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How To Decorate Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

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Hi friends, Summer is in full swing! What’s the best way to celebrate summer besides making these adorable ice cream sundae cupcakes for a birthday party? In this tutorial, I will show you how to decorate ice cream sundae cupcakes! As always, a short video is at the bottom for an easy visual aid.

You can make these cupcakes using any box mix or your favorite cupcake recipe. I added a doctored vanilla cupcake with a chocolate ganache recipe card at the bottom if you want to use it.

Would you rather opt for video tutorials instead of step-by-step instructions? We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive video tutorial that guides you through making ice cream sundae cupcakes.

How to make Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes Step by Step

Materials Needed

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Bake the cupcakes as directed and allow them to cool.

Step 2: Make vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream, and strawberry buttercream if desired. Another option is to make a large batch of vanilla buttercream (recipe below) and color them pink and brown with food gel coloring.

Step 3: Affix a disposable piping bag with a 2A piping tip and fill it with the white (vanilla) buttercream. Pipe a swirl on the top of the cupcake.

Step 4: Affix another disposable piping bag with a 1M piping tip and fill it with the pink (strawberry) buttercream. Start to pipe a swirl on the top of the cupcake.

Step 5: Affix another disposable piping bag with a 1M piping tip and fill it with the brown (chocolate) buttercream. Start to pipe a swirl on the top of the cupcake.

Step 6: Fill the chocolate ganache in a piping bag and slowly squeeze on the top of the cupcake.

Step 7: Continue to pipe ganache on the chocolate cupcake.

Step 8: Continue to pipe ganache on the strawberry (pink) cupcake.

Step 9: Place a maraschino cherry on the center of the cupcake.

Step 10: Add some nonparelis sprinkles on the top of each cupcake.

I hope you enjoy these fun ice cream cupcakes!


How To Make Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

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Easy Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

  • Author: Diana Yvette
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x




  • 1 box cake mix (Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker)
  • 1 cup milk (room temperature)
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 Large Eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla


  • 4 stick butter (2 Cup) (room temperature)
  • 7 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP of vanilla extract
  • 2 TSBP of heavy cream (add 1 more if needed)

Chocolate Ganache Filling

  • 1 cup (8oz) Chocolate Chips (found in the baking aisle)
  • Less than 1/2 cup (3 oz) Heavy Whipping Cream (room temperature)



  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put silver foil cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in a large bowl with a stand mixer or electric mixer at medium speed for approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the cupcake batter into the cupcake pans.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. It is ready when the toothpick has a few crumbs or is clean.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes. Place the cupcakes on the wire rack.
  7. Buttercream:
  8. Place the butter in the mixer with a paddle attachment.
  9. Whip the butter for a minute.
  10. Slowly add the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time).
  11. Add the heavy cream (add 1 more TBSP if it is too thick).
  12. Scrap the sides of the bowl.
  13. Whip for a few minutes to get it all mixed.
  14. Whip low speed for 10 minutes to eliminate air bubbles.
  15. To Make strawberry and chocolate buttercream, divide the buttercream into three bowls. Add approximately 1/4 cup of cocoa powder for the chocolate buttercream. Add some ground freeze-dried strawberries for the strawberry buttercream.

Chocolate Ganache Filling

  1. Place the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream in a microwave-safe bowl and mix.
  2. Microwave for 3o seconds and give it a good stir. If needed, microwave at 15-second intervals until all melted.
  3. Allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Place it into a disposable piping bag.

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