As the end of school approaches, experienced parents know to expect an almost never ending assortment of events, parties, and other school functions. For many of these events, parents are asked to contribute baked goods or other treats.
When asked to contribute baked goods, especially for a school bake sale, I pull out my grandmother’s recipe box and reach for her “cone cupcake” recipe. These cupcakes are actually baked in an ice cream cone. Because they are unusual, the make a great addition to an end of the school year class party. They also are great sellers at end of the year bazaars and bake sales. The best part is that they are easy to bake.
To make the cone cupcakes, you will need:
Flat bottomed ice cream cones(usually called cake cones)
Your favorite cake mix batter
Icing for the cupcakes
Decorations if desired
A 9x 13 inch baking pan
To bake the cupcakes:
Mix the cake batter recipe according to the package directions. Place the ice cream cones in a 9x 13 inch pan. You should be able to make at least 24 cupcakes from this recipe, but you may need more or less cones depending upon how full you fill the cones.
The next part can be tricky! You need to fill the cones full enough that the batter rises out of the cones, but not too full or the batter will spill over the side of the cone. If you are making the cones to sell at a sale, you may want to bake a trial cone cupcake first to see if the batter is at just the right level.
A good rule of thumb is to fill each cone with about 1/4 cup of batter. Bake the cone cupcakes at around 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the batter in the center of the cupcakes are done. The cones should be slightly brown, but not burnt.
Let the cone cupcakes cool completely before icing and decorating.
One of the most difficult parts about these cupcakes is transporting them to their final desitination in good shape! Since they are top heavy, it’s easy for them to fall over and for the cones to get smashed. In order to transport, place the cone cupcakes inside a styrofoam cup and place inside a container. If the cones are placed in the cups, they have a minimal amount of space in which to move. This makes it safer to transport them!