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Ice Cream Cupcakes

Baking can be a pain sometimes. The measurements have to be exact, technique should be on point and timing is everything. But sometimes all you wanna do is throw some stuff together and expect it to be magical -- no tireless measuring, no worries about over or under baking, just a straightforward recipe with no tricks and gimmicks. Enter: Ice Cream Cupcakes. 
My discovery of Rose Water happened while visiting a Lebanese bakery right down the street from our home called Fadia’s (who also have the best Baklava in town HANDS DOWN) -- and have been adding it to everything ever since. A few droplets in tea, a couple sprinkles on a fruit salad, and now used as the perfect compliment for this dreamy cupcake.
I made them miniature because they make me feel dainty and because it’s easier to reason with yourself about eating 4 miniature cupcakes instead of 4 regular cupcakes. But by all means, feel free to make them standard size -- simply just double the ice cream and number of vanilla wafers to 2 per cupcake and add a capful of rosewater to each cupcake until the wafers are almost thoroughly soaked.
-----------serving size: 24 miniature raspberry ice cream cupcakes or 12 standard sized cupcakes

  • 24 1 1/2 inch diameter foil lined cupcake liners
  • 24 vanilla wafers (round)
  • 1 bottle rose water (10 oz)
  • 2 pints vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries (set aside 12 for garnish)
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

The recipe is easy: line each mini cupcake liner with a vanilla wafer and add half a capful of rose water or until the wafer is thoroughly soaked. Place a couple of fresh raspberries in each liner then using a 1-TB scooper or a small spoon, fill each liner with a scoop of vanilla ice cream -- about ¾ full. Smooth out the surface using the back of a spoon and place in the freezer for at least an hour. Meanwhile, make the frosting. When ready to serve, simply frost using either a ziplock bag or icing bag and garnish with cookie crumbs and fresh raspberries.

For the frosting: In a small bowl beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. You can use an electric beater or by hand using a whisk. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth and gradually mix with the whipped cream by gently folding a little at a time until mixed thoroughly. Place into either a ziplock bag or a regular pastry bag -- you can be creative with your designs by using different tips. I was lazy and didn't use one at all :)

**I recommend using double lined cupcake cups as they can get a little messy when eating :) Here are the ones that I used.

**It's easier to let your ice cream slightly soften before placing into cupcake liners. That way it's easier to add the raspberries and flatten out the surface.

Ice Cream Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 75 mins
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 10
Ice Cream Cupcakes with fresh Raspberries, vanilla bean ice cream, a rose water crust and whipped cream cheese frosting.
Ingredients
  • 24 1.5 -inch diameter foil lined cupcake liners
  • 24 vanilla wafers (round)
  • 1 bottle rose water (10 oz)
  • 2 pints vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries (set aside 12 for garnish)
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. The recipe is easy: line each mini cupcake liner with a vanilla wafer and add half a capful of rose water or until the wafer is thoroughly soaked. Place a couple of fresh raspberries in each liner then using a 1-TB scooper or a small spoon, fill each liner with a scoop of vanilla ice cream -- about ¾ full. Smooth out the surface using the back of a spoon and place in the freezer for at least an hour. Meanwhile, make the frosting. When ready to serve, simply frost using either a ziplock bag or icing bag and garnish with cookie crumbs and fresh raspberries.
  2. For the frosting: In a small bowl beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. You can use an electric beater or by hand using a whisk. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth and gradually mix with the whipped cream by gently folding a little at a time until mixed thoroughly. Place into either a ziplock bag or a regular pastry bag -- you can be creative with your designs by using different tips. I was lazy and didn't use one at all :)
  3. **I recommend using double lined cupcake cups as they can get a little messy when eating :) Here are the ones that I used.

Electrolux #splits: Caramel Banana Split with Bourbon Praline Pecans

When Foodbuzz sent out an e-mail about supporting Ovarian Cancer Research, it really touched a special place in my heart  My late grandmother battled Ovarian Cancer and throughout her struggle we offered her endless love and support.  I miss her dearly and wish she were still here so I could've fed her this Banana Split:) (Love you nainai!)

Foodbuzz is offering to donate $50 for every banana split entry done by a Featured Publisher, so I knew I had to support the cause! The cause is run by Electrolux who has teamed up with Kelly Ripa to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research, you can find more information at Kelly's website here.

Ovarian cancer effects tens of thousands of women each year.  It is hard to say why one woman will be effected while another will not but there are certain risk factors.  Women who have family histories of cancer, personal history of cancer, menopause, any woman over 55 and those who have never been pregnant all pose as risk factors for ovarian cancer.  Therefore it is important to get annual exams at your gynecologist to ensure the health of your reproductive system.

So without further ado, here is my version of Banana Splits.  I decided to make some caramel from scratch and paired it with some bourbon praline pecans -- it's pretty much heaven in your mouth. :)

Ingredients for Bourbon Praline Pecans:

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

Grease two baking sheets; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in the sugars, then cream; cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 236F° (soft-ball stage), about 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat; stir in the pecan halves, chopped pecans and bourbon. Immediately drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Let stand until pralines are set and no longer glossy. Chop the pralines into small chunks using a large knife.  Store in an airtight container.

Ingredients for Caramel:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Few drops of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

In a small, deep saucepan, combine the sugar, water and lemon juice. Using a wet pastry brush, wash down the side of the saucepan. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat and cook without stirring, until the caramel just begins to color around the edges, about 5 minutes. Gently swirl the pan and simmer until the caramel turns a medium amber color, about 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Using a long-handled wooden spoon, stir in the heavy cream. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

Ingredients for Caramel Banana Split: (serves 2)

  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream (I like Haagen Daz)
  • 1 banana, halved vertically
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup caramel
  • 1/4 cup bourbon praline pecans

You can assemble your banana splits however you like!  I like to put my bananas down first, then place a couple scoops of ice cream on top.  Then I will top it with whipped cream and garnish with the pecans and drizzle GENEROUSLY with the caramel :) You can garnish with a cherry if you'd like, I'm not such a fan of Maraschino so I used fresh cherries!