25 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day

Someone at the weird holidays department in the U.S. government (where I would totally work if it existed) has declared that the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, which falls on this coming Sunday. So here are 25 ways you can celebrate this weekend by making any of these delicious homemade ice creams!

strawberry angel food cake ice cream via A Beautiful Mess

1. Strawberries + Angel Food Ice Cream via A Beautiful Mess.

Bacon Maple Ale Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry

2. Bacon Maple Ale Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry.

rocky road ice cream recipe

3. Rocky Road Ice Cream via Create Celebrate Explore.

matcha green tea ice cream via @poorandpretty

4. Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream via Poor & Pretty.

No churn blueberry and lavender ice cream via twigg studios

5. No Churn Blueberry and Lavender Ice Cream via Twigg Studios — no ice cream maker required!

salted caramel ice cream via brown eyed baker

6. Salted Caramel Ice Cream via Brown Eyed Baker.

red velvet ice cream via Tracey's Culinary Adventures

7. Red Velvet Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Swirl via Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.

Lemon Curd Ice Cream via Food Babbles

8. Lemon Curd Ice Cream with Lavender Whipped Cream via Food Babbles.

cake batter ice cream via Baked by Rachel

9. Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream via Baked By Rachel.

vegan strawberry ice cream via David Lebovitz

10. Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream via David Lebovitz.

cookie butter ice cream via sarah hearts

11. Cookie Butter Ice Cream via Sarah Hearts.

Toasted-Smore-Chocolate-Fudge-Ice-Cream-Half-Baked-Harvest

12. Toasted S’more Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream via Half Baked Harvest.

butterbeer ice cream via sweet silly chic

13. Butterbeer Ice Cream via Sweet Silly Chic.

mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream

14. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream via Cooking Classy.

orange cream snow ice cream via Handmade Charlotte

15. Orange Dream Snow Cream via Handmade Charlotte.

strawberry coconut ice cream via Pastry Affair

16. Roasted Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream via Pastry Affair.

Delche de Leche ice cream via Smitten Kitchen

17. Dulche de Leche Ice Cream via smitten kitchen.

key lime pie ice cream via dessert now dinner later

18. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream via Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

Roasted Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry

19. Roasted Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry.

chai latte ice cream via sugar & cloth

20. Chai Latte Ice Cream via Sugar & Cloth.

oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream via dinner or dessert

21. Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream via Dinner or Dessert.

blood orange ice cream via view from great island

22. Blood Orange Ice Cream via The View From Great Island.

Chocolate Salted Almond Ice Cream via Pastry Affair

23. Chocolate Salted Almond Ice Cream via Pastry Affair.

Caramel Apple Ice Cream via Boulder Locavore

24. Caramel Apple Ice Cream via Boulder Locavore.

ice cream cupcakes via sugar & cloth

25. Ice Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Liners via Sugar + Cloth.

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Recipe: White Sangria

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white sangria recipe via poorandpretty

I don’t drink much, but when I do, I prefer something light and sweet, like white sangria. It’s kind of my summer go-to. Plus, it’s easy to make a lot of it, so it’s perfect for cookouts and summer soirées.

white sangria - ingredients

You can make sangria so many different ways, but here’s what I use in mine:

  • 1 1/2 lemons, sliced thin
  • 8-10 strawberries, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cubed
  • 1 bottle of Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 liters of lemon-lime soda

white sangria - fruit

1. Slice up your fruits.

white sangria - soaking fruit top

2. Put the fruit into a container and pour the white wine over it. Use a lidded container.

white sangria - soaking fruit

3. Store overnight in your refrigerator.

white sangria 2 via poorandpretty

4. Add in the lemon-lime soda, pour into a pretty pitcher, and enjoy!

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Recipe: Chocolate Dirt Cupcakes

Chocolate Dirt Cupcake Recipe via poorandpretty

Happy Earth Day! Stan’s favorite dessert is dirt pudding, so I made a cupcake version for him over the weekend. I gotta tell you: these chocolate cupcakes are the most delicious ones I’ve ever made. Mine tend to come out a little on the dry side, but these are perfect. Moist, but not super dense. They’re great for Earth Day, or kids’ birthday parties!

Chocolate Dirt Cupcakes with Pudding and Crumbled Oreo Topping — makes 12 regular cupcakes. Because you have to scoop out the center, I don’t recommend making these as minis, unless you’re baking chocolate cupcakes with a different frosting. In that case, this recipe will make about 60 minis.

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Recipe: Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness & Bailey’s

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes for St Paddy's Day via poorandpretty

My favorite cupcake from NoRa Cupcake Co. is the Irish Car Bomb Cupcake. Based on the beer cocktail with a highly controversial name, it’s a chocolate Guinness cake with Jameson dark chocolate ganache and Bailey’s cream cheese frosting topped with a malt ball. Seriously amazing. Oh and fun fact: the drink was invented in Norwich, CT! I made my own version of the cupcakes without the Jameson ganache and went with a Bailey’s buttercream frosting instead. I brought them into work yesterday, and they were gobbled down pretty quickly! So if you’re bringing dessert to a St. Paddy’s Day party, these are sure to be a hit!

Chocolate Guinness Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting — makes 12 regular cupcakes (about 60 minis)

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Guinness Extra Stout

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 ½ tbs Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring

Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness Stout and Bailey's via poorandpretty

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line your cupcake tin with paper or silicone cupcake liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In your stand mixer’s bowl (or a larger bowl, if you are using electric beaters), cream together the butter and sugar for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and combine.
  5. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and Guinness into the butter mixture, starting with the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl in between additions and mix thoroughly.
  6. Once the batter is mixed well, add in the egg and mix it up some more.
  7. Pour batter into cupcake liners until they are  ⅔ full and bake for 8-10 minutes for minis or 18-22 minutes for regular-sized cupcakes. Check with a toothpick to be sure they are cooked all the way through.
  8. Once baked, place on a cooling rack to cool.

Frosting Directions: 

  1. Cream softened butter until smooth, making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.
  2. Add 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar, mixing it in two parts (start with half a cup, mix it well, then add the other half cup).
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract, milk, Bailey’s and green food coloring.
  4. Add more confectioner’s sugar — ¼ cup at a time — until you’ve reached your desired consistency and taste.
  5. Frost the cupcakes when cooled.

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes Recipe via poorandpretty

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Recipe: Pink Sugar Cupcakes

Pink Sugar Valentine Cupcakes Recipe via poorandpretty

Suzi and I had so much fun making these, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, too! ♥ It’s a pretty simple vanilla cake with buttercream frosting, with a few unique twists. We had a few topping ideas — candy hearts, handmade flags (we used washi tape and heart confetti), pink cotton candy (we couldn’t find any!!) … but our absolute favorite is the candy apple “sculptures” Suzi made.

Pink Sugar Cupcake Soap via poorandpretty

These are of course inspired by my Pink Sugar Cupcake Soap — get it for 25% off until the end of February!*

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