easy ice cream cupcakes.

Levi had a birthday party recently, and wanted ice cream cake.  So we decided to do a cupcake version, and it turned out great!  Sure, our tiramisu is probably even better; but it’s probably not a good idea to try serving that to a whole group of kids at a birthday party.  They just wouldn’t appreciate the hard work. And parents wouldn’t appreciate the alcohol. This is probably a better option.

quick and easy ice cream cupcakes

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There’s going to be a recipe at the end of this post, but here’s a nice little picture showing all the ingredients.  If you want to be super fancy, you can make your own cupcake batter from scratch.  We aren’t fancy.  So we use boxed stuff.

Icecream cupcake ingredients


  • cake mix
  • supplies cake mix requires (eggs, oil, milk, etc.)
  • ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • cupcake liners

To Do:

Step 1:  Make the batter.  We aren’t showing you this step.  Follow the directions.  If you can’t do that part, you should not be making this recipe.

Step 2:  Put just a little bit of batter in the bottoms of cupcake tins (already lined with cupcake liners).  You’ll see that the amount barely covers the bottom.  This is because you want there to be space in the cupcake  liners for ice cream AFTER they’ve been baked.  Bake them (they’ll need about half the time the box says, because there’s so little batter)

icecream cupcakes batter

Step 3 is optional:  You will have extra batter.  If you want to create a second cookie layer, you can make cookies with the leftover batter.  Then you can put ice cream on the cupcake, add a cookie, and then put more ice cream in.  Wow!  But you don’t have to.

icecream cupcakes cookies

Step 4:  Add ice cream to the cupcakes.  We used mint.  It matched our chocolate cupcakes.  You’ll see from the picture that the ice cream is a bit melty.  You don’t want it to be too hard or it won’t spread into cupcake form.

icecream cupcakes add icecream

Here’s a picture showing what it looks like when you double layer.

icecream cupcake second layer 2

 Step 5: Refreeze.  This will take a few hours.

Step 6:  Add whipped cream, cherries, and whatever else you want.  It will look exactly like this:

quick and easy ice cream cupcakes

Like the simplicity of this ice cream cupcake recipe?  You might want to try our microwave fudgeturtle candy, and petit fours.

The recipe:

quick and easy ice cream cupcakes
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Ice Cream Cupcakes

Simple and Easy ice cream cupcakes that are great for birthday parties and other events.
Author NellieBellie


  • box cake mix
  • eggs
  • oil
  • water
  • ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • cherries


  • Preheat oven and line cupcake tin with liners.
  • Mix cake batter according to directions on box.
  • Add just a dollop of batter to the bottom of each liner.
  • Bake for half the time recommended on the box.
  • Let cool.
  • Spoon very soft ice cream on top of cupcakes.
  • Put the cupcakes in the freezer for several hours.
  • Immediately before serving add whipped cream and cherries.


For the optional layering, put in less ice cream initially. Add cookie. Then add more ice cream to the top. Freeze.


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8 thoughts on “easy ice cream cupcakes.”

  1. Just pinned these and will making them for my son to take to school for his birthday. Who doesn’t like cake and ice cream. :) And I’m not fancy either. lol I like using a cake mix and just doctoring it up a little bit. Super easy.

  2. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

    I’ve featured these cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

    1. Thanks so much Vera! And we absolutely don’t mind! The only time we get annoyed at that sort of thing is when someone takes all our pictures, or our full post,e tc. Which you didn’t. So thanks for the publicity!

    1. That’s so true. I’m the loser who doesn’t like cake at all (Nellie disagrees), so I’m especially excited about these. -The Bellie

  3. Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    I pinned these in my cupcake board, but now, my son is asking me to make them for St. Patty’s Day. I should pin these twice, right? Ah… decisions!!

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