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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