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Puttin' on the Ritz. [Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Last summer I went to a cupcake shop and I heard the owner mention that business was good, but there was competition from the ice cream store down the street. A light bulb flicked on in my head—what's a more classic combination than cake and ice cream? They go together like...white on rice! Hand in glove! Romeo and Juliet (minus the weepy ending)!

After a little bit of experimenting I assembled what I think is a tremendously tasty, cakey, and frosty treat. Two chocolate cupcakes are layered with peanut butter ice cream in small plastic party cups—dessert roadie, anyone?—and topped with chocolate icing speckled with Ritz cracker crumbs.

I scream. You scream. We all scream for (cupcakes and) ice cream.

About the author: María del Mar Sacasa is a recipe developer, food stylist, and author of the food blogs High Heels & Frijoles and Voracious Billy Goat. Behind her girly façade lurks a truck driver's appetite.


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