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Ice Cream Cupcakes

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You know what’s better than a scoop of ice cream next to a cupcake?

A scoop of ice cream that comes inside a cupcake.

Stuffed things are always better – always.

Ice Cream Cupcakes - put the ice cream inside the cupcake! Use your favorite flavors for endless combinations.

Last month a friend of mine shared a photo on my Facebook wall. The photo was originally from Duncan Hines (I think) but it was a photo of a cupcake with ice cream stuffed inside. She asked if I could teach her how to make them for her son’s birthday.

I did one better than that. I made them for her – and for you. This way you can make your own ice cream stuffed cupcakes too!

Because there is nothing better than dessert stuffed in dessert. Ever since Jenny first stuffed an Oreo inside a chocolate chip cookie, we bloggers have been obsessed with the two-in-one treat.

Hmmm, that concept sounds familiar. Oh yes, it’s another way of saying “dessert mash-up” which I’m very familiar with. I wrote a whole book on dessert mash-ups, out this fall.

Anyway, let’s get back to the matter at hand: a cupcake stuffed with ice cream. I mean, it’s kind of genius. Think about it: a birthday party without an ice cream scoop. No more “he got more ice cream than I did!!!”

It’s the perfect single serving dessert for when you want a cupcake…and ice cream too.

And the flavor combos. Oh. My. Gosh. Think of the possibilities!

Ice Cream Cupcakes

The birthday boy requested chocolate cupcakes with vanilla ice cream. I’m me, so I offered to stir some sprinkles into the vanilla ice cream because everything is better with sprinkles.

Once you know the method for how to make an ice cream cupcake, you can make whatever flavor you want. You can use a box mix or you can make them from scratch.

I bet there are a gazillion combinations of ice cream cupcake you could make. And that number is probably accurate because I majored in math and know all about probability.

{It’s true! I’m a total math geek, but probability and statistics were my least favorite class. My favorite? Non-Euclidean Geometry. Yes, really, that’s a thing.}

Okay so let’s start thinking of combinations:

Chocolate cupcakes and mint ice cream

Vanilla cupcakes and coffee ice cream

Lemon cupcakes and lemon ice cream

Peanut butter cupcakes and peanut butter cheesecake ice cream

Funfetti cupcakes and brownie batter ice cream

And…about a gazillion more. Basically, what I’m trying to say is…go find your two favorites and pair them together.

Okay, so are you ready to learn how to make these ice cream cupcakes? Let’s get started!

Ice Cream Cupcakes (1 of 9)

Start with 24 baked and cooled cupcakes. Box or scratch, it doesn’t matter. These are my favorite chocolate cupcakes.

Cut a circle in the top about the size of a half dollar. Cut down deep and dig out a chunk of cake. It may be cone shaped.

Ice Cream Cupcakes (2 of 9)

Then, cut off the end of what came out of the cupcake. Remember – ice cream is going in that hole. Not all the cupcake is going to fit back inside, so you need to get rid of it. Or eat it.

I suggest you prepare all your cupcakes, then place a cookie sheet topped with wax paper in your freezer. Work in batches for the next step (about 3-4 cupcakes per batch) so that the ice cream doesn’t melt.

Ice Cream Cupcakes (3 of 9)

Place your ice cream inside the cupcake hole. I stirred some sprinkles into my ice cream first to make it prettier. 🙂

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Then top it with the top and place them in the freezer. You can wrap the cookie sheet with plastic wrap and freeze over night, or place these in a ziploc bag and freeze for up to 1 month. That’s the best kind of do-ahead I can ask for!

Now, you’re probably thinking what about frosting? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there too. I topped mine with a dollop of Cool Whip before serving, but you can use your favorite frosting. The birthday boy who got these cupcakes requested vanilla so I made him a batch of the perfect vanilla frosting that goes with my vanilla cupcakes. Just have your frosting ready to go and frost right before serving.

It makes these have way more combinations than a gazillion. We have to add another layer to that takes it up to a quadrillion, I think.

Ice Cream Cupcakes - put the ice cream inside the cupcake! Use your favorite flavors for endless combinations.

These are perfect for any birthday, the 4th of July, or a random Wednesday.

Because cupcakes and ice cream are always a good thing.

Ice Cream Cupcakes - put the ice cream inside the cupcake! Use your favorite flavors for endless combinations.

Especially when they’re together, mash-up style!

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Servings: 24 cupcakes

Ice Cream Cupcakes

Cupcakes and ice cream all in one! It's easy to fill your favorite cupcakes with your favorite ice cream to make one easy to serve and eat party treat. The method is super easy - and the options for flavor combinations are endless! Use your favorite flavors to make your favorite ice cream cupcake!


  • 24 cupcakes — baked and cooled (from a box mix or from scratch - this is my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe)
  • 1/2 carton — about .75 quart ice cream
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles — if desired
  • Cool Whip — fresh whipped cream, or your favorite frosting (chocolate or vanilla)


  1. Start with 24 cupcakes that have been baked and completely cooled. You can use your favorite flavor box mix, or your favorite from scratch recipe. (Consider using my chocolate cupcakes or vanilla cupcakes if you want a from scratch cupcake.) Place the cupcakes on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Make room for a second cookie sheet lined with wax paper in your freezer.
  2. For sprinkle filled ice cream: scoop half of a 1.5Q container of ice cream into a bowl and let it soften for a few minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup sprinkles, then place the bowl back in the freezer to firm up while you prepare the cupcakes. Otherwise, just have your favorite flavor ice cream in the freezer and ready to go.
  3. To prep the cupcakes: use a pairing knife to cut a large circle (about the size of a half dollar) in the top of the cupcake. Cut down almost to the bottom of the cupcake, then lift out the cut part. You should end up with a cone shaped chunk of cake. Slice the cone off of each of the cupcake pieces. (You need to make the piece of cake smaller, because the cupcake will be filled with ice cream.)
  4. I suggest you prepare all the cupcakes for the ice cream, then place your second cookie sheet in the freezer. Work in batches of 3-4 cupcakes, filling with ice cream, then placing on the cookie sheet that’s in the freezer. That way the ice cream won’t melt out of the cupcakes.
  5. Scoop about 1-2 tablespoons of ice cream into the center of each cupcake. Place the top back on and press gently. Put the cupcake on the cookie sheet in the freezer. Continue until all the cupcakes are filled and in the freezer.
  6. Cover the cupcakes with plastic wrap (leaving them on the cookie sheet) and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving. You can place them (frozen) in a single layer in large
  7. Ziploc bags and freeze for up to 1 month before serving.
  8. When ready to serve, have your frosting or a thawed carton of Cool Whip ready. Remove a cupcake from the freezer, frost as desired, and serve immediately. (For an amazing chocolate frosting recipe try this one or for vanilla, this is my favorite.

Click here to see my best Cake Mix recipes!

Find your favorite flavor cupcake and then pair it with some ice cream!

The Best Chocolate Cupcakes

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Perfect Funfetti Cupcakes

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Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

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Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes

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Perfect Lemon Cupcakes

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Sweets from friends:
Coke Float Cupcakes by The Domestic Rebel
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirled Cupcakes by Two in the Kitchen
Peanut Butter Cup Banana Cupcakes by Something Swanky

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  3. Heavenly and genius! 2 strong adjectives which are apt for my favorite things in one mini dessert. P.s. Thank you Dorothy for being a star blogger who makes using Cool Whip cool =) (Love the stuff!)

  4. I want these for my birthday! Two desserts in one is always better then one! or something like that! 

    I want to chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter ice cream, that would be amazing!! 

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  13. What type of icing did you use for the cupcakes? It will not work to have frozen butter cream or otherwise would it?

  14. Great idea!! I don’t think like that before. I want to make it for my son’s birthday party later. Thank you very much

    Rating: 5
  15. My question is how long does it take to defrost the cupcake, I have made these for a party, but am worried that they will be too hard to eat, as need to defrost the cupcake.

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