I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream (Cupcakes)

Well, I’m back from my holiday. We did NOT die in plane crash, and although I have returned to the UK slightly crispier than before, this is entirely down to the 40 plus degree heat combined with beer at lunchtime forgetting to put on sunscreen regularly, rather than some sort of fiery fireball.

(I’d like to take this opportunity to thank one of my commenters DillyTante for her comforting words on my last post. Thanks, Dilly. Thanks A LOT)

In Skiathos, I pondered on the cake I would like to make for Oliver’s upcoming Beach/Tropical party (Yes, I am THAT sad) and came to the conclusion that I’d like to make cupcakes which look like ice creams.

So, while going out to restaurants to eat delicious food:

I think I'll pass...

Or watching the sun set over the harbour:

*thinks about cupcakes*

Or just generally hanging out:


The idea grew and grew.

So today I decided to have a trial run. I googled about a bit and found a recipe which actually cooks the cake inside a cornet. Genius! I decided to try a few of the cornet cakes and to also try a traditional cupcake in a case.

I assembled the most important ingredients…

The bananas and plums are there for me to make rude fruit salads for my own amusement. (the chicken likes to watch)

…and got to work. The recipe calls for a pretty standard vanilla cake mixture which should then be distributed between 12 cornets (with flat bases). As this is a trial run I only made four and spooned the rest of the batter into some lovely cases which I bought  from the local CakePorn shop.

Oh! Do you remember when I told you of my vast and unending love of the two local party shops Here ? Well, in news just in…one has closed down due to financial difficulties and the other BURNED DOWN. *gasp*. So I am reduced to driving to a party shop that also specialises in cake decorations and tins and cases and cake stands and and and I’ll be bankrupt by Christmas.

So I prepared the batter and shared it between the cones and the cases.

Note the large amount of batter in the cornets

I baked them for 25 minutes and got on with the buttercream ice cream icing.

Again, I used a standard buttercream recipe consisting of:

250g unsalted butter

600g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp milk

I also added the second half of a vanilla pod’s seeds (the first half went into the cake batter) and whisked the butter and vanilla together until pale and then added the icing sugar slowly. Adding the sugar slowly made NO FUCKING DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER and I still ended up with a kitchen which wouldn’t have looked out of place in Miss Haversham’s house. I made half of the mixture without colouring paste, and the other half a small smear of “SugarFlair” paste in primrose yellow.

The cakes came out of the oven looking pretty good…


…but as you can see the cakes in the cornets have risen far too high over the edge of the wafer, when I add the icing this is going to cause a problem.

I got on with decorating the cakes, adding icing, flakes and sprinkles to get an idea of what works best.

Looking pretty good

The inside of the cornet

And the traditional cupcakes looked pretty good too..


And so onto a taste test..

The cornets, although looking much more authentic as “ice cream” were far, far too sweet (possibly due to the large amount of frosting needed to cover the overspill of cake mixture). They were pronounced “YUCK!” and “TOO MUCH” and ended up..

Make compost, make something good of yourself Ice Cream Cornet Cupcake...become one with the universe.

(they also wouldn’t sit still on my…and I’m embarrassed to confess that I own one..cupcake stand *shame* which will be necessary to make the small fairy cakes into an effective Birthday Cake for the party)

And so we have a winner!

It's an ice cream in cake form...what's not to like?

But I’ve now got 40 cornets to use up and a ridiculous amount of icing sitting in the mixing bowl, malevolently.

And so I knocked up a cone dipped in icing, rolled in hundreds and thousands and filled with Marshmallow, M&M’s and smarties:

Sugar PLUS

And Oliver and Tom pronounced it “Good” and ate it, wafer and all.

And so, to a couple of links for you if you would like to make cakes that look like ice cream.

Ice Cream Cupcake Recipe

Buttercream Icing

And a link to the blog that inspired the cone filled with sweets (actually, this whole blog is filled with wonderful ideas, I would have tried the cupcakes in ice cream pots if only there had been time)


Thank God for trial runs.


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Posted on 07/30/2011, in Party Ideas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I don’t know it you can get you hands on this http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/fluffernutter.html or if there is a UK equivalent,it might work as a icing substitute, it might be easier to manipulate it into more of a ice cream texture. Welcome back!!

    • OH MY GOD! I saw some FLUFF today in ASDA (Walmart to you) and did a *BOGGLE*. What a brilliant idea Jezzi, I could top the dipped cones with a little fluff and have the sweets underneath. YOU ARE A GENIUS!

      • no problem. Don’t know if you’ve seen this http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/ I have a friend who’s a night manager at a Walmart near Chicago and he shudders everytime I ask him about the midnight denziens of Wally world

  2. Timely stuff – We are having our first ever kids’ party in two weeks and DS is desperate for a Lightning McQueen cake from Tesco but I am equally desperate not to look like I just couldn’t be arsed at all (party in hired venue and cake from shop) and have therefore been thinking about supplementing main cake with something home-baked. Ice cream ones look great but will also look at your links. Thank you! And glad there was no fireball.

    • Oh wow, seriously? I think the cupcake in a cornet thing could be AMAZEBALLS, but it needs a small amount of batter (much smaller that you think) and a small amount of frosting – too much is too much. For a “Cars” party I would deffo think about making some ordinary cupcakes with a little frosting and maybe some wheels as decoration? It shouldn’t be too hard to make…royal icing bought in black cut into circles and a blob of white icing in the middle? PM on me at the place, or email me here and I’ll have a google for you.

      • Hey sorry, only just found this. Thanks for replying. Wheels idea is good and much more achievable for the likes of me. But my head has been turned because I stumbled across this Youtube video of insanely bright, OTT Lightning McQueen cupcakes with pink buttercream and sprinkles, and felt a pull of desire towards them. I can’t find the ludicrous plastic toppers on eBay though

        I think the unexpected pink buttercream is what made me decide they were awesome. I kind of know they are terrible and Full Of Chemicals, but I bet DS would love them. He is strongly in favour of pink icing on cakes.

        NOW at last, I am off to look at your links, didn’t have time before. Hurrah for this post.

      • I am actually pissing myself at this video! Calm down love, on the “They’re hollow” thing. Jesus! Also, she is clearly slightly mad.

      • Oh god, I’m sorry! I just embedded a video on your blog – I thought I was just putting a link in my comment … *cringe* Sorry sorry sorry! Delete it if you want. I think I might feel slightly intruded upon if someone posted actual youtube videos into my actual blog, it’s a bit MUCH.

      • It’s fine, it’s fine! don’t panic!

      • phew! And yes she is mad.

  3. Or I might just make some Steeming Mules. I bet four-year-olds love ’em.

  4. Is it even more shameful that I covet a cupcake stand but don’t actually own one?

  5. Ohh my kids would LOVE the Sugar PLUS, and so would my husband…and me 🙂

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