Ice cream cupcakes

ice cream cupcakes

The first time I saw cakes that had been baked in ice cream cones, I wanted to have a go at making them for myself. Several years later and a school summer fair to bake for and I finally got around to it!

The first effort was a total disaster. I’m not exaggerating. SO spectacularly bad I had to take a photo and share it…

failed cupcakes

I was trying to bake too quickly with the soundtrack of my squawking son in my ear. So while I was trying to mentally halve the quantities of a basic cupcake recipe, I managed with all the ingredients except the sugar. Cue lava-like cake mix spewing out of ice cream cone action…

Anyway i’m pleased to say I got the quantities sorted out and my second attempt was more successful, so I feel more confident sharing the recipe with you if fancy having a go yourself.

They’re pretty simple. Essential are flat bottomed cones that will sit in a muffin tray and a large star shaped nozzle that will pipe your fluffy buttercream into perfect ice cream swirls.

I got my 99 flakes from the ice cream van man who was handily sitting outside school on Friday, but you can get them cheaper at the supermarket!

How to make ice cream cupcakes

How to make ice cream cupcakes

Ice cream cupcakes
(makes 12)

For the cakes
12 flat bottomed ice cream cones
125g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g self raising flour
1 tbsp milk

For the buttercream
250g butter, softened
500g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk

To decorate
99 flakes

1. For the cakes: pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Pop your ice cream cones into the holes of a muffin tin.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together, ideally with a hand mixer, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one with the vanilla, mixing well and then add the flour. Mix well then add the milk for a lovely creamy cake batter.

3. Put a disposable piping bag in a cup or glass, then fill with the mixture (you may need to do this in two batches depending on the size of your piping bag). Snip the end off and pip the cake batter into each cone – you’re aiming for about two thirds full.

4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes – they’re done when they’ve turned golden and a toothpick comes out clean once poked inside the cake. Allow to cool.

5. For the buttercream: combine the butter and icing sugar, vanilla and milk until you have a super creamy and light buttercream.

6. Put a star shaped nozzle into a disposable piping bag and sit in a cup or glass. Spoon in the buttercream and then pipe swirls on top of each cone. Pop a 99 flake in each and scatter with sprinkles.

Cook’s tip: You could try adding different colours and flavours to your icing to maximise the fun. I’m thinking of mint choc chip for my next effort…

ice cream cakes on the cake stall

The school summer fair was a huge success due to the large amounts of sunshine beaming down. The PTFA had been working extremely hard to create a gorgeous village fete atmosphere, and it really was FAB! Bunting, Pimms, live music, craft stalls, candy floss, apple bobbing…

My friend and I organised the 2nd annual school Bake Off at the fair, which was a lot of fun, so I shall leave you with a collection of images of the amazing entries from the kids’ summer themed cakes, and the grown ups technical challenge – the victoria sandwich!

The school summer fair bake off


  1. So glad your ice cream cone cakes turned out the second time around! When I saw you tweet the disaster picture the other day I couldn’t help but laugh as I’ve had a similar experience (apple butter cupcakes which had way too much sugar!) Yours look so fantastic I think they would have sold for at least a pound – (although I confess I’m not sure what the going rate for school fair baking is!).

  2. I’ve wanted to try these for the last few years but I can never find the flat bottomed cones. Where did you get yours from?

  3. Super cute idea! Cannot wait to try it! Thanks!

  4. I have a batch of these in the oven now baking for the Macmillan coffee morning at my youngest’s school tomorrow. I hope they come out ok! I found both the Flake 99 bars, the flat bottomed cornets and some really good disposable piping bags at Sainsbury’s.

    • oooh hope they turned out okay for the coffee morning – such a fantastic cause!

      • They did indeed, they went down an absolute storm! They were so impressed they charged a bit more for them which was great! I’m making another batch tomorrow for the summer fair!

  5. amanda bryson anders says:

    Hi i made strawberry cheesecake with wipped cream for my daughters birthday that worked out a treat