Ice cream cone cupcakes on a white plate

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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Want to do something different for a birthday party or other gathering other than standard cupcakes? How about making these ice cream cone cupcakes. Instead of baking them in paper cups, bake the cupcakes in ice cream cones!

Ice cream cone cupcakes are nothing new, they have been around for several years, but I still don’t see them being made that often. They are such a fun idea. It is a great activity to do with the family and kids. And the best part is you can use pretty much any cake or cupcake batter for these.

If you are needing a dessert or treat idea for your next birthday party or other gatherings, add a bit more creativity to your cupcakes with these cupcake cones. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools for your cupcake cones

Strawberry cake batter in a large bowl on a white countertop.

In order to make ice cream cone cupcakes, you need just a handful of ingredients. Depending on the cake batter recipe that you use:

  • Cake batter – And the neccesary ingredients for that batter. You can use your favorite from scratch recipe or a box cake mix. Like chocolate cupcakes? Use this chocolate cupcake recipe. Like vanilla? Use this vanilla cupcake recipe. Or if you love strawberry cupcakes try this moist strawberry cupcakes recipe. So many options to choose from.
  • Frosting – You will need quite a bit of frosting to frost the 24 cupcakes. Usually about two standard containers worth. Use whatever kind of frosting that you like. Here is an excellent homemade buttercream frosting recipe.
  • Sprinkles – The sprinkles are optional, but I always like to add them.
Strawberry ice cream cone cupcakes on a white plate.


  • Piping bag with a star tip (Wilton 1M), optional
  • Plastic bag, instead of a piping bag
  • Scissors
  • Muffin pan or 13×9-inch baking pan or sheet pan or this cupcake baking rack. (Affiliate Link: As an Amazon Affiliate I earn on qualifying purchases.)
  • Bowl

Step 2: How to make ice cream cone cupcakes

Large bowl with strawberry cake batter.

Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C. Place the main rack in the middle position.

Now time to make your cake batter. You can use whatever cupcake or cake batter recipe that you want. Make it completely from scratch or just use a cake mix or cupcake mix box. I mentioned a few recipes above that you can try if you like.

You will of course need the extra ingredients for whatever cake batter that you make. For a box cake mix, it is usually water, oil, and eggs. Can’t have eggs, try using Greek Yogurt or unsweetened applesauce instead.

Make the batter in a large bowl. Or if you like you could mix it in a pitcher, to make it easier to pour the batter later.

Hand pouring strawberry cake batter into ice cream cones in a muffin pan.

Take your cupcake cones (this recipe makes about 24 of them) and arrange them in either a muffin pan or in a 13×9-inch baking pan. All 24 might fit in the baking pan. A sheet pan will work but not as good they may fall over. This cupcake rack (Amazon Affiliate Link) is awesome and made specifically for these, so if you want to buy something specifically for this, these are the way to go. And you can serve them in that rack.

My preference is the baking pan or specific cupcake rack because they are more stable. But they work fine as well in a cupcake pan.

Next, use a little measuring cup and pour about 3 tablespoons of batter into each cone. It should be just above the ridge/handle part of the cone. Don’t fill it up too much, because then it will overflow when you bake.

Cake batter in several ice cream cones.

Or if you made the batter in a pitcher you can just pour the batter instead of scooping it. Depending on how thick or thin your batter is, you could even use a piping bag and pipe the batter into the ice cream cones.

Step 3: Bake and decorate the cupcake cones

Hand piping frosting onto an ice cream cone cupcake.

Now time to place those ice cream cone cupcakes in the oven and bake them for 19 to 22 minutes until when you poke them with a toothpick the toothpick comes out clean.

Once they have baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

Then you can decorate them. I like to put the frosting in a piping bag with a star tip (Wilton 1M) and then pipe the frosting on. It makes it look like a soft-serve ice cream cone.

Decorated ice cream cone cupcakes in a muffin pan.

TIP: If you don’t have a piping bag, just use a plastic storage bag and snip off the corner.

Once you have frosted the ice cream cone cupcakes, you can leave them as is, or add sprinkles to them.

Ice cream cone cupcake split in half next to one with a bite out of it.

If you want to see what it looks like on the inside, take an unfrosted one and cut it down the middle. Pretty awesome right?

There you go, your ice cream cone cupcakes or cupcake cones are done and ready to serve. Enjoy!

Several ice cream cone cupcakes on a white plate

How do I store ice cream cone cupcakes?

There are some specific ice cream cone cupcake baking and serving racks that you can buy. If you have them then you wouldn’t need to use the muffin pan.

Find the baking and serving rack here. (Affiliate Link – As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn on qualifying purchases.

How long do ice cream cone cupcakes last?

Store them in the fridge until you want to take them to the party. You can bake them the night before for a party the next day. They will always be better fresh. As time goes on the ice cream cones will get a bit soggy and not as crunchy. But that won’t happen until a few days later.

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

These ice cream cone cupcakes are perfect for birthday parties and other social gatherings. It is a fun twist on two classic treats. And they are incredibly easy to make.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Cooling Time15 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Cakes, Dessert, Treats
Cuisine: American
Keyword: birthday, kids, soft, sweet
Servings: 24 people
Calories: 452kcal


  • Piping bag with a star tip, optional
  • Plastic bag, instead of a piping bag
  • Scissors
  • Muffin pan or 13×9-inch baking pan or sheet pan
  • Bowl


  • 1 standard cake recipe or cake mix along with ingredients to make it
  • 32 oz frosting depends on how much you put on each cupcake cone
  • 24 ice cream cones
  • Sprinkles optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/176 C.
  • Prepare your chosen cake batter with appropriate ingredients. You can use pretty much whatever cake or cupcake batter that you want.
  • Arrange ice cream cones in muffin pans or a baking pan. Use a measuring cup and scoop and pour some batter into each cone, just above the ridge of the handle. About 3 tablespoons.
  • Bake on the middle rack for 19 to 22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Allow them to cool completely before decorating.
  • Decorate the ice cream cone cupcakes with frosting in a piping bag and star tip, or use a plastic storage bag and snip the corner off.
  • Add sprinkles on top too if you like. You are done, enjoy!


How to Make Cupcake Cones | Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes Recipe


NOTE: If you want to reduce the number of calories you can reduce the amount of frosting per cupcake cone. The calories will also vary depending on the type of cake batter to use.
Tip: Don’t fill the cones up too much, otherwise they will overflow when baking.
List of nutritional facts for ice cream cone cupcakes
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Calories: 452kcal

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  1. Cake Online

    These ice cream cone cupcakes are a delightful twist on traditional treats! Love the creativity and sweetness in every bite.

  2. What is the best way to store, to keep fresh, and transport?

    • Hello, they are always best when eaten fresh. With time the ice cream cone gets soft. A shallow box (2 to 3 inches deep) with holes cut out of the top the size of the handle part of the cone would be a great way to transport them, but you would have to make it. They can be stored at room temp or in the fridge. Or buy a specific ice cream cone cupcake rack like this one on amazon:

  3. 5 stars
    “Wow, these ice cream cone cupcakes are an absolute delight! 🍦😍 The creativity behind turning a simple cupcake into an adorable ice cream cone is genius. I can only imagine the joy these treats would bring to any occasion. The attention to detail, from the cone-shaped base to the colorful ‘scoops’ on top, is truly impressive. It’s not just a dessert; it’s a work of art! I’m definitely inspired to try making these for the next celebration. Thanks for sharing this sweet and visually appealing idea!”

  4. 5 stars
    wow, very nice recipe, will definitely try on this weekend. Thank you very much for this mouth watering treat. really appreciated.

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for this easy, transportable treat! Currently making.☘️

  6. So many great tips! If anyone has any tips on the best way to transport them I’d be very grateful!

  7. 5 stars
    Great website, thanks for the great recipes… I’ll use them again in the future 😉 THANK YOU !!! Greetings

  8. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing amazing recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    Great Receipe! Very clear and easy to understand. I appreciate the tip on using a baking pan for more stability. And the Tips for frosting are awesome. Overall, I enjoyed! Planning to make it with waffle and with a chocolate twist. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Just curious as to how long these stay fresh? Would they have the same shelf life as just a simple cupcake?

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made these for our granddaughter’s birthday and it was a HUGE success! I’m making them again for super Bowl party and I KNOW they will be another success…. red velvet cake with gold sprinkles for the Chiefs!

  12. 5 stars
    Wow looks amazing definitely try this thank you for presenting your recipe with us. hope my kids will love this Keep up the great work.

  13. Terri Bermudez

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, and thank you so much for sharing it, my mother used to make these for me and my twin sister, i couldn’t figure out how to get the cones too not get soggy, and I seen one of the people that posted said what they do, what a simple thing to do so they won’t get soggy! I’m grateful to have found this recipe, my momma passed away one year ago, and my twin sister passed away 6 years ago,so this coming birthday of mine I’ll make the cine birthday cake, and celebrate the live and beautiful memories they both gave me

    • Thank you, Terri, glad you like it. And you are very welcome! Sorry to hear about your Mom passing and your sister. Glad you can make it and remember those memories! 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    I have been doing these for years as well and after mine come out of the oven I take a fork and stick it into the bottom, to let the heat out. Keeps them crunchy, not soggy at all. Thank you for sharing!

  15. 5 stars
    I made these many years ago but couldn’t remember how to make them..I couldn’t find anyone making them online then I came across Matt and love this recipe and video…I am making them as I write this..they are so cute…taking them to cancer center so they can enjoy them…thank you so much..

  16. Sorry this isn’t anything new, l’ve been making these for yrs. Our oldest is now 42 & l baked cone cupcakes for her 2nd birthday

    • Hello, that is awesome you have been making this for years. Who said this was new? Did you actually read the post? Second paragraph “Ice cream cone cupcakes are nothing new, they have been around for several years…” I even said they were not new. And just because you have been making it for years, doesn’t mean other people have. I know tons and tons of people who have never seen, heard, or done this before. Please make sure you read, before you comment. 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    Wow the concept is really unique really like the way you presented your recipe cant wait to try my hands onto it. Kepp up the great work

  18. Andrea Thueson

    5 stars
    These are the cutest cupcakes, and they tasted amazing! My kiddos loved them.

  19. 5 stars
    My kids really enjoyed this!! So good and amazing! Fun to make, too!

  20. 5 stars
    These are always a hit! They are so fun to decorate and eat!

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