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Patriotic Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe

Patriotic Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe

These frosty cupcakes are practically a fireworks display on their own. The little treats feature red velvet cake, blue moon ice cream, a creamy white topping and star-spangled sprinkles. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 package red velvet cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/2 quarts blue moon ice cream, softened if necessary
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 36 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • 2. Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill prepared cups about one-third full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 11-14 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • 3. Working quickly, spread ice cream onto cupcakes. Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • 4. Place marshmallow creme in a large bowl. Add whipping cream; beat until blended and stiff peaks form. Pipe or spread over cupcakes. Decorate with sprinkles. Serve immediately or freeze until firm. Yield: 3 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: Blue moon ice cream may be substituted with vanilla ice cream tinted with blue food coloring.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 220 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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blaznpat User ID: 8786021 253399
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"What a hit! I used Vanilla ice cream instead, to get the RED WHITE AND BLUE EFFECT!"

hchambers User ID: 7140928 249691
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"These are a cute idea. I only filled the muffin pan about a quarter of the way to leave room for the ice cream. I also just tinted vanilla ice cream blue. My kids loved their little ice cream cakes."

djskm User ID: 1164468 229380
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"I used birthday cake ice cream and it worked great. Once it is softened and stirred together it is all blue. I agree, don't fill the muffin pans too full or there is no room for the ice cream."

spiker1 User ID: 264159 117184
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"Love it! So simple and cute."

sasamitch User ID: 4327567 169226
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"The recipe was good but they took a long time to make."

aed220 User ID: 4022958 169218
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"My family loved these!"

aiblins User ID: 2012088 189312
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"A little disappointed in the recipe. Like a lot of other people if I ever did it again I would only fill the cups about 1/4 full or so. Filling them half way I thought was too much, but considering it was my first time making cupcakes I figured since CW published the recipe they must of have tried it out first, and my cake mix only yielded 24 cups not 36 like it says. And my frosting didn't turn out at all, even after trying it twice. So I went and bought cream cheese frosting and put that on the cupcakes that I *didn't* try to put ice cream on."

carolyn5683 User ID: 3451718 105250
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"These were so good, that my daughter asked for them instead of cake for her birthday!"

rusty_angel User ID: 5000552 170529
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"This was a huge, huge hit when I made it for Memorial Day. Even my younger brother, who never eats dessert, had thirds and even fourths! Highly reccommended :)"

amhesmorrow User ID: 6757359 185961
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012


Angie1968 User ID: 2051856 103117
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"These were great! The first batch i put too much of the batter in, so I ended up scooping a hole out of the center to fill with Ice Cream. Couldn't find Blue Moo Ice Cream, so I tinted the ice cream with blue food coloring and it came out looking green cause I ran out of food coloring. Next time will be sure to have more than one tube of color. But over all, they were a hit for my friends and family on Memorial Day!"

jennybird20 User ID: 2313941 189308
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"Made this for 2 bridal showers. For one, the colors were yellow and gray, so I used yellow cake and Oreo ice cream. The other wedding was pink and black - devil's food cake and strawberry ice cream. Both combinations are great. You can use fancy cupcake papers to set any mood you want. I would tend not to use the red velvet cake or anything with artificial dye since almost all food additives are less than good for you and I might as well avoid as many as possible."

LaShayW User ID: 5970006 117183
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"wow it look goooooodddddddd"

workinmomTX User ID: 742853 105245
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"The idea of making these in an ice cream cone is a great idea! I need to read the reviews before I try the recipe."

workinmomTX User ID: 742853 103116
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"These cupcakes have potential, but there are a few things I would do different and will try again. I filled the liners with less than half of the cake batter and it was too much, didn't leave enough room for the ice cream. The 2nd batch, I just added a Tablespoon and a half. That worked better. I used homemade blueberry ice cream, which turned out purple in color,so I will use vanilla tinted next time. I made a few with plain vanilla for my son who doesn't like blueberry. The icing was wonderful, it pipes well. I will add a little vanilla to the icing next time. I also only used 3 1/2 cups of heavy cream because that is all I had. It still worked out nicely. As a matter of fact, my kids love whipped icing. I may use this icing to decorate cakes from now on. Also, plan this in advance, because it takes a lot of freezing time.Overall, I liked the recipe and will try again. You could be very creative with the kind of cake and ice cream you use."

thedore User ID: 4562465 187808
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"This was excellent. The only thing you have to do is only fill the cups a 1/4 of the way, you will get room for the ice cream. All of loved them, I am going to post this on my blog at That blog is only for favorite recipes, so check it out they are all GREAT.."

rmdesanto User ID: 3551793 211420
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"We are having company for the 4th of July and I decided to do this on a grander scale. I baked the cake in a giant silicone cupcake pan, which comes with top and bottom parts. I scooped the inside out of the baked top and bottom cakes and filled the hollow with vanilla bean ice cream. I put the parts together; wrapped them and popped the whole thing in the freezer. I am making the "frosting" as stated with additional vanilla flavoring and blue food coloring. My ice cream cupcake will be the center of attention topped with red, white and blue sprinkles for celebration time."

mstassi User ID: 2404860 105231
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"I am going to try this in a deep 11 x 15 pan to make it quicker and easier. I don't have access to the blue moon ice cream either, but food coloring is easy. Hopefully they will cut OK if I get it out of the freezer a bit before I want to serve it. Would also make a pretty trifle in a glass bowl."

eneloj User ID: 4770618 211419
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"This recipe was simple and taste great!! I only filled my cups about a 1/3 full with the cake batter, half full is a bit to much! so I ended up extra!"

jane428 User ID: 3835785 187807
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2009

"My icing did not work out. Don't know how you could mess it up? We still ate the cupcakes but I will not be making these again."

yazsmom User ID: 2160436 188812
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"I made these cupcakes for the 4th of July, as well. I was only able to add about 1 tablespoon of batter to the cupcake liner after filling the fist batch half full. The cakes rose too high to add the ice cream layer. I made one dozen with the ice cream layer and two dozen of the cakes without ice cream layer. I simply added blue food color to Vanilla Bean ice cream which has more flavor than regular vanilla. The frosting was very good and these tasted like mini-ice cream cakes! My family loves holiday treats and these were a perfect mix of ice cream and cake!"

pmikulenka User ID: 1698851 188811
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"I made these for a July 4th gathering. They were a big HIT! I used blue food coloring in vanilla ice cream. Great recipe!  P.S.  I also added a little clear vanilla flavoring in the whipped cream."

daniep User ID: 1656155 211418
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"These were a hit on the 4th! I would recommend taking them out of the freezer 5-10 minutes early for easier eating. We don't have Blue Moon ice cream here in the D.C. area, but Edy's made a limited edition vanilla with both rasberry and strawberry swirls that worked out very nicely - lacking blue food coloring, I added some of the blue sprinkles into the icing for a pale blue color then decorated the top with the blue sprinkles and also red/white/blue jimmies - they were very cute - and tasty!!"

patti68 User ID: 2685306 128144
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"I made them, the ice cream part was stressful and they tasted "okay" kind of a dsappointment because I thought it sounded great"

ericainiguez User ID: 3668822 188810
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"This are not very easy to make or tasty but they look pretty! I probably would not make these again."

smfeldner User ID: 3400556 117182
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"If you don't have access to Blue Moon ice cream, you could instead use vanilla ice cream and dye the whipped cream blue."

SFWife User ID: 3564894 117181
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"Blue Moon Ice Cream is almost exclusively available in the upper Midwest region...which is why so many of us have never heard of it.  ::sigh::

mkonk User ID: 179013 174585
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"I have never heard of "blue moon" ice cream. What is it?"

hgergen User ID: 3430233 186286
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2009

"It might be fun to make these cupcakes in an ice cream cone, so that people could eat them like a traditional cone but with a "surprise" in the middle."

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