Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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These adorable Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are every bit as much fun to make as they are to eat. They’re a great way to add a whimsical touch to any birthday party or summer gathering.

Pink frosting swirls atop ice cream cones, sprinkled with colorful confetti, arranged upright on a light background.
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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Cupcakes in the shape of ice cream cones? If you thought our Beach Cupcakes or Mermaid Cupcakes were fun, you’re really going to love these! Perfect for birthday parties, summer picnics, or just a sweet treat to enjoy any time of year, these adorable desserts always steal the show!

I really love how easy these are too! Each cone is filled with batter, baked into light and fluffy cupcakes, then topped with classic, sweet and creamy frosting. And the best part is that instead of a cupcake liner, you get a crispy bit of cone with every bite.

Plus, you can customize them with any of your favorite cake flavors and frosting combinations. Whether you prefer chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, or maybe a lemon cake with cream cheese frosting (my favorite!), the possibilities are endless.

Cupcakes with pink frosting and sprinkles, displayed next to inverted ice cream cones on a sprinkled surface.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Super fun: They are a fun twist on traditional cupcakes that kids and adults alike love.
  • Easy to make: Cute and incredibly easy to make, all you need is a box mix, store bought cones and a few other simple ingredients.
  • Customizable: We love how easy it is to change up this recipe. Swap out the cake flavor, frosting or even the sprinkles…it’s totally up to you!
  • Party perfect: These cupcakes are great for summer parties, birthdays, special celebrations, and holiday gatherings.

Ingredients

Ingredients for making confetti cake in ice cream cones, including cake mix, eggs, oil, water, pink frosting, and rainbow sprinkles, displayed on a wooden surface.
  • Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Eggs, water, oil (see your box for amounts)
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Pink Frosting
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Cupcake Baking Pan
  • Piping Bag with a 1M Tip

How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Step 1. Start by adding your cake mix, eggs, oil, and water to a large bowl (use the amounts listed on the box).

Step 2. Mix on high until the cake batter is well combined.

A glass bowl containing four raw eggs, flour, and sprinkles, prepared for baking, placed on a wooden surface with scattered sprinkles.
Top view of a glass mixing bowl containing cake batter with colorful sprinkles on a white wooden surface.

Step 3. Pour the batter into each cone, filling them about ¾ of the way full. We like to use a piping bag to make this process easier and less messy.

Step 4. Place the filled cones in a cupcake pan to keep them upright in the oven.

Step 5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12–15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely!

Four ice cream cones partly filled with cake batter on a white wooden surface, scattered with colorful sprinkles.
Three ice cream cone cupcakes with colorful confetti scattered around.

Step 6. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip, then pipe it onto each cupcake cone. I like to use a swirl pattern to resemble real soft serve ice cream.

Tip: If you can’t find pink frosting, you can just color white frosting with pink food coloring.

Three pink frosted cupcakes in cones with sprinkles, styled to look like ice cream cones,

Step 7. Add sprinkles on top and serve!

Storage Instructions

These cupcakes are best served right after you decorate them. But if you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to a couple of days. Just use the same cupcake or muffin tin you baked them in to help them stand upright.

Three ice cream cone cupcakes with pink frosting and sprinkles, one sliced in half to show the fluffy interior, on a white wooden surface.

Variation and Add-ins

  • Different flavors: I love changing up the flavors of the cupcake batter. Chocolate cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, and lemon cupcakes are fun choices. You can also try more unique flavors, like red velvet or carrot cake.
  • Mix-ins: Toss chocolate chips, nuts or sprinkles into the cupcake batter for added texture and flavor.
  • Toppings: Sprinkle crushed cookies, candies, or chopped nuts on top of the frosting for extra decoration.
  • Fillings: You could even fill the center of the cupcakes with a little caramel sauce, chocolate ganache or fruit preserves, similar to what I did with these Beauty And The Beast Cupcakes.
Several pink frosted cupcakes in ice cream cones with colorful sprinkles, some tipped over, on a white surface.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake FAQs

How do I keep the cones from getting soggy?

Once the cupcakes are baked, let them cool for about 15 minutes. Then, gently poke a hole in the bottom of the cone with a toothpick or wooden skewers. The moisture can build up from the heat and this allows some of it to escape.

Can I make these in advance?

You can make these cupcakes the day before you plan on serving them, but the cone may soften slightly.

Can I use sugar cones instead?

Sure! If you prefer sugar cones, you can use a cupcake cone baking rack like this one to bake them.

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Pink frosted cupcakes in ice cream cones with rainbow sprinkles scattered around on a white surface with some cones tipped over
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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes


Course Birthday Cakes & Cupcakes, Dessert, Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
As fun to make as they are to eat, these adorable Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are perfect for birthday parties, summer gatherings or any special occasion when you want a unique dessert!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 box Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs or amount listed on box if different
  • ½ cup oil or amount listed on box if different
  • 1 cup water or amount listed on box if different
  • 12 ice cream cones with flat bottoms
  • 32 ounces pink frosting
  • Rainbow Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Start by adding your cake mix, eggs, oil, and water to a large bowl (use the amounts listed on the box).
    1 box Funfetti Cake Mix, 3 eggs, ½ cup oil, 1 cup water
  • Mix on high until the cake batter is well combined.
  • Pour the batter into each cone, filling them about ¾ of the way full. We like to use a piping bag to make this process easier and less messy.
    12 ice cream cones
  • Place the filled cones in a cupcake pan to keep them upright in the oven.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12–15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely!
  • Spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip, then pipe it onto each cupcake cone. I like to use a swirl pattern to resemble real soft serve ice cream.
    32 ounces pink frosting
  • Add sprinkles on top and serve!
    Rainbow Sprinkles

Notes

  • If the egg, oil and water amounts differ from what’s listed on the cake mix box, go with the amounts on the box.
  • If you can’t find pink icing, you can color white icing with pink food coloring instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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