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cupcakes with mint chip ice cream frosting in brown paper waffle cone wraps on patterned paper with words on photo

Being a kid today is so different than back when I was growing up. While things like Barbie, Disney, and My Little Pony are still around (although modernized), so many things have changed since we were kids. Which is why I was thinking the other day about all the things my 6-year-old daughter says to me that I never anticipated coming out of her mouth at such a young age.

“Mommy, take my picture!” (As she poses when I pull out my phone in the grocery line. Oh, and the fact I have a phone in my purse.)

“Will you upload that to Facebook?” (After I’ve taken the requested picture.)

“Who was that texting you?”

“Why can’t we fast-forward this commercial??!!” (Because, shock of all shocks, we are watching live TV.)

“Mommy, I know how to get to You don’t need to help me.” (Uttered when she was barely 5.)

“What’s a VCR?”

“Why can’t you just play the Selena Gomez song I want in the car?” (Uh, ‘cuz radio is LIVE.)

“I want to have a blog too someday.”

And then there are the constant recipe requests, like this one:

“Mommy, can you make some cupcakes and somehow make frosting using ice cream?”

Which led me to this recipe.

She asked me that question a few weeks ago. I initially thought she meant for me to use ice cream as the frosting but I was wrong. She wanted ice cream in the frosting. As just a component of it. I figured, why not?

cupcakes with mint chip ice cream frosting in brown paper waffle cone wraps on patterned paper

The beauty of this frosting is that you can make it whatever flavor you want. I used mint chip because I liked how the green would show for photography purposes. Also, mint chip ice cream has a very distinct flavor and I wanted to be able to see if I could actually taste the ice cream. And you can. It’s amazing! I can’t wait to make this frosting with other flavors of ice cream.

I thought it would be cute to serve them in ice cream cone wrappers. I used this template, printed it on brown card stock and used a crayon to make the sugar cone marks. Then tape the wrapper into a circular shape and place your cupcake inside.

Make sure to taste your frosting as you are adding the powdered sugar (I’ve made note of this in the recipe instructions). Some ice cream flavors or brands are sweeter than others. You also need to chill this frosting for awhile before attempting to decorate your cupcakes. Otherwise it’s too runny to hold up.

cupcakes with mint chip ice cream frosting in brown paper waffle cone wraps on patterned paper with words on photo

Ice Cream Buttercream Frosting

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  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 12 ounces (about ¾ cup) melted ice cream, any flavor (I used 2 single serving size cups of mint chip)
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cups mini chocolate chips or other garnish to reflect your ice cream flavor


  • Using a hand mixture in a large bowl, beat butter and ice cream until lumps are gone. Slowly beat in powdered sugar, starting with 3 cups and working up to 4 depending on the sweetness of your ice cream. Here’s the hard part – chill for at least one hour before frosting cupcakes. Sprinkle with garnish.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern
What things do your kids say that remind you the 2000s are so not your 90s? (Or 80s or 70s or ??)

Last Updated on May 12, 2020

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  1. I really like the frosting and will try it the next time I make a cake or cupcakes. This is my first visit to your blog, so I’ve taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely br back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  2. Your daughter sounds like my sons. They’re six and eight and know it all! I love the idea of the ice cream buttercream. I’ll bet it’s delicious. It’s also really cute the way you made the “cones”. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  3. That’s pretty cool…it’s amazing how many things have changed! I remember when my parents went to the BANK to write a check for CASH!

  4. @The Better Baker
    Thanks! I have a feeling she’s going to own her own bakery some day…

    Oh, I forgot about the phone! Totally anchored to the wall. I remember stretching that cord around and around… 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  5. @Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos
    That’s exactly why I did it that way, because I knew if I had a whole carton of Mint Chip in the freezer I’d eat the whole thing! My daughter tries to do that too – but when I tell her Grandma doesn’t text she gets confused. 🙂

  6. Love this post, Dorothy! So sweet. I don’t have kids yet … but my husband and I always joke about, when we were kids, actually having to get up to the answer the phone (because it was permantly hooked to the wall!) and that WE were our parents’ TV remote control.

  7. Crazy what comes out of their mouths, isn’t it? My 6-year-old is always surprising me with things I never thought I’d hear my own child say.

    This idea is a fabulous one. Ice cream in frosting? Fantastic! I bet it tastes great, too!

  8. Love this! It’s a great idea to use single serve ice cream, that way you don’t have to have a whole carton of the flavor you want to use. These are super adorable with the wrappers!

    My kids will use their play phones to send a text to grandma and any time I hold up my phone my youngest is already saying cheese with a big grin!