The Perfect Kid’s Birthday Treat

You may have heard of these delicious creations… but I had to share the confectionery delights because they are making my mouth water right now.

Baked inside a crispy cone, these individual desserts combine the perfect sundae (toppings and all) with the moist, deliciousness of a birthday cupcake. It’s a no-drip, no-plate & utensil solution for the perfect kid’s party treat.

It’s as easy as pouring a bit of batter into each cone, baking and decorating.

For the complete directions (including just how to bake such an unusually shaped dessert), follow the jump.

{Cupcake Cones}

Materials: 12 cones, deep baking dish, foil, batter (see following recipe) and toppings (tinted buttercream – for the ice cream effect, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, cherries, m&ms…)

{1} Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a deep baking dish (2″ or more is ideal) with a double layer of heavy-duty foil. Use a skewer or paring knife to poke 12 small holes in the foil, 2 1/2 inches apart. Gently place a cone in each hole, pushing it down until only about 1 inch of cone is showing.

{2} Fill each cone with 2 to 3 tablespoons batter. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

{3} Decorate cupcakes. Tint some of the buttercream pink with gel-paste food color, if desired. Use an ice cream scoop to place buttercream (untinted or pink) on top of cupcake, then top with sprinkles. For “soft-serve” cones, use a pastry bag fitted with only a coupler (or a large plain tip) to pipe buttercream in a swirl over cone, then top with multicolored sprinkles; or, for “sundae” cones, drizzle melted chocolate over buttercream, then sprinkle with peanuts and top with a cherry. For soft-serve “twist” cones, fill a pastry bag fitted with an open-star tip (Ateco No. 828) with untinted and chocolate buttercreams, placing them side by side in bag; pipe two-tone swirls. Serve immediately.

Cupcake Batter from Scratch

1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c unsalted butter (1 stick, room temperature)
1 c sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
3/4 c milk

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each.

Recipe from Martha Stewart Living. Inspirational images from: an assortment of handmade goodies by Cupcakes Take the Cake, mocha ice cream bowl cupcakes by Something Cakey, a simple and easy version by Real Simple, and finally a recipe by Instructables.

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  1. says

    Thanks for reminding me about these party treats! I am planning a graduation party dessert bar and I think these would be a nostalgic addition!

  2. Andrea says

    My mom always made these for my birthday parties as a kid and I loved them!

  3. says

    Could we possibly be more popular with the kids than when we show up with these!!! Thanks for the perfect recipe.

  4. says

    totally bookmarking this! i’d love to make these for a summer party (for adults! haha.) who wouldn’t love these? thanks for sharing!

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