nos·tal·gia [no-stal-juh ]:
A wistful desire to return in thought to a former time in one's life; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.
When I was a little girl, I remember having ice cream cone cupcakes for special occasions and thinking it was such a treat! Recently, I've been reminiscing about those sweet treats and the happy times of childhood - growing up without a care in the world.
So, we were going to a friends house for dinner, a few weeks ago, and I decided to whip up some of these for dessert for the kids. They turned out absolutely stunning and as equally delicious.
In order to make cup cakes in a cone, you need:
- Yellow box Cake mix or Cake Mix with Rainbow Sprinkles.
- Frosting of your choice - I used homemade cream cheese icing.
- Flat Bottom Ice Cream Cones
- I decorated mine with micro-mini marshmallows, but you could really use any sprinkles or candy of your choice.
When I made these, I used the method on the box of Joy Cones which tells you to fill up the ice cream cones 2/3 full and bake them, so that the cake fills the entire cone and pokes above the rim of the cone. I like this way because it makes for a nice solid cake cone.
The baking experts over at Betty Crocker actually recommend a different method which includes dividing the batter among muffin cups (two-thirds full) and then placing the ice cream cone upside down on batter in each cup. I don't recall ever hearing it being done this way, but I guess it would eliminate the possibility of your cones toppling over in the oven, which is good. My only concern would be that the cones would become top heavy with cake once you flip them over, which might be difficut for presentation.
The kids thought they were the coolest dessert ever. I learned that in the future, I need to come up with a better plan for transporting these to a friend's house. Each cone looked so pretty at my house. By the time we shuffled over to the neighbors, the icing and marshmallows weren't as perfect looking. Maybe next time I need to invest in a Ice Cream Cupcake Baking Set from Joy.
Have you made these before? Which baking method do you use? Do you have any tips for transporting them?