My kids go crazy over Ice cream cone cupcakes. They are so fun and festive.  We have the best tips and tricks to make this tasty recipe. 

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes in a muffin pan
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If you have never had ice cream cone cupcakes, you are missing out. These are a must try and sure to be a huge hit. I love to serve them with Birthday Cake Ice Cream Recipe .

The next time you want something different, make these amazing cupcakes for the kiddos. They are the perfect treat for birthday parties, pool parties and really any occasion. You do not have to make a cake from scratch and the cake mix is so easy.

We love to make Pink Velvet Cupcakes and Salted Caramel Cupcakes too. It would be so fun to serve with Ice Cream Charcuterie Board.

What are ice cream cone cupcakes?

They are cupcakes baked inside an ice cream cone for a delicious dessert. You can pile high the icing to make it look like real “ice cream” in the cone.

Ingredients to make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes - eggs, cake mix, sprinkles, oil, water, cones.


  • Funfetti Cake Mix. You can use your favorite type of cake mix to make chocolate cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes and more. Chocolate cake is another favorite.
  • Ice Cream Cones (Make sure to get flat bottom ice cream cones.)
  • Frosting. Store bought or your favorite homemade frosting. I love Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.
  • Multi-Colored Sprinkles

Variation Ideas

Usually I make these cupcakes for birthday parties but you can use your favorite type of cake mix, frosting and sprinkles to make these cupcake work for any special occasion.

  • Christmas – Decorate with Green Frosting and Red Sprinkles.
  • 4th of July – Top with White Frosting and Red, White and Blue sprinkles.
  • St. Patrick’s Day – Top each cupcake with Light Green Frosting and Dark Green sprinkles.
  • Soft Serve Ice Cream – Instead of icing top the cake with ice cream.
Close up of Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes lined up next to each other

How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

  • Step 1 – First, heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mixing bowl with batter.

Step 2. Combine the cake mix according to the package in bowls or use a stand mixer. We used funfetti but you can use anything you prefer. Stir the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in a large bowl until eggs are well blended. I used a large egg.

Batter poured into cones in a pan.

Step 3. Place the ice cream cones in a muffin pan to help the cones from tipping over once in the oven. Fill each cone with cake batter mixture about halfway.

Cupcakes baked and cooling.

Step 4. Bake the cupcakes until they are golden on top, and a toothpick inserted into the center is clean.

Cupcakes topped with icing and sprinkles.

Step 5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely and frost each cone. You can use store bought icing but it is so easy to make homemade frosting

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of pan to bake these cupcakes?

I have found that it’s best to make these cupcakes in muffin tin baking pans.

However, if you do not have a muffin tin, you can cover the top of a 9X13 pan with aluminum foil. Then poke smalls holes in the foil to hold the ice cream cones. Generally, I poke about 12 holes when using this process.

What kind of cake can be baked in ice cream cones?

I used a funfetti cake mix to make this ice cream cone cupcakes but you can easily use your favorite flavor of cake mix.

Other yummy ideas include: chocolate, strawberry, red velvet and vanilla. 

Generally, I use a box cake mix for this recipe but you can use a homemade vanilla cake recipe to make vanilla cupcakes as well. The vanilla extract adds the perfect flavor.

What kind of frosting to use?

Any type of frosting will work great in this recipe. I used pre-made frosting in this recipe and it worked great.

You can also use one of our favorite homemade frosting recipes as well.

Buttercream Frosting with Powdered Sugar
Cream Cheese Frosting
Marshmallow Frosting

How to Decorate cone cupcakes?

I love topping each cupcake with a large amount of frosting that has been swirled to look like a traditional ice cream cone.

Place the frosting of your choice into a Wilton piping bag bag fitted with star tip.

Then cut out the tip and begin piping white frosting on top of each cupcake. I place a dot in the center and then start on the outside of the cupcake and swirl it around to the center. Add sprinkles on top and enjoy!

You can also drizzle the frosting with chocolate syrup and top with a maraschino cherry on top to look like an ice cream sundae.

How to Store?

I find that these cupcakes are best to serve the same day that they are made. They can be stored in an air tight container but the cones will get soggy when they’re stored for an extended period of time.

How to transport?

I find that it’s best to transport these cupcakes in the same pan that you baked them in either the cupcake pan or the baking pan lined with foil.

If you use a baking pan, you will want them sitting directly next to each other, so they do not fall over.

A travel cupcake bin with a lid would also work great for transporting these cupcakes.

How do you keep ice cream cone cupcakes from getting soggy?

This is very simple! Once the cupcakes come out of the oven, let them cool completely. Next, poke a few holes in the bottom of each cone. 

Now any moisture or steam can be released, and your cones can stay crispy when ready to serve. 

Close up of an Ice Cream Cone Cupcake topped with vanilla frosting and multi-colored sprinkles

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My kids go crazy over Ice cream cone cupcakes. They are so fun and festive.  We have the best tips and tricks to make this tasty recipe. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 332


  • 1 Funfetti Cake Mix or your favorite type of cake mix
  • Ingredients to make the cake based on the package instructions
  • 12 Ice Cream Cones with a flat bottom
  • 1 container of Frosting or use a homemade butter cream frosting
  • Mult-Colored Sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix up the funfetti cake mix based on the back of the package instructions.
  • Then place the ice cream cone in a muffin tin. I placed 1 cone in each tin to help keep them upright while baking.
  • Pour the cake batter into the ice cream cones filling them up approximately ½ way. You can use a piping bag to fill up the cones or use a spoon.
  • Bake for 18-21 minutes until the cake is slightly brown on top of the ice cream cones.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
  • Dye the frosting if you prefer.
  • Frost the top of each cone with the icing and use a piping bag to make it look like the top of an ice cream cone.
  • Top with the sprinkles and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The recipe can easily be used with your favorite flavor of cake mix and icing! 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 332kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 2g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1g, Sodium 342mg, Potassium 130mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 26g, Vitamin A 1IU, Calcium 56mg, Iron 2mg

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