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This recipe is a fun way to serve up ice cream in cupcake form. You can make these Melting Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes with any flavor of cake mix and frosting you like, so they are perfect for any occasion! These fun cupcakes require only a few ingredients and roughly 30 minutes of your time – what could be better?
If you’re looking for an easy dessert idea that the kids can help you make, look no further.
Easy Melting Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes Recipe
Melted ice Cream Cones are just a fact in summer. Occasionally, it is so hot that they melt before you can get that cold dairy goodness in your mouth.
What is the worst thing to happen? When part of that ice cream actually falls off your cone! Or how about when you actually drop your ice cream cone and it lands upside down, on the ground.
That is why I have an easy melting ice cream cone cupcakes recipe. Let’s turn that unhappy possibility into a whimsical treat that reminds us that life may be full of surprises, but we can still enjoy it.
How do you store Melting Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes?
The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Considering the buttercream frosting, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.
Just like any of our cupcake recipes, you can make the cupcake bases in advance. I actually have some red, white, and blue cupcakes in my freezer right now for July 4th.
Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature. If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them.
You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.
Melting ice cream cone cupcakes how to transport
Some people have a tough time figuring this out logistically. I personally think it is a lot easier than trying to transport my ice cream cone cupcakes.
These are a cupcake with funky toppings – so they SHOULD fit even in the generic cupcake carriers that your local dollar store sells.
That makes them VERY easy to transport.
Melting ice cream cone cupcakes recipe
Melting ice cream cone cupcakes with cake mix? Yes, these start with a boxed cake mix. This recipe is intended to be made with the kids and you teach them reading skills, measuring (math) skills, and how to follow instructions in a step-by-step manner.
If you don’t want to use a boxed cake mix, feel free to use one or two of our recipes to make the cupcake bases: Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch or Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe, or Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe.
Why not make all three and mix it up a bit?
What is Neopolitan Ice Cream?
Neapolitan ice cream consists of three layers, each of a different color and flavor (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla), molded into a block and cut into slices. That is the inspiration for these melted ice cream cone cupcakes – you will see the three same flavors of frosting used: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
Not only does it make for a great color combination when you are serving them, it makes it easier to serve a crowd where a few picky people are hiding.
Get this – my dad doesn’t like chocolate. At. All.
Isn’t that twisted? Even birthday cakes have to be something like angel food cake.
I think he is adopted….
How to Make Melted Ice Cream Cupcakes
These are SUPER easy to make with the kids – and they can learn a lot of lessons while baking. 7 Ways Kids Learn From Cooking is a great article for parents to read and shows you why it is important to get in the kitchen with the littles!
Melting ice cream cone cupcakes ingredients
- Yellow cake mix and all the items that the boxed mix calls for
- Chocolate canned frosting or make your own
- Vanilla canned frosting or make your own
- Strawberry canned frosting or make your own
- Ice cream cones
I like to get my sprinkles at the local dollar store – The Dollar Tree has a nice sized shaker for just a buck, compared to the grocery store price of $4.
Bake your cupcakes:
Line your cupcake tins with cupcake liners and preheat your oven to what the boxed cake mix asks for – usually 350 degrees.
Bake cupcakes per the recipe on the box and cool them completely before going on to the next step.
Melting ice cream cone cupcakes decorating
Alternate frosting flavors per preference… if you are using canned frosting, you really have a lot of choices to play with.
Scoop a good size dollop of frosting on the cupcake – it’s supposed to look a little messy and “melty”
Place the cone at an angle on top of the frosting. Again, this is super easy for the littles to do!
Add the sprinkles…
If you are looking for other great things for doing with the kids, you really need to check out this fun site – she started college at the age of 9 and has a TON of fun and FREE printables for kids: Sarah Lyn Gay.