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Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes in a Jar

By Kelsey Banfield |

Hot fudge CupcakesIt doesn’t take much to draw my daughter to a cupcake. She’ll eat just about any kind of cake with icing on it. When we were making these together the other day I was trying to think of fun ways to decorate them and she pulled out a jar of sprinkles. All of sudden we were inspired to top our favorite creamy chocolate cupcakes with a large swirl of frosting to look like whipped cream, sprinkles and a small drizzle of hot fudge sauce. We had such a blast making them look like hot fudge sundaes. Her favorite part was presenting one to her Dad when got home from work to see if he could be tricked into thinking it was ice cream instead of a cupcake. Of course he could, but he didn’t let on. He let her have her fun, and eat it too.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

¾ cup light brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 pinch kosher salt

¾ cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

1/3 cup brewed coffee

1 batch homemade buttercream frosting OR Frozen Whipped Topping



Hot fudge sauce

5 large cherries

5 8-ounce Ball Jars

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place 5 jars on a cookie sheet with space between each one and place a cupcake liner in each one.

2. Use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. Then, add the vanilla, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and mix everything well. Add the flour and the yogurt in two parts until smooth. Carefully stir in the coffee and stir the mixture until smooth.

3. Pour the batter into the jar until they are each about 2/3 rds full and bake them for 25 minutes, or until their tops are firm to the touch.

4. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely. Place the buttercream frosting in a pastry bag or a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off. Twirl a large dollop of frosting on each cupcake to make it look like whipped cream. Top them with some sprinkles, a drizzle of hot fudge sauce and a cherry on top!

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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16 thoughts on “Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes in a Jar

  1. sid says:

    My take is it’s very destructive to make eating fun and entertainment, and to pull your children into that idea even to the extent of having them observe a day that is nothing but marketing.

  2. Eve says:

    Hmm, Sid may need to lighten up. Yes, good food (healthy food especially) CAN be fun and entertaining. Why not observe the day AND teach the kids the fact that it’s about marketing? We actually do the same with Christmas (oh, how blasphemous!), Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. It’s OK to have a (albeit commercialized) reminder to observe these days, and use it as a teaching opportunity to re-learn lessons of gratitude, quality time with each other, kitchen skills, etc..

  3. Poppy says:

    Oh no don’t make eating fun! Make them all anorexic instead?!

    I love the look of these cupcakes, and the story is cute too ^_^*

  4. Jwsrose says:

    Get over yourself Sid! For crying out loud, I’m a baby boomer who has extremely fond memories of time spent w/my mom in the kitchen! Nowadays kids don’t even know how to cook, let alone create something cool like these! TheNaptimeChef, you are an outstanding parent, and I give you and your idea two huge thumbs up!! Sid, go grab another pre-fab, toxic diet cookie, or sugar free soda, and take your miserable comments elsewhere!

  5. Woot says:

    Great way to spend the day with your kid love the cupcake idea!

    Btw, Sid maybe you weren’t hugged enough as a child?

  6. melindallas says:

    Sid comes across a little heavy-handed, but there is some validity to his comment. One of the reasons for obesity in this country is because we think of food as not simply sustenance, but as self-medication when we’re down, as celebration when we’re happy, as entertainment when we’re bored. We can’t even go watch a movie without $12 worth of soda and popcorn. Consider the fact that all of our holidays have a food focus…huge grand meals, decadent desserts and tons of candy. Having said that, I am just as guilty, and love cooking great, sinfully delicious meals and desserts that make my family happy, and always make sure they are buried under Valentine’s candy, Easter candy, Halloween candy and Christmas candy.

  7. g'mom says:

    I think the push for “fun” eating is a path to obesity and yes, a marketing strategy to make people eat more, eat impulsively and look for gimmicks with their food. It’s actually a marketing strategy developed by mickeyD. Eat for fun, and for reasons other than nurture and need.

    The comments are rude. You may not agree with someone but you don’t have to name-call. Is this what the advertisers here expect from the bloggers and their community?

    It’s a distinct turn-away.

  8. Happy Homemaker says:

    I see both sides of the arguement but I have to say “Lighten up!” Yes, food IS an integral part of our holiday celebrations. We come together with those we want to share in our celebration and we break bread. It’s been happening since… well, a long time. Children whose families eat dinner together are generally more successful students. What do we do when someone has suffered a loss or an injury? We bring them food. Food connects us in good times and bad. We need food to survive. Why not make it fun and include our children in creation and preparation? It encourages creativity, gets them away from tv, internet, etc., they learn math skills, chemistry skills, reading skills, and of course cooking skills to help them later in life. Shall I add quality family time and confidence building in as an afterthought? :)
    These look fabulous, I can picture my 8 year old daughter working on them. Thank you for sharing, sorry I kinda chewed those guys.

  9. Kin says:

    Oh for crying out loud, we’re old and mature enough to handle situations and take the best out of them. Anything and everything can be an issue if you make one out of it. Why does it lead to obesity? I’m not obese and I have fond memories of not only making sweets but also very healthy food. So seriously nothing can be bad for you unless you make it as such. This is such a mere and simple thought and its outcome depends on the person who practices it, not the writer. It’s all in your hands and I say grow up!

  10. Kin says:

    p.s. if one wants to use a microwave oven or a toaster/electric oven, what would be the ideal time for either one of them? Thanks

  11. Ede says:

    It’s true (and a little sickening in my opinion) that people are using food to feed their emotions instead of their bodies. People tend to snack unhealthily when they’re sad to become happy and when they’re bored to entertain themselves. But if you teach your children to do healthy things with their emotions (instead of eating) like exercising or reading a book, then they shouldn’t develop bad eating habits. Sweets OR fast food every now and then I think are okay but when I say every now and then I mean like once every two weeks. Teach your children the right things to do and they can still enjoy sweets and junk food once in a while.

  12. Kori says:

    Could anyone tell me about how many a batch makes?
    and I would like to say-yes, many good times i have with my mom are in the kitchen. We bake together and sing and laugh and goof off. Yes, there is almost always a cookie in the jar, but my parents taught us that its important do be healthy and eat right. So yes, we eat treats and junk food but with a very healthy diet also. And we all excersize quite regularly. And I’d just like to say, I am a very healthy 97 pounds. (yes its healthy because I’m really short. So I’m not underweight)

  13. Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef says:

    Hi Kori – It makes about 12 little jars!

  14. Kaye says:

    If those people don’t like it then why on they on this website in the first place? Hmmmmm!

  15. Moma says:

    Do you have to put a liner on the jar? The picture doesn’t seem to have a liner.

  16. Kaycebaze says:

    How many medium sized jars will it make? also, am i able to mail it off or will the heat mess it up? my brother just joined the airforce and i wanted to send him something special from home.

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