Sweet Picks: CakeSpy's Top Three Choices from the Annual Ice Cream Cupcake Contest

So. Recently I was asked to be a celebrity judge in an Ice Cream Cupcake Contest (curated and put together by Scoopalicious and the Cupcake Project). Wait, I just kind of inserted that "celebrity" part myself. I was really just a judge. Gosh, my life is hard. I was in good company, with fellow judges Nicole of Baking Bites and Naomi of Bakers Royale.

But joking aside, the judging was quite hard--I had to choose just three from an array of over 60 delectable-sounding and looking ice cream cupcake creations!  And they all sounded good, from the deep fried salted caramel specimen to the banana split cupcake to the cake kebabs. NOM! 

Well, it was hard, but I was able to narrow it down to my favorite three. They are listed in no particular order:

Mini-Swirl Ice Cream Vanilla Cupcakes by Ramsey Thompson

Cake Flavor: Vanilla
Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla 
Frosting Flavor: Vanilla Bean and Rich Chocolate
Toppings: N/A

Why I chose this one: The beauty was in the simplicity: it pays adorable homage to the classic summertime treat, the soft-serve chocolate vanilla swirl cone, in cupcake form; for me, it was a perfect union of cupcake and ice cream.


Halwa Cupcakes with Kulfi and Cashew-Lime Cookie Toppers by C & C Cakery

Cake Flavor: Halwa - Carrot Cake with Ghee and Cardamom
Ice Cream Flavor: Kulfi - Pistachio, Rosewater, and Cardamom
Frosting Flavor: Cashew Cream Cheese Buttercream
Toppings: A Cashew-Lime Cookie with Cardamom and Mukhwas 

Why I chose this one: The flavors were unexpected, with a spicy Middle Eastern influence that seemed interesting but harmonious with both the cake and ice cream; it sounds like a refreshing and unexpected summer treat combining some of my favorite flavors.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cupcakes by Ruth of Madame Zippy's Custom Cakes

Cake Flavor: Chocolate Chip Cookie
Ice Cream Flavor: Brown-sugar-molasses chocolate chip cookie dough
Frosting Flavor: Chocolate chip cookie dough
Toppings: Baby chocolate chip cookie

Why I chose this one: It's basically a triple-threat of awesome. Cake, cookie dough, and ice cream. And it has cookie dough in each part of it! OMG! This lady clearly knows my weakness.


Honorary mention. Now, two photos in particular need to be called out because they brought me so much joy.

Strawberry Shortcake Plus Ice Cream Cupcakes: This needs to be assigned an honorary mention, not only because it sounds delicious, but because of all the entries, it is the one that most resembles Andy Warhol!

Chocolate Chocolate Cone: This needs to be assigned an honorary mention as well, not only because likewise do these treats sound NOM-worthy, but because the photo is so evocative: the fallen cake soldier!

Of course, you can view all of the other entries here, and based on the choices of my fellow judges (Nicole's picks here!), a winner will be announced soon!