So this week I leave for Austin, Texas for my first blogging conference!
I am SOSOSOSO excited to go! I’ve heard numerous wonderful things about Austin as a city, its culture and restaurants and all that jazz. Plus, I get to meet my bloggy friends for the first time (!!) and we get to start some trouble together 🙂
However, there are certain things about trips that I loooooaaaathe. Like, for one, PACKING. I am one of those insane people who shoves my entire life’s wardrobe into a measly carry-on that begins to burst at the zippers. When I went to New York, I had packed at LEAST six days’ worth of outfits, and I was there for 3 days. Now that I’ll be in Austin for almost a week, I’m pretty sure I’ll be shipping a good three suitcases to the hotel filled with extra clothes and accessories just in case I make some last minute wardrobe changes.
I mean, how awful is it when you get somewhere and realize, dammit, why didn’t I bring that mint-colored sundress? and then your whole day is ruined because you aren’t wearing the mint-colored sundress. And you would have had like, eleventy times more fun had you worn the mint-colored sundress today. Orrrr is that just me?
Oh, oh — and humidity. Usually Sacramento isn’t terrible with humidity so I’m not used to the whole frizzy-hair/dripping-with-sweat thing. All I know is, it sounds so refreshing! #not
So I’m wondering if I should even bother styling my hair/wearing clothes if I’m just going to be a big, drippy mess. But to avoid any charges for indecent exposure or scaring off my friends, I suppose I’ll just go for the drippy mess look. At least there will be plenty of cocktails to drown out our worries about looking gross. Cocktails are such lifesavers, aren’t they?
Yesterday I asked you guys if you preferred me to post a yummy cake recipe or a no-bake recipe today, and almost unanimously y’all requested no-bake! It seems like everywhere in the Union is heating up and the idea of turning on an oven sounds about as appealing as going swimwear shopping after a night of binge eating. (And no worries–the cake will come this week, too!!)
One of the grudges I usually hold against no-bake foods is that they never really taste like the baked things I want. Don’t get me wrong–I love creamsicles and ice cream and froyo as much as the next girl, but sometimes when the temps are reaching inferno, I weirdly want birthday cake. Or a gooey brownie. And the no-bake versions don’t seem to quench that craving as well as I’d like.
Soooo I set out on a sprinkle-filled mission to give me an authentic birthday cake treat without dying of heat stroke. This mission was made like, a billion times easier when I found Breyer’s Birthday Blast ice cream at the grocery store–cake batter flavored ice cream with frosting swirls and cake pieces? Um, get in my mouth. But to up the ante (since I am a bonafide ante-upper), I made sure there was another element of deliciousness to these treats by adding a birthday cake flavored Oreo to the bottom and smothering the tops with tons of sprinkles.
- 1 pkg (1.5 QT) Breyer's Birthday Blast ice cream (or other cake-batter flavored ice cream), softened
- 1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
- About 18 birthday-cake flavored Oreos
- Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners. Drop an Oreo cookie in the bottom of each liner and set aside.
- Scoop out the ice cream into a large bowl. Gently fold the Cool Whip into the softened ice cream until blended. Add a handful of sprinkles for extra color + crunch, if you'd like.
- Scoop about 2 Tablespoons of ice cream into each ice cream cup (2 cookie-dough scoops' worth) and gently smear the tops to fill the cups and smooth. Sprinkle liberally with rainbow jimmies, if you'd like.
- Freeze the cups for about 4 hours or overnight, until solid. Peel back the wrappers and eat! Makes about 18.
The awesome thing about this no-bake treat is that it tastes JUST like cake and ice cream but without turning that blasted oven on! And if cake batter isn’t your thing, this recipe is easily adaptable to something you WOULD like. For instance, fans of rocky road? Try using regular Oreos with softened rocky road ice cream and top with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Love strawberry shortcake? Use the new Strawberries n Cream Oreos or Golden Oreos and top with fresh strawberry ice cream, then whipped cream. The possibilities are endless (and delicious).
Stay tuned, that cake recipe will come soon enough for y’all who don’t mind sweating it out for a slice or for those who are lucky enough to have nice, cool weather!!
Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
These are so feaking cute and sound delicious! And thanks for letting me know about the new strawberries and cream Oreos, now I have to go buy a package, mmm.
Lee Ann says
Hi there Haley,
As always innovative recipe.
Wanted to mention, I live in the south on the coast. The best product I have found for good hair in humidity is Garnier, sleek and shine. It beats the heat and humidity.
Have a blast in Austin.
Great music and food!
Ice cream cupcakes! YES, please! I love these and they are so fun too!! YAY!
Heather @ Snookie's Cakes says
This is perfect for those awful, humid days that I don’t want to turn the oven on.
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
I love these, I love anything cake batter!
I’m the same way with packing. When I went on a trip a few weeks ago for 3 days I bought 7 dresses, and 5 pairs of shoes and other clothes. Who knows how your plans will change? You must be ready to go!
Have fun, I heard they have some great restaurants there!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
these are soooo creative-and omg now I wanna try the rocky road version!!!
You’re gonna have so much fun in Austin! Jelly! (But yeah ugh humidity…)
Anne @ Domesblissity says
These are just perfect for my kid’s birthdays here in Australia in November. Thanks for sharing. Have pinned.
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
Okay I love these cups but I love your site SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!!! It’s totes adorbs!
Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says
These look incredible and they’re so cute! I love your new layout as well!
Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says
Okay, first: LOVE the new site! It’s so you! Second: I’m with you on the packing. I’m sort of in freak-out mode because I have no clue what to bring. I’m guessing I’m going to wind up with a HUGE suitcase so I can pack basically my entire wardrobe. Just in case. 😉
And third: I’m in love with these ice cream cups – definitely making something like this for Doodle’s b-day next month. What an awesome idea!
Carrie's Creations says
oooh baby these sound delish!
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
Very cute treat, have fun at the conference!
Great summer treat! Thank you for sharing! I recently vacationed in Florida- yup-One suitcase for just shoes! Only did wear 3 of them! But you never know how the weather is going to be and you just need to be prepared! I was over the weight limit for checked bag—had to open it in front of the world to take things out and put in carry on! I don’t get it—my stuff still weighs the same no matter what bag it is in!!! Oh well I guess we all overpack! It’s part of the fun!
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
Oh my I want one now! These look so easy and perfect for the warmer weather now. Have fun at the conference!
Miss Messy says
Awww these look awesome!! 🙂 How cute. I wish i could get cake batter ice cream. I’ll just have to make my own
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
I was just thinking I need to find recipes that contain ice cream for the summer. I LOVE cake batter ice cream.. I order it whenever I see it when I’m out for ice cream.
how much do I love your blog?
and I did NOT see creme brulee donuts?
Mimi @ Culinary Couture says
Okay 1- I love your new site design! Super pretty! And 2- omgtheseicecreamcupsneedtogetinmybellyrightnow. You are a domestic genius.
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
I will trade you some cookie dough puppy chow for an no-bake birthday cake ice cream cup. Aaaaaaaaaaaaand yea, I grew up on the east coast which equals TOTAL humidity. Plan on a frizzy, flat unfunctioning hair style, because it won’t last for more than 10 minutes. At least we will all be on a level playing field. #thankgodforairconditioning
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
Oooooo it’s like my ice cream cupcakes with cookies in place of cake! So smart!
Have sosoosososososososoossoososososo much fun! There are never blog conferences near me. Like ever. Plus, my family may die if I am not here. I wish I were kidding.
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says
The site looks BA Hayley!! Love the new updates – and of course I love the no-bake goodies! It has been intensely hot everywehre I go, and the idea of turning my oven on is both exciting and terrifying. I love to bake, but I do NOT enjoy sweating. These I can enjoy without one drop of perspiration?? COUNT ME IN!
Love the new look of your site! I also love these little ice-cream cakes – yummy!
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says
Your new layout design is so perfectly you! And I love these no bake treats as well. When it comes to humidity, I feel as if you need to slap on as much waterproof makeup as possible. Or else, it will melt off and you will end up looking like a scary clown. Not like it has happened to me or anything.
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says
These are so flippin’ adorable!! I hope you have fun at the conference, I wish I could have made it this year!
sally @ sallys baking addiction says
You’re going to love the ice cream cupcake recipe I made for my cookbook Hayley – it’s like this but a tad different. 🙂 Anyway, now I need to make your cake batter kind!!!!! Love it girl
ashley - baker by nature says
No bake?! Yes. I’m so into this. It’s already swelteringly hot here. I need ice cream! Wish I was going to be seeing you in Austin – have fun!!! xx
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Oh I think it’s a woman thing. Packing is never easy and yes I could leave one thing at home and all of a sudden NEED that! I love these treats and especially since they are no bake, although in Minnesota it’s freakin’ freezing so I use my oven to warm up still. Not good!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
Bought my birthday cake ice cream last night so I can make these 🙂
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
There is absolutely no way I could NOT make these now! How freakin’ awesome and btw, loving your hair, your site – pretty much everything you got going on girl! See ya Thursday!
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says
I am not going to lie- I am such a jelly belly all y’all are going to Texas! Sounds so fabulous and I just wish we could hangout!! I was up in Forrest Hill/Auburn for a wedding this weekend! 🙂 TOO bad my time was jam packed otherwise we should have tots met up! I hope you have a fabulous time and enjoy that humidity- I won’t be jelly about that ! 🙂 And can I please have 5 trillion cups of these!!
OMG WHAT?! I live like, 20 minutes from Auburn and work literally 5 minutes from there. I would have totally met you!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Your new site is so freaking cute…and so you!!! If you could only see the pile of clothes on my bed right now that I am trying on! I should just pack all of it and hope that cute outfits come out of the mess!!! The stress of packing clothes and knowing that I am headed to a huge place with tons of people is only looking good because I know that I get to meet you and all my other awesome blog friends. ICAN’TWAIT!!!!
These ice cream cupcakes are totes adorable too! Love the easy no bake factor and the hidden Oreo is genius 🙂
Cannot wait to meet you !I’m totally with you on the no bake hindering the craving but these look awesome!
Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection says
I’m all about no bake desserts right now. But I know what you mean about conveniently craving something that requires an oven on THE hottest day of the year. Stupid taste buds. I’m loving ice cream and can’t think of a cuter way to enjoy it. And Cool Whip folded in? Yes, please! Have so much fun at the conference, Hayley! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
OMG, your new site, Hayley! It’s precious and SO you, I love it! I can’t believe how darn easy these little cakes are, too! Sooo yummy (and dangerous).
Dan from Platter Talk says
What a fun post and recipe. We have to make these with our little guys, soon!
Nancy @ gottagetbaked says
I hope you’re having a fabulous time right now, Hayley! Judging from the Instagram photos, I’d say you are. Drink and eat lots! These ice cream cups are too damn adorable. Now all we need is a side of ooey gooey brownie or cake on the side to curb those oven-made dessert cravings!
Renee @ Awesome on $20 says
How exciting to be going to your first blog conference. I doubt I’ll ever get to attend one, but a girl must have dreams. I”m so glad I discovered your blog. Those star shaped sprinkles are rad!
Renee, you’re awesome!! Thanks for the sweet comment 🙂
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
Totally making these for a our dinner guests tomorrow!
Carla @ Carlas Confections says
That’s so cool BHF was your first conf! Mine was Fbf in May! So awesome!! #conferencenewbies!! And I neeeeeeeeeeeed the whole batch of these ice cream cups! Holy yummers!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
How fun are these, I love the sprinkles on top!
Nat D. says
So, I just made these. Like three times over. My friend made these and gave me one. And that was it. I was hooked. I generally hate Cool Whip too, since whipped cream is like my third favorite food. But I wouldn’t change this recipe at all. Sooooo, good!
Nat, so happy to hear you enjoyed them!!