Summertime Sweets

Family Features | 5/6/2014, 10:24 a.m. | Updated on 5/6/2014, 10:24 a.m.
Cool down with a delicious ice cream treat. You can turn any summer day into a special occasion with a ...
Ice Cream Cupcakes

(Family Features) You can turn any summer day into a special occasion with a cool ice cream treat. From classic favorites to innovative new flavors, it only takes a scoop or two to bring out plenty of smiles.

For kids, summertime is about chilling out, and there’s no better way to enjoy this slowed down pace than with a refreshing, frosty treat. Celebrate birthday parties, holiday gatherings or days that end in “y” with special ice cream concoctions that are destined to create sweet memories.

Celebrate summer

Grab a spoon and dig into this sweet and scrumptious recipe. This treat pairs creamy Blue Bunny ice cream with the gooey goodness of freshly-baked chocolate cake.

For other great ideas to cool down your summer days and nights, visit www.BlueBunny.com.

Ice Cream Cupcakes

Yield: 18 to 20 cupcakes

Cupcake liners

1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup brewed coffee

1 container Blue Bunny Caramel Fudge Brownie Sundae, Vanilla or your favorite Blue Bunny flavor

Decorations (such as sprinkles, cupcake skewers, cherries)

To make cupcakes, preheat oven to 350°F. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add flour mixture, alternating with coffee. Beat until just incorporated. Fill cupcake liners about 1/3 full to allow for ice cream. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool. Using round ice cream scoop, scoop out rounds of ice cream and set on baking sheet in freezer. Once ice cream scoops are frozen, carefully place one into each cupcake and top with fun decorations.

Note: Though the recipe calls for brewed coffee, the cupcakes won’t take on its strong flavor.

Layer Up with a Topping Station

A topping station is the perfect activity for birthday parties or other kid-oriented summer celebrations. Just make sure the station is easily accessible — at their level — and place each topping in its own special bowl or serving dish along with a spoon. Also, be sure to label each topping in case anyone has a food allergy, especially when serving nuts and fruits.

The little ones will have a blast mixing different tastes for the perfect sweet combination. Here are some tasty topping ideas to take your ice cream topping bar to a whole new level:

Mini chocolate chips

Gummy bears

Chocolate candies

Strawberry slices

Pineapple chunks

Banana chunks

Chopped pecans, peanuts or almonds

Crushed cookies

Crushed mint candies

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