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How to dress up cupcakes by turning them into Ice Cream Cupcakes topped with Homemade Red Velvet Ice Cream!
Author: Cravings of a Lunatic


  • 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:

    • In a stand mixer, combine your whole milk, sugar, and salt. Mix until sugar is dissolved.
    • Now add the heavy cream, cake mix, cocoa powder and vanilla. Mix until creamy.
    • 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.
    • Mix well, being careful to start slow and not shoot red colouring everywhere. Not that this happened to anyone we know or anything.
    • 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.
    • Remove from fridge, transfer mixture to a frozen ice cream machine bowl.
    • Place the mixer inside, pop the top on and give it a whir. Let it churn for about 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Pop it in your freezer until solid. Again I find the overnight method works well here. Gives it enough time to really firm up.
    • Once it's solid you can now place one scoop of ice cream on each cupcake.
    • 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.
    • Serve immediately...on a plate...for realz....sillypants.
    • 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!