Monday, January 28, 2013

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

This Christmas, I decided to buy myself a mixer. It's now been a month since I've had it and I first used it only this past weekend. I don't know what brought us onto this idea, but my boyfriend and I decided to make cupcakes inside ice cream cones. I found a great vanilla cupcake recipe from Amy Sedaris and an awesome fudge frosting recipe from Smitten Kitchen and went on to experiment with these ice cream cones.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

They turned out great. I even shared some with my students and they were fascinated by the idea of these cupcakes and asked all kinds of questions. Did I bake the cupcakes in the cones? Yes, just pour some batter 2/3 full and bake as you would a normal cupcake. Does the cupcake go all the way down to the bottom? That was actually a pleasant surprise for me when I got down to the last bite. I had difficulty pouring in the batter nicely and knew the batter didn't make it to the bottom, but as it bakes, the batter slowly travels and sets itself firmly down there because every single one was filled at the bottom -- no holes or gaps.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

The only problem was transporting these cupcakes. Baking them wasn't a problem as I had a mini muffin pan and it was the perfect size to hold the ice cream cones without falling over in the oven or when taking it in and out of the oven. Frosting them wasn't a problem either as they stood perfectly still by themselves since they were heavy with cupcakes. Storing them in the refrigerator was a breeze as I just used the mini muffin pan. When I was trying to pack them up to take them to school though, I realized there was no way to avoid their falling. I packed enough in a Tupperware so that the cones would at least stand but a few did end up falling over. The good thing about this icing recipe is that it sets very nicely so it didn't get everywhere, just a smudge on the side of an adjacent cone.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

It's certainly a nice twist to the normal cupcakes one would bake so try these for your next party and I'm sure they'll be a hit. I've seen these everywhere on the Internet, so I'm glad I got to try my hand in making these as well. It was a fun experiment and I was excited every time I got to bite into one of these little cuties.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
From Joy's Ice Cream Cones Box

Your favorite cupcake recipe
Your favorite frosting recipe
24 ice cream cones

Make your favorite cupcake recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Pour cupcake batter 2/3 full into an ice cream cone. Place the cone into a cup of a mini muffin pan. Repeat with remaining cones. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the cake. Let cool in the muffin pan.

Make your favorite frosting recipe. When the cupcakes have cooled, use a piping tip or place the frosting in a Ziploc bag and cut a corner off to frost the cupcakes. Enjoy!

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