Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Frosting

These cupcakes replicate my favorite ice cream sundae….i cream drenched in caramel sauce, topped with a few nuts.  I used a chocolate cake mix and a caramel cream frosting (it’s to die for!) and sandwiched a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in between.  

The possibilities with these are endless.  Use your favorite cupcake, any flavor of ice cream, and top it with any flavor of frosting or whipping cream.  Add some sliced bananas, a cherry or two, or even a drizzle of chocolate fudge sauce.  Get creative and turn your cupcakes into your favorite ice cream sundae!

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Frosting
1 box chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil, and eggs package calls for)
1 recipe Caramel Cream Frosting (recipe below)
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1-2 (1.75 qt) containers of vanilla ice cream (depending on how big your scoops are)
Prepare cake mix according to box directions.  Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners and bake according to package directions.  Let cool completely.
Pipe with Caramel Cream Frosting (recipe below) and top with chopped nuts (or any other topping you like).
With a knife, slice the cupcake tops off of each cupcake, cutting right above the cupcake liner.
Place a scoop of ice cream on top of each cupcake bottom and place the cupcake top on top of the scoop of ice cream.  Work quickly so the ice cream doesn’t melt.  You can also move them to the freezer to keep from melting until ready to serve.
Serve immediately.
**You don’t want to make these ahead of time and store in the freezer for more than 30 minutes. From my experience, the exposed ice cream tends to get a bit freezer burnt and the caramel cream frosting is much better fresh!
Caramel Cream Frosting
4 Tbs. butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
 2-3 Tbs. whole milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Place butter and brown sugars in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Stir and cook the mixture until it comes to a boil.
Add milk and bring the mixture back to a boil, stirring constantly.
Remove pan from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.
Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.  Frosting will harden when cooled completely.

Caramel Cream Frosting from 101 Gourmet Cupcakes by Wendy Paul
Makes 24


  1. This is so creative, and beautiful. I’ll definitely be trying it soon!

  2. claire May 2, 2011

    cutest thing i have seen in a long time! i would give my right arm for one right now!

  3. Muncher Cruncher May 2, 2011

    Are you kidding me? Yes please. That is both cute and delicious, and that caramel frosting looks amazing. Yum. Yum. Yum. Love you girl! xoxoxo

  4. AH these look too good to be true…unbelievably decadent I am sure. I love the idea of caramel frosting :-)

  5. Becca May 3, 2011

    Wow, the frosting looks so delicious, and that’s saying something, since I’m not a frosting person.

  6. Brit May 4, 2011

    I was just eating an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins and I was thinking that I really need to make an ice cream cake. Ice cream cupcakes sound even better, and cuter of course!

  7. Congratulations, your sundae cupcakes made this week’s top hits @ Thanks for sharing such a delicious post!

  8. Jami May 4, 2011

    These look crazy good! I saw you over at singing with birds. Would love for you to share these at the Tuesday To Do Party…there’s still time!


  9. Brandy J. May 4, 2011

    I just found your blog and am your newest follower. These cupcakes look AMAZING! Thanks for creating such a fab blog full of inspiration.

  10. GardenofDaisies May 4, 2011

    These look absolutely delicious!!!

  11. foodies at home May 5, 2011

    Brilliant! So many combinations and such a cute new twist on a two classic desserts!

  12. Maija-Liisa May 5, 2011

    The frosting is delish! I used it sans i.c. today for kids cupcakes for school! Thank you for sharing this. I found you on

  13. PartyMom May 5, 2011

    Yum! Who needs to deal with scooping ice cream next to cake, when you can just have it scooped right inside! What a great idea!

  14. These look divine! Thanks for the recipe!

    Would love for you to join my linky party! :)

  15. Jami May 9, 2011

    Your cupcakes looks so YUMMY! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! They were featured as a LIST MAKER today. Feel free to stop by and grab a List Maker button!
    Can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  16. Kathryn May 9, 2011

    These look awesome! So cute and so delicious! Please share this with our readers by linking it up at Muffin Monday. Thanks!

  17. Inga´s Haven May 10, 2011

    mmmmmm.. that looks so good 😀 I will try this one day

  18. Amanda May 11, 2011

    You were featured at Today’s Top 20! Hooray!!


  19. YUM! These look delicious! I want one now. :)

    I ♥ Nap Time

  20. These look sinfully good! I’ll take three, please. 😉


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