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Overhead of ice cream cone cupcakes on a serving tray.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

  • Author: Lindsay Conchar
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cooling: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 20 cupcakes
  • Category: Cupcake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Looking for the perfect, celebratory summer dessert? Ice cream cone cupcakes are made of light and fluffy, sprinkle-filled cupcake batter baked in ice cream cones and topped with rich vanilla buttercream. Yummy!



  • 20 ice cream cones
  • 1 1/4 cups (163g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp (84g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (155g) sugar
  • 6 tbsp (86g) sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) milk
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) water
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles (jimmies)

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 1/4 cups (280g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups (575g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 34 tbsp (45-60ml) heavy cream
  • Sprinkles



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare cupcake pans with ice cream cones. They should do fine just standing up one cone in each cup. If you’re afraid of them tipping, you can press some aluminum foil around the base of the cone to keep it in place. Set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light in color and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Do not skimp on the amount of creaming time.
  4. Add sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the milk and water and mix until well combined. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside.
  6. Add the egg whites to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  7. Gently fold about half of the whipped egg whites into the rest of the cake batter until mostly combined, then add the remaining egg whites and gently fold until well combined.
  8. Gently fold in the rainbow sprinkles. 
  9. Add 3 tablespoons of batter to each ice cream cone. Don’t add more or they can overflow during baking. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Vanilla buttercream

  1. While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting. Add the butter to a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
  2. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, salt, and 1 tablespoon of cream and mix until well combined and smooth.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
  5. Add the remaining cream as needed and mix until smooth.
  6. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and add sprinkles. I used Ateco tip 844.


  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake
  • Calories: 646
  • Sugar: 59.3 g
  • Sodium: 336.3 mg
  • Fat: 28.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 100.5 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 62.8 mg