Cone Head Cupcakes with Ice Cream Frosting

by Erin

Have some fun with your vanilla cupcakes and turn them into adorable cone head cupcakes with frosting that looks and taste like an ice cream sundae.

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National Cupcake Day is exactly one week from today! In an effort to prepare you, 26 food bloggers including myself have banded together to share cupcake recipes today. I took the opportunity to whip up a cupcake creation that I have been meaning to make ever since I thought of it.

You know the adorable cone head ice cream sundae at Friendly’s? Well I recreated it in cupcake form! A vanilla cupcake is topped with a literal scoop if buttercream frosting made with ice cream and decorated with a chocolate dipped waffle cone, miniature Reese’s pieces, and whipped cream. Even if you’ve never heard of or had a cone head ice cream sundae, you won’t be able to resist these little guys.

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Have you ever made anything with ice cream? Sure, you can just stuff it inside of things or blend it into a milkshake, but I’m talking about transforming it into things that when eaten you may not realize contain ice cream as an ingredient. As someone who has more ice cream in the freezer than anything else, this is something I think about often. But if all you want is more cupcake recipes, scroll to find the list at the bottom of this post!

More recipes using ice cream:

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One year ago: White Cheddar Mac & Cheese in a Mug

Three years ago: Toffee Apple Dip

Four years ago: Brownie Peanut Butter Cups

Cone Head Cupcakes with Ice Cream Frosting and Reese's Pieces


Yield: 1 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  • 12 mini waffle ice cream cones (or regular ones cut down)
  • 4 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted
  • Chopped peanuts
  • 36 mini Reese's pieces
  • Whipped cream (canned works well for this)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter until well combined. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Alternatively beat in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating until smooth.
  4. Scoop batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.
  5. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, cream butter and shortening together until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of softened ice cream and mix until combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar until incorporated. Turn mixer up to medium and beat for 30 seconds. If necessary, add more ice cream or powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. Meanwhile, dip the waffle cones in melted chocolate, let excess drop off, and then roll in chopped nuts. Place on parchment paper to set.
  7. When ready to decorate, use an ice cream or cookie dough scoop to place scoops of frosting on top of each cupcake. Top with cones, use 3 Reese's pieces for the face, and decorate the outer edges with whipped cream.
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Source: Cupcakes adapted slightly from my Strawberry Stuffed Cupcakes. Frosting adapted slightly from Cookies and Cups.

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Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook December 19, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Haha! How fun!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 15, 2014 - 6:48 pm

these turned out SO FANTASTIC! So cute how it looks just like the Friendly’s cone head!

Shaina December 12, 2014 - 12:46 pm

What a cute idea! I love these for a kids birthday party

Rachel @{i love} my disorganized life December 12, 2014 - 10:26 am

Super cute cupcakes!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel December 10, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Oh my gosh, this totally just transported me back to my childhood! My grandparents used to take us to Friendly’s for breakfast after church and ALWAYS let us get a conehead for breakfast dessert! LOL! These are soooo adorable!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories December 9, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Very cute!!! I’m sure kids of any age would love them.

Eva @ Eva Bakes December 9, 2014 - 8:53 am

How cute are these? They remind me of the ice cream sundaes from Friendly’s (eons ago…). I bet that my 4 year old would ADORE your cupcakes!

spiffycookie December 9, 2014 - 9:14 am

Eva, that’s exactly what they look like because that’s what inspired me to make them!

Emily @ Life on Food December 8, 2014 - 8:50 pm

These are so cute. I used to get the ice cream clown cone heads. Oh the memories!

Tara December 8, 2014 - 8:00 pm

How cute are those cupcakes, they make me smile!!

Zainab December 8, 2014 - 6:35 pm

WOW these are just pretty amazing!!

The Ninja Baker December 8, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Bless you, Erin! Your cupcakes are reminiscent of the ice cream cone clowns that appeared in Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls =) Beautiful idea to adapt the classic for cupcakes =)

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures December 8, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Too cute! Erin, these are absolutely adorable…for #CupcakeDay and any other day.

Libby with Lemony Thyme December 8, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Super cute!! These would be great for birthday parties too.

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm December 8, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Adorable. It reminded me of when I was a kid and my Mom would bake cupcakes in icecream cones. I will have to look up that recipe.

sarah k @ the pajama chef December 8, 2014 - 11:17 am

i’ve seen cone head cupcakes before but never knew there was an official name for it. these are too cute! love how you used reese’s pieces. mmm!

Rebekah @ Making Miracles December 8, 2014 - 9:44 am

These are TOO STINKING CUTE. I am so making these for my daughter’s next birthday…. :)

spiffycookie December 8, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Yay! I bet kids would love them. Tip: Don’t top with whipped cream until right before serving, especially if using the canned stuff. It tends to deflate faster than homemade.

Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) December 8, 2014 - 9:32 am

These are seriously sooo creative!!


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