Ice Cream Inspiration

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Did you know that Cold Stone sells ice cream cupcakes?  They do.  Did you know that ice cream is my ultimate portion control weakness?  It is.  If you put this in front of me and left me alone, it would be gone when you came back.

Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes

Individual ice cream cupcakes, however, this is portion control I can live with.  Using Cold Stone as my inspiration, I created Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes, a dessert that combines the sweet crunch of chocolate, creamy ice cream and and soft spongy cake!

Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes

I used a white cake mix (gasp), made with applesauce and egg whites, fat free strawberry ice cream, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  The combinations of flavors are endless and I can’t wait to make different versions of these cupcakes.  They would be a perfect dessert for a child’s birthday party or for an adult like me who has no control around ice cream.

There are a few components to this recipe, but are really easy to make.

Start by making the “cake” of the cupcake; use a cookie dough scoop (about 2 tablespoons) to place batter into cupcake tins

batter in muffin tin 2

The cupcakes are small so they will bake quickly, 8-10 minutes

cupcakes baked

While cupcakes are cooling, melt chocolate and coat the bottom of separate cupcake baking cups (1-2 tablespoons of chocolate each); freeze for about 10 minutes or until chocolate is hard

chocolate in cups

Meanwhile, remove ice cream from freezer to soften

strawberry ice cream

When chocolate has hardened, scoop about a quarter of a cup of ice cream into each cup

ice cream in cups

Place cakes on top of ice cream and push down to secure

cake in cups

Cover with saran wrap and freeze cupcakes for at least one hour

Carefully unwrap frozen cupcake

cupcake 1

Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes

Top with whipped cream

Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes

And jimmies (yes, that’s what I call them)

Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes

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Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 Prepared white cake batter from 1 box mix
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 gallon strawberry ice cream

Directions:

Pre-heat oven as directed on cake mix box
Prepare cake batter
Use a cookie dough scoop (about 2 tablespoons) to place batter into cupcake tins filled with paper cup holders or sprayed with cooking spray
Bake cake 8-10 minutes or until a knife comes out clean
While cupcakes are cooling, melt chocolate in the microwave or on the stove
Coat the bottom of separate cupcake baking cups with melted chocolate (about 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate each)
Freeze for about 10 minutes or until chocolate is hard
While chocolate is chilling, remove ice cream from freezer to soften
When chocolate has hardened, scoop about a quarter of a cup of ice cream into each cup
Place cakes on top of ice cream and push down to secure cupcakes
Cover cupcakes with saran wrap and freeze for at least one hour
Serve topped with whipped cream and jimmies

Notes:

If your freezer is not very cold, make sure to serve immediately or cupcakes will melt

You can control the ingredients and make them as light or as decadent as you’d like

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Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes

What is your favorite way to eat ice cream?

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42 Responses to “Ice Cream Inspiration”

  1. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) March 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    These look fantastic! Perfect for a birthday party. :)
    I love ice cream on a sugar cone!

  2. Jessica March 4, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    These look professional!!

  3. Dina @ The Dish and The Dirt March 4, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Holy yum!!! I love this idea, esp. for a kids. My kids wouldn’t know what to go for first — chocolate, cake, or ice cream! The ultimate dilemma.

  4. Michelle March 4, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Such a great idea, I just love it! Stunning photos too!

    • KeepItSweet March 4, 2011 at 10:29 am #

      Thank you!

  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 4, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    I too have absolutely NO control around ice cream. I literally could sit and eat an entire tub. The only thing better than ice cream, is ice cream with bits of cake in it! These look ah-mazing!!!

  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 4, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Oh yum! I want one :)

  7. Maria March 4, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    My kind of cupcake!

  8. megan @ whatmegansmaking March 4, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    yum! :) And I grew up calling them jimmies :)

    • KeepItSweet March 8, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      Yes! Jimmies just sounds so much better than sprinkles:-)

  9. Jesse March 4, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    great idea to healify a decadent treat!

  10. The Taster March 4, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I ate most of these last week, and now that they are gone I’m making my own version. I put the leftover cake, strawberry ice cream and chocolate chips in a bowl together, and just add spoon. It’s not as pretty, but it gets the job done!

  11. debbie c March 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Very adorable!

  12. Vicki @ WITK March 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    I love this idea! It’s like the perfection portion of chocolate vanilla and strawberry!

    • KeepItSweet March 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      I didn’t even realize that, but you are right!!

  13. Meri March 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Awesome! This is even easy enough for me to do (I know some ice cream lovers!)
    I love your recipe/ print format, very neat!
    meri
    merigoesround.blogspot.com

    • KeepItSweet March 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

      Thanks! I was hoping that would make things easier if anyone wants to print recipes from the blog.

  14. Susan March 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    This is such a great idea – perfect for parties!

  15. Kirbie March 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Ooh, these look so cute! And I like the portion control. =)

  16. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen March 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    What an incredible idea! The thought of ice cream cupcakes never even crossed my mind! I am all over these! Yummy!! :)

  17. Vene March 5, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    mmmmmmmm looks delish!!!

  18. Sprinkled With Flour March 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Oh my goodness, these do look wonderful! I think if you left me alone with this it would disappear too:)

  19. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily March 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Wow! Those look so decadent and simply. I am defiantly putting that on my recipe to do list.

  20. blackbookkitchendiaries March 6, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    this looks amazing! thank you for sharing this post:) i am so craving for some right now.

  21. Joanne March 6, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Ice cream is totally my weakness as well. I’ll occasionally buy a carton and tell myself that I’ll only have a spoonful. Always a big mistake. These cupcakes though? Portion control done right. they look delicious!

  22. Lauren (PB&G) March 6, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Yum!! These look fantastic!

  23. Allison @ PickyEatingRD March 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Those look amazing!!!! Ice cream cake is one of my favorites so to have it proportioned is perfect!!

  24. thehealthyapron March 7, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Look at you!! Super baker! Those look fantastic! I usually like to eat ice cream in a sundae (heavy on the topping…super healthy I know ) ;)

  25. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 7, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    These are so cute!

  26. RWB March 7, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them :) But my favorite way to eat ice cream is on Thursday nights on the floor of our Highland Lake apartment…preferably straight from the container!

    • KeepItSweet March 7, 2011 at 10:45 am #

      I have to agree with you there!

  27. Pudding Pie Lane March 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Wowwwwww, this looks SO GOOD. If you put those in front of me, it would be gone before you came back. In fact, in would be gone before you left ;)

  28. Simply Life March 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Wow, what a great idea! Gosh, my favorite way to eat ice cream is with tons of yummy toppings! :)

  29. Natalia - a side of simple March 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Cold Stone better watch out! These look delicious.

    I don’t think there’s a BAD way to eat ice-cream, but my favorite is definitely loaded with colored sprinkles. They make it such a “happy” dessert ;)

  30. Baking Serendipity March 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Perfect mini-birthday cakes! They make me smile :)

    • KeepItSweet March 8, 2011 at 10:33 am #

      Your comment made me smile!

  31. Christina March 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    What a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  32. Adilah March 14, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    wow those look suuuuper delicious!!! cant wait to try your recipe for myself!

  33. miri leigh July 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    These look great and so easy to make! Thank you!

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