton of ice cream on one batch of cupcakes.
After the cupcakes are cooled down and the ice cream has softened it is time to add the next layer to your ice cream cake cupcakes. When adding the ice cream feel free to top each cupcake off. You no longer have the worry of it rising since the ice cream will freeze into place.
If you are using an ice cream that has chunks of goodness in it, it is okay if it is above the paper. As you can see some of the chocolate chips and cookie dough pieces were sticking up. I covered this when I added the whip cream.
As soon as each cupcake is filled with the layer of ice cream place the entire baking pan back into the freezer. You do not remove the cupcakes from the pan. This will hold your paper cupcake wrappers into place ensuring that your ice cream molds into the same shape as the cupcake.
The time it takes for your ice cream to re-freeze depends on how melted it had become. I recommend leaving the cupcakes in the freezer for at least two hours. I left mine in there for half a day. I do recommend covering the cupcakes if you can. Once mine were fully frozen I moved the cupcakes to plastic storage containers within the freezer until party time.
The paper cupcake holders were simple to peel right off. Everyone loved the yummy cold treats.
Which ice cream and cake combo would you try on your ice cream cake cupcakes?
Right before serving add whip cream to the top of your cupcakes. Plus sprinkles! Who doesn’t love sprinkles? You could even top it off with a cherry.
I attempted to add whip cream to a few of the cupcakes and then freeze again until party time. The whip cream did not freeze in place. It slowly fell. You never know if you don’t try, I suppose.
I used the spray whip cream during the party when passing out the ice cream cake cupcakes and it went very fast. A lot quicker than dipping ice cream and cutting cake.
What is your favorite Blue Bunny ice cream flavor?