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March 10, 2010

recipe of the week | cupcakes in ice cream cones

So it’s been a while since I’ve made really festive cupcakes. It’s kind of hard to follow my first baking extravaganza—Lady Gaga Cupcakes—so I’ve been mulling over opportune times to bake something really awesome.

Luckily, the Barbecutie/Man Who Cooks recently had a birthday, so I knew I wanted to do something fun for him. Last Friday, in a speed baking session, I came up with the perfect plan: cupcakes in ice cream cones.

birthday cupcakes - cupcakes in ice cream cones

25 delicious, festive, fun cupcakes in cupcake wrappers and in ice cream cones for my birthday boy.

While I was a little nervous about this (I’d never done it before!), I knew I had to make it work, and I knew I had to have it finished in a certain amount of time.  Give yourself about an hour and a half to prepare, bake, cool and decorate cupcakes in ice cream cones—and if you have to transport them by car, like I did, factor in another 15 minutes of prepping them in containers and tissue paper so they don’t fall over!

I tried two versions of cupcakes in ice cream cones. Version 1, where you actually bake the cake batter inside the cone, is the traditional way. Version 2 makes the cupcake look like a real ice cream cone because you bake cupcakes the traditional way and then put it on top of a candy-filled ice cream cone. Mix it up to see what you like best, or combine the two for a monstrous cupcake treat (I did that as well!).

how to bake cupcakes in ice cream cones: part 1

ingredients/materials
cake batter
ice cream cones
sprinkles/candy
frosting (see recipe for cream cheese frosting)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Prepare cake batter (use your own recipe or a box).

3. Spoon cake batter into flat-bottom ice cream cones. Fill ice cream cones 2/3 full.

cupcakes inside ice cream cones - step 1

Don't fill the cones too high—you might make a big mess!

4. Stand ice cream cones in cupcake pan. Carefully put the batter-filled ice cream cones into the oven.

5. Bake for 20 minutes. Cupcakes will rise inside ice cream cones and form a nice round head.

6. After time is up, remove cupcakes in ice cream cones from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

7. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired!

how to bake cupcakes in ice cream cones: part 2

ingredients/materials
cake batter
ice cream cones
cupcake liners
sprinkles/candy
frosting (see recipe for cream cheese frosting)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Prepare cake batter (use your own recipe or a box).

3. Spoon cake batter into cupcake liners 2/3 full.

4. Bake for 20 minutes.

6. After time is up, remove cupcakes and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

7. Gather flat-bottomed ice cream cones. Add candy to the ice cream cones until it fills to the top.

8. Add one thick layer of frosting atop the ice cream cone.

cupcakes inside ice cream cones - frosting and cupcake

Fill the ice cream cone with candy and then frost the ice cream cone so you have a sticky base for the cupcake to adhere.

9. Place a completely cooled cupcake (liner removed) upside down onto the frosting.

cupcake on top frosted ice cream cone

Place the cupcake upside down on the frosted ice cream cone.

10. Add frosting all around the cupcake and decorate as desired!

cupcakes inside ice cream cones - frosted and decorated

I made these three "mama" cupcakes inside ice cream cones using recipe part 2.

easy cream cheese frosting

ingredients/materials
4 ounce cream cheese
4 ounces butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
mixing bowl
electric mixer (or hand mixer if you’re strong)

1. Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer (on low) in the mixing bowl.

2. Slowly add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until the mixture becomes smooth.

3. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Baking cupcakes in ice cream cones is fun and easy, but definitely time-consuming. Maybe next time I’ll have some actual ice cream on the side to accompany these little masterpieces. But…I don’t think the Birthday Boy minded that he was without ice cream. Or maybe that was his birthday wish? I’ll never know…

birthday boy blows out candles on cupcakes in ice cream cones

Happy Birthday, Birthday Boy!

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  • http://www.imaginaryheroine.wordpress.com imaginaryheroine

    Ice cream cone cupcakes were all the rage when I was in second grade. I swear all the cool kids’ moms would make them for their birthday treat.



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