Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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I had my children at a very young age (I had my daughter, Holly when I was 17 years old). At that time, my husband, Carl, was only making $5.00 an hour and I was a stay at home mom. Needless to say, funds were extremely tight. Even though we struggled on a daily basis, I always tried to make birthday celebrations very special for my daughters. Now my girls were born in the early 1980’s so birthday celebrations were pretty simple. The menu for our birthday parties included pigs in a blanket (a staple at all our family celebrations), potato chips and dip, cheese and crackers and cake and ice cream. Our budget did not allow for store bought cakes so I always made the birthday cakes. One of my girls favorite birthday cake selections was not actually a cake. It was ice cream cone cupcakes. I know you are saying what is a ice cream cone cupcake. Well it is actually a cupcake baked in a ice cream cone. Yes you heard right – baked in a ice cream cone. It is so easy. You use a box mix and you can use a premade frosting, but I choose to make my own buttercream frosting.

If you are planning a kids’ party, cupcakes are an absolute must! Truly nothing gets a better reaction than ice cream cone cupcakes! I love how everybody’s eyes light up when they see these fun treats! They actually look like ice cream cones. Over the years, I prepared a ton of cupcakes every year for my kids’ class parties and the kids would go crazy for cupcakes made in a ice cream cone (remember those days were you were actually allowed to take baked goods to school?)

The fun thing about these cupcakes is you can decorate them anyway you please using holiday-specific colors for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July or Saint Patrick’s Day

To make these cupcakes, it’s as easy as covering a 

What kind of cake can be baked into ice cream cone cupcakes you ask?

You can fill the ice cream cones with any kind of batter you like! This idea is completely customizable. I use a box of funfetti cake mix just because it is simply and honestly that is my grandbabies favorite. Just remember you only want to fill the cupcake one-half full. See demonstration video:

You can also use whatever frosting you would like. I used buttercream frosting as I do not care for prepackaged frosting but if you are a fan feel free to use whatever you prefer.


Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Recipe by Cooking with Aunt PamCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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These ice cream cone cupcakes are awesome and incredibly easy to make. The perfect birthday party dessert treat. Kids and adults love these! These ice cream cone cupcakes are an old favorite that I’ve been making since my children were small.


  • 1 box cake mix (your choice)

  • 12 flat bottomed ice cream cones

  • 1 frosting of your choice

  • Heavy duty aluminum foil

  • Sharp paring knife to cut little x’s in the foil.

  • Buttercream Frosting
  •  4 cups Powdered Sugar (or 1 pound)

  •  1 cup Butter (Softened Salted Sweet Cream

  •  2-3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

  •  3-4 tablespoons Heavy Cream or Milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make cake batter as directed on box.
  • Cover the baking pan tightly with foil.
  • Use the tip of a sharp paring knife to cut little x’s in the foil.
  • Push ice cream cones into the openings.
  • Fill the cones halfway with cake batter.
  • Bake according to the box cake recipe directions. I baked this patch at 350 degrees for 22 minutes.
  • Cool completely, then top with frosting.
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • Add softened butter and vanilla to the mixing bowl and mix until completely combined
  • Add Powdered Sugar and beat on low until it is incorporated. Set mixer to medium-high speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When completely mixed the frosting may appear dry.
  • Add milk a little bit at a time until frosting is the proper consistency. Always taste your frosting to see if it needs more butter or vanilla extract.


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