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Pickle and Ice Cream Cupcakes

Update: These pickle and ice cream cupcakes were featured in People magazine and on FOX 2 news!!

Yes, that’s me! While you might think my belly is just big from eating so many cupcakes, that is not the case! I’m having a baby! To answer the questions that I’ve been asked a million times:

  • Yes, we are going to find out the sex – that will be in March.
  • No, we don’t care either way, as long as it’s healthy.
  • I’m due on Aug. 8.
  • No, I haven’t had morning sickness. However, my stomach does feel weird most of the time and I have a constant request in to Jonathan to press on my stomach – hard.
  • Yes, I have cleared with my OB that this will not hurt the baby.
  • No, I have not had any weird food cravings.

Despite my lack of cravings, I simply couldn’t announce my pregnancy here on Cupcake Project without making pickle and ice cream cupcakes. I like pickles and I like ice cream, but I fully expected these cupcakes to taste NASTY!

Did the Pregnant Lady (Me) Like The Pickle and Ice Cream Cupcakes?

Shockingly, I really liked the pickle and ice cream cupcakes. The cupcakes themselves tasted like a pickle in cake form. The prominent flavor was definitely dill and they were somewhat eggy like a dill quiche – not very sweet. If you like dill and you like pickles or you have a pregnant woman in your life who has a good sense of humor, you might consider making these cupcakes.

But, my favorite part of eating these cupcakes was actually dipping the pickle in the ice cream and sucking it off. I couldn’t believe that I liked that combination of flavors. Weird! Do pregnant women like pickles and ice cream because they are phallic? Do I realize that my grandma reads this?

Pickle Cupcake Recipe

Pickle and Ice Cream Cupcakes

Yield: 8 cupcakes

Pickle and Ice Cream Cupcakes


  • 1 C flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t ground dill
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t onion powder
  • 6 T butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 C sour cream
  • 1/3 C dill pickle juice (the liquid from the pickle jar)
  • 1/3 C finely chopped dill pickles


  1. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, dill, salt, and onion powder in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs and sour cream until blended.
  4. Alternately fold in flour mixture and pickle juice, beginning and ending with the flour.
  5. Fold in the chopped pickles.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  7. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the cupcake clean.


The Ice Cream

I topped the cupcake with vanilla ice cream. Can anyone think of a flavor that would go better with pickle? The topic had never come up for me before and I figured vanilla would be a safe bet.



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12 Responses to Pickle and Ice Cream Cupcakes

  1. Karina Allrich February 15, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    Where were you when I was pregnant (so many years ago)??? I would have killed for pickle and ice cream cupcakes. Seriously- congrats! Enjoy every minute. Much love + best wishes for you and the baby (and Dad, of course!).

  2. Marilyn February 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Totally hilarious – and wonderful! Congratulations, Stef. Eat all the cupcakes you want. :)

  3. Krista February 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    Ha, that is AWESOME. Congrats!!

    My Grandpa (and my dad) have a real thing for combining salty/sweet. Their fave combo:

    Pickles, Ice cream, chocolate cake, peanuts, jellybeans. All together.

  4. Sydney February 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    LMAO! That photo of the pickle sticking out of the ice cream is priceless. Although now all I can picture is you sucking ice cream off one in front of your Grandma. LOL

    Congratulations (again)!

  5. Meagan February 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Ha! What a fantastic post! Just perfect! We are so thrilled for you guys!!!

  6. Stef February 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

    Karina – Really? Did you actually crave pickles and ice cream? I wasn’t sure if that was just an old wives tale.

    Marilyn – Thanks! I have been! :)

    Krista – Wow. Umm.. interesting family you’ve got. :)

    Sydney – Thanks and that is so not going to happen, ever!

    Meagan – Thanks! Glad you enjoyed. I figured it was time to share the news.

  7. CB February 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Omgosh!! Congratulations! I remember when my mom was preggers with my youngest brother. She would eat snickers dipped in pickle juice! GROSSSSS! LOL. Gotta love pregnant woman food cravings. Looking forward to future cupcake creations during pregnancy. 😉

  8. Elyse February 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    What a great sense of humor! Congrats! (I worry about myself because I am not pregnant, yet I’m totally up for trying one of those cupcakes :) )

  9. Karen February 15, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    Pickles Ahoy!
    Our Annabel was born on 8/8…a great day to have a baby. Best wishes to you both.

  10. Anna February 15, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    Congratulations! Your baby’s due date is right on my birthday, and very auspicious day :) I actually do have a pregnant friend and I’m seriously considering making a few of these cupcakes for her…though I don’t know if they’ll actually be eaten.

  11. Stef February 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    CB – Wow. That does sound gross. :) You have to wonder where people get the idea to try these things?

    Elyse – They actually aren’t bad. Although, so far the only one who’s had one other than me is Jonathan and he hates pickles. I do think that people would like pickles would like them, but I have no proof of that just yet.

    Karen – Thanks! It would be cooler if it was 8/8/08, but what can you do?

    Anna – It would totally crack me up if anyone actually made them. So.. do you like having your bday on 8-8?

  12. Liz February 16, 2009 at 6:04 am #

    Congratulations! I’m due in 2 weeks, so it’s neat to see someone at a different phase of things.

    I have had no weird cravings, but will definitely make these at some point post-baby just for the fun of it!

  13. Stef February 16, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    Liz – Oooh! Congrats to you!! How exciting!

  14. Nancy February 16, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    Kudos to Demi Moore whose pregnant photo years ago made it socially acceptable to share the wonderful pictures.

    I craved cucumbers in their natural state, and I always crave ice cream.

    Your Grandma is hip and cool and so infanticipating that none of the assorted mental pickle images will shock her.

  15. Fake Ginger February 16, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    Oh my gosh, that’s hilarious!

    Congratulations on the pregnancy! I craved pickles too (mainly on burgers) and now kid refuses to eat them!

  16. Alanna @ Kitchen Parade February 16, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    Aiii — you are nuts, woman! When he/she grows up and says, Mom, how did you tell the world that I was going to be born? you’re going to have to tell him/her about Pickles & Ice Cream cupcakes. Congrats to Mum-to-be and Dad-to-be both!

  17. Pinky February 16, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    Congratulations! That last photo and grandma comment killed me!

  18. Michelle February 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    OH….congratulations! I think your tummy looks gorgeous!

    Thanks for the comment about the soda concentrates. I’m buying some of these today!

  19. veggievixen February 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    wow, congrats!! that’s awesome that you came up with this recipe :)

    best wishes

  20. Hannah Handpainted February 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Oh wow.

    Hehe. I’m so glad that I’m not the only strange one who makes weird food and/or strange comments (questionable?) hehee.

    Congrats on your pregnancy. 😀

  21. Kim February 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Well, hot diggity! I’m very happy for the two of you!

  22. toontz February 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Congratulations! Have the baby on my birthday (8/2) and we will all celebrate together. I craved french fries and orange juice. I also had to have a tiny piece of chocolate every day.

  23. Anonymous February 16, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    yesss! I HAD to have pickles constantly when I was pregnant. I loved pickles and ice cream long before that though, and to answer your question… just about any flavor tastes awesome with pickles. Im not much for very fruity ice creams though so they may be funky. YAY! try everything! congratulations!!!!!!!!!

  24. kim February 17, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    Yay, congratulations!! :) You are due just a week after my sister in law! I can totally see this being a tasty cupcake. I am all about the salty/sweet combo!

  25. CaptainCanuck February 17, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    Congrats (again) to you and J… this post is brilliant! Very cool stuff

  26. Elle February 17, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    Congratulations!!!! :)

  27. Olga February 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    how totally random :)
    There was a store next to my apartment a few years ago called Ice cream and Pickles: of course it was for pregnant women!

  28. Mrs. Mordecai February 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    Those. Are. Hilarious.

  29. MissShell February 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    good god..they are amazing. as a woman with a pickle tattoo and a vegan cupcake baking fiend… i think i need to do a vegan version of these cupcakes. instead of vanilla icecream however, i will use peanut butter vegan icecream as i/m a huge fan of peanut butter and pickle sandwiches on multigrain bread and know it will work just as well with cupcakes…i am seriously so excited i/m squeeling…thankyou so much!! x

  30. Stef February 17, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    Wow! Thanks so much everyone for your congrats! It means so much to me.

    Fake Ginger – Hmm.. so there goes the kids like the things you eat in pregnancy theory.

    Michelle – Oh good! Glad I could help!

    Hannah – You are definitely not alone. :)

    Toontz – I’ve had a tiny piece of chocolate every day both before and during pregnancy.

    Miss Shell – Awesome! You’ll have to tell me how they turn out!

  31. Y February 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    What a funny post. Congrats, by the way! :)

  32. Lori February 18, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    LOVE that last pic. I guess you could real call that food porn.

    Congrats on your pregnancy and impending baby!

    Loved this post.

  33. Ivy February 18, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Wow! You blow my mind every time.
    I really wan to try your intriguing pickle cupcake recipe.
    I can’t wiat to see if you will have a boy or girl. :) It’s so exciting!

    P.s. Send the pic we took together. :)

  34. Anonymous February 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    Congratulations! How marvelous :-)

    Has Elliot started making puns about a bun (or cupcake) in the oven?


  35. Donna E February 19, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Congrats,so happy for you both! I adore dill & pickles,no pregnancies for me,but I’ll give them a try anyway and let you know! LOL While pregnant with my last set of twins,I had to have slush puppies daily,generally grape or raspberry,but orange,watermelon or strawberry were good exchanges,if no puppies available DH had to keep me well stocked in popsicles.We had the first set of twins helping me polish off those & my then 14yr old.

  36. kamailesfood February 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Congrats! I have to say, these don’t sound very tempting. I do love pickles and I do love ice cream. Maybe next time I’m pregnant or feelin’ crazy I’ll have to give these a chance.

  37. kamailesfood February 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Not that pregnant women are crazy.

  38. Anonymous February 21, 2009 at 6:18 am #

    These were delicious! The person who said that they were eggy and quiche-like got it right. I got mine from a friend close close to the source, and it was the perfect thing to eat this morning.


    pumpkin eater

  39. ~~louise~~ February 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    How is it I missed this post? A HUGE congratulations to you and yours Stef! I’m thrilled for you! Now, I must go back and pick up that link for those Oreo Cookies. Their anniversary is coming up in March and I want to add it to the post I did last year.


  40. Jenny February 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    What a great post. Congratulations!

  41. Kristen February 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    ROFL – I am cracking up! And yes, the 1st thing I thought of when I saw that last picture was a you know what… ha!

  42. suz February 26, 2009 at 2:53 am #

    Congrats! And its not the pregnancy- pickles and ice cream taste good together because they have the salty/sweet thing going on. I actually accidently discovered I really liked pickles and chocolate pudding together. Don’t ask how that happened.

  43. Keesha aka Prissycook March 1, 2009 at 6:41 am #


  44. Tina April 16, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    OMG…Stef thanks so much for sharing and I don’t think I knew you were pregnant either. This is hysterical and the photos are cracking me up! You are so creative and I can’t believe how you’ve kept up with posts. I’ve slacked since this baby is draining me….but not enough to still eat ice cream! It’s tempting but not sure I can bring myself to try this one!

  45. Jenni C April 22, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    I just love your last presentation picture!! OMG
    Congratulations on your expected new family member.

  46. Shannon June 20, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    well idk about pickles and ice cream but i have tried these things called koolickles which are big sour dill pickles marinated in sweet coolaid–there a little salty sour and sweet and besides being bright red the flavor actually grows on you

  47. C.M. Cooper July 22, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    i always said that if people saw me eating a pickle, i must be pregnant, but no, i didn’t have one pickle, can’t stand them…
    it was funny actually, when i was just pregnant and no one knew about it, i was visiting my parents and 2 of my sisters were eating pickles (one married, one not). and this lady walked in and asked: how many of you are pregnant, and i looked up in alarm, how did she know? but she wasn’t even looking at me, she was looking at the pickle eaters…

  48. Stef July 22, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    CM – Funny story. :) Pickles are definitely not for everyone.

  49. JelloMom February 2, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    When I was pregnant with my daughter (17 years ago!) i LOVED pickles in chocolate ice cream. SOund gross, but actually was very satisfying. To this day, both my kids occaisionally drink a little pickle juice when the pickle jar is empty…

    PS-Butler Indiana has a an annual pickle festival. This year I plan to take some of their pickle ice cream and deep fried pickles and revisit this recipe…

  50. Julia April 17, 2010 at 4:49 am #

    congratulations! i bet you’ll get tons of traffic from that little shout out! how did the cupcake turn out, was it yummy?

  51. firemountmom April 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    This is too funny!!! I myself am 8 months pregnant and had a pickle craving early in the pregnancy…but never with cupcakes or ice cream. What’s weird is that the more I read your post, the more is actually sounded good to me…hmmm…maybe I should try it…
    If nothing else…thanks for making me laugh.

  52. Vicki Bensinger April 27, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    You really should think about writing a book called “Whimsical Cupcakes”. I bet you would sell tons of them. I know I’d buy one.

  53. Lauren June 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    What about peanut butter frosting for the pickle cupcakes?! I recently tried a peanut butter and pickle sandwich and I loved the flavors together! Just throwing it out there! =)

  54. hannah August 3, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    yay!thanks for this recipe! im pregnant and just yesterday I ate a whole jar of pickles…and a shit ton of sweets. Now i can condense my cravings!

  55. Nickie February 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Its 11:15 pm. I just found your blog and looking at one recipe led to 5 other which led to this one. This was a hilarious post! Love the phallic remark & loved the picture of the pickle in the icecream… I think that makes me a perv. Oddly enough I want to bake…instead of..eh hem… eat pickles

  56. Mango Pickles February 13, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    Ooooh such an interesting cupcake should definitely give it a try.

  57. Stephanie April 26, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Just found this recipe and I am making it for my husband’s boss for his birthday. I have to admit I wasn’t too sure I was going to like it, especially from the smell while mixing it. But while they are baking… I can’t wait till they are cooled enough! There is an AMAZING ice cream shop in town that makes incredible vanillas. there are at least 3 different kinds! Can’t wait to go try them to find the perfect match!!! :) His boss is the type of person to drink the juice from the pickle jar! (So is my cousin, so I made exras!!!)

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