Last year at a family gathering, my mother-in-law made ice cream cone cupcakes and my kiddos were absolutely enchanted. After we returned home, we decided to make another batch to share on the Fourth of July. I gathered every red, white, and blue sprinkle I had at my disposal and we went to town! These are so cute, so fun to make, and awesome for sharing — but there’s definitely a secret to making them. So read on for the skinny on how to make ice cream cone cupcakes!
How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
- cake cones
- your favorite cake mix or recipe
- sprinkles in your favorite color palette, or themed to the next holiday!
Step 1: Start by mixing up your cake batter. We used good ol’ box mix, but you can use pretty much any mix or recipe that you like.
Step 2: Place your cake cones on a baking sheet. Now here’s the secret! You can’t fill these babies up anywhere near the top. They’ll overflow and essentially melt the top of the cones off. I recommend filling them about two thirds of the way full, and the cake will rise to just above the top. If you’re hesitant or worried about filling them too full, do a test run. Try filling just a few cones at different heights and bake them to see how your oven does.
Step 3: Once you’ve got all the cones filled, bake according to the box instructions (usually around 18-20 minutes at 350).
Step 4: Decorate! Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost the tops and let your kiddos go to town. One great way to do it is to give them sprinkles in a certain color palette or theme and let them do the decorating. Then you have a pulled-together look but they feel like they had all of the creative vision. 😉
These were a total hit! We’ll definitely be doing them again for holidays and birthdays. Have fun! xoxo