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Birthday Cupcakes

I love making cupcakes for my kid’s class birthday party.  We are a school that still allows homemade treats and I really look forward to every birthday or class celebration.  Along the way, I have learned a few things:

1.  Make it easy on the teacher.  Make something individually portioned like a cupcake.  A whole cake takes a lot of time and is really messy.  You do not have to bring plates or forks, a napkin will be just fine.

2.  Kids really don’t care about the cake part of the cupcake.  It is just a delivery system for frosting.  I save myself some time and energy and use boxed cake mix, but make a really light, fluffy and sweet homemade frosting.

3.  Now is the time to break out the food coloring and sprinkles.  Go to town.  It is a celebration.  Make it really special and really fun.  I cannot remember what my mom made me for my 6th birthday dinner, but I for sure, remember the cake that she made me.

My favorite treat to make is Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes.  What I really like is that it is really easy for kids to eat.  They can lick the frosting off like an ice cream cone.  You can really go crazy with the colors and sprinkles and I have yet to meet a kid that is not impressed when this is placed in front of them.  I have made many, many of these treats and have discovered that they can be a bit cumbersome to make.  I am going to share a tip with you.  Cut out squares of tin foil and wrap it around the base of the ice cream cone.  Place the cone in a muffin pan and it will keep the cone in place.  You can fill, bake, decorate, and transport without having to move them.

I really wish that I would have figured this trick out years ago.  I would have saved quite a few cupcakes from meeting an untimely death.

Fill the cones halfway with cake batter.  Bake as you normally would bake a cupcake.  Let them cool completely and frost however you wish.  I like to use a piping bag with a large star tip filled with Vanilla Buttercream frosting.  To make the swirls, add a few drops of food coloring to white frosting and gently fold it in.  Put the frosting in a piping bag and you are ready to go.  Swirl on top of the cupcake and decorate with your favorite sprinkles.

Bree Hester

Bree is a food blogger and photographer based out of Carmichael, CA. She lives with her husband and 3 children. Her blog, Baked Bree, is a recipe blog for the home cook who wants to eat well and laugh often.

About Bree

Bree is the founder and writer of, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • Lynn Veronesi

    Love the pic’s of the cupcake cones ~ I am going to make them for my daughter’s 7th bd this week! Thanks, she will be thrilled!!

  • Samantha

    Hi Bree,
    I am not the best in the kitchen but want to make these ice cream cone cupcakes for my son’s 1st birthday. I did a test run and the cones were a little rubbery. Any idea what I did wrong?
    Thank you!

  • Catherine

    Hello Bree,

    Was just wondering can the cupcakes be made the day before, or will the cones get damp? When do you bake them? My daughters Birthday is tomorrow and she chose these for me to make and bring to school. I have never used a pastry bag, had to borrow one, so am not sure what I’ll be in for. . .Was thinking to at least make the frosting today, but am a little worried about having soggy “conecups”. Thank you for your recipe and suggestions in advance.


  • Lianne

    My son is turning one year old next week and these look absolutely fabulous! My three year old would love these a little too much since she loves ice cream cones lol! I will try this recipe out!

  • LoveCupcakes

    This is very creative! I love the idea that the cake batter was baked inside the cone. I want to try this idea, hopefully the cone wont be break.

  • Steven’s Mom

    I baked them last night and stored them to frost this evening and the cones are all soft. Do you just leave them sitting out uncovered? Don’t the cones get icky or the cake dry??


    Steven’s Mom

  • Michelle Collyer-Bangs

    Oh, I love these!

  • Bree

    I keep them in the muffin tins and they travel pretty well surprisingly.

  • Emma

    What a fantastic idea! You’re so right that kids don’t remember the real ‘food’ but always love the cakes.

  • Nicole

    How do you transport these magnificent creations to school? Do you leave them in the muffin tins with the aluminum foil, or do you have another way?

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  • Gina

    Those are simply adorable!

  • Bree

    thanks everyone! they are really fun to make and to eat!

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  • Mindy

    Side note: Am I the only one who gets an “Invalid Code” EVERY time I try to leave a comment at TCM even though I know my code is right?

  • Mindy

    This looks great and so fun! Now I wish I didn’t have to wait until April when my son turns 5 to make these for his preschool class!

  • Marci@OvercomingBusy

    What a great idea! We have a church sleep over coming up and the girls would love this!!

  • Tammy

    My mom used to make these when I was a kid. I haven’t thought about them in years! Thanks for the memory & great idea! We always loved them.

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