So, for those who may not know yet, I graduated from medical school last weekend.  This means I’m officially an M.D!!!  How strange is that?!  It’s been a long time coming and boy, does it feel good!  After the graduation ceremony, Ben took on the role of head entertainer and threw me a wonderful graduation party with family and friends.  He refused to let me make any of the food, but I absolutely insisted on making the dessert.  After all, it is my favorite meal of the day!  I considered many options but ended up settling on these ice cream cupcakes because I thought they went well with the laid back cookout we were hosting.

Now for a moment, let’s all stand in awe of this fantastically awesome dessert.  Brownie + strawberry ice cream + ganache = three of my favorite things ever = AMAZING!!!  Why did I not think of this myself, and why did I not try them sooner?  These are just incredible.  I now have a goal of saving a little bit of every ice cream I make this summer, and then making a huge batch of these with various cake/ice cream/topping combos.  This strawberry chocolate combination is particularly wonderful and this dessert went shooting right up into the ranks of my top favorites.  And, they are a hit with adults and kids alike which is always a plus!


For the brownies:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/8 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the ice cream:
1 batch strawberry ice cream, slightly softened

For the ganache:
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature

To garnish:
Fresh strawberry slices


  • 01

    To make the brownie bottoms, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line two cupcake pans with foil liners.   Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; stir together and set aside.  In a heatproof bowl set over simmering water combine the butter and chocolate.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth.  In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla extract.  Whisk to blend.  Stir in the warm chocolate mixture, and then the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.

  • 02

    Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into cupcake liner.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 6-8 minutes.  Leaving the brownies in the cupcake pans, cool on a wire rack to room temperature.  Freeze for at least 30 minutes.  Top with strawberry ice cream until the cupcake liner is full.  (If the ice cream is freshly made, it is just the right consistency for filling the cupcake liners.)  Return the cupcake pans to the freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • 03

    To make the ganache, place the chocolate chips in a small bowl.  Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan.  Pour the cream evenly over the chocolate, let stand for 1 minute.  Stir until smooth with a rubber spatula.  If the ganache is too thin, allow it to stand at room temperature to cool and become more easily spreadable.  Once the ganache is at the correct temperature, scoop it by the teaspoonful on top of the ice cream cupcakes and spread over the tops.  Garnish with fresh strawberry slices, if desired.

  • 04

    Remove cupcakes from the freezer 5-10 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!


  • Those look amazing! And congrats on your great accomplishments? On to residency?

  • Of course I meant great accomplishments !

  • Congratulations!!! How exciting! All of your hard work has finally paid off. I am hoping to finish my phd by the fall and I can’t imagine how it feels to finally have officially earned the degree.

    These cupcakes look amazing!!!

  • congrats!! looks like a fabulous way to celebrate :)

  • Congratulations! What a sweet, sweet picture! :)

  • Kristin

    Daily reader, never comment, but…Congratulations!!! And back to your pasta salad dilemma from a few weeks ago, I have some great pasta salad recipes that I’d be happy to share with you.

  • Annie, these look amazing, but more importantly, CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an amazing accomplishment! The pic of you and your little man is absolutely adorable. :) Again, congrats on graduating!

  • congrats!

  • Annie

    Hi Annie!
    Yes, on to residency next. This road seems never-ending, but at least I will be getting paid something now instead of accumulating huge debt :)

  • thecookingnurse

    Congrats on you big day, these look delicious!

  • Laura

    Congratulations! Internship is nothing like you think it will be and everything you imagine it will be. As a fellow resident, I hope you have time to keep up the blog. It’s always a nice respite from long call days to look at yummy and inspired food!

  • Congratulations! That picture is so adorable!

  • Annie

    Thanks, Laura! Thankfully I’m going into pathology so I don’t even have an intern year, which is great. Our hours are also very nice so I’m not worried about my blog at all!
    :) Annie

  • Erin

    What a fun dessert! I bet these would be great with toffee ice cream topped with Heath Bar :)

  • Congratulations!!! What a perfect dessert to celebrate such an exciting event!

  • Those look and sound marvelous! I want to try them with mint chocolate chip ice cream! Congrats on your graduation – what a wonderful accomplishment :)

  • Congrats on the graduation! These cupcakes are the prettiest things ever!

  • apinchofthisandthat

    My birthday is next week and I’ve been trying to decide what type of cake I want…I think I just found the ONE! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • OMG Med School that is SO awesome! I’m an undergraduate hoping to go to Med School so you are an inspiration! Ohhhh I want to hear more about your life as an MD and cool things you’ve learned :)

  • Jen

    Reader, not much of a commenter, but had to say:

    Congratulations! What an incredible accomplishment – you should be very proud of yourself! :-)

  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though I don’t know you; I’m very proud of you. I’m working on my PhD and am on the brink of giving up even though I’m about to embark on the dissertation phase. Your photo is giving me inspiration. I hope to feel what you’re feeling now.

    Good luck on the rest of your future!!

    P.S. The dessert looks fantastic! I’ll have to make that one day.

  • Congratulations, Annie!! What a great way to celebrate – with some good looking cupcakes!

  • Tiff

    Congratulations to you! What a great accomplishment! And your cupcakes look delish.

  • Oh my god, congratulations! That must feel great!! What an accomplishment. Strawberry + ice cream + brownie!? That sounds so perfect.

  • oneordinaryday

    What a nice photo of you and your son
    And those ice cream cupcake brownies?? Holy cow. They look amazing.

  • You are my inspiration – I’ve cooked many of your fabulous dishes, and tell my dinner guests that I got the recipe from “my friend Annie.” Gotta love cooking blogs. Congrats on this wonderful accomplishment – I’m a fellow mom-of-a-toddler and I know how hard it can be to just get out of bed in the morning!

  • Wow, a mom, M.D and a FOOD BLOGGER? You deserve an Olympic Medal!!!

  • Congratulations! What an awesome accomplishment. Good luck with your future! And so glad to hear you’re planning to keep up with the blog.

  • These are perfect for this hot weather!

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  • Ariana

    Aww, what a sweet picture. How wonderful that your little guy was there. He can look at the picture when he’s older and be proud of you, and be inspired by your accomplishments. Congratulations!

  • Congrats!!! How exciting! Also, congrats on your awesome cupcakes. If you are going to make any more ice cream cupcakes in May, you should consider entering the ice cream cupcake roundup!

  • Congratulations! I can only imagine all the hard work you had to do. I just had to take 2 science course and 3 math course and that was plenty for me!

  • Yvettew

    Congrats!! These desserts look fantastic, and I love those combination too.

    I’m starting medical school this fall, and have been playing around with the idea of starting a cooking blog because it is my favorite thing to do in my past time. Looks like one can go to med school and have a life at the same time!

  • Karen

    CONGRATULATIONS! I enjoy reading your blog & am always amazed how you fit this in w/a baby, husband AND medical school. You inspire me to take more time to cook a good meal for my family–sheesh! If you can do, I can do it!

  • These look so good !

  • Ooo these would be heaven! Great idea, I love it. Congrats on the graduation.

  • Wow, those look utterly amazing! The photo stopped me right in my tracks when I saw it on tastespotting.

    Nice to meet you and a big congratulations!


  • Congrats! Those look like the perfect dessert to celebrate!

  • Julie

    Congratulations! I really enjoy following your blog and have made MANY of your recipes. Now when I make dinner my husband asks “Is this an annieseats recipe?”. We know it is sure to be delicious! Thanks for all the tips and easy to follow instructions :-)

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  • Congratulations on the big graduation! Your version of the cupcakes looks perfectly yummy!

  • Congratulations, doctor! You are an incredible young woman!

  • Congratulations!! What an amazing accomplishment!!!

  • adding to the longlong list of congratulations, congrats! i love your adorable kid and those lovely cupcakes! way to go women! :)

  • Congrats and what a wonderful dessert!

  • Congratualations!! I just graduated from med school too! I don’t know how you did it with a baby, I can barely take care of myself and a dog! Those cupcakes look delicious, my dad made me sheet cakes with freehand cadeuci on them. Enjoy your break before residency, where are you going?

  • Annie

    Hi Jess!
    Thanks for the comment and congrats to you too! I am staying here at IU and going into pathology. What about you? I definitely will enjoy my break, I plan to spend it mostly in the kitchen as well as on a week long beach vacation with my family!
    :) Annie

  • Mmm, what a great way to celebrate an achievement! Can’t get any better.

  • Congrats, Dr. Annie! :)

    These ice cream brownie bites are a brillant idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Steph

    A thousand congrats to you Dr. Annie! What an accomplishment. I am just finishing up nursing school and need to take inspiration from you — you are a true multi-tasker!!!

  • Just wanted to tell you that I’m going to make these this weekend – I cannot wait! Seriously – chocolate, strawberries, brownies, ice cream …. you are my hero. :)

  • apinchofthisandthat

    Does the brownie base in your recipe yield a chewy brownie or a cake like brownie? I can’t wait to make these this weekend for my birthday!

  • Annie

    Hi Apinchofthisandthat,
    The brownie base is probably on the chewier side. I was actually very skeptical about what the brownie portion would be like, especially since you eat it nearly frozen, but it is actually really good! We are still eating a few of the leftovers and they taste great. Enjoy!
    :) Annie

  • Congratulations and yum!!

  • Maeghan

    I went to make these tonight for my FIL like I mentioned on the Nest. Didn’t think the batter looked right but I put half a batch in the oven. Came out crumbly, checked the recipe and then Joy the Bakers. You have a typo. You put 3 cups of flour whereas Joy the Baker has 3/4 cups of flour. Oops!

  • Annie

    Hi Maeghan,
    Sorry about that! I have corrected it. I hope you were able to make another batch!
    :) Annie

  • Maeghan

    Yup! About to deliver them this morning :) My strawberries were a little big, next time I’ll go for small ones for garnish! Haven’t tasted the finished product but it’s been tasty along the way.

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  • Auroragold

    I decided to try this out for a July 4th pot luck dinner. I used the star shaped muffin tins (boxed brownie mix though) and homemade strawberry ice cream with freshly picked berries.
    I couldn’t have asked for a better tasting, easier and more festive dessert!

  • Stephanie

    Hi Annie,
    I wanted to make these a day earlier than needed, if I left them in the freezer overnight, would the brownies get too hard and crunchy?

  • Annie

    Hi Stephanie,
    No, they taste great even after they have been frozen for a while. I think we ate them over a week after I originally made them and they were always scrumptious. Good luck and enjoy!
    :) Annie

  • molly

    hi annie, well done on your M.D!!! i must say these look yummy and gourgeous i am totally trying these a.s.a.p…. I was browsing you website and i must say its great xx would they be nice with other ice cream ,,please let me know????????

  • Annie

    Hi Molly,
    Yes, I think I mentioned in the blog post, but I think these would be great with any ice cream that you would like with a brownie. Enjoy!
    :) Annie

  • molly

    thanks annie xx

  • These were really yummy and really messy but totally worth it. Thanks for the recipe!

  • i just discovered your blog via Joy the Baker last night and I am totally hooked! everything you make is so beautiful and appetizing, I have already bookmarked a dozen of your recipes!

    I cant believe you did all this amazing cooking and baking while in medical school, you must be superwoman!

  • Oh my word! How do you do it all? I am totally impressed and a little jealous of your ability to manage a home and successfully complete medical school. Congratulations! Now take a break… I bet you could use one. :)

  • Annie

    Thanks so much, but this post is actually a year old. Now I’m done with my first year of residency and I have three more to go. No rest for me :(

  • Barbara Gerber

    Congratulations! Your hard work paid off!
    I am taking a computer class, trying to finish up my BA and trying to learn new things like your blog, your site is wonderfully! I love cooking!

  • Hey! Congratulations on ur acomplishment. I’m a med student myself and I also have a baking blog :D it’s nice to find someone who does the same. It’s so hard to balance the med student life, with all the assignements and hospital work with our hobbies, that for me now was a relief to know i’m not the only one who does this :D this is my blog, i bake and decorate cakes, take a look :D
    Carla, from Portugal

  • TobyD

    I made these for my daughter’s 14th birthday last weekend -they are FABULOUS! Everyone enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

  • Caroline

    Hey Annie! I am going to make these for a meeting tomorrow and I was wondering if you think they would hold well over night? Thanks so much!

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  • payal

    Hey Annie – I knew you would have a recipe like this on your site :) I actually came up with a similar idea for my husbands birthday and it was AMAZING, so I wanted to share it with you – b/c I know it would be even better with your homemade brownies and ice cream!! I accidentally put too much batter when I baked my brownies and there was no room left for the ice cream…so I scooped out the middle (like a cone method) and filled the inside with different flavors of ice cream and topped with a layer of ganache — It was a HUGE hit! and he was so excited to find ice cream hidden in the middle since ice cream cake is his favorite:)

  • lyly

    Hi Annie, I think it’s late to say “congratulation” but wish you the best for your residency. I’m admiring your talent on cooking and your blog is my diary everday. I want to try this for my sister birthday tomorrow. Can I make it ahead, freze it till it served? Please advise. Thanks.

  • Annie

    Yes, since this is a frozen dessert they can and should be stored in the freezer. Enjoy!

  • Pegjones

    Annie, after you garnish it with the strawberry do you put back in the freezer, I noticed you said to take it out about 5-10 minutes before serving.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I freeze with the garnish on so that it sticks to the top. I think if you didn’t it would probably just fall off. Enjoy!

  • pnutbutter_jellybean

    Is using a foil liner a must? I have dozens of paper ones laying around, will the substitution make much of a difference?

  • annieseats

    I’ve only used foil because I think many paper liners are too delicate and would stick/tear but feel free to experiment.

  • Dianna

    Congratulations on your graduation! What a talented and dedicated person you must be. Such a good role model for your child / children to come! I love your recipes. I hope you keep cooking and sharing.
    Tallahassee, Florida follower & grandma of 5

  • anonymous

    thanks so much for the recipe! i used the raspberry filling with my own choocolate cupcke recipe and they were a huge hit! so delicious!

  • Kathy

    are the standard cupcakes or mini cupcakes?

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