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Jun 05

ICEE Cupcakes

Icee Cupcakes

Softball season is officially over. It’s kind of sad, really, because Jordan loved it so much. I will not miss having to get dinner ready for her at 4:00 and packing it up in a cooler for Mel and I. Nor will I miss the post-school night-game whining.

I will miss watching Jordan learn how to catch. And watching her hit, without a tee, for entire games.

Last weekend I volunteered to host the end-of-the-year softball party. For 12 first-graders, their parents, and siblings.

Yes, I’m certifiably insane.

But I love doing it. Even when I was going crazy on Friday trying to get the house clean and do last minute prep and make eight dozen mini cupcakes, when I was growling “why do I do this???” at my husband, I still was having fun.

For the cupcakes, I decided to go with a “softball snack shack” theme. You know, that crap you buy while you’re bored out of your mind watching your kid play. Popcorn, hot cocoa, Icees, candy.

I made mini cupcakes out of two box mixes, one yellow cake and one chocolate. FYI, that makes a lot of minis. I had no idea how many it would make. Be prepared. Probably 3-4 dozen per box.

{Just because I majored in math, you didn’t expect me just know that a mix making 24 regular sized cupcakes would make a whole lot of mini ones, right?}

I made one large batch of homemade buttercream and divided it into four portions to make the four flavors of cupcake.

These ICEE cupcakes were the biggest hit. The frosting is made with cherry jell-o. Joan at Chocolate, Chocolate, and More used Jell-O in cupcakes awhile back and when brainstorming ideas, I came up with these.

The straws are from Target. I may have * accidentally* brought home a couple extra with my diet Pepsi fountain drink. Cut them in fourths and they are the perfect size for mini cupcakes.

Here is a link to the printable ICEE logo. I printed them on regular paper and attached them to a paper liner with double stick tape. Using those cute little paper cups would be great too, but I didn’t have any.

I must say, if you’re making cupcakes for a crowd, make minis. People eat more when food is miniature. I had no cupcakes left. The kids ate way too many, but hey, then I didn’t. 🙂

ICEE Cupcakes

Yield: 4 dozen mini cupcakes

A cupcake with frosting that tastes like a cherry ICEE!


  • 1 box yellow cake mix made and baked as directed in mini cupcake pans (about 4 dozen cupcakes)
  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 small boxe cherry Jell-O mix
  • 1-2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice (optional)
  • Cream or milk if needed for consistency
  • Red straws
  • ICEE label and extra cupcake liners (as seen in photos)


  1. Beat butter until fluffy in a very large bowl. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and mix well between additions. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Add cherry Jell-O powder and maraschino cherry juice to the mixture. If you add too much liquid by accident, just add some more powdered sugar to thicken. If it's too thick add some extra cherry juice or milk to thin.
  3. Squeeze onto the top of cupcakes in on large mound. Cut each red straw in fourths and stick into icing. If your frosting seems gritty at first, try adding a little cream or milk and mixing, adding more powdered sugar if needed to thicken.

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107 comments on “ICEE Cupcakes

  1. You had me at ICEE. Cannot WAIT to make these!! Thanks for tempting me at the {what’s shakin’ link party}!!


  2. ICEEs are like my favorite thing in the whole world! I love this!


  3. Help! I made the Icee frosting and it came out super gritty. What could I have done wrong and what can I do to fix it without starting over?


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on June 11th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Try adding some milk or cream, a teaspoon or two (more if needed) and mixing it in. That might help the jell-o dissolve a bit. You might need to add some powdered sugar to thicken if the milk thins it too much. I’m so sorry it was gritty! Possibly the jello needs time to dissolve a bit. Good luck and thanks for letting me know! (I tried to email you but couldn’t find an address.)


  4. I love all of these treats, they looks so good. I think I would like the hot chocolate cupcakes the best too. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!


  5. Oh my gosh these cupcakes are to die for! They look amazing, I’m a new follower would love if you follow back to check out my blog at


  6. So freakin cute! I’m featuring tonight! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


  7. Sooo cute! Can you buy this as a kit somewhere?


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on June 17th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Unfortunately no, but it’s super easy to do yourself! The printable is above and the red straws were “borrowed” from Target. 🙂


  8. These cupcakes are so cute! I love your ideas! Cupcakes are my favorite things, and I think I need to make some of these in the very near future 🙂


  9. These are too cute. I’m sharing these tomorrow on my Facebook page as part of cupcake week because more people should see them.


  10. I just made the icee cupcakes for my moms birthday tomorrow and i accidentally used way too much cherry juice. the frosting is super runny and gritty =\ any suggestions? ive added almost four cups of sugar by now trying to thicken it up!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 7th, 2012 at 6:16 am

      Oh no! Usually adding powdered sugar helps the runniness. Hmmmm…possibly add a little more butter? Have you tried chilling it for awhile? That could make the butter that’s already in it harden up a bit, and maybe it will be less runny? That would give the ingredients time to settle together. After a couple hours in the fridge, try mixing and then adding a little more sugar if needed. Good luck, and let me know how it goes!


  11. The cherry icee idea is great! I wait to try it!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 8th, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Thanks, I hope you enjoy. 🙂


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  17. So I was really excited at the idea of making an icee cupcake. Unfortunately, as a vegetarian, I don’t eat jello. Can you think of any other suggestions so I can enjoy these?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 31st, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      So, I’m not sure what things are vegetarian or not, but Kool-Aid or crystal light packets would work as well. Would either of those work?


  18. The ICEE cupcakes look awesome!


  19. So after the comment left about the banner on the patriotic apple crumble, I went to your site to check it out and then I noticed THESE!! I had no idea you created this because I’ve seen it everywhere! Pinterest, IG and who knows where else. Very creative. Love it!


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  24. Thanks for the cupcakes awesome,we grow our own rspberries & I am always looking for ne recipes with raspberries,help,I have oodles in freezer they are starting to come in again this year


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