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Swirly Cupcakes

These cupcakes make memorable party treats. Chilling the bowl beforehand helps the cream whip up with the most volume.

  • Yield: Makes 30
Swirly Cupcakes

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1998


  • Dark Chocolate Cake
  • 3 pints ice cream, any flavor
  • 5 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Sprinkles, for decorating


  1. Place 30 paper baking cups on two baking sheets. Set aside. Slice each cake layer in half horizontally, making a total of four layers.

  2. Using a 2 1/4-inch-round cookie cutter, cut 30 rounds from cake layers. Place a round in each baking cup. Using a 2-inch ice-cream scoop, place one scoop ice cream on each cake round. Transfer baking sheets to freezer for 20 minutes. Chill a medium mixing bowl.

  3. Place heavy cream and confectioners' sugar in the chilled bowl. Whip until soft peaks form. Fit a 16-inch pastry bag with a coupler. Fill pastry bag with whipped cream. Starting at the perimeter of a baking cup, pipe a spiral of whipped cream, covering the ice cream. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Return to freezer, and chill until hard, about 45 minutes. Decorate with sprinkles, and serve.

Reviews (10)

  • cathyxpiglet 9 Nov, 2008

    eh, tried to add the link but couldn't. sorry ! try another cake.

  • cathyxpiglet 9 Nov, 2008

    eh, tried to add the link but couldn't. sorry ! try another cake.

  • Cookie2 18 Sep, 2008

    Had no problem today with the dar chocolate cake, not sure what your problems were, but it's working now. :)

  • craftgasm 28 Aug, 2008

    If the recipe link isn't working for you (it is for me), you have a couple of options. A) just type the name of the cake into the search box at the top of the webpage, for cryin' out loud. B) Use any darn kind of cake you want! The idea isn't that it has to be paired with the dark chocolate cake, the idea is in the execution of the topping, and that part is all right here. Who cares what kind of cake is at the bottom?

  • Meima 6 Jun, 2008

    no recipe for dark chocolate cake loads properly.

  • GraceyD 5 Apr, 2008

    Where is this recipe? It did not come up.

  • ses59 4 Apr, 2008

    Cannot pull up recipe to print or view

  • woobearooster 4 Apr, 2008

    Where is this recipe please, I can't find it!

  • bethstitches 19 Feb, 2008

    I think these look like lovely puffy cloud towers with the pretty sprinkles.
    They sound like a great make ahead process and day of serving whip topping finale. A bit of a change from the 'ice cream cake' the kids always ask for.

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