No-Bake Mini Salted Caramel Ice Cream Brownies

No-Bake Mini Salted Caramel Ice Cream Brownies

I mentioned on Monday that I am on vacation at the lake for a week, and it is friggin’ hot! The area where I live is somewhat coastal, so it gets warm but not unbearable. The weather here is in the high 90s. I know everyone in inland California, Arizona, Texas and other part of the US are rolling their eyes right now, but seriously, I am not used to this and I don’t know how you deal with it! Thank god I can just jump in the lake at any given time during the day.  So there will be very little baking going on while I am on vacation. Grilling? Sure, all day long, but I am NOT turning on the oven. Therefore, desserts will be of the no-bake variety. I guess it helps that we can hop in the boat and cross the lake for some frozen mud pie!

How about these No-Bake Mini Salted Caramel Ice Cream Brownies? They couldn’t be easier to prepare. I used a container of store-bought brownies, some Haagen-Dazs Sea Salt Caramel Gelato and homemade whipped cream. These mini ice cream brownies are the perfect little snack. I usually feel less guilty when I eat things in smaller portions, until I eat 3 or 4 of them. Oops. Anyway, I am totally head over heels in LOVE with this Sea Salt Caramel Gelato ice cream. I am not usually a salted caramel type of person, but I could eat a pint of this ice cream about as fast as I could down a pint of Ben and Jerrys.

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Piña Colada Cupcake Shake

Piña Colada Cupcake Shake

Sometimes you need some booze in your cupcakes and sometimes you need some cupcakes in your milkshake. Nothing’s scream summer like a milkshake or ice cream cone. So last week I had some left over Piña Colada cupcakes and I thought I would make a cupcake shake. What’s awesome about the cupcake shakes is you can really design any flavor of milkshake around the extra cupcakes you have. Is there any less guilt in consuming a cupcake in milkshake form? I mean, if you were walking around with a cupcake shake, no one would know there was a cupcake in there, which means they won’t judge you for drinking a milkshake and consuming a cupcake at the same time. It’s a win in my book.

Piña Colada Cupcake Shake

Tomorrow we are headed to Minnesota for my cousin’s wedding. I haven’t see a majority of my family since 2005 as we are spread out across the country. I am pretty excited to see my cousins, who all have kids now! We will be in Roseville, so if anyone reading this has some bakery recommendations, please let me know!

For the piña colada cupcake shake, you need some cupcakes, some vanilla bean ice cream, shredded coconut and fresh pineapple. You will also need a large blender and some chilled glasses. I like to put my glasses in the freezer when I am making homemade milkshakes because it helps keep them that much colder!

Piña Colada Cupcake Shake

Piña Colada Cupcake Shake
Yields 2 large shakes

2 Piña Colada Cupcakes

6-7 large scoops vanilla bean ice cream

1/4 cup shredded coconut

3/4 C Chopped Pineapple

1/3 C Milk

The instructions for this aren’t too complicated. Combine all of your ingredients in a large blender and beat until well mixed. For a thicker shake, add additional ice cream. For a thinner shake, add more milk.

Piña Colada Cupcake Shake

I am kind of excited for all the cupcake shakes that I could create. Surely there is a chocolate one coming your way.

Piña Colada Cupcake Shake

Don’t forget the Pina Colada Cupcake!

Piña Colada Cupcake

Chocolate Ice Cream Cake with Cake Batter Whipped Cream

Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! It’s been awhile since I have been home to celebrate his birthday with him. However, it never fails that my dad makes himself an ice cream cake for his birthday. This is sort of our family tradition when it comes to birthdays. I decided I would make a mini ice cream cake with cake batter whipped cream frosting for his birthday. Don’t worry dad, we ate the whole thing!

Ice cream cakes are pretty easy to put together, and I mean really, what goes better with cake than ice cream? My favorite flavors are grasshopper pie (editor’s note: I don’t know what that is) ice cream with chocolate cake. There are so many flavor combinations with the ice cream cake, which is why it is one of my favorite cakes! If I wanted some serious calories, I would choose Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream, that is my jam! Continue reading