Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sweet and Adorable Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

A sweet surprise any child (and adult!) will love, Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes. Lately, I've seen a lot of fun new ways people are sprucing up classic desserts, one of the cutest being Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes.

Cupcakes baked inside of ice cream cones, and decorated with colorful frostings and sprinkles, it's all about the presentation when it comes to these treats. They may look intimidating, but are actually very easy to make. I used store-bought Funfetti cake mix and made a simple cream cheese frosting, using food coloring to make it pink and blue. Topped with rainbow nonpareils and star shaped sprinkles, these cupcakes looked absolutely irresistible!

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract together. Mix in powdered sugar.

Follow your favorite homemade, or store-bought cupcake mix directions. Place one flat-bottomed ice cream cone in each muffin cup, fill 2/3 the way full with batter. Lightly tap bottom of cones against muffin tin in order to get rid of air bubbles. Bake according to your cupcake directions (I found that my cupcake cones took a few minutes longer to bake than what the box said). Let cool completely, frost, decorate, and enjoy!

While this recipe is very easy and quick, I did have one problem. The cones came out kind of soft, not crunchy like ice cream cones should be. However, even with this tiny drawback, the cupcakes were a huge hit, and I had kids of all ages complimenting my "chef skills" in amazement.

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