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Baked Alaska Cupcakes

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Baked Alaska Cupcakes!!!!Rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a scoop of ice cream and a cloud of toasted marshmallow meringue. Best. Dessert. Ever!!!!!

Every year for Christmas our family goes out to an incredible restaurant near Marshall, MI called Win Schulers. They have the most amazing prime rib…oh my.  Anyway, within a week of Christmas it is my birthday, my mom’s birthday and my sister-in-law’s birthday.  Schuler’s gives you a Baked Alaska for your birthday….so it’s a feast of Baked Alaska and it is SO good.  About 2 weeks ago I was craving it and suddenly was struck by the idea of making it in cupcake form.  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  Just go and make these.  Use your favorite ice cream.  You will love them…!

Baked Alaska Cupcakes!

Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed chocolate cake mix (plus the oil, water and eggs to make according to package)
  • One quart of your favorite ice cream (I used mint chip)
  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to box directions and divide equally into 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
  • Bake according to package.
  • Cool completely (I refrigerated mine to get them nice and cold before adding the ice cream)
  • While they are baking and cooling, make the marshmallow meringue (I got my recipe here)

(Don’t be afraid….I was afraid to try this, it sounded complicated, but it isn’t hard- it just takes time with a mixer in your hand if you are like me and not fortunate enough to have a stand mixer!  It is actually kind of fun!  Make sure your bowl and beaters are free of any oils.  I swiped mine with a little lemon juice 1st)

  • Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a medium heat-proof bowl that will set on the top of a sauce pan of boiling water without touching the water.  (I had to experiment a bit to find a good fit)
  • Bring water to a boil in the saucepan and set the bowl on top.
  • Whisk ingredients together for about 3-4 minutes.  Sugar will be dissolved and egg whites should be heated to 145F degrees.
  • Remove bowl from top of sauce pan and beat on low until the mixture thickens a little, then beat on high for about 10 minutes.  The meringue will become the most beautiful, white, glossy mixture.  It should form stiff peaks before you stop beating it.
  • Spoon all that wonderful marshmallow yumminess into a bag fitted with a decorating tip.
  • Assemble one cupcake at a time, and then pop it into the freezer immediately.
  • Take a cupcake, use a small cookie scoop or melon baller and place a scoop of ice cream in the center of the cupcake.  Pipe meringue all around it, being careful to seal up all the ice cream at the bottom and them working your way up to a swirled top!

Marshmallow Meringue!Marshmallow Meringue!Marshmallow Meringue!!

  • When all cupcakes are prepared and in the freezer, use a kitchen torch
    to toast the marshmallow just before serving.
  • These are best served within a couple of hours of making them.  

Since they are a fork-eating-cupcake anyway, I see no harm in adding hot fudge….

Baked Alaska Cupcakes!!My thoughts: I loved them.  They satisfied my craving for a baked Alaska plus they have the cute factor of a cupcake!  Fun, fun, FUN!!!!! Enjoy!!!  ~r

Baked Alaska Cupcakes!!!Other yummy cupcakes:

Peanut Butter Cupcakes!!Key Lime Cupcakes!Doughnut cupcakes!!Chocolate molten lava cupcakes

Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert

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This recipe is a classic family favorite.  It is one of my grandma’s recipes, and I say “one of” because my grandma is a treasure trove of recipes (especially desserts!)  My cousins and I joke about how many desserts show up at family gatherings.  The conversations go something like this:

“Oh no, we only have 8 desserts today…this could be a disaster.”

“There are 24 of us here…that means we can each only have 1/3 of a dessert.”

“I want to try a little of everything.”

“I get a third of that chocolate cake”

“There’s ice cream?  Does that count as a ninth dessert?”

This is nearly always one of the desserts at our family dinners.  It’s fabulous. Creamy and light and butterscotch-y…oh my.  You’ve got to try this one out with your family!

Heath Bar Dessert!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here you go: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 1 package (10 oz) Lorna Doone cookies, crushed (if you can’t get these specific cookies, use 2 cups of another brand of shortbread cookies)
  • 3 packages (3.4 oz) INSTANT vanilla pudding
  • 2 and 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 quart of butter pecan ice cream (softened)
  • 1 (8oz). Cool Whip
  • One bag of Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (or several crushed Heath bars)

DIRECTIONS:

Crust:

  • Combine  melted butter with crushed shortbread cookies and press into a 9″ by 13″ cake pan (I use glass)

Filling:

  • In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding and beat on high for about two minutes, until pudding becomes thick.
  • Add softened ice cream to pudding and stir by hand until well combined.
  • Pour over crust in pan.

Topping: 

  • Spread Cool Whip topping over the entire dessert.
  • Top this with desired amount of Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (I used the whole bag!!)
  • Cover dessert tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until serving.  Allow dessert to warm for several hours before serving.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: I love toffee and pecans and butterscotch and ice cream…this dessert just makes me smile.  It reminds me of family meals and laughter and love.  You can’t argue with a dessert that does that!  I hope you have a chance to try this recipe with your family!  Thanks for sharing your recipe grandma!  Love you!  ~r

Other yummy treats for your family:

German Chocolate Pie!Chocolate lava cupcakes!Peanut Butter Cup Layer CakePumpkin Roll

German Chocolate Pie

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German Chocolate Pie This rich chocolate pie is filled with creamy chocolate and coconut, and it is SO easy to make!

My apologies to those of you who have commented or asked questions here in the past few weeks~  the holidays got the better of me this year.  I got terribly sick on Christmas day and my sweet little Casper got sick a week later.  We are both still recovering, but SO much better!  As one of my friends said, “You can tell she’s really sick when she doesn’t even want to bake!”

Poor Casper in his cone of shame!

Poor Casper in his cone of shame!

This recipe just couldn’t be easier, and easy is what I needed this week!  Our family likes to eat at a wonderful Amish restaurant called Das Dutchmen Essenhaus and they have a german chocolate pie there that is AMAZING.  It is by far my favorite pie.  I’ve been looking for recipes that come close to recreating this pie and so far I’ve had no luck duplicating it.  This recipe is worth noting though, as it is easy and really yummy.  It is sooooo rich- serve it with ice cream or whipped topping, and in small slices.

(this slice is too big!!!)

(this slice is too big!!!)

INGREDIENTS: (recipe taken from here)

  • 1 8-ounce package Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 13-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/3 cups  shredded coconut
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell (you’ll need a deep-dish)
  • whipped cream or ice cream (optional, but this is so rich, you’ll need it)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  • In a saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over medium heat.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk, coconut, eggs and sugar. Stir until blended.
  • Pour into unbaked pie shell (I used a frozen one, and the filling came all the way up to the top!)
  • Set pie on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 400 deg oven for 30 -40min.
  • Cool or serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream or ice-cream.
  • Store in refrigerator.


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My thoughts:  A simple and delicious dessert, this is a great “need something at the last minute” recipe to have on hand.  Enjoy!!!! ~r

German Chocolate Pie!Other pie recipes you might enjoy from Easybaked: (click on the image to be taken to the recipe)

Peanut butter pieFruit Loop Pie!Blackberry Tart!Chocolate Pecan Tart

Peppermint Ice Cream Pie

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Creamy ice cream in a rich chocolate crust- a cold, refreshing and easy summer treat!

I love ice cream pie.  My mom has been making these since I was little.  It is less of a recipe and more of an idea because there is absolutely no baking involved.  By far, this is the easiest dessert ever posted on this blog.  Are you ready?

INGREDIENTS:

  • One half gallon of ice cream (any flavor- I used peppermint stick)
  • 2 pre-made chocolate graham cracker crusts.
  • One jar of hot fudge sauce
  • Cool Whip topping (if desired)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Spoon all of ice cream into a large bowl and mix until softened.
  • Divide the ice cream evenly between the 2 pie crusts, spreading it in evenly to fill each crust.

  • Cover and freeze overnight.
  • Top with drizzles of Hot fudge and some Cool Whip topping when you serve it!

My thoughts:  This is such an easy recipe to make ahead and keep in the freezer for a time when you need a dessert but don’t have time to make one.  Quick and easy and so refreshing and  yummy!  Enjoy!!!!!  -r

NOTE:  This recipe will be automatically posted for me as I will be out of the country for a few weeks.  I will be unable to answer your questions or respond to your comments during this time– my apologies ahead of time!  I will catch up with all of you when I return!  -r



Mango Smoothie Pops

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These creamy mango popsicles are filled with fun fruit and ice cream– a perfect summer treat!

A few weeks ago I shared a recipe from my travels to Mexico- Leche de Chocolate and this week I want to share another favorite with you.  One of my trips to Mexico involved 10 days of digging a foundation for a new church building in a little town in Sinoloa.  We used pick-axes to dig twelve 5-foot deep holes that eventually had cement footers poured into.  By noon it was over 120 degrees and one of our favorite treats was when the local kids would bring us “helados” or homemade fruit ice cream in plastic bags.  I was a little hesitant at first, but after I bit the corner off of the bag and had a taste, I was addicted!  SO refreshing and delicious!  I asked my friend Clarissa for the recipe and she graciously wrote it out for me:

I’ve made it many times since and it always makes me smile when I remember those long hot (incredibly fun!) days.

A few days ago I came across some really fun popsicle molds called Volcano Pops.  The centers of the popsicle can be filled with things and I just imagined the creamy mango pops filled with coconut, or ice cream or berries…..endless possibilities!  So I had to try them!  SO much fun!  Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of cubed fresh mango (about 2 medium mangos)
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1/4 c. sugar (use more or less depending on how sweet your fruit is)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Combine all of above ingredients in a blender (I used an Oster Smoothie MakerI got it for Christmas and I LOVE it– it makes smoothies right into a cute to-go cup.  These ingredients fit perfectly into the cup and made my clean up really easy!)
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into  popsicle molds (or into sandwich bags– then just knot the top) and freeze overnight.
  • Remove popsicles from mold (and fill if you used Volcano Pops) or clip a corner off the bag and ENJOY!

My thoughts:  Only one— the mango pop filled with vanilla bean ice cream?  Oh.  My. Word. 🙂

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Ice Cream Cake!!!

Easy and yummy- this ice cream cake will serve a ton of people and they will be so surprised that you didn’t get it at the store!  I just made it for a group of people and it easily served 18.  Quick– before summer is over– bring on the ICE CREAM!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10-12 ice cream sandwiches (any flavor- I used cookies and cream ones)
  • 2 half-gallon containers of ice cream (any flavor- pick ones that go well together!)- you will not use all of both flavors in this cake.
  • 2 jars of hot fudge sauce at room temperature
  • 1 package of Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 tub of Cool Whip

DIRECTIONS:

  • Line the sides of a 9-Inch Springform Pan
    with strips of parchment paper.  Use non-stick spray to hold the strips in place.


  • Cut ice cream bars into 4 like this: (YUM!!)

  • Place the cut bars along the edge of the spring form pan like this: 

  • Crush the Oreos in a plastic bag- or in a food processor.
  • Press 1/3 of the Oreo crumbs in the bottom of the pan.  
  • Spoon both jars of fudge into a large sturdy ziplock bag.  Clip the tip off and drizzle about 1/3 over the top.
  • Spoon softened ice cream (about 1/3 of tub) over layer. (I scoop ice cream into bowl and stir it until it’s smooth- like a thick shake– it’s easier to spread then.)  Repeat twice, reserving a few cookie crumbs and a little fudge for decorating.  (You will use one flavor of ice cream twice and one only once.)
  • Spoon Cool Whip over top, sprinkle with cookies and drizzle with fudge.  Chill immediately overnight.   
  • Before serving, remove outer ring of pan and peel away parchment paper.  Allow cake to sit at room temperature for a few minutes so it is easier to cut.


  • ENJOY!!!

My thoughts:  I love this recipe— I’ve made this cake many many times over the years- it is the perfect recipe for when you need to make something ahead of an event.  WORK FAST!!  Cut your ice cream sandwiches fast (I sometimes keep 1/2 of them in the freezer until the 1st half are cut)  Have everything ready and put it together quickly and get it in the freezer.  If you linger the ice cream will begin to drip from the bottom of the pan (which is still ok- just get it on a plate and into the freezer. )  You can freeze between layers if you want to take your time.  I just throw it all together at once and YUM!!! Hope you enjoy this summer treat!

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