red velvet hot fudge sundaes

So after tasting last week’s red velvet cake, The.Boy was all like, “it’s good but it doesn’t have enough cinnamon.”

To which my response was to try to take a blood sample from him so I could test it for psychotropic drug use.

(He did not cooperate, FYI.)


But, come on now. I’m not the crazy one here.

Cinnamon in red velvet is NOT a thing. Am I right?


But red velvet ice cream filled with swirls of cream cheese frosting and covered in a thick decadent (slightly tangy!) red velvet hot fudge sauce, on the other hand?

That is a thing.

thing you need your Valentine’s day meals to comprise of. Like, all of them. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, after-dinner snack. And dessert.

And because I’m nice, I even threw some cinnamon in for good measure.

Along with sprinkles. Because, eat the rainbow. Always.


You should know that while the red velvet ice cream with cream cheese swirl is good on it’s own, it’s really the red velvet hot fudge that takes it into WHOA zone.

(Some might call it “overkill”, I call it WHOA zone.)

It’s just the right bit of tangy from the buttermilk to replicate that red velvet flavor while simultaneously keeping the whole thing from being too rich.

And it’s CHOCOLATE. Which is always a good thing.

You really have to make sure you use good quality chocolate, though, because if you skimp a little it will melt into a grainy mess. For this, I went with Ghirardelli 60% Cacao chocolate baking chips, which are made with high quality ingredients so that they melt into smooth luscious liquid gold.

Just look at that sauce. It speaks for itself.


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Red Velvet Hot Fudge Sundaes
Red velvet hot fudge sundaes are the ultimate in red velvet desserts with a red velvet ice cream with cream cheese swirls topped with a red velvet hot fudge sauce.
Yield: 1 quart
For the ice cream
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup plus 3 tbsp. sugar, divided
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • ½ tbsp red velvet emulsion or 1 tbsp. red food coloring
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the cream cheese swirl
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cold
  • 2½ tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
For the red velvet hot fudge
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 ounces Ghirardelli 60% Cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, chopped, divided in half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp red velvet emulsion or red food coloring
  1. To make the ice cream, in a medium pot, combine the heavy cream, ¾ cup sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder over medium-high heat, cooking until warm enough that sugar and cocoa powder have dissolved, whisking frequently.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining 3 tbsp sugar until sugar.
  3. When cream mixture is warm, slowly pour into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, to temper them. Pour the whole mixture back into the pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot constantly, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Pour through a fine-meshed sieve into a bowl. Stir in the buttermilk, red velvet emulsion, and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap so that the plastic directly touches the custard, which will prevent it from forming a film. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  5. When custard is chilled through, pour it into the base of an ice cream maker and churn it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  6. While the custard is churning, make the cream cheese swirl. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese and butter until combined and fluffy, about 3 minutes. On low speed, add in the confectioner's sugar and mix until combined. Mix in the vanilla and heavy cream. Set aside.
  7. Pour half of the ice cream into a storage container. Top with half of the cream cheese swirl. Add remaining ice cream and then remaining cream cheese. Drag a knife through the ice cream to swirl and combine. Cover and chill for about 3 hours, or until frozen through.
  8. To make the hot fudge, in a medium pot, combine the heavy cream, buttermilk, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, sea salt, chocolate, and butter. Over medium heat, bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  9. Remove from the heat and stir in the red velvet emulsion. Let cool for 20-30 minutes before serving. Refrigerate in-between uses and reheat in the microwave to make it fudgy again.
  10. Serve ice cream topped with red velvet hot fudge and copious sprinkles.
Ice cream recipe adapted from Annie's Eats

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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74 Responses to Red Velvet Hot Fudge Sundaes

  1. Wow – what a great treat and very pretty ice cream!

  2. Oh dear. I have this addiction to homemade fudge sauce. I have to keep it in the freezer with the ice cream, or else a spoon will my undoing. Having to melt it before eating helps me think twice. But if you’re telling me that this is freakin’ red velvet fudge sauce, jeez….I dunno if the freezer would really stand between us.

  3. Hilarious Joanne – I think he was thinking of red hots with the red color. Fun sundae!

  4. Can you just deliver this to my house? I’m dying for it and it is only 7:40 in the morning.

  5. Any chance you can deliver this ice cream straight to my door? Seriously??

  6. Oh. My.
    I’d eat a homemade hot fudge sundae like this any time of day anywhere!

  7. I’m sick right now and this red velvet ice cream would be just the ticket! Love the recipe.

  8. I’ve been dying for this every since I saw your Instagram post!! Oh lordy!!

  9. Kathryn says:

    I’m with you. Red velvet does not need any cinnamon at all. That’s just crazy talk. This sundae, on the other hand, I am all over.

  10. I’m feeling a lot of love for this sundae. Just sayin’. Nice job, Joanne!!

  11. Deena kakaya says:

    Joanne, this is rather sensual stuff isn’t it! X

  12. Ok this will solve my cold right now!! Love the hot fudge!!!!

  13. Yum Joanne! Your sundae looks just amazing and oohhhhh that fudge topping! I want this!

  14. Never have I ever heard of cinnamon in red velvet. But if someone is aware of red velvet, I could see how they might think it would be cinnamon. Maybe… Love this sundae!

  15. Is it bad that I feel like I’m getting in all the food groups when I eat rainbow sprinkles?! #eatclean

  16. SallyBR says:

    decadent. Not sure I get The Boy. What’s the problem allowing you to draw some blood in the name of scientific investigation?

    odd. Very odd.

  17. Umm, yes yes yes. This looks amazing. Hot fudge sundae anyway! And strange, my Mr. never cooperates with the blood sample idea either!

  18. danielle says:

    I love that you added the cinnamon for him – thats love 🙂

  19. This looks beautiful and it’s so creative! Loving this recipe!

  20. sandra says:

    oh man, I really need to get an ice cream maker before summer is here. this looks just perfectly valentine worthy.

  21. Susan says:

    Are we thinking maybe the.boy saw red cake and just assumed cinnamon because I never associated the two. Also yeah I need this.

  22. You’ve just about killed me with this recipe. I’m freezing my buns off buy I could dive head first into this sundae!

  23. Oh, goodness. Cinnamon is definitely not a thing in red velvet. Stand your ground on that one! 🙂

  24. I always go for the whoa zone! This looks like an amazing Valentine’s Day dessert!

  25. Yum! Looks like you are getting good use out of that red velvet emulsion! Might have to get some of my own…

  26. Love fudge sundaes! My husband often jokes that I have more fudge than ice cream…he’s not wrong. Lol. This looks so yummy. 🙂

  27. Kate says:

    I really like the idea of red velvet hot fudge!

  28. cheri says:

    Cinnamon in ice cream, sign me up!

  29. Lol cinnamon in red velvet? That is new. But I’ll try anything once! Sign me up for three bowls of this!

  30. Teffy says:

    Oh wow this is taking red velvet to a whole different level!! It’s incredible!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  31. Feel free to send any leftovers this way. Yum!

  32. Hahaha, cinnamon. Silly fiance. This ice cream looks ridiculous, in the best way possible. And the addition of chocolate on top is genius!

  33. This sundae is rocking my socks, I absolutely love the valentines day colour! 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  34. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a great Valentine’s dessert. I love the vibrant colour and the cream cheese swirl would make this ice cream sensational. And then there’s the fudge sauce. And then the sprinkles. How wonderful to have a bowl of this. But where’s the cinnamon??? xx

  35. Megan says:

    This is genius! Red velvet ice cream plus cinnamon! (Cause yeah cinnamon and red velvet is not a thing. You’re right.) This would be perfect for V-day!

  36. This looks RIDICULOUSLY delicious. Like…so delicious I would end up eating all of them, and get sick, but I couldn’t even be mad because they were THAT GOOD.

    Thanks for sharing!

  37. Kelster says:

    Maybe your red velvet and cinnamon cake confused him? Also, I need this ice cream.

  38. This hot fudge on top is making me swoon a bit. I need a fan to cool down from the excitement.

  39. Christine says:

    Oh my, just when I thought I’d seen every form of red velvet, this appears. Looks so unbelievably delicious. I don’t know about the cinnamon in red velvet though….

  40. Ya, I’m lookin’. And a wantin’.

  41. I’ve got to bake something red velvet, and I’ve got to bake it NOW! This looks fantastic!

  42. I don’t have much experience with red velvet cake, but your ice-cream sounds very creative.

  43. Monica says:

    Okay, this is my kind of Valentine’s Day dessert! That hot fudge is my favorite thing!! And I love baking with Ghirardelli chips and bars.

  44. What a decadent and delicious dessert!

  45. Johanna GGG says:

    looks amazing – chocolate is always right – I am in your corner and the boy can have his cinnamon

  46. Shannon says:

    i top my red velvet with cinnamon cream cheese frosting… so i don’t think he’s crazy 🙂 this looks fantastic!

  47. never heard of cinnamon in red velvet…but at least he knows what he wants?! 🙂 i’m in love with this ice cream though!

  48. um yeah cinnamon in red velvet is not a thing lol. Michael empathizes though and says “Maybe it should be a thing. You girls don’t understand us.” lol

    this hot fudge sauce is AHMAZING on the serious. Like….whoa. genius!

  49. I am all over this ice cream. I’m totally with you- no cinnamon!

  50. I SO wish Ghiradelli sold their chocolate in Australia. I think back to my visits to the store in SF and how much chocolate I bought every time.

    This ice cream sounds heavenly.

  51. To die for! And what a beautiful dessert. I really love the vibrant red ice cream topped off with hot fudge and colorful sprinkles.

  52. I have definitely never heard of cinnamon in red velvet cake. But then, I hadn’t ever thought of a red velvet ice cream sundae but I am willing to embrace this with OPEN ARMS. So maybe he can have the cinnamon, so long as we get this 🙂

  53. Betty says:

    It’s never too cold for red velvet ice cream, I’m sure. Dreamy. But cinnamon? Well, I’d have to try it just to make sure it was okay. 🙂

  54. Jess says:

    Such a brilliant idea and a really fun Valentine’s Day dessert!

  55. Barbara says:

    Oh yeah! That looks divine. Adding cinnamon was a fun idea, Joanne.

  56. ramblingtart says:

    Cracking up over the cinnamon comment. 🙂 Bear comes out with those things with me too and I look at him in disbelief wondering who’s the crazy one. 🙂

  57. This sounds yummy. I think this would go great for a Valentine’s Day treat.

  58. The stunning colored ice cream with chocolate sauce is what I want to have on V-day 😀

  59. Karly says:

    Cinnamon and red velvet is definitely not a thing. Boys are weird.

    This sundae? Not weird. Delicious.

  60. Good lord, I just died a little from happiness!

  61. grace says:

    bless your heart for including cinnamon. that just seals the deal for me.

  62. P says:

    Now I want to foray into ice cream making—-this looks too good to pass up!

  63. Oh my! How did we miss this post ? Amazing red velvet ice cream !! And your are right the chocolate sauce gives it s wow effect!! love this recipe- you go girl!

  64. I’ve never had red velvet anything because I’m allergic to chocolate, but I don’t think there’s typically cinnamon in it. However, cinnamon is always a good addition in my book. This sundae looks scrumptious!

  65. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This is gorgeous and oh so tempting! You’ve given me a serious sweets craving right now

  66. Reeni says:

    The ice cream alone is swoon inducing! Cream cheese swirl? The way to my heart! Perfectly decadent and rich for V-day.

  67. Deborah says:

    I’m all about eating the rainbow – especially when it’s red!! 🙂

  68. Melissa says:

    That ice cream sundae looks so good! Any dessert is made a million times better with hot fudge sauce!

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