Today I’m sharing how to make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes with a custom baking pan. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are really easy to make, so adorable, and a great for kids birthday parties. This post contains affiliate links.
Part 1: Making Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
To make your ice cream cone cupcakes, gather your supplies. I prefer to use a box cake mix (my favorite is Funfetti) and basic ice cream cones.
Step 1: Line your ice cream cones into your custom baking pan
Start by adding your cones into your custom baking pan (see below for custom baking pan tutorial). Make sure you use your custom pan on top of a cookie sheet. If you don’t have a custom baking pan, tightly line your cones in a cake pan.
Step 2: Fill the cones with batter
For me, the easiest way to fill cones with batter is to put all your batter in a large gallon-size Ziploc bag, snip the corner, and squeeze the batter into the cones. Check out this tutorial for more details.
Step 3: Bake your ice cream cone cupcakes
Following the directions on the box cake mix, bake the ice cream cone cupcakes as if you are baking cupcakes. The bakes times and temperature are the same.
Part 2: Frosting tips for your Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
For frosting cupcakes, I prefer to use the same technique I used for filling the cones with batter. It’s cheaper than buying a decorator set, easier to clean up, and the frosting swirl looks really cute.
Step 1: Fill Ziploc with frosting
Fill a Ziploc quart-sized bag with icing. I am an “easy” baker, which means I like to buy box cake mixes and premade frosting.
Major tip: use a REAL Ziploc brand bag. Generic zip bags tend to be thinner and will explode. Also, I’ve personally found that the generic brands all leave a plastic flavor on your food.
The easiest way to fill the bag is to put the bag inside a cup and wrap the edges of the bag over the cup (like putting in a trashcan liner). Then just take a icing spatula and scoop the icing into the bag.
Step 2: Close your bag
When the bag is full, take it out of the cup and zip it up.
Step 3: Reinforce your bag
Small bag clips are a great way to reinforce your frosting bag. Add a small bag clip to tightly hold the frosting in the bag. It also ensures your Ziploc doesn’t pop open.
Step 4: Frost your ice cream cone cupcakes
Take your frosting bag and snip off a tiny corner of the bag. Congratulations. You have just made a DIY frosting bag. Now it’s time to pipe your frosting!
I LOVE the look of this piping technique way more than any piping tip you can buy. Start on the outside edge of the cupcake, slowly squeeze the frosting in a spiral motion towards the center. It should take about 3 full rotations.
Step 5: Add sprinkles!
While the frosting is still wet, add sprinkles. If you wait too long the frosting will dry on top and your sprinkles won’t stick.
Part 3: Creating a custom pan for your Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Having a custom pan to hold your ice cream cone cupcakes while they bake is not necessary, it just makes baking them a whole lot easier. Order a pre-made one here.
Step 1: Start with an inexpensive disposable tin cake pan.
I found this inexpensive tin pan from the dollar store. It’s going to be the frame for my awesome one-of-a-kind cupcake cone baker.
Step 2: Measure and cut circles for your ice cream cones.
Using a permanent marker, measure out a 3 x 4 grid. Trace around the base of an ice cream cone in the center of each square. Next, cut out each circle with an X-acto knife on a cutting board. The tin is very thin and easy to cut.
Step 3: Add ice cream cones.
Step 4: Bake ice cream cone cupcakes.
Following the tutorial above “Part 1: Making Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes”, you are now ready to bake cupcake cones.
Part 4:Enjoying your Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
My kids beg for “cupcake cones”. They would rather me make these for their birthday parties than buy a cake.
An easy shopping list:
- Ice Cream Cones – mini, regular, and jumbo
- Funfetti cake mix
- Funfetti frosting
- cooling rack
- Ziploc quart-sized bags
- Icing spreader
- bag clips
- disposable cake pan
- OR pre-made ice cream cone cupcakes baking pan
- permanent marker
- X-acto knife
There you have it! Three great tutorials for Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes in one easy post; Making Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes, Frosting tips for your Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes, and Creating a custom pan for your Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes.
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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are one of my favorite treats to bake. They are my go-to when I want to bake something sweet and soft and have the perfect amount of sweetness, softness, and texture and are always the hit of any party or event. Cupcake Cones can also be made in a variety of flavors.
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