• Kim

Family Gatherings-Just an Excuse for Good Food

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

My favorite part of family gatherings is definitely the family, but, it is usually an excuse for us to bust out some of our better recipes. For me, it is usually a new dessert recipe.

A few weeks ago, we had a small family gathering for two birthdays in the family and I was in charge of dessert. I wanted to make something new, but, of course, something delicious!!! It is also the middle of summer-- so I didn't want something that was going to bake forever or take 3 days to make.

When it comes to making good food, though, it is something my family counts on at this point. They expect it from me, so I have to deliver. I can always count on my brother-in-law to love pretty much everything I make. He even told Brandon that the food I bring is part of what gets him to even come to our family gatherings. He always just wants to try what's new. So this time around, I decided to make Birthday Cake Ice Cream and Peanut Butter Fluff Brownies. They were a hit! Here is how to make them.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream


2 cups whipping cream

2 Tbsp melted butter

1 cup yellow cake mix

1 can Sweetened Condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla or cake batter extract

1/3 cup sprinkles of choice

Food Coloring, if desired

3 yellow cupcakes (made from the remaining box mix)

I first separate out the 1 cup of cake mix that is needed for the ice cream. That leaves about 2/3 of the mix left over. I mix that up with 2 eggs, 2/3 cup of water and 5 Tbsp of oil. Pour it into a greased cupcake pan 2/3 of the way full and baked at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean. Once done baking, I cooled them in the pan for 15 minutes, and then on the rack for about an hour. While they were cooling, I started making the ice cream part.

In a large bowl, I mixed the cream at high speed until stiff peaks formed. In a small bowl, I mixed the cake batter, condensed milk, butter and extract. I folded the batter mixture into the whip cream. Add the food coloring, if you would like, and the sprinkles and pour into a loaf pan or container of choice. After an hour pull the ice cream out of the freezer. Crumble the three cupcakes over the ice cream and fold into it. Continue freezing for an additional 3-4 hours at least if not overnight.

Peanut Butter Fluff Brownies


1 box family size brownie mix

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup marshmallow cream/fluff

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter chips or chopped peanuts

Mix and bake the brownies as directed into a 9x13 pan. Cool completely. In a large bowl, blend the butter, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, vanilla and powdered sugar. Once blended and smooth, scoop out onto cooled brownies and spread evenly. After peanut butter mix is spread, place chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe container. Microwave for 30 seconds at 10 second increments until chocolate is smooth. Pour on top of peanut butter fluff and spread into a thin layer. At this point, you can put in refrigerator to harden or you can sprinkle peanut butter chips or chopped peanuts on top for an added texture. Now,you are done with an easily prepared outstanding dessert!! Enjoy!

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