Red Velvet Ice Cream Cupcakes


Red Velvet Ice Cream atop a Red Velvet Cupcake

Hi folks.

Today is a very special day. We are celebrating Megan Pence’s upcoming wedding by throwing her a virtual surprise bridal shower. A group of bloggers got together to show Megan just how much we love her. I am so honoured to be included as I adore Megan to bits. Most of you know her as the gal behind the fabulous blog Wanna Be A Country Cleaver. She is down to earth and super sweet. She’s also witty, talented, adorable, sassy and smart. I mean any gal who loves red velvet as much as me has to be a keeper. I am so incredibly happy for Megan and Ben. Finding your soul mate and starting your life together is such an amazing adventure. As my hubs and I near our 20 year anniversary this month I’ll offer a small bit of advice. Are you ready for it Megan? Here it is… the secret to a happy marriage… and a happy life… “Don’t take advice from other people”. Honestly, people mean well but my best advice is to live your life for you and Ben, and to hell with what anyone else thinks or says. It’s you two in it together, so the only thing that matters is the two of you. I wish you both a happy and long life together, enjoy every single minute of it.

red velvet ice cream

When I got the email asking what I’d like to bring I knew immediately it had to be red velvet in some form. I’d been toying with an ice cream recipe for a while. I wanted it to be red velvet and taste like cake without having the cake chopped up inside. I wanted to put the ice cream on top of cupcakes so I did not want a double hit of actual cake in this dessert. So I decided to use the batter from a cake mix to add that cake taste without baking a cake and chopping it all up to put inside. Were you starting to wonder how many times I could say cake in one sentence? Apparently a lot! I also wanted the ice cream to be a pure red without any other colour inside. So this was my solution. I’ve done cake batter ice cream before so I knew it was possible. Imagine my surprise when I happened upon an actual Red Velvet box cake mix. I went in to the store thinking along the lines of Devil’s Food. So I was pleasantly surprised to find out Duncan Hines carries a red velvet cake mix. I also decided to try it out and make cupcakes with it. My original plan was to make the cupcakes from scratch. I’ve made red velvet ones a gazillion times. But anyone who reads my blog regularly knows we are swamped with some crazy “life stuff” right  now. So cutting a corner on the cupcake prep was the way to go. Hopefully Megan will forgive me for not going homemade on the cupcakes. Hopefully this gorgeous ice cream more than makes up for it. Hope you like it Megan. This one’s for you!

red velvet ice cream


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Red Velvet Ice Cream Cupcakes
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How to dress up cupcakes by turning them into Ice Cream Cupcakes topped with Homemade Red Velvet Ice Cream!
Recipe type: dessert, ice cream
Serves: yields 5 cups
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup vanilla or plain sugar
  • Pinch of vanilla salt of plain salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups dry red velvet cake mix
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 to 5 teaspoons Wilton Red No Taste Icing Colour (the gel is the best for red velvet and use your own judgement on how much. Some people don't do well with a ton of food colouring so this is a personal decision.)
Make Red Velvet Cupcakes ahead of time. I used Duncan Hines Red Velvet.
For the Red Velvet Ice Cream:
  1. In a stand mixer, combine your whole milk, sugar, and salt. Mix until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Now add the heavy cream, cake mix, cocoa powder and vanilla. Mix until creamy.
  3. Add the food colouring. Start small and work towards the colour you want. You can always add more but you can't subtract once it's in there. Colour with caution folks.
  4. Mix well, being careful to start slow and not shoot red colouring everywhere. Not that this happened to anyone we know or anything.
  5. Cover bowl and place in fridge for at least 1 hour. I left mine in overnight to age the mixture well. Some ice creams do really well if you leave them in there longer. This is one of them.
  6. Remove from fridge, transfer mixture to a frozen ice cream machine bowl.
  7. Place the mixer inside, pop the top on and give it a whir. Let it churn for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Pop it in your freezer until solid. Again I find the overnight method works well here. Gives it enough time to really firm up.
  9. Once it's solid you can now place one scoop of ice cream on each cupcake.
  10. For those who are just chomping at the bit to pick it up and try to eat it like an actual cupcake, well, don't do that sillypants. You will make a red velvet mess and make your family think something horrid happened while they were gone. Not that it happened to anyone we know.
  11. Serve immediately...on a plate...for realz....sillypants.
  12. Enjoy with a big old red toothed smile!
If serving these at an actual shower here's how to handle this. Do up your scoops of ice cream prior to the event. You can scoop each one, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it on a cookie sheet. Cover that up with more plastic wrap. Make your cupcakes ahead of time. Once you are ready to serve them, simply unwrap the ice cream scoops and place on top of the cupcakes. If you want to make sure the ice cream does not slide off, I suggest placing a dot of frosting between the cupcake and the ice cream. It will make it stay put. Do not freak out after eating this much red dye. You are not dying. Trust me!

red velvet ice cream

I used my Homemade Vanilla for this but use whatever kind you like. I also used my own Vanilla Sugar and Vanilla Salt in it. You can use just plain old sugar and salt if you like. No judgement here. I mean I did just cut corners and use boxed (gasps) cupcake mix for this.

Red Velvet Ice Cream

If you don’t like cupcakes you can just make the ice cream!

Red Velvet Ice Cream

I mean who can resist a nice cold, dripping ice cream cone on a hot day!

I encourage you all to visit the other lovely bloggers celebrating Megan’s shower. Here’s the menu for today’s festivities:


Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet brought Deviled Eggs- 3 Ways

Gina from Running to the Kitchen brought Cheesy Edamame Crostini

Kirsten from Comfortably Domestic brought Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Puffs

Tina from My Life as a Mrs. brought Easy Bacon Cream Cheese Roll -Ups

Rachel from Baked by Rachel brought Sausage and Red Pepper Stuffed Mushrooms

Alison from Decadent Philistines Save the World brought Retro Cheese Cookies


Laurie from Simply Scratch brought Blueberry Lemon Spritzers 

Cassie from Bake Your Day brought Lemon-Berry Granita with Balsamic and Basil


Michelle from A Recipe Junkie brought Fresh Melon & Crispy Proscuitto Salad

Jeanne from Inside NanaBread’s Head brought Greek Salmon Wraps


Kathryn from London Bakes brought Eton Mess Shooters

Julie from Table for Two brought Mini Cherry Pies

Lauren from Lauren’s Latest brought Summer Strawberry Jello Pie

Kat from Tenaciously Yours brought Good For You Bars

Mads from La Petite Pancake brought Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Megan I wish you and Ben a lifetime of happiness. It’s a pleasure to celebrate this day with you and all the other wonderful bloggers who participated in today’s surprise party. I had so much fun whipping this up for you, and well, eating it on your behalf. It was a huge sacrifice to have to eat 2 of these things, but that’s how much I love you girl. I might even love you enough to eat one for each of us today. Now that’s dedication and loyalty. Fist bump!

Red Velvet Ice Cream

I also have another little surprise for Megan. I am going to Mixed this fall so we finally get to meet in person. I am so excited to finally get to meet the gal who brightens up my days and makes me smile with her sharp wit. Look forward to seeing you there.

Toodles and smoochies! xx


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  1. 1

    Gorgeous ice cream. As a red freak, I adore anything that color….including my food. What a happy occasion to make these treats. My best to the bride and groom.

    • 2

      Thanks so much Kristen. I love the colour too, I painted my basement red, and my blog room is burgandy. Love red so much.

  2. 3

    Virtual parties are the best, this is such a cute gesture!!! Your addition looks incredible my friend, so tasty and beautiful!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • 4

      They are so much fun to participate in. I had a blast and loved doing this. Thanks for visiting. We need to keep in touch sans foodbuzz my dear. I do not want to lose track of one another. xx

  3. 5

    This is an incredible idea, never seen any like this before!

    • 6

      Thanks so much. I saw ice cream cupcakes in a fashion magazine ad of all places awhile ago and it stuck with me. I don’t think they did red velvet but tons of others. Would be so cute with some crazy flavours for a kids party. The possibilities are endless.

  4. 7

    Oh.My.Word. This is awesome! Megan’s totally gonna love this!

  5. 9

    Yummy and fun.

  6. 11

    What a fun thing to do for Megan. I’m sure she would have loved those cupcakes. Red velvet cake from scratch is something I just haven’t tried yet, but I need to at some point. I’m loving the idea of the ice cream topping. It looks amazing.

    • 12

      Red Velvet from scratch is pretty easy if you aren’t paranoid about the colouring. Some folks don’t do well with it though. I know some people use beets but to me that’s just a tad gross. I want chocolate flavoured, not beet flavoured ice cream and cupcakes. I’ve done red velvet cupcakes a few times now, the key is the vinegar I think. Helps the colour stay bright. Of course I did not put it in the ice cream cuz, um, gross.

  7. 13

    I love that you made red velvet. Megan’s going to love it! Such a shame that we don’t all live closer. I’m sure most of us would have been more than happy to help you put these babies down. It might not have been pretty, but it would have been a lot of fun. Cheers to Megan & Ben, and congrats to your and your spouse for your upcoming 20th anniversary!

    • 14

      Thanks, I figured she would get a kick out the red velvet. I wish the same, would have been fun to do this in person. And thank you, oddly he’s working out of town that day and I’ll be a road trip across Canada for a week without him. Apparently we will be celebrating late. Our anni is also his birthday so he’s going to be doubly bummed to be out of town that day.

  8. 15

    Awwwww yay a wedding!! I love your “advice” :P

    These are so cool! Very different but suuuper tasty-looking!

    • 16

      Thanks so much. I wanted to think outside the box a bit. But then got crazed and had to use a box for the cupcakes. The irony.

  9. 17

    I love virtual parties. Only problem is virtually eating the goods is a bummer! I want the real thing! ;-) These look wonderful. Love the color!

    • 18

      I feel the same way. But this time it was cool cuz I got to eat up the goodies. That should be a problem but for me it’s a perk. Lol.

  10. 19

    Miss Kim, you are a genius. Love these cupcakes, but love your advice to Megan and Ben even more.

    • 20

      Thanks so much Kels. I had a blast making this. And thanks, honestly the best marriage and baby advice I can give anyone is to not listen to advice from everyone. I think those things have to come from your gut instincts. Then you always know the right way to do it. The perks of being older and having lived through a lot is hindsight. It’s amazing and always comes too late in life.

  11. 21

    W-O-W! Just when I thought Red Velvet Cake couldn’t get any better, you go and make Red Velvet Ice Cream to scoop on top of it. Genius, KimBee! Megan will love this!

    • 22

      Thanks so much Kirsten. I was trying to come up with something red velvet unique which is hard to do. So many lovers of it, so many recipes out there. This was so much fun.

  12. 23

    Oh My Gosh!! I can’t stop drooling Kim. o.O Red Velvet – you know the key to my heart! And I think your advice has been the best I’ve yet to receive. haha Perfection all around. Thank you a million times over. XOXOXO!!

    • 24

      Thanks so much Megan. I knew you loved Red Velvet so I just kind of went for it.

      Awe I am so glad you liked the advice. I swear it applies to marriage and kids. Listen to people then forget what they said and do what you heart says. It never steers you wrong.

      Much happiness my dear. I am so thrilled for you. Was a pleasure to be involved in this. Cannot wait to meet you in person in November. xx

  13. 25

    These are gorgeous and look delicious! How sweet of y’all to throw her a party!

  14. 27

    Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a red velvet dessert look so beautifully red. These are gorgeous! It’s great to know there’s an easy solution to making them ahead of time too.

    • 28

      Awe thanks so much. I went a bit nuts on the food colouring but I was determined to nail the colour I wanted. I am doing these up for an event I have this month. So I needed to know how to do it without it melting into a puddle or sticking to each other.

  15. 29

    Wow this is so sweet! I really love food bloggers because they are filled with love and care for others. I love your creation Kim! I’ve never seen ice cream cupcakes! I loooove red velvet too! Congrats to Megan and Ben!

    • 30

      Thanks so much Nami. I had so much fun doing it. Megan is a total sweetheart and I can’t wait to meet her this fall. All hail red velvet. It’s so classic right. I just love the look of it. And it’s chocolate so I can eat it with a shovel really.

  16. 31

    What if I were to trade you a few bowls of Confetti Corn with Bacon for, say, nine dozen of these bad boys?

    • 32

      I think we have a deal Kelly. I’ll even throw in an extra dozen cuz I adore you. I just got your book from amazon and am set to start it next week. Trying to finish up Plate to Pixel first. Got my highlighter all ready to go for yours. So many things I still need to learn. Thanks for stopping by. xx

  17. 33

    These are just incredible! I love them for the shower, perfect addition!

  18. 35

    Can I just say – YES PLEASE? These look so awesome. LOVE.


  19. 37

    oh yum! look at that red velvet lava of deliciousness!! Thanks for participating :) :)

    • 38

      Thanks so much Julie. I am so thrilled to join you ladies in doing this for Megan. She’s such a sweetheart. Thanks for all your hard work on this Julie. You are amazing.

  20. 39

    How fun!! I haven’t made red velvet anything yet.

    • 40

      Thanks Rachel. It’s just good fun to do red velvet. It’s easier than people think. I’m addicted to it.

  21. 41

    Oh my goodness Kim, my jaw just dropped. These look so incredible, why are you not my neighbor? Can’t wait to try some of this. Thanks for helping to give Megan a great shower!

    • 42

      Lol, thanks Cassie. I need to pop up some better photos. I’m not crazy about these ones. I’m just struggling to stay awake today. We should be neighbours. I would love that. Thanks so much for inviting me to join you ladies. And thanks for all your hard work.

      You must try the ice cream. It’s freaking incredible.

  22. 43

    What a fun idea to have a virtual bridal shower! These cupcakes are super-creative, and you managed to get the exact right shade of red for red velvet–always a challenge!

    • 44

      It is such a cute idea. So glad the ladies invited me to join them.

      Thanks so much. I was obsessed with getting this right. I love red velvet so it’s always fun to goof around with recipes for it.

  23. 45

    Wow.. this looks fantastic. I was in such a rush to get over here when I saw red velvet that I missed the part about the ice cream. Wow… to that idea!! Well done ladies. :)

    • 46

      Thanks Ramona. It was something I’d been wanting to do for eons. Red velvet is amazing. This was so much fun.

  24. 47

    Love the ice cream on a cupcake! Love the polka dot liners! Love the event!

  25. 49

    what a sweet virtual bridal shower! the collection of recipes is spectacular! and your red velvet ice cream cupcakes look gorgeous!

  26. 51

    What a wonderful idea! Oh, and I’m so making these cupcakes! :)

  27. 53

    Whoa! That looks amazing…the color is just SO rich!

    • 54

      Thanks so much. I really had to work hard for that red. I swear the gel colours work SO much better.

  28. 55

    Great idea – not so much washing up to do after a virtual party ;) I like your very sensible advice to the happy couple. Incredible colour on those imaginative cupcakes.

    • 56

      I know right. It’s a brilliant idea. Thanks, after 20 years with my hubby you sort of learn some stuff. One is never to listen to others. Lol. Thanks for that. I have been tweaking the perfect RV colour for months now. It’s takes some trial and error to get the hang of red velvet I think. It’s so fun though.

  29. 57

    Virtual parties are fun, and you guys are so sweet to put this together! I just love the color of your cupcakes, never knew a thing like ice cream with a cake mix existed! Great and intriguing recipe.

    • 58

      Thanks so much. I had seen an ad eons ago in a fashion mag that had ice cream cupcakes in it, and it sort of stuck in my brain. No recipes, just some flavour ideas. Like corn, which would be weird. I’m more a sweet, traditionalist when it comes to ice cream.

  30. 59

    Red velvet. Ice Cream. Yep, I would like these for sure.

  31. 61

    WAIT DID YOU JUST!!! holy red velvet, yes you did. My weakness.

  32. 63

    This red velvet on red velvet monster is innovation of the highest order!

    You know what they say,..Necessity is the mother of invention. To that end…

    The idea of mixing cake mix into the ice cream is nothing short of genius, lady! I majorly despise having bits of cake in ice creams because it never tastes fresh or even really like cake for that matter.

    • 64

      Awe thanks so much. You are so sweet. I really had fun with this. I just wish the house had been cooler so I could get better shots.

  33. 65

    What a creative idea! I love the deep red colour..awesome!

  34. 67

    Looks delicious and I love the color!

  35. 69

    I’m pretty sure that is the best wedding advice that I’ve ever heard!! I am a total red velvet addict and am totally loving this. Awesome!

    • 70

      Thanks so much Deborah. I swear I learned a long time ago not to listen to marriage or child rearing advice. People mean well but personally I think we all know the right thing deep down.

      Thanks. I love red velvet too. It’s just so yummy.

  36. 71

    We missed the shower and so sorry we did not know about it sooner! We love Megan and consider her a good friend! Love all the recipes and of course wish Megan and Ben a lovely, lovely wedding day!
    Hugs and kisses Megan! S and D

    • 72

      Bummer, would have been fun to have you. Megan is such a sweetie. I love her wit. Thanks so much for visiting. xx

  37. 73

    colourful dessert looks wonderful lovely pictures

  38. 75

    Congrats Megan.
    Fabulous Bridal Shower Menu!
    And the cupcakes are crazy good…cool pics too.

    • 76

      Thank you Lori Lynn. I loved being involved and any chance to make red velvet is a good day in my book.

  39. 77

    Woah, these cupcakes are incredible! Love them!

  40. 79

    I like that you just called me sillypants.

    Also that is the most gorgeous ice cream I’ve ever seen. And I forgive you for using a mix. I mean, you already had it. But I think the drippy ice cream cone is my favorite.

    • 80

      I am so happy you liked it sillypants. I love sillypants who appreciate being called sillypants.

      I was so worried about the pics. It was so freaking hot here that day and I had the oven on so I could not get a shot without it looking all melty.

  41. 81

    these are such a fun treat! yum!

  42. 83

    This are cupcakes of fun-yummy-indulgent ice cream. I probably won’t stop eating these cakes once I started. Oh my goodness! I hope you are having an enjoyable week, Kim!

  43. 84

    You’ve done it again!!! What a gorgeous ice cream!!!! Perfect topper for a red velvet cupcake…and so wonderful for this virtual shower :)

  44. 86

    O.M.G. Can I move in with you?!!!

  45. 88

    Holy Guacamole. Yup, pinning this. You’re wonderful. Seriously, that picture of the dripping ice cream cone. YUM!!!

  46. 90
    shirley cheeseman says:

    Wow cool i would never thought of that il.have to try.them.

    • 91

      Thanks so much Shirley. Let me know how you like it. Every dye is a bit different so just play around till you get it the way you want. I find when you use cocoa with it that the red goes a nice deep red.

  47. 92

    Okay seriously those look freaking delicious!!!! The picture alone has me drooling, and trying to grab one through the computer screen:-) What a lovely treat to make for a bridal shower! Hugs, Terra

  48. 94

    Coming in a bit late here but just wanted to say that ice cream is super over the top. Totally gorgeous looking but doesn’t it leave you with a red mouth? I have never tried red velvet anything as it seems to be an American thing. Just wondering about the after effects.

    • 95

      Thanks so much. I seem to excel at over the top, lol. It totally does, but I have a wicked sense of humour so it’s half the fun!!!

  49. 96

    OH MY!!! The idea of red velvet ice cream sounds heavenly!!! Gorgeous pictures, K!

  50. 98

    What a great occasion and fantastic cupcakes!

  51. 100

    Aww this is the best idea! Both the shower and the cupcakes :) Congratulations Megan!

  52. 102

    I like your advice, but I like your cupcakes better :)

  53. 103

    Oh, wow!! These cupcakes and ice cream are so amazing! I love those drippy ice cream cones! Awesome!!!

  54. 104

    Congratulations to Megan! She should legitimately serve these at her wedding because they look AMAZING. I’m upset I didn’t think of it myself!

  55. 105
    Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Your own vanilla sugar and vanilla salt-I want some! Love this idea. I never had it and love the way you think:)So wonderful for your friend Megan’s virtual shower-congrats to Megan! :)xx

  56. 106

    What a fun party and what a irresistible cupcake! I’m so jealous of all the people that got to eat these! I want one! :) Love you advice about not taking other people’s advice! Whatever is right for you is the way to live!

  57. 107

    These cupcakes are absolutely amazing! I’m delighted with them! I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.


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