Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are loved by kids and adults alike!

Cake batter is poured into ice cream cones and baked for an easy (and cute!) portable dessert. Top them with frosting, whipped cream, or even ice cream.

Perfect for birthday parties, let your little guests decorate with their own ‘frosting’ and toppings!

ice cream cone cupcakes in a muffin pan

Supplies Needed

These make a cute and easy treat!

Ice Cream Cones – Choose flat-bottomed ice cream cones. Mini cones work too.

Cake Batter – A box of cake mix (any flavor) makes these easy but a favorite homemade cake recipe will work perfectly too. A 9×13 size mix works well here (we love yellow cake mix in these).

Frosting (or not!) – Top these cupcakes with whipped topping, ice cream, or your favorite frosting. Use any flavor from chocolate buttercream to vanilla. Or try topping them with a Magic Shell!

Decorations – Add in some fun sprinkles and top with a red candy or maraschino cherry.

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!

ice cream cone cupcakes filled with cupcake batter

How To Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

  1. Place flat-bottomed ice cream cones upright in the wells of a cupcake pan or muffin pan.
  2. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box.
  3. Fill each cone 2/3 of the way with cake batter.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (per the recipe below).

Allow the ice cream cone cupcakes to cool completely on wire racks. Once cooled, fill a piping bag with your favorite topping or frosting and top each cupcake.

baked ice cream cone cupcakes in a muffin tin without frosting

Tips for Making Cupcakes in Ice Cream Cones

Cake batter that would fill a 9×13 pan should fill 22-24 cupcake cones.

Keep the cones from falling over (especially while decorating) by placing them in a muffin pan. Mini muffin tins are the right size and hold the cones in place.

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.

Avoid leaks: 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 using frosting, whip it gently with a whisk to incorporate air and make the frosting look more like ice cream!

decorating ice cream cone cupcakes with chocolate sauce

Frostings to Try

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 22 Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ingredients  

  • 1 box cake mix (plus ingredients required to prepare)
  • 22 ice cream cones
  • 1 tub whipped cream or frosting
  • sprinkles

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place ice cream cones into the wells of a mini cupcake tray.
  • Prepare cake mix according to box directions.
  • Fill cones ⅔ full and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely and top with whipped cream or frosting and sprinkles.

Notes

Number of cupcakes may vary based on cone size. 
A 9×13 sized cake batter should fill 22-24 average ice cream cones.
Keep the cones from falling over (especially while decorating) by placing them in a muffin pan. Mini muffin tins are the right size and hold the cones in place.
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.
Avoid leaks: 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 using frosting, whip it gently with a whisk to incorporate air and make the frosting look more like ice cream!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 127 | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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

Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I used to make those all the time kids just love those and grownups and for kids it is not as messy great idea5 stars

  2. 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.

  3. 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.