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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sweet Treats Saturday: Funfetti Ice Cream Cupcakes

What could be better than funfetti cupcakes? How about homemade funfetti cupcake?!  In an ice cream cone??!  These were two of my favorite things as a kid.  My mom used to make ice cream cone cupcakes for our birthdays and other special occasions.  That was a treat in itself, as she loved to make and everything was homemade.  The second thing being funfetti cupcakes I would get in school or that I would make for my friends in high school.  Boxed cake mixes are so easy to work with but as I got older, I wished for something from scratch.

When I saw Sweet Tooth's post on Funfetti cupcakes, I couldn't contain my excitement.  When it came time to actually make it, in the way of Emeril Lagasse, I thought I would 'kick it up a notch,' and revisit the ice cream cone cupcake.  They're so easy to make, especially if you use the flat bottomed cake cones.  You can use pointed sugar cones, but you'll have to jerry-rig it a bit.  There's plenty of tutorials online to show you how to do that, but for the purposes of this post (and because this is the method my mom used), I will use cake cones.

Here we go!

Funfetti Cupcakes
Recipe from Sweet Tooth minor adaptations from me to adjust for ice cream cone cupcakes.


1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg + 1 egg white, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles (like these)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place cake cones into each cup of a cupcake pan or if you are making traditional cupcakes line a muffin tin with paper lines (either 12 full size or about 36 minis)

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Add egg and egg white, one at a time, beating on low until well combined. Add vanilla.  With mixer on low, gradually alternate between the milk and the flour mixture until just combined.

Fold in rainbow sprinkles with a rubber spatula.

Ready to mix in the sprinkles
You can fill the cupcakes with batter a little higher to the edge

Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full or fill the ice cream cones up to the top. Bake for about 15-17 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.

Bake until toothpick comes out clean then let cool

Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream

1 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Beat butter in bowl of electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup sugar at a time until completely mixed.  Add the milk 1 tsp at a time followed by the vanilla to achieve desired thickness.

Some tips:
- If your cake cones do not stand completely flat, you will need to create a little 'nest' our of aluminum foil to hold it in place.  Just crumple some up around the cone.  Some one brands are flatter than others, but just something to be aware of.
- Be careful when placing the cupcake pan in the oven to prevent the cones from toppling.
- You can bake other cupcake batters in cake cones, but you may want to test a cupcake first to see how high it rises.  Recipes will vary and you don't want the batter to overflow while baking. It makes for a very messy looking ice cream cone.

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  1. I've made these before, with a cake mix, and the kids loved them. I did it for a birthday party and they thought it was really neat. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. I have been dying to try cupcake cones. Yours look absolutely perfect and the frosting on top really does look like soft serve ice cream. I can't wait to try these. I am a new follower, come check out my blog, if you're interested! eatcakefordinner.blogspot.com

  3. These are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  4. So much FUN!! I will have to make these soon! Following you from the Sunday hop!

  5. Hi there, I'm a new follower. I've wanted to try making these for a while - but this is the first time I've seen some proper instructions - so thanks very much! Anna x

  6. I make these with my Kindergarten kids! They always LOVE them!! :) Cute blog! I love your title!

  7. So cute! I am a new follower and I would love if you came and followed me back at A Sew Chic Boutique!

  8. these turned out gorgeous!!!! i'm SUPER obsessed with "food disguised as food" and this fits the cake ;-)

  9. these are awesome for birthday parties for kids they offer a fun way to eat them without getting their hands all a mess

  10. adorable! i've been wanting an excuse to make these forever, but nothing has come up lol...so cute though :)


  11. oh my goodness! how cute are these?! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  12. These look like so much fun!!
    I am going to feature this at tomorrow's {nifty thrifty sunday}!!
    Come and grab a button! :) Can't wait to see what you'll link up next!

  13. Ummm, amazing! Made these at 9am this morning with my almost there year old, will definitely making the cake for her birthday in two weeks!

    The Cabana Beach Chankanaab


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