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Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

16 Nov

Hi again!

I made cupcakes!!

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes!!!

On Tuesday, I made you Ice Cream Sundae Cookies, and I told you I had a few other “Sundae” bakes to share……well, here you go!

Aren’t they cute?

Sometimes, I make things that are more about the “theme” or “idea” than the actual recipe.  These cupcakes are kinda one of those.  They were so easy to make, and they look adorable!

I decided to make “chocolate and vanilla” sundaes.  I used box mixes to keep it simple.  After I made both batters, I spooned them into the cupcake liners.

They looked really cool after they baked.

The frosting was whipped together in about 5 minutes.

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Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

for the cakes

  • Any flavor  cake mix, and the ingredients to prepare.

–  Prepare the cake batter according to the directions on the box.  (I think Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry would be cool, but it would make a boat load of cupcakes!!)

for the “Whipped Cream” frosting

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • (1) 3.5 oz. package of pudding (Vanilla would look more like whipped cream, but I used chocolate.)
  • (1) 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip, thawed

–  Place a metal bowl and the beaters of your mixer into the freezer for an hour or more.  (This just speeds the thickening process.)

–  Beat the 1st 3 ingredients together in the metal bowl until soft peaks form.  (Mine peaked very quickly, and I whipped it for about 2 minutes.)

–  Fold in Cool Whip and then beat again until thoroughly combined.

–  Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes

* Frosting recipe from Allrecipes.com

Now is the fun part…..top the frosting with any ice cream sundae toppings…….cherries, chocolate syrup, caramel, nuts, sprinkles, candy bars, etc.

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You can put your cupcakes in cones……

Or in cups……

Or just leave them in their cute cupcake wrappers!

I didn’t have any paper sundae cups, but they are super cute and can be wrapped in cellophane (attach a plastic spoon with some ribbon) and given as a gift.

I think they would be awesome at a child’s birthday party.  The kids could make their own “sundae”!  The great thing about doing it with cupcakes is, they don’t melt!  So, they can be set aside until cake time!

Fun, huh?

Enjoy!!

Love, Lara

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

29 Oct

Hi again!

I made cupcakes!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes!!

My highschool bestie loves them, and I have been promising her the recipe. (Hiya Miss!)  

It just so happens, these cupcakes were for her middle son’s 5th birthday….along with 2 dozen pumpkin spice, 2 dozen chocolate/vanilla, and 2 dozen sprinkle cupcakes….it wasn’t a big party or anything!!!  Ha! 

We live about an hour and a half apart now, so I was a little anxious about getting all of the cupcakes to the party safely….I mean, one hard brake on the highway and I could have had a tasty buffet on my front windshield! 

I drove very gently for 10 miles before traffic came to a complete halt….yup SHUT DOWN…..COMPLETELY!!! 

So, I really shouldn’t have been worried about them looking nice, considering now I had to figure out how to even get them to the party. 

Traffic ended up being  detoured off of an exit ramp and onto a few country backroads….very scenic and calming, which was good; considering I was ready to burst into tears!  (Ok…that is a total lie….it was scenic, but not calming!)  If I thought I could get away with driving past the mile-long-line of cars on the shoulder without infuriating the other drivers, I totally would have!  But, I just stayed in line and made my 25 m.p.h. way up the road……atleast I was moving, and THAT is what kept the tears at bay!

I was also afraid to run the heat, because I didn’t want the frosting on the cupcakes to get too soft.  It was F. R. E. E. Z. I. N. G. !!! 

 The trip ended up being about an hour and a half longer than normal.  I got to the party about 5 minutes before it started…..and the cupcakes made it just fine!

Whew!!

Baking them was by far the easiest part of the whole adventure!! 

If you use a chocolate cake mix, they are super easy to make.  But,  if you have a homemade chocolate cake recipe that you love; definitely use it! ( I will post my favorite chocolate cake recipe soon!) 🙂

Unwrap and freeze the peanut butter cups first!

Put about 2 tablespoons of cake batter into a cupcake liner and then stack two Reese’s Cups into the center….

Top them with another tablespoon of batter.

Bake!

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

     For the cupcakes

  • 1 box Milk Chocolate Cake mix, and the ingredients to prepare
  • 24 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, unwrapped and frozen (keeps them from melting into cupcake)

– Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place cupcake liners into the  muffin/cupcake pans and set aside.

– Prepare cake batter according to directions on the box.

–  Put 2 Tbsp. of batter into each liner.

– Stack 2 peanut butter cups into the batter of each liner. 

– Put additional 1 Tbsp. of batter onto the stacked peanut butter cups. 

–  Bake about 14-16 minutes, or until the middle of the cakes are set. (I press them with my fingers, if they bounce back; they are done.)

–  Cool completely.

     For the peanut butter frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, or milk

–  In a large bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter.

–  On low-speed, add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.

–  Mix in marshmallow fluff. 

–  As the mixture thickens, slowly (1 Tbsp. at a time) add the whipping cream or milk until the frosting is smooth. (You may need more or less than the 1/4 cup depending on humidity and oil base of your peanut butter, so go slow and test the consistency often.)

–  Increase speed as all of the ingredients combine and whip until fluffy.

–  Spread onto cooled cupcakes, or use a decorating bag and tip. 

*  I also topped each cupcake with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mini. (Different than a miniature.)

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It was pretty cool listening to people trying to figure out how I got the peanut butter cups inside!! 

Most everyone thought they would melt if I had baked them, so I must have cut the cupcakes and filled them after they were baked!

The secret’s out!!

Enjoy!!

Love, Lara

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