Sunday, May 4, 2008

Ice Cream Cupcake Round-Up Caramel Apple Pie a la mode

Hooray! I have just finished my first challenge/round-up. The Cupcake Project is hosting this challenge along with Scoopalicious. I tried my hand at creating Carmel Apple Pie a la mode.

I started out with a base from Crazy About Cupcakes. I thought that the caramel apple cupcake would be a great base...



Then I added some ice cream....caramel swirl to be exact....
I let the ice cream soften a bit, piped it on and then smoothed it out (I will save you the image of the slightly "poopy" appearance after the initial "deposit" of ice cream, at least it wasn't chocolate.....

And then a simple cream cheese frosting.....

Drum roll.... final product




They definitely came out ok. Nothing amazing, probably not a "make again". In hindsight there are a few things that I would change. They were totally tasty, and my tasters had no complaints, but in the future I would choose a stronger base. Maybe a hearty vanilla or a brownie-ish chocolate. The apple caramel lost a bit of flavor in the freezing translation. It maybe better to experiment with the ice cream and frosting versus the cupcake base. I would also firmly make this a two-day or early morning late afternoon project rather than an evening attempt like I tried. You need some time for the ice cream to set before you add the frosting. Room temperature frosting to, not-so-set ice cream results in some soupyness as you get to the end of tray. I will say that I was very pleased with how the frosting turned out, it was creamy and delicious. I tend to have frostings that are going great and then will suddenly split on me or start burning out the motor on my mixer so it was a nice surprise.

Tada! first real post!

Let me know if there is anything else that I should include in the future.

9 comments:

Stef said...

I so love this idea! I wouldn't give up on the apple pie idea so quickly. It sounds delicious! Maybe you could just tweak it somehow? Didn't your hands get cold piping that giant bag of ice cream. I had to wear gloves when I tried to pipe the ice cream. Any tricks? I'm so glad you participated!

K8 said...

The "large piping bag" is just a gallon zip-top bag. They tend to be my go to piping vessel, easy cheap, and usually in the kitchen already. I did have to wrap a kitchen towel around to keep my fingers from freezing.

I think that if I had made them a bit moister and with a stonger cinnamon flavor it would have held up better.

Thanks for the feedback!

Katy said...

the picture of the about-to-be-piped giant bag of ice cream is kind of hilarious! i think these look really cool!

Bethany said...

These look AMAZING...OMG. I can't wait to try!!!

Bethany@Scoopalicious

PheMom said...

Yum! This looks like a fun idea!

Ivy said...

I love apple pie with ice cream!
I am sure these cupcakes were to die for. :)

Lisa said...

Caramel Apple Pie cupcakes sound delicious! And Ziplock bags do make the most amazing pastry bags. I wish I'd thought of trying that with my cupcakes.

K8 said...

Awww, shucks. Thanks for the kind words.

I am totally about workin' with what you have on hand.

I can't wait to try my hand at some other challenges.

K8

kamailesfood said...

I love apple pie a la mode! I piped my ice cream also...it was easier for me than scooping and smoothing with a knife. It also helped me achieve a more rounded base for the frosting.