How To Make Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

I have been professing my love the past week over the amazing ice cream sundae cupcakes that I saw on Living Locurto for Teacher Appreciation week.  They were beyond adorable, and I had to try making them myself.   Well luck have it, they were pretty simple to make and ridiculously cute.   They appeared to be a big hit with the teachers and staff at my daughter’s school.   Want to try some yourself?

First, find yourself some cute little ice cream cups.   I purchased these and these from Sur La Table.    I’ve heard that you can find some at Michaels, and I’ve seen a few options on Amazon and Etsy.   After you’ve figured out the “which cute ice cream cup to use” issue, then whip up some of your favorite cupcakes.   Let them cool ( you can bake them a day ahead even).   Then pop them into the ice cream cups…

I altered Amy’s recipe for frosting.  I found that I needed a bit more then her recipe called for, plus I like a bit of salt in mine.  Here’s what I used…

  • 3  sticks butter, softened
  • 6  cups powdered sugar
  • 1  tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Combine butter, vanilla and milk until well blended and smooth in your mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar and salt, and mix on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for a minute or two, until fully combined and fluffy. Place frosting in the refrigerator for an hour to chill.    If you are pressed for time, 20 minutes in the freezer works just as well.

While you are waiting for the frosting to chill, you can print off some free printable gift tags that are made to match the Sur La Table ice cream cups.

You can use the wooden spoons that come with the ice cream cups to make little banners to put into your cupcakes.   While I’m sure there are lots of great ways to use scrapbooking supplies and what not for this, honestly I’m doing good if I have ink in my printer and can find scissors, so here is how I did it…

Cut out your banners, and fold them in half.   I then simply put two rolled up pieces of tape on the wooden spoon, and attached it to the banner.

Fold the paper together and attach one more piece of tape…

And your cute little banner flag is made!

Remove the frosting from the refrigerator and spoon it on top of cupcakes.   I found that using a cookie dough scoop worked best (I tried a spoon, and an ice cream scoop, and didn’t get the results I wanted).   Also grab some sprinkles and something to use as your “cherry on top” of the sundae.   The first time I made them, I used red peanut M&M’s, because I’ll be darned if I couldn’t find gumballs.   After using up my red peanut M&M’s, I planned to move to yellow, but then remembered I had some plain red M&M’s, and they got the job.

Scoop out a generous portion of frosting…

And put it on top of your cupcake…

Next, melt some melting chocolates.   I used the Wiltons, but Candiquik also works great.   Melting chocolate chips will not bring the same results, so make sure you use a melting chocolate or almond bark, such as the Wiltons or Candiquick.  My local Walmart carries both.   Once your chocolate is melted, let it cool for a minute or two.  Then spoon it on to your frosting…

Add your sprinkles and top with whatever you are using for a cherry…

Now insert your wooden spoon / flag / banner type thing and you’re done!

Tomorrow I will show how I packed them up with cellophane to take to school.   Because the ice cream cups aren’t that cheap (or easy to find locally) I only used those for the ones that would be gifts, but they are just as cute without the ice cream cups…

I’m so in love with these!  The best part, they taste SO good.  The frosting is divine, and putting a chocolate coating on frosting?  BRILLIANT.   Have fun, and don’t forget you can download the free printables to use with them.   Enjoy!



  1. Lisa says

    These are really cute. I like the idea of putting a scoop of frosting on top instead of spreading it on. This way is faster. And I’m lazy. So the scooper work for me!

  2. Vanessa Webb says

    I can’t have all of the sugar that is in frosting so I think I will use an angel food cake/white cake and scoop the ‘ice cream’ from the white cake and see if that does the trick. I LOVE this…thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration!

  3. says

    Gosh, wouldn’t anyone feel VERY appreciated receiving one of these little beauties!!
    Delcious, thanks for such a sweet and lovely idea

  4. Evelyn says

    These are so cute!!! Will the chocolate and frosting on the cupcakes melt if you leave them on the counter till the next day or do you need to refridgerate the decorated cupcakes?

  5. says

    These are so fun. I want to pick up the phone call all of my 4 year old’s friends parents and invite them over for an impromptu “sundae” party. I need an excuse to make these asap!

  6. says

    When I first saw these I thought there was actually a scoop of ice cream on top (like a mini ice cream cake but in cup cake form…hmmm cute idea) but when I saw that it was frosting I was even more excited! (I’m the type of person that likes a little cupcake on my frosting.) Anyways, these turned out fabulous, awesome job!

  7. says

    I wish I had found this last week before I made my rootbeer float cupcakes! I had seen the “ice cream scoop” frosting before on Cake Boss but noticed they had some trouble with “melting”… did your scoops hold their shape the whole time until they got eaten 😀 ?

    So cute I will have to try these!!


  8. says

    Oh wow these are sooo cute!! What a great idea, especially for kids! I’m absolutely in LOVE with your site, so glad to be your newest follower!! :)

  9. Bob says

    Brilliant, pure genius! I’ll have to have a go at these,although i am rubbish at decorating. Have you got any tips on decorating??? 😛


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