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It’s been awhile since I shared a dessert with you, the marshmallow brownie bites for Valentine’s Day might have been the most recent. I think it’s time for another easy dessert idea, right?

As you can see, we love dessert in our household. I try
to limit how often we bake, but it’s hard to when we come up with fun
ideas like ice cream cupcakes. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we decided to make mint chocolate chip ice cream cupcakes.
Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my son’s favorite, so he was pretty excited. My husband on the other hand doesn’t like mint chocolate chip ice cream, so naturally he had a Reese’s ice cream cupcake. If you’ve been a reader long enough you probably know how much my husband LOVES Reese’s. Actually anything with peanut butter and chocolate together, like the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Caramel Corn and Peanut Butter Blossoms we made.

This was one of those ideas I quickly thought of but had no idea if it would work. I didn’t know how much batter to put in the cupcake pan, if the ice cream would slide right off, or if it would turn out to be a complete fail. I’ve had a few of those lately. Hmm, that might make an interesting blog post. :)

To make your own you will need your favorite cake mix, ice cream, and cupcake liners, frosting and chocolate chips optional.
I found using one tablespoon of batter worked the best. If you like more cake than ice cream, increase the batter by a teaspoon. Bake for about 10-12 mins, depending on your oven settings. Once the cupcakes have cooled, press softened ice cream on top and freeze until completely hardened. They are fairly easy to make, but I do suggest you serve them immediately as the ice cream melts quickly.

 Have you made ice cream cupcakes before? What ice cream flavor did you use? These might make an appearance at our next birthday party. It would make handing out cake and ice cream so much easier.
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon with another St. Patrick’s Day idea.

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  1. Oh my goodness! I have got to make these! Pinned this for later!

  2. These are beautiful cupcakes. Just stunning! And I love the idea, thanks for it!

  3. These look so amazing!! Mint chocolate chip is my favorite too :) And you are so right, how brilliant would these be for a bday party?! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Oh my gosh those look so darn yummy. I linking you up to my facebook page. .

  5. Oh my! These look (and I’m sure taste) FABULOUS!!! I will definitely be trying this – pinned! If you get a chance, I would love for you to share these at my link party. Thanks so much for the idea!!!

  6. What a great idea!!! yummy!!!

  7. Stopping by from a Linky Party. These look amazing! They are the perfect serving and include some of my favorite things!

  8. Yum!!!! Love your pictures…so pretty. :)

  9. Those look amazing…yummy! I would love for you to stop over to my Creative Inspirations party happening NOW to link it up! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  10. Sign me up for these! What a fun idea for a summer birthday! So pretty too!

  11. These look yummy! I’m thinking ice cream social now.

  12. Oh yumm, great idea, have pinned so I remember this!

  13. YUMMMM!!!

  14. This is just yum.

    Glad i found you from the hop.

  15. I love this idea and have pinned it. The presentation is amazing, and it looks so yummy. Thanks!

  16. Wonderful pictures and wonderful cupcakes! Gonna go look around your site!

  17. Oh these look great!

  18. Mint is one of my favorite flavors. These are making my mouth water!

  19. The color alone is making my mouth water!!

  20. Thanks for linking up! These look AH-MAZING! I just posted this project on my fb page: http://www.facebook.com/seevanessacraft

  21. I love all the super cute green treats popping up every where! These look amazing and way adorable! :)

  22. These look seriously amazing! My daughter’s birthday is in 2 weeks and I may have to try these! I would be totally excited if you stopped by to link these up this weekend at my party:)


  23. Cute, cute! We love mint chip here too, so those look super yummy! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

  24. What a tasty looking little treat!

  25. Those look heavenly. I am wanting to make those right now and eat them all myself.

  26. I love how they turned out! I recently made something similar last week, with ice cream in a chocolate shell and cupcakes on top. Another dessert that will melt quickly, especially in the Summer.

  27. This is more than wonderful and exactly right for ANYTHING. Can’t wait to try this! Linda


  28. how about a mint chocolate cookie for the bottom part instead of the cake batter!!!

  29. I was curious to know if you had tried these with a little bit of brownie at the bottom in lieu of the cake. I think I might try that. We are having a big birthday bash for our three sons and I think this is a fun idea. I actually bought some of these last night at an ice cream shop in lieu of an ice cream cake. Yum!

  30. Shnookie says:

    ** HELP** I would love to make these .Hi You said frosting? where does that go? It looks like whipped cream on top? thank you :)

  31. These look so heavenly!!! And your pictures are gorgeous. Would like to invite you to share this with us at Sharing Saturday here http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com/2012/03/sharing-saturday-10.html

    Thanks so much and have a great weekend,

  32. What fun! I’ll be trying this but will bake the batter in ice cream cones!

  33. How do you get your swirls so perfect on top? Is it whipped cream? Can you do a tutorial or share the tips you used?? :)
    Thank ya!

    • * Seriously!! It says frosting in recipe yet where doe sit go what the heck is on top? Are we supposed to guess? Nobody else has asked???

  34. Mmmmm….these look super-delish!

    I’m sharing this over on our FB page today.

    Thanks for linking up with Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL! : )


  35. I don’t think they would need to be served right away. I bet they would freeze perfectly without the frosting. Then when you want to eat them, take them out of the freezer and add the frosting/whipped topping and some sprinkles because sprinkles make everything more awesome!


    • I was thinking the same thing. The only part I’m concerned about is the cake getting too hard in the freezer. I’ve heard that it can actually soften up after a few days because even frozen they absorb some of the liquid of the ice cream… I’m thinking it’s worth a try!

      • I wonder if you’d freeze the brownie with a thin layer of chocolate ice cream syrup (the one that hardens on ice cream) or a layer of carmel. Then put the ice cream on once they’re frozen to prevent the brownie from absorbing any liquid and it adds another tasty layer to the mix! Man, I am going to have fun with this recipe this summer!!

  36. Oh My Goodness!! These look delicious!!!!
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party! I included this in my Feature post. :)

  37. Fun idea!! I’m going to give these a go:D

  38. super YUM!!! WOW! I saw this on Nifty Thrifty things and just had to stop by. Would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday party this week. http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

  39. Oh my yumminess. These look so good! I have a Sunday Blog Hop going on right now and would love for you to enter your cute blog:>


  40. I totally hear ya on the “fails”. I had two new recipes planned for dinners this past week and both of them sucked big time! My family was probably so sick of the “lets try something new” thing lol. These look fabulous though and they are a dessert so I doubt they will complain ;) Thanks for sharing!

  41. These look wonderful! You have got my mind cranking…. Maybe for the next party I’ll have to have a few different options. These are so pretty and would taste wonderful, so obviously they would have to be presented on a pretty white cake plate like you did. Then I think I’d also have to do a set of chocolate cinnamon cake with coffee ice cream and Mexican fudge sauce. Let’s see, how about vanilla cake with mocha almond fudge ice cream, and lemon cake with a raspberry ice cream, or other fruit ice cream…. would sherbet work, or would it melt too quickly?

    Love your photography of the finished product. They’re really well presented. :)

  42. Wow! these look soo tasty:) You could just about make these in any favor. Thanks for sharing!!!

  43. Hi Crystal~

    So {sweet} & yummy!! Would love to invite you to share this with my followers, please link to my {k.i.s.s.} blog bash. :)

    Drop by & Visit {The Tattered Tag}

  44. Loved the recipe and the photograph!! You are so talented!http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

  45. Love these! I love mint chocolate chip…and my husband especially does!

  46. o.O My eyes are large and my tummy is empty! I can’t process this amount of deliciousness all at once.
    Found you on Pinterest, and I am eternally grateful I did!

  47. YUM! and the photo is beautiful. These make me miss home (US). I’ve never found mint ice cream in Sweden & definitely not mint chocolate chip.

  48. I love ice cream cake! I will have to try these for sure.

  49. These look lovely! What a great idea! Would love for you to shate at http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.com/p/link-party.html
    Have a great day!

  50. So delish looking, love mint. Your teasing us with the pictures, so looking good, and I so want a one. Thanks for sharing the recipe and for sharing your inspiration at Sunday’s Best.

  51. Love these! I am going to pin them so I can make them in the future.

  52. oh my goodness, those look amazing!! I wouldn’t care what flavor, I’d eat them all!! LOL! I’m glad I saw this, and I’ll have to give them a try :) thanks for the inspiration!!

    Leanne @ Because (I Think) I Can

  53. I’ve never made ice cream cupcakes before! These sound amazing and look beautiful.
    Such a creative idea!

  54. found you through Tater Tots and Jello! This looks so yummy. Just in time for St. Patrick’s day! I’m pinning. If you’re interested I have a link party on my site today and I’d love you to join it. Maria at http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/2012/03/t-time-67-and-link-party.html

  55. oh my goodness.. these look so yum lol. So pinned to try later!

  56. Paula-Riverton Housewives says:

    Delicious!! Can’t wait to try these! We’d love for you to link up at our recipe party…

  57. I made these but added crushed Oreos and a layer of room temperature hot fudge between the bottom (devil’s food box cake mix) and the ice cream. Topped off with Cool Whip and sprinkles. You can eat them right out of the freezer, but they are a little stiff. Or let them sit just a bit. Either way, don’t expect there to be leftovers for very long. Oh, and I got the recipe from HungryGirl.com, and it’s all reduced calorie/fat (except for the cookies and fudge, which I added on my own), so they’re Weight Watchers friendly (if you use their recipe they give you the point value). I HIGHLY recommend them.

    • Andrea…thank you!!! I had to scroll all the way down to your post to finally find a review of someone that made these! I appreciate the tips also.

  58. These look so delicious! Definitely going to be making these delicious ice cream cupcakes!! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We would love to have you back!! -The Sisters

  59. Hi Crystal!
    So apparently I go there late, but oh my word, these look DELICIOUS!!! If you’re interested, I’d love to have you link up at my link party called Sharing Time: http://www.raisingmemories.com/search/label/sharing%20time
    I’m off to explore the rest of your blog now ;)

  60. Ice cream + cupcakes?! Oh yum. So hungry now! :) Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy! XO

  61. Wow!!!!!! Your newest follower!!!

    I would love it if you could share this on my link party – Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

  62. These look really easy and combine 2 of my little boys favourite things, baking cakes and ice cream. Love this, thanx for sharing.

  63. YUMMM! That is lovely. You take great photos as well :)

    Love for you to share it at my Linky Party :) -

  64. we love frozen cake around here, and what could be better? frozen cake WITH ice cream! I may never try these, but they sure caught my eye!
    thanks so much for sharing at catch as catch can!

  65. Oh my goodness. I’m pretty sure you cannot possibly go wrong with these. My hubby would love the mint chip flavor.

  66. Thank joyous for sharing this on Handmade Tuesdays. I am with your hubby…..peanut butter and chocolate all the way. Hence, my pin board devoted to that combo :)

  67. So awesome! These look amazing!


  68. So pretty Crystal! Almost looks to good to eat, almost. I hope your St. Pat’s weekend is great!

  69. so cute! and they sound tasty. I am with your hubby I love reeses, I have a half pound peanut butter cup sitting in my fridge, still no idea what to do with it.

  70. Just to let you know I featured your wonderful project on homework today. Feel free to drop by and grab a button. Enjoy the weekend! http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2012/03/inspiration-board-link-party-spotlight_16.html

  71. YUMMY yummy in my tummy!! Seriously these look soo good!:) Thanks for sharing! New follower!

  72. wow what great idea i can do for my grandson birthday party. tq for sharing.

  73. yum! can’t wait to try these.

  74. I love this and wanted to let you know I’ve featured it today! Come check it out and grab an “I Was Stuffed” button!


  75. These look to-die-for good! Mmmmmm!!!!

  76. Wowzers!!! That is one amazing cupcake!!!! And your picture captures it perfectly:-) My kids will love these during the summer…can’t wait to play with flavors!! Thank you so much for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

  77. I love these!! Will definitely have to save this for later! I tried making some before and it was a complete fail, lol. But I did make my husband a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake for his birthday last year and it was a hit! I did it with homemade ice cream so it was still soft when I put it on the cake and then I froze it. It was fantastic!

  78. Ummmm…..yum!! Such a good idea.

  79. Such an amazing blog you have here! You have so many great treats for us! I love this Ice Cream Cake Cupcake recipe and am totally going to try them out every chance I get! Thank you~!


  80. Great idea! I wonder how these would work if you used cookie dough as the base instead of cake dough?

    • I think that would be awesome! I’ve had some readers tell me they want to try it with a brownie base. The only problem I foresee with either of those is that the base may be too hard if you’re freezing them instead of serving right away. But I think a cookie base sounds delicious! Thanks for stopping by.


  81. Too funny, I made something similar last year for my sons birthday. I encased a brownie in ice cream. Here is the link:


    I did some with chocolate ice cream and some with mint chocolate.

    Love your idea, can’t wait to try it!


  82. Crystal…please go over to my blog and enter this in my #bySandraLee contest!!! This is perfect!!! also if you have any easy tablescapes, that will work too. I will pinn it with the #bySandraLee tag!!! good luck

    • Thank you so much Rebecca! On my original comment I forgot to leave the pin url. I left another comment with it and added another entry. :)

    • I agree, I wasn’t sure if the whip cream frosting went on before you serve or if it can be frozen? I want to try finding an ice cream cake whip cream frosting that can be frozen.

  83. stephanie says:

    I am planning on making these this weekend! They look delicious! I was wondering when you put the frosting on. Did you put the frosting on after the ice cream and then freeze? Or did you put it on before you served? Also, what kind of frosting is this? Everything looks amazing!


    • I put the frosting on then put them in the freezer. I used regular frosting but I would suggest whipped cream then put them in the freezer. The frosting was a bit too much for me. I hope you enjoy your cupcakes! :)

    • I agree, I wasn’t sure if the whip cream frosting went on before you serve or if it can be frozen? I want to try finding an ice cream cake whip cream frosting that can be frozen.

  84. These were simply to die for!! Thank you for posting them! :)

  85. I’m thinking white cake with blue food coloring, strawberry ice cream and whipped cream for the Fourth of July.

  86. Great idea!! This way it is portion controlled. I would just serve them in the liners or I guess pulled the liners and just put right on a little plate!! Luckily, both my hubby and I LOVE Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream!!

    Thanks for the idea!!! Keep them coming!

  87. Helen Harris says:

    Wow! what a fabulous Idea. these will be making an appearance at my next family get together dinner :)

  88. Heather says:

    Found these on Pinterest and I LOVE THEM. My husband loves mint chocolate chip ice cream. We might make these for Father’s day! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to check out some of your other recpies.

  89. Debra Kapellakis says:

    I am tickled to have just read about you on “Cupcakes Take The Cake”! So cool to see you there!

  90. I love how the cake in these is more like a cupcake crust leave tons of room for the ice cream and whipped cream! Beautiful photos too! Thanks for entering and best of luck!

  91. These looks so tasty! :) I love mint chocolate chip! Your photos are so beautiful!

  92. Ooh they look great. It’s been years since I had peppermint choc-chip icecream, and I’ll give you one guess what I’m off to buy now… ;)

  93. I didn’t see when you apply the frosting in the directions??? I see that it’s optional so I may put my whipped cream icing on them. Look yummy!

  94. Naty Saldivar says:

    Yummy!! What frosting did you used???

  95. oh my!! these look delicious… i will be giving these a try! yum!

  96. Yummy!!! Ice Cream + Cupcakes with chocho chips… looks amazing. This is perfect recipe for my taste. Definitely i am gonna try this. These pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  97. Yummy these look great.. What a great blog it makes me hungry lol check out my food blog if you get a min and have not done it already..


  98. Just featured this amazing idea (not one of those failure ideas haha!!) on my Blog Post “10 Creative Party Food Ideas that will Make Any Party AMAZING!!”

    You are so brilliant! Thanks for sharing your great ideas! ♥


  99. Lisa Sirard says:

    When do I frost the cupcakes? After I have frozen them and are ready to serve? If I do it when I am ready to serve, will I have time to frost them all before they melt? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I am making them today for my daughter’s birthday party tonight.

    thank you!

    • Hi Lisa, I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier. If you’re using frosting you could frost them long before the party. You could frost them and place them back into the freezer, but I suggest you take them out about 10 minutes before serving. If you decide to use whipped cream then I definitely suggest waiting until right before serving to frost. Thank you for asking, I hope your daughter enjoys them. Have a wonderful weekend!


  100. Yum, my daughter is not a big cake fan, this is a great alternative for someone like her.

  101. OMG! Those may be the best dessert I have seen ever. They look amazing. I hope to make some really soon.

  102. These just caught my eye! They are so cute! Mint chocolate chip is my favorite ice cream, too!

  103. Oh my goodness, these are SO cute! It’s the middle of winter, but now I’m completely craving ice cream!

  104. These are such a good idea and they look AMAZING! Was wondering what kind of frosting you used on top of the ice cream. Just plain ole cake frosting you get in the boxed cake aisle? Thanks!

  105. Oh wow yum, these look SO good!!

  106. we need to live closer and you can feed me!!!

  107. this is so fabulous!!! apparantly a few others think so, too. i agree with kim–we need to live closer!!

  108. I need to make these with my husbands favorite ice cream. Blue Bunny Choc Cherry Breaduex – it’s great.

  109. YUM! I am featuring this tonight on my round up post- thanks for linking up!

  110. I love these! They are beautiful and sound delicious! I’m a big fan of frozen treats! :)


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