I was asked to make the Ice Cream cupcakes featured on Linda Kaye's Bake a Cake Party Book for her TV shoot. They are very cute and an adorable idea for a kids birthday party!
The Bake a Cake Party Book features one easy recipe that you can use for all the cake ideas. The cake batter has to be dense enough that it won't make the ice cream cone all soggy. Don't use a batter if it looks too liquidy like glue. It should be a batter that is thick and doesn't pour easily. You can use a cake mix too if you are short on time!
Make sure to beat the ingredients well with a mixer to avoid any lumps. There is nothing worse than biting into a lump of flour!
Prep all your empty ice cream cones (note these have to be flat bottomed cones, not the waffle or sugar cones) and place them on a muffin tin. This holds them in shape without risk of toppling over and baking into each other. If you don't have a muffin tin, use a cake pan but be gentle when moving it into the oven so the cones don't tilt.
You can fill the cones with a pastry bag for a clean rim, or you can use an ice cream scoop or spoon.
You don't want to fill the cones up too much or the batter will overflow. Allow half an inch on top.
When baked, the cupcakes will not all be perfectly smooth, they will be uniquely cracked, which is fine since we want to frost them and that way it gives them a more unique ice cream look! If you are a stickler for perfection and want perfectly round tops, don't fill the cups as much, allow 3/4 of an inch of space, and don't bake as many cupcakes at once. Spread them out more in the muffin tin so they aren't close together, this will alow the heat to reach all of them more evenly.
When the cupcakes have cooled (you can cool them in the fridge or freezer) make your frosting and color it with as many or as few colors as you want!
When your army of frosted ice cream cupcakes is done, you can chose to decorate the top. You can write letters as shown in the Bake a Cake Party Book, or you can add sprinkles, flowers, whatever you wish.