Update 9/29/2021 – The Curious Creamery Ice Cream is no longer in business, so substitute your favorite Chocolate Ice Cream to create this Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Cups dessert.
Planning a party with cake and ice cream? Make it extra special, save money, and create a custom creation with The Curious Creamery Ice Cream Cake Mix – no ice cream maker required!
When it comes to ice cream, my kids can inhale tons of it. Ice cream is a year-round staple in our house, so when it was time for my daughter’s birthday, it was a menu requirement. But instead of plain ole’ ice cream and cake, we decided to combine the two into an indulgent gourmet Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Cups + a special cup for the birthday girl.
To make this sweet birthday treat, I used a NEW product called, The Curious Creamery Ice Cream Cake Mix that I found at Walmart in the Celebration aisle. The mix comes in two flavors – Sweet Cream and German Chocolate. Both flavors are free of preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, gluten, cholesterol, trans fats, and artificial colors or flavors! Each box even comes with two ice cream packets that can be used to create indulgent or calorie conscious ice cream flavors – you control the ‘mix-in’ ingredients. Cool, right?!
Oh, and did you happen to see the price of The Curious Creamery Ice Cream Cake Mix in the photo? I’ve paid over $30 for generic store bought ice cream cakes and even more for custom cakes. The affordable price of the Ice Cream Cake Mix gave me a lot of wiggle room to create the Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Cups and buy the items to create my daughter’s special birthday cup too!
Since my daughter wanted something chocolate, I opted for the German Chocolate mix. Although, the Sweet Cream mix might have made it into my shopping cart because I may want to make coffee ice cream for myself – can you blame a girl? Plus, while I was shopping at Walmart, I picked up all the other ingredients needed to make the Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream Cups (recipe below).
Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Cups
As soon as I got home, I was greeted by eager kids ready to create our gourmet ice cream. They loved the idea of making ice cream without an ice cream maker and to our surprise, the ‘magic’ happens almost instantaneously. We just added The Curious Creamery packet to our liquid and whipped it into a thick shake like consistency, which my kids would have been happy to drink if I didn’t stop them. Seriously, the ice cream mix tasted so good that we could have left it ‘as is’, but we were going for indulgence and something different.
Next, we folded in some pecans and toasted coconut to bring in the flavors found in German chocolate cake. Then, we spread the soft ice cream into a shallow pan to harden for an hour in the freezer.
Tip: It’s best to freeze the ice cream in a pan to make it easier to swirl in the fudge without mixing it completely into the ice cream.
After about an 1 – 1 1/2 hours, the mix had the consistency of soft serve ice cream. My daughter loves fudge, so we added swirls of chocolate fudge into the ice cream.
Tip: Place fudge into a plastic sandwich bag, snip off the tip and pipe onto the ice cream surface. Use a butter knife or chopstick to swirl the fudge into the ice cream. Do not over mix.
Then, we added pre-baked frozen chopped German chocolate cake to the ice cream mix and pushed each piece down until covered. Once all the mix-ins were added, we placed the tray back into the freezer to harden for 24 hours.
Tip: Freeze the cake before adding it to the ice cream to prevent crumbs throughout the mix.
When we were ready to serve dessert, we added chopped German chocolate cake to the bottom of a waffle cup and topped it with 3-4 small scoops (okay, they were big) of Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream – so good! But we were celebrating a birthday and the birthday girl got a special birthday ice cream cup. ↓↓↓
Birthday Girl German Chocolate Unicorn Fantasy Ice Cream Cake Cup
My daughter loves all things unicorn, so we created a German Chocolate Unicorn Fantasy Ice Cream Cake Cup. I’ve never been to a place where unicorn lives, but I imagine it would be somewhere in the clouds, be colorful, and full of candy. So of course, that’s what I created for her ice cream cup using confetti sprinkles, frosting, rainbow candy, and cotton candy – some of her favorite sweet things.
White cake frosting was piped onto the outside edge of the waffle cup and spread to 1/2″ wide band using a butter knife. To cover the frosting, I sprinkled confetti sprinkles all over it and then filled the inside with chopped German chocolate cake.
For the clouds and rainbow, I piped frosting onto the ice cream, added half a strip of rainbow candy, and added a few confetti sprinkles. To finish the birthday cup off, I added mini cotton candy straws (we have a cotton candy maker) for a fantasy look, but you can buy cotton candy and add it around the outside the bowl.
Tip: Any moisture will dissolve the cotton candy, so do not place it in the fridge or directly on the ice cream.
Doesn’t this colorful birthday cup make you smile?! My daughter had so much fun creating a custom Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream flavor for her birthday and enjoyed devouring her special birthday treat.
Update 9/29/2021 – The Curious Creamery Ice Cream Cake Mix is no longer available, so use a good chocolate ice to create this custom Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream.
- Chocolate Ice Cream (half of a standard 48 oz. carton)
- 1 box Fudge Chocolate Brownie mix, baked to box directions
- 1/4 cups chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup toasted shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup hot fudge
Fantasy Ice Cream Cup Decorations - Optional
- waffle cone cups
- 1 can vanilla frosting or your choice of frosting flavor
- 1 bottle confetti sprinkles or chocolate sprinkles
- 1 bag rainbow stripe candy strips
- Bake the brownie mix according to box directions. Set aside to completely cool. Cut half the brownies into 1/2" cubes, layer onto a tray, and place in the freezer to harden. Coconut - Place sweetened shredded coconut on a baking sheet and toast at 350ºF for 3-4 minutes or lightly crispy. Keep an eye on the coconut, DO NOT toast to a crispy brown. Set aside to cool.
- Remove ice cream and spread leave out for 15 minutes to soften. Fold in the toasted coconuts, 1 cup frozen brownies (add more if you like), and chopped pecans. If the ice cream is still to hard, let it soften until the add-ins can be easily mixed into it. Next, drizzle on hot fudge and use a butter knife tip to comb through the ice cream, keeping large sections of fudge in tact. Place the custom ice cream mix back into the freezer to harden. Serve in a waffle cup with more chopped German Chocolate pieces or create a Fantasy Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream Cup.
Fantasy Fudgy German Chocolate Ice Cream Cups
- Add frosting to a piping bag with a small star, round, or basket tip (really, any tip will do). Pipe frosting onto the outside edge of the waffle cup and use the tip of a butter knife to flatten and spread the frosting into a 1/2"-3/4" strip, wiping off excess frosting from the knife. Add confetti sprinkles into a large container. Grab handfuls of sprinkle and cover the waffle cup frosting. Lightly press the sprinkles into the frosting and shake off excess sprinkles.
- Add chopped brownies to cover the bottom of the waffle cup and place 3 scoops of ice cream on it. To create clouds, pipe frosting about 2" apart on the ice cream. Cut the rainbow candy strip in half and insert the ends into the frosting clouds. Add a few sprinkles on the clouds.
- Before mixing in the brownie pieces into the ice cream, freeze it to avoid crumbs in the ice cream.
- Spread ice cream into a tray to help incorporate ribbons of fudge without over mixing.
- For easier service, take ice cream and leftover frozen brownies out of the freezer for a few minutes to soften.
- Reserve any leftover brownies for toppings.