Birthday Cupcake Cones with a Surprise Inside

Post Date October 24, 2011

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Who doesn’t love cupcake cones? These fun, whimsical birthday treats have adorned many parties. And why not, kids love them. They’re fun, easy and always a hit!  I’ve made them a time or two for my own kids, and I’ll be the first to admit, the original version is…well,  nearly perfect!  Why mess with a good thing, right?


Not so fast. I discovered two new ways to make them even better! Cupcakes with filling are always a favorite, so why not cupcake cones with a sweet treat inside!  All Kids love them, you will be a SUPERSTAR when you serve these at the next Birthday bash! Another fun version is adding candy surprises to the bottom of the cone.


I’ll start by sharing the classic version.


Cupcake Cones

  • Cake mix  in your favorite flavor
  • Eggs, oil and water according to box directions
  • Your favorite frosting
  • Sprinkles (optional)
    1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Prop cones up in a cake pan or muffin tin. Fill them to within 1/2″ of top. Carefully transfer pan to oven and bake according to box directions for cupcakes.
    2. Cool completely.
    3. Frost and decorate however you choose.  Using a pastry bag and star tip will help create that swirled “cone” look, however if you don’t have one a simple table knife will do the trick.

*Tip: An old egg carton works great as a holder. Cut out the bottom of each cup and and prop up the cupcake cones. For a fun presentation, have the kids color and decorate it.

Twist #1

Cream filled cupcake cones. (after all who can resist cream filling?) Prepare as above through step #2.

Mix one can of “whipped” style prepared frosting and 1 cup of marshmallow fluff.  Scoop into a pastry bag ,snip the tip and set aside. If you don’t have a pastry bag, use a plastic zip top bag, snip one corner and set aside.


Using a melon baller  scoop a small cap out of the top of each cupcake and set aside. Scoop out some of the cake inside the hole of the cupcake, and discard or save for another use. Insert the corner of the plastic bag (or the pastry bag) and squeeze filling into hole until almost full. Replace “cap” then frost and decorate.

Twist #2

Cupcake cones with a candy surprise! (why stop the sugar rush with just cupcakes and frosting?)

This version does not require you to bake cake batter inside the cones, instead you will use pre-baked cupcakes and mini-cupcakes or mini-muffins. Either can be homemade or store bought. (The video below shows exactly how to assemble them)


You will also need some whimsical candy; sour balls, jelly beans, fruit drops, candy-coated chocolate pieces, etc. Fill the bottom of each cone about 1/2 full with candy of choice.(hint: add mystery and surprise by using different candies, so the kids won’t know what they’re getting)


Start with one cupcake, liner removed. Frost the top and invert onto cone (top down). Then frost the top of a mini cupcake, and invert on larger cupcake. You will now have a basic cone shape. Frost as desired, creating the look of a real ice cream cone. Decorate with sprinkles or use festive picks on top for easy decorating!