Monday, January 13, 2014

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Yummy note:  In this deep freeze weather we've been having, it made me think of ice cream...haha. I know, how can one think of ice cream with this nasty cold weather. However, ice cream is always on my mind. My kids and I could eat it every day. So of course, this summer it was no surprise for my daughter's birthday, she really wanted ice cream treats to take to her party at the park. I said no...I could just picture it.. a hot day, the cooler not keeping ice cream cold at the park and one big hot mess! Oh, and then my daughter and her friends covered in ice cream at the park. Didn't sound pleasant. So I quickly diverted her to another suggestion- "how about ice cream cone cupcakes!" - Thankfully the idea was sold quickly and she loved it since it looked like ice cream but was actually a fun cupcake! Plus, her and her friends could actually participate by putting the frosting on and decorating their own ice cream cone cupcake. For transportation purposes, the ice cream cone cupcakes when plain, are so much easier to package than already decorated. If you do plan to transport them already decorated, there are some fantastic ideas you can get from a Google search. So if you think it is a little too cold outside for an ice cream treat, perhaps this nice baked ice cream cone cupcake is a good alternative! 

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Source: I first remember these growing up from my grandma and my mom. I believe they got it from like the back of a cake mix box, perhaps it was Betty Crocker.  

1 box of any flavored cake mix and the oil, eggs, and water as directed on cake mix box
24 flat cake cones (flat bottom cones) 
1 - 2 cans of already prepared frosting or your favorite frosting recipe 
sprinkles or other candy for decorations

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcake pans by placing cupcake paper liners in the pan. Prepare cake mix according to the directions on the box or to your cake recipe. Pour cake batter evenly into the cupcake liners. Make sure it is about 2/3 of the way full and then place an empty ice cream cone down into the batter. Make sure they are pushed down into the cake batter well so they don't pop over during the baking process. They will move some when baking, so just try to do your best by making the ice cream cone level. Bake about 15-20 minutes until cupcakes appear to be done, testing with a toothpick. Remove cupcakes from the pan and cool completely before decorating them. 

Birthday Girl Alicia loves her "mint chocolate chip" ice cream inspired cupcakes! 
Make sure ice cream cone cups are pushed down over the cupcake batter evenly. 
A peek at them while they are baking. Some might tip or fall over during baking, if that happens, just try and fix it by pushing it back up gently. 
Cone cupcakes appear to be done! Ready for transport so the girls can decorate. 
Get ready for the frosting! 
Have fun decorating and mixing and matching flavors! The possibilities are endless! Strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, chocolate chip, rainbow sherbet, etc...

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