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Perfect Easy Bake Party Cakes!

Updated on September 8, 2012

It's Cake - Baked in a Cone!

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Super Simple Party Cake

I love to entertain so I am always looking for great party ideas. With three daughters, it seems like I am forever looking for party cake ideas. I heard about cakes that could be made in ice cream cones! It is an adorable idea but I wondered how easy it would be and how the final product would taste.

I had to make them a couple of times but in the end, they turned out perfect!

These cakes are quick to make, taste great and you don't see them everyday. They could be used for a back yard bar-b-que to a birthday party. They are also so easy to make, the kids can join in the fun!

As Simple As 1, 2, 3

For this project, you will need:

  1. A box of cake mix - the flavor of your choice
  2. Ice Cream Cones
  3. Frosting

You will need a cupcake pan and some aluminum foil to bake the cake in the cones.

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Ready, Set, Go!

Aluminum foil is great for molding around the cone to hold it steady while it cooks. I found that it was easiest to fold a square of foil and press it into the cupcake pan first, then put the cone into the pocket and press the foil around the cone. They aren't that delicate and the flat cones stand well.

You can use any kind of cake mix, boxed flavor or make your own. I used Duncan Hines, Devils Food. Prepare the cake batter according to the instructions on the box.

Pour the batter into the cones. I used a four ounce ice cream scoop. You should fill the cones about 1/2 way full.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. When the center springs back - they are done.

Decorate with frosting and decorations of your choice.

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Notes:

I wanted to fill the cones with enough batter to make a nice rounded cake. I cooked them in small batches to experiment. The first time I filled them about 1/3 of the way full - the baked cake rose to the edge of the cone - almost flat.

The second time, I tried filling the cone with batter almost to the edge - they over flowed while baking and it was a mess.

The third time, I filled them about 1/2 of the way full and they still came out about even with the top of the cone, as you can see in the photos above.

I used decorator frosting from Wal-Mart and Wilton frosting dye to make the colors of my choice. I also experimented with the prepared frosting in the can sold with decorator tips.

I much preferred using my own frosting colors and it was cheaper than buying 3 or 4 cans of prepared, colored frosting. The size of the decorator tips that come with the commercial frosting are not big enough, in my opinion. I used extra large frosting decorator tips and they had the best results for this cake.

You could easily make your own buttercream frosting to use with this as well.

Beautiful for any party!

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"How do they taste? They taste like more." ~H.L. Mencken

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh this is really an easy one healthweathmusic! Your kids are the perfect age to think you must be super woman for pulling it off! lol

    This one - well the worst part is smashing the aluminum to fit the cone and it wasn't hard at all:) Good luck!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thanks so much Janine! They are super delicious with a scoop of ice cream:) lol And right - so easy!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thanks so much Mike! I do have fun putting these dessert hubs together and I know the kids will be thinking I am the greatest:) lol Also - I have been cooking for so many years! Gosh I don't even want to admit how many!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh really Sharyn? I thought it was fairly new! ha! Everything usually comes around again you know?

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    Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

    I've seen this idea before, but have not been brave enough to try it yet... my children are 4 & 5 - I know they would love this... I'll just need to do it!

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    Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

    Omg, Kelly these look amazing (granted I am still hungry right now), but you are making me want to go out and buy the ingredients to try and make these. Have totally voted and shared all over!!!

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    Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

    This looks so yummy that I can eat it off of the screen here LOL, Nice job on this cool recipe here, and right in time for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving fiesta's and even for Christmas snacks.

    Realhousewise you are definitely a force to reckon with when it comes to knowing creative ideas to put together in the kitchen Wow!

    Thumbs up and out for sure.

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    Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Great hub Kel, shared it in a few places. I gotta tell ya, my mom used to make these for us as kids. So adorable and always a hit.

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thanks everyone! I won't jam up the feed responding to each comment this morning (I know - you're welcome:) lol. These treats are really great! I knew everyone would love them too! It was just so easy to do - but looked so cool I had to share!

    Thanks so much! Happy baking!!

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    Susan Mills 4 years ago from Indiana

    This looks like something even I can make, and that's saying a lot since I promise you I have burned water and undercooked toast more than once. The toast, not the water... once you've burned water, the smell keeps you from EVER doing it again.

    As usual, housewife, you are amazing. shared, liked, and pinned. :O)

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    Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

    RealHousewife:

    What a treat! Kids would love them.

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Really cute! Thanks for sharing and explaining how to make the ice cream cone cupcakes so well!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Susan! These are really fun to make. I know some of you who are way more creative - could make some spectacular stuff! I just did plain old icing but I do think they are so cute!

    Thank you so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Vicki! Thank you so much! They were really fun to make - no muss - no fuss but they look so artful! Lol

    I love my photo booth and it does make a giant difference in the pix. The light can really mess up great detail. Sometimes I eve use it for stuff that's too big but I just get my camera ll the way in it so it cuts out the box:)

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Ha! Hey Ruchira I'm just happy I found another use for the silly crap I decide I just have to try to make:) lol. I've made some crazy stuff over the years - now at least I can make hubs about the good stuff:)

    amazing but the cones do not melt in the oven or anything! They only melted when I overfilled and it spilled over the edge of the cone. That was a mess! But it only takes about 20 minutes so I just there in another round:) hahaha

    The children all - loved them! I only ate a little cake - I'm not huge on sweets...and it tasted great! I would have had a huge bowl if I'd had a scoop of ice cream! Lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Glimmer Twin - thank you! These are super fun, really easy and you could just decorate them in a million ways!

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    drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

    What a clever idea, Kelly, and they look so cool. And so yummy. And so delicious. And so tasty. And so mmmmmmmmm! Can you tell I haven't eaten yet?

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    Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

    I've seen this once before but I always forget to do it! Evan's birthday is in a few weeks, so I'm going to bookmark this. Voting up!

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    Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    This is such a cute and fun idea! And you can use it for a boy or a girl's party! Love this, and there are so many options on how to decorate them. Great job, Kelly! Voted up and sharing.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kelly....Make sure you have a batch of these yummies in every color of the rainbow, when you come to get me at the Airport!!

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    Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

    Oh, I wish I had your creative, cooking mind! These look delicious and FUN!!

    Votes and Shares!

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    Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I love this idea for cake. Even though I don't have any little ones I'm still going to try and make these ice cream cone cakes. I love the idea that after everyone's eaten them there are no plates or forks to wash :) The pictures look fantastic!

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    Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    This is the coolest! How fun to serve these. You will be the coolest host ever!!! Love the pics too! I actually ordered a photo booth but haven't used it yet. I need to. It seems to really make a difference!

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    Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

    Hey Kelly,

    Did I tell ya...you are the queen of baking now :) I officially pronounce you!!

    btw, QUESTION: when putting the cones in the oven along with the batter...wont' the cones get all mushy?

    The idea is superb. I just bakes some muffins last night for my kid's scout thingie...had I known about the cones I would be nominated as a super mom...lol

    voted up as interesting, awesome!

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

    Oooh. I think this might be an idea for our next birthday! These look easy and fun. Voted up and pinned!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Lela! Thank you so much! I got out the photo booth for ths one - wait until you see one other hub I have been working on for like 3 weeks! I hope to have it done tomorrow and it's a sweet treat too!

    That coq au vin was truly delicious but yeah - it sure doesn't look pretty!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Myth! Great to see you:) Hey I had to practice a little - and I used the extra large piping tips to make the real pretty ones - regular tips make the 'cone' look small. It's super easy to do! I bet your little nieces and nephew Max would adore those:) LOL

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Kelley - thanks! I really thought they were going to be more tedious to make but they were so easy! They look like you worked hard though:) I love those kind of recipes! lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Moonlake! Thank you - I had been practicing with my piping gun - these weren't too hard at all. I wish I could have had this recipe while my kids were a lot younger. They are so easy and cute!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Stacy! Thank you so much! I did put how much goes in them - hoping you didn't have to make the same mistake I did. I do wish I could make a nice fluffy looking cone - but the cake won't stand up like that - so cut to the chase and just know they look flat until you top 'em:)

    I can't wait to see how you decorate them!

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    Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    Whoa! Your photography is getting to be awesome! Makes me want to take a bite out of the screen! However, that coc au vin (sp) did not look very appetizing.

    I'm sure the girls think these ice cream cone cakes are as awesome as they look!

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    mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

    This is totally awesome! The first time I heard about this I put it on my gotta try someday list. You beat me to it!! Your frosting is really awesome as well. I'm not sure I could frost in such a pretty way that it actually looks like ice-cream. Very well done and delicious looking!

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    kelleyward 4 years ago

    Kelly, I LOVE this idea. Pinning right now. Voting up all across. YUM! Take care, Kelley

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    I made these years ago when our kids were little. I found the recipe for them in an old Betty Crocker Cake book. Yours turned out so pretty.

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    Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Those look so cool.... I definately will have to look into making these for the backyard BBQ/birthday party! I love how you described exactly how much you should use in each cone to get it to the perfect height! Love this idea and you did an amazing job!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi WOL - thank you! I made them and had them sitting on a platter on the table when the girls got home - they were thrilled! They were double excited when I said I had already photographed them so they were free to eat one:) haha

    My youngest 2 said they loved them by the way!

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Tammy - thank you so much! I thought they were so cute - and so easy to make they were worth sharing the recipe. You could make a whole bunch of these pretty fast - or just a few to look cool on the table. If you had a little extra cake batter (sometimes I end up with more than I want in the pan) you could make a few with the left over batter and it is not time consuming at all!

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    writeronline 4 years ago

    Cakes like these come out to join the party, you'd want to be standing back to avoid being trampled by the guests!! Deliciousity indeed.

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    This is one of the most unique hubs I have ever seen. My family would love those! Sharing!