Cooking with Klara: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Today’s treat was all about presentation. I’ll even admit, we used a cake box mix on these (shame on me, I know). But with the addition of an ice cream cone and some edible glitter, we could have cared less about whether the cake was from a box or grandma’s special recipe. What mattered was how pretty they came out, and pretty they were.
Your Favorite Cake Recipe Ingredients (or a box mix plus the ingredients on the back)
Ice Cream Cones (make sure they’re cake cones, with the flat bottoms)
Frosting of your choice
Lots of shimmery decorations! (We used Wilton’s shimmer dust and sparkle gel)
Start by lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper (a step we skipped and probably permanently ruined the pan…sorry Gaga!). Then place 12 ice cream cones evenly spaced on the pan. Now you can start making your cupcake mix. Follow all the normal directions, remembering to keep alternating turns between who gets to pour what…trust me, world wars can break out if you’re not careful.
Now you can let the kids (if you trust them) fill the ice cream cones 2/3 full with the cake batter. I learned quickly that there are two types of children you need to keep an eye out for if you’re letting the kids help. 1) The Overfiller – this is the child who likes to fill the cones with batter up to the tippy top. While it seems harmless now, it won’t be in a few minutes when the batter is spewing over the top of the cone. 2) The Shoveler – this is the little one who uses their spoon to shovel chocolate batter into their mouth instead of into the cone. Unfortunately I had both miscreants on my hands, Klara being the former and Abby the latter. Luckily neither is truly that disastrous (well, unless you let the shoveler eat all the batter…)
Once all the cups are filled, place the cones in the oven and bake according to your cupcake recipe. They shouldn’t need any extra time. After you pull them out, let the cupcakes cool for about 10 minutes, then let the kids (and yourself) go at it with the frosting and decorations!
Warning: For all those moms who love bringing treats to play groups or over to friends houses – this treat does not transport well (as pictured on the left). So keep this one as a stay at home and have friends come to you treat. That is, unless you come up with a better idea for transportation than we did…