Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes & Free Printable Tags | Teacher Gift

How to make the cutest Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes! Easy and fun Party or Gift Recipe. Comes with Free Printables for Teacher Gifts.

I know you’ve probably been stressing out over what to give your kid’s teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

I mean…you HAVE been thinking about it, right?

Because if you haven’t, you totally should.

But just in case…I took the liberty of coming up with a super cute idea for you.

(Amy might have helped a little too.)

How about Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes?

Teacher Appreciation Ice Cream Sundae Cupcake Recipe - Free Party Printabels

You really didn’t think I was going to send you to school with ordinary cupcakes did you?

I mean, come on… we want this to be the cupcake that your child’s teacher measures all future Teacher Appreciation cupcakes by. We want the ladies in the office ooh and ahh-ing!

We care about stuff like that. Don’t act like we don’t.

The good part is that these are incredibly easy to make and Amy has designed cute free printable tags! So maybe you can make a few extra cupcakes to keep at home, hmmm?

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcake Recipe - Free Party Printabels


You’ll need:

  • Cake Mix & Ingredients
  • Frosting (see recipe below)
  • Chocolate Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Red Gumballs for Cherry
  • Small Ice Cream Cups – Paper or Styrofoam
  • Plastic or wooden spoon
  • Free Printable Tags & Labels
  • Clear Cellophane (optional)
  1. Start off with an ordinary cupcake. Boxed mix, homemade, whatever floats your boat. Just make sure it’s yummy (you’ll probably have to eat one or two for quality control). I found an adorable set of ice cream cups and spoons. The price is reasonable and they come in the cutest ice cream truck box.
  2. Place one cupcake in each cup.
  3. Make the frosting.


  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • a few drops of ivory gel food color
  1. In the bowl of a mixer, mix butter, vanilla and milk until well blended and smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for a minute or two, until fully combined and fluffy. Place frosting in the refrigerator for an hour to chill.
  2. Remove the frosting from the refrigerator and spoon it on top of cupcakes. It looks just like ice cream!
  3. Now melt some chocolate candy melts or almond bark according to package directions. I really recommend that you DON’T use normal chocolate, because it will not set up hard. You want your chocolate to harden–much easier and neater when transporting the cupcakes.

Teacher Appreciation Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes & Free Printable

Attach Amy’s FREE Printable Flags to the spoons and insert in the “ice cream” BEFORE the chocolate sets.

Add a red gumball “cherry” and some sprinkles.

Teacher Appreciation Free Printable Tags - You are Sweet

Attach the Printable label to the front of the cup. I used foam adhesive normally used for scrapbooking because I liked the three-dimensional look.


Teacher Appreciation Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes Recipe - Free Party Printabels

Once the chocolate is fully set, you can wrap these in cellophane and tie with a ribbon for easy transport. I attached another cute tag to the outside so she could easily read it.

The other moms are going to be so jealous when they see what you made this year. Not that we care about stuff like that.

Thank you teachers everywhere for all that you do. Have a fabulous week!!

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  1. Super cute idea!

  2. Will the frosting hold up over night? Should I refrigerate them?

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  4. I’m planning on making these for my son’s kinder class. But, I’d need to make them in advance, how far in advanced do you think I could make them and bag them?

  5. Is there a device that cuts circles about the size of these printables?

  6. These are so genius! I totally thought it was icecream until I read the directions.

  7. What a great gift!

  8. Amazon is already sold out of the little trucks with the cups and spoons — you should get a kick-back!
    Love this fabulous idea for teachers.
    Thank you for your kind remarks about teachers at the end of your post. Truly appreciated!

  9. So, stinkin cute! I want to make them for ALL the teachers at the school I work at! How long do you think it would take me to make say 45?? Such a cute idea!!

  10. I made these for my son’s class for his birthday. Sadly, 6 year olds only care about eating. The adults in the school adored them. I was so happy with them. Thank you for sharing!!!

  11. Era tudo que eu precisava nesse momento. São muito fofos. Obrigada.Bjuuus

  12. Super cute ice cream cupcakes, perfect for back-to-school time (and so much better than an apple for the teacher)!

  13. Really want to try these but I don’t understand how the cupcake ends up turning out like a scoop of ice cream in the cup. If I made just regular cupcakes they would have smooth tops, right? Please help me clear up this confusion! Thanks!

    • Nevermind–Obviously I’m an idiot b/c I reread the directions and I didn’t realize that the top was actually frosting–duh! 🙂

  14. I can’t wait to make these. They are going to my Pinterest board right now!

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  16. “@livinglocurto: I'm making these now for Teacher Gifts.” those are great!!!

  17. CocoNat says:

    These are soooo cute….love them 🙂 Here’s a dumb question from a novice baker, what are “chocolate candy melts?” I’d love to make these but really want the full effect of the hardened chocolate so I want to be sure I buy the right stuff!


  18. RT @livinglocurto: I'm making these now for Teacher Gifts.

  19. I made these for Teacher Appreciation Day today! They turned out great! Thank you so much for the idea!

  20. Parisa Wright says:

    I feel like this is a dumb question but can you buy those cups at a supermarket or party store?

    • @Parisa Wright, Michaels (a craft store in OH) has 6 packs of paper ice cream bowls with wooden spoons and lids for $1.99. I scored 6 packs because I am making these for my daughter for her birthday treat at school! Michaels also had bags of red gumballs (for the cherries) for a $1!

  21. These are amazing!! I will definitely be making these for all of my daughters 8 teachers. Yes, 8! It’s hard to find a good gift that I can afford 8 of. Thanks for the idea!

  22. Oh, what a great idea. My two favourite foods – ice cream and cupcakes!

  23. Oh boy. those are cute!! RT @NotJustAMommy: @meringuebkeshp You could do these, I just made them!

  24. @meringuebkeshp You could do these, I just made them!

  25. This is an adorable idea! RT @livinglocurto: Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe & Free Printable Tags {Teacher Gift}

  26. I love this idea! Thanks so much for the idea and the tags, I’ll be spreading the word.

  27. Adorable! I want to try these for my next party.

  28. Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes! These are so cute 🙂 Just don't really use two sticks of butter in the frosting…

  29. Lynn osborne says:

    These are fabulous!! About how many cupcakes would the frosting recipe cover?

  30. Our teachers will love you! Thanks.

  31. These are adorable, and would have made a great April Fool’s Day treat as well.

  32. I LOVE this but I want to use it as treats for my son’s preschool class! Do you have any Happy Birthday tags? I LOVE the “ice-cream”! BTW….I don’t have any ivory coloring…..any other substitutes? 🙂

  33. This would definately have the teachers … and the kids… ooohhhh and aaahhhing. Fabulous job ladies!!!

  34. FANTASTIC Ice Cream Cupcakes and Free Printable Tags from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen on Living Locurto. Smiles~

  35. These are so cute! And, yes, we do care about that stuff 😉

  36. Kristan, I just love your fun cupcake creations. You rock.

  37. RT @livinglocurto: Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe & Free Printable Tags {Teacher Appreciation Gift}

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  39. Fave new blog of the day!!! “@livinglocurto: Teacher Appreciation Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes & Free Printable tags.”

  40. These cupcakes are adorable, and sound delicious! We have three teachers in the family and I know they would all love these cupcakes.

  41. Thanks Kristan. I would have totally missed this if you had not posted about Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanks for the goodies too. 🙂

  42. These are really cute. And that frosting looks perfect.

  43. These are so awesome!

    I’d like to invite you to share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

  44. I love this idea. How creative, it could be used so many ways!

  45. My favorite so far. Those are amazing..

  46. Darling teacher gift printables today via @livinglocurto @bakescupcakes

  47. These ice cream sundae cupcakes are so cute! I was totally fooled that the ice cream really isn't ice cream!…

  48. Cute! Where did you get the cups at??? I’ve never seen containers like those.

  49. RT @livinglocurto: You gotta go look at these… Teacher Appreciation Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes & Free Printable tags.

  50. Teacher Appreciation idea! So cute! Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes at @livinglocurto via @bakescupcakes

  51. RT @livinglocurto: Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe & Free Printable Tags {Teacher Gift}: So I know you’ve probably…

  52. LOVELOVELOVE Kristan and love this idea!!! How stinking awesome is that????

  53. Oh, Kristin… so. stinkin'. cute. RT @livinglocurto: Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe & Free Printable Tags {Teacher Gift}

  54. I just have to say that I would love this if a student brought it to me next week. 🙂

  55. This is too cute… thanks for sharing!

  56. Thank you so much for an awesome “out of the box” idea for teachers,because I have aleady been trying to come up with something different and you have given it to me!! Thanks for all of your creative ideas!

  57. These are precious!! I have to make cupcakes for tomorrow…guess I’m gonna have to go out and get the stuff to make these 😉

  58. This is just what I was looking for! The ice cream cupcakes recipe is what I am going to make for my first grandsons, first birthday party in two weeks! You ladies rosck!

  59. April Bean says:

    I am so making these! This is the first idea I’ve seen that would work well for a male teacher. Thanks for sharing!

  60. LOOOOOVE it!!

    you guys are GREAT together!


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