Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are great for summertime! Perfect for a bake sale, a lemonade stand or an outdoor birthday party. Let your little guests decorate with their own ‘frosting’ and toppings! No bowls, plates, forks, or spoons are required for this fun edible activity!

Try topping with chocolate buttercream frosting or fresh lemon buttercream frosting for a variety of flavors everyone will love! Set out with sprinkles and allow everyone to create the favorite ice cream flavors!

Ice cream cone cupcakes with whipped topping, chocolate sauce, sprinkles and a "cherry" on top.

What Cake Mix is Best?

Any flavor of cake mix will do, so there is definitely no need to buy the fancy brands! Why not try an assortment of chocolate, strawberry or vanilla for a variety of colorful ice cream cone cupcakes?

If you have a favorite homemade cake mix, that will work perfectly too. Simply fill the cones 2/3 full with prepared mix. (A 9×13 size mix works well here).

Chocolate Cake, yellow cake, white cake… the sky’s the limit!

Two images showing muffin tray filled with ice cream cone cupcakes before and after baking.

How To Make Them

Preheat oven to 350°F and set the (flat-bottomed) ice cream cones in the wells of a cupcake tray.

  1. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box.
  2. Pour the cake batter 2/3 full into each ice cream cone (image above)
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the ice cream cone cupcakes to cool completely. Once cooled, top each cupcake with whipped cream or nutella frosting and sprinkles.

A muffin tray filled with decorated ice cream cone cupcakes.

Tips to Keep Cones From Falling

To keep the cones upright, especially while decorating, use muffin tins. Mini muffin tins are about the right size and mine seemed to hold up just fine. Cones that have pieces missing on the top ridge tend to leak down the sides a little bit so I buy a few extra cones so I can choose the best of the bunch.

If your cones seem tippy, make small wreaths of aluminum foil inside the muffins tins to keep the cones from tipping over while decorating or displaying.

How to Make Icing Look Like Ice Cream

This ice cream cone recipe looks just like real ice cream cones! Before spreading the frosting on the cupcake, whip it gently with a whisk while adding small drops of food coloring. This incorporates air and makes the frosting look more like whipped cream!  Add sprinkles and even a cherry on top!

Fun Summer Desserts

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 22 Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Summertime is the best time for making cupcakes in ice cream cones! Make with an assortment of cake mix and frosting flavors for fun "ice cream" combinations.


  • 1 Box of Cake Mix (plus ingredients required to prepare)
  • 22 Ice Cream Cones
  • 1 tub Whipped Cream or Frosting
  • Sprinkles

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Place ice cream cones into the wells of a cupcake tray.

  3. Prepare cake mix according to box directions.

  4. Fill cones 2/3 full and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  5. Allow to cool completely and top with whipped cream or frosting and sprinkles.

Recipe Notes

Number of cupcakes may vary based on cone size. 
Nutrition Information
Calories: 127, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 183mg, Potassium: 21mg, Carbohydrates: 26g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 1g, Calcium: 52%, Iron: 0.6%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Top Photo shows a single ice cream cone cupcake. The bottom photo shows the cupcakes in a muffin tin
One Ice Cream Cone Cupcake decorated with sprinkles.
One Ice Cream Cone Cupcake decorated with sprinkles.

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  1. Oh my goodness, these look adorable. I’m not much of a cook, but the recipe looks easy enough to where I think I could even make them. I’m definitely going to give a whirl.

  2. The Mini ice cream cone cup cakes are so pretty. Every kid is bound to love them . I may make them for my grandson’s valentine party. Thanks so much for sharing.