Chocolate-Caramel Ice Cream Cupcakes


  • 15- to 16-oz. box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients indicated on box
  • 1 1/2 quarts caramel ice cream, such as Edy's Caramel Delight or Häagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche
  • 2.05-oz. caramel-nougat chocolate bars, such as Milky Way, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate jimmies, optional


  1. 1. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Prepare cupcakes using directions on cake mix box. Fill cups halfway. (Discard any leftover batter.) Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool on a wire rack.
  2. 2. Let ice cream soften slightly in a bowl. Fold in chocolate bars. Cover; freeze 1 hour.
  3. 3. Level cupcakes with a serrated knife. Put a scoop of ice cream on top of each cupcake; freeze until ice cream firms up but cake is still soft, about 30 minutes.
  4. 4. Whip cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Put a dollop on top of each cupcake. Drizzle with chocolate syrup; sprinkle with jimmies, if desired.