That just happened…

So I made salted caramel ice cream. I put it on top of a vanilla bean cake which is a recipe I will share this weekend. Then I got distracted (shiny squirrel) only to come back later and notice that I left my ice cream out and it melted. I don’t like the texture of melted ice cream refrozen so I knew I wouldn’t be freezing it again. Well crap I thought. And then I thought again. I thought what if I just let it come to room temperature and then make it into frosting? So that’s what I did.

If you are going to give this a go you can use any ice cream I suspect, but I would steer clear of any overly sweet ice creams to start with as you will be adding more sugar to make frosting. While I have been loving my new ice cream book, I thought I would go back to my first ice cream book that I had much success with, The Perfect Scoop. I chose to make a salted caramel ice cream because while I have enjoyed it elsewhere I never have made it at home. This works great because it is not too sweet to begin with. Needless to say this could change your frosting options for life. :) Yes, I am mellow dramatic.

This is a short post due to the fact that I am off to see Bad Teacher. I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this movie, and I don’t even like Cameron Diaz. I have a feeling if you work in a school, especially if you have ever been a teacher that this movie is going to become one of your favorites. Everyone enjoy your weekend! I will try and enjoy mine, unless of course my dog is successful.

Ice Cream-Buttercream Frosting

1 ½ cups ice cream of your choice (I made a Salted Caramel recipe, here) ice cream, melted and at room temperature
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3-5 cups powdered sugar, depending on the consistency of the frosting you want

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together melted ice cream and butter. Beat until you do not see the butter anymore.

Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency of frosting.

Frost on a cupcake or eat with a spoon.


  1. Wow what a great idea! Melted ice cream really is never the same refrozen.

  2. Now thats what I’m talking about! You are no longer crazy, you are super smart for using up that melted ice cream!

  3. Great idea! I love topping brownies with soft/melting ice cream, then you can just re-freeze for a sweet snack… Love the last part – “or eat with a spoon” – Yum!

  4. What a perfect way to not let that melted ice cream go to waste!

    I think that movie looks hilarious (I am not a teacher but have plenty of friends who are and hear all the stories)! You will have to let us know how it is.

  5. I had no idea you could make frosting out of melted ice cream. I like your advice of eating it with a spoon!

  6. Wow, you’re a mind reader. I have been wondering how you can incorporate melted ice cream into different foods and one of the ones was frosting! And I have to admit that this looks like one of the better frostings I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.

    Enjoy your weekend Peabody :)

  7. Could you just…not freeze the ice cream in the first place, and use that mix as the base for the frosting? Instead of going to the trouble of freezing and melting, that is. Or does something change in the consistency in that process?

  8. You crack me up. Only you would figure out how to reuse melted ice cream.

  9. This looks so yummy. Glad you were able to reuse it. :)

  10. As always, it looks delicious. Personally, I have the urge to make some kind of bread pudding from melted ice cream…

    Oh, and please report back about the movie!

  11. I personally would want the ice cream to churn. That is what makes ice cream become ice cream. Plus you only need 1 1/2 cups and an ice cream recipe makes more than that.

  12. I’ve actually had Jeni’s Salty Caramel…at $10 a pint. Wish I knew about the frosting to spread it out further.

  13. Brilliant! And I REALLY need to buy an ice cream maker, thanks to you! :-)

  14. What a great idea! Also, wondering what you put the frosting on…looks delicious!

  15. Well, the icing is successful! Enjoy the movie.

  16. As if salted caramel buttercream isn’t enough, you made it into my favorite food… love!

  17. Brilliant save! The frosting looks good enough to eat with a spoon.

  18. Hope you don’t mind I put a link to this on my site. I tried to make it but screwed up so I figured I would link people to the GOOD finished product. lol


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