Dippity Doo Dots Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

May 30, 2009 at 11:36 PM | Posted in blog event, cupcakes | 27 Comments
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Le sigh…

I had high hopes for this one.

But alas it didn’t come out quite as I planned in my head. Don’t you hate when that happens…?

I confess I was “this” close to scrapping the draft that I started writing more than a week ago when Melissa (twitter@petalsntwigs) gave me the FABULOUS idea of using Dippin’ Dots for the 2nd annual Ice Cream+Cupcakes event hosted by Steph of Cupcake Project and Tina and Bethany of Scoopalicous.

For those not familiar with Dippin’ Dots. Let me explain. Dippin’ Dots are tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet and flavored ice. They come in variety of flavors. I used the banana split one although I really wanted the bubble gum but it wasn’t available. {sad face} The fact that they remind me of sprinkles makes them 10x cuter. I’m a sucker for sprinkles.

But leave it to me to enter on the absolute LAST DAY of the event with no time to improvise or do-overs. Ugh! I am so bad at deadlines. I think I need a 12 step program. Or maybe a book? The 7 Habits Of Consistently Ahead Of Schedule People.

Why did you publish it then, Clara? <– you ask?

Well… I guess for 2 reasons.

(1) Ice Cream+Cupcake is one of my FAVORITE events to participate in every year. Steph is a good friend of mine (at least I like to think so, right Steph?) and I love supporting my friends. Also as mentioned above I didn’t exactly have much time to left to support said friend with another trial. CB=bad friend.

(2) I love Bakerella but she’s TOO perfect! Don’t get me wrong. She’s the awesome-est chick ever (Nothing but love for you, Angie!) but I feel so inadequate next to her that sometimes I wouldn’t mind knowing that she has flops like me. So I figured some of my readers wouldn’t mind seeing that I am FAR from perfect too.

Ok enough stalling. Here’s my ice cream cone cupcake. Melted mess and all.

No! Wait!! Before you scroll down to pictures. I just wanna say… Man those little ice cream beads melt fast! It certainly wasn’t the operator’s fault. But licking melted ice cream off your hand and arms is the best part of eating an ice cream cone IMO. Am I right?

Just nod your head yes. That’s a good reader.

Recipe adapted from Cupcakes Galore by Gail Wagman & Betty Crocker

Makes about 12 cupcake cones


For chocolate cupcake
1-1/4 cup AP flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk (I used half-and-half)

For vanilla buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp
7 cups powder sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

[NOTES: Buttercream recipe makes a good amount. You could probably half recipe if you don’t plan to use alot of frosting per ice cream cupcake cone but I’m a frosting addict so…]

12 ice cream cones
Dippin’ Dots, garnish


To make ice cream cone cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift AP flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, fitted with a flat beater, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each addition. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture. Mix until flour just incorporated into batter.

Option 1: Line cupcake pan with liners. Fill liners about 1/2 full. Place ice cream cone upside down on batter in each cup.

Option 2: Stand cones upright in cupcake pan. Fill cone about 2/3 full.

Bake cupcakes for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

To make frosting—
Beat butter until creamy, scrape bowl. Add 7 cups of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, beat until combined. Add more powdered sugar until you get to the consistency you want (but not too stiff so that its hard to pipe/spread). You can add more milk for a thinner consistency too.

To assemble cupcakes—
Generously frost cupcake with vanilla buttercream with an offset spatula. Garnish with ice cream dipping dots.


Husband rating: A
He thought the ice cream cone cupcake was darn cute and preferred the “fill the cone with batter” method more than the upside down method b/c you get cupcake with every bite of cone.

Wifey rating: A
I thought these turned out SO cute but I would have preferred if the dipping dots had retained their bead shape to resemble sprinkles for longer. These cupcakes you really have to make and eat right away! I agree with Hubs that I liked the fill method better b/c you get more cupcake per cone ratio but the upside down cone method made it easier to frost and didn’t make the cone as soggy over time. Soggy cone=no bueno. Thanks for tip, A! Maybe next time I might do a combo of both methods. Fill the cone with batter a little bit before turning it upside?



  1. I love that the dippin dots got used! I love those little things. What a great cupcake. I think these look stellar. I would definitely try these out. Whether the dots melt fast or not–doesn’t matter, these still look incredibly delicious!! Yum!

  2. Clara, I think everything you make looks amazing and cute! You can make even melty icecream look good. You are my inspiration and got me excited about cupcakes again!

  3. I think they look really really good! Perfect for a warm summer day. Had never heard of Dippin’ Dots before. Sounds like a cool concept. Are they well-known in the US?

  4. So when are you going to open your shop? MAN, that looks so MUCH FUN! Which BC book, I would love to add it = )

  5. I have to agree that I often think Bakerella is an evil genius. I just can’t copy her amazing creations, no matter how hard I try. I’m impressed with your dippin dots idea. I bet the cones looked awesome before those little buggers started melting.

  6. Oh man, I LOVE dippin dots! This sounds like such a terrific treat. Sorry they didn’t turn out quite as you’d hoped but they still look awesome!

  7. Oh man, that melted ice cream made my mouth water. Seriously! I too love it when things don’t turn out planned. I like to post my flops whenever I have them and point it out because nobody is perfect and we all need to see people make mistakes. To err is human! And that- I am=) How about hollowing out a little bit of the cupcake, pour some dippin’ dots in and cover it with a piece of cupcake. Freeze it, frost, then sprinkle with dippin dots just before serving? Will that work? It really would be a nice surprise=)

  8. I love ice cream and cake, even if it is a little melty. I would pull out my fork and settle that problem! :)

  9. Wow-these are so “unperfectly cute” that I feel so much better today!! I just finished making four different kinds of cookies and we are talking hours in front of a stove and sink (cleaning all the dishes from said cookies of course) and the pumpkin cookies just didn’t make the cut–hate it when that happens; however, like you, I realize I am not perfect and it’s by trial and error and admission of not being perfect that we accept our daily baking ups and downs I guess! I needed to read your post today and believe me-I was just looking at your icing swirls in the top photo with Hello Kitty and thought–“man-how does she get those perfect swirls and those perfect adorable bows and thinking how perfect your cupcakes are!!”So, I guess perfect is all relative and in the eye of the beholder, lol!! I made some icecream cone cupcakes too-you can see them on my blog, http://www.katiskupcakes.blogspot.com At first-I tried using two cupcakes (like a double decker cone) but scoops started toppling over–I figured out one would have to do and all those jimmies did a good job of hiding my “imperfections!” They must have looked okay because Zen cupcake also did a post about them on Memorial Day. Anyway, keep all these great ideas and beautiful cupcakes coming–PLEEEEEZZZZZ!!!!!

  10. You crack me up! Of course we are good cupcake friends and as you know (I think) I love experimentation more than perfection – so I think it is super cool that you tried using dippin’ dots. What a unique idea!! Even if they didn’t come out quite like you hoped, they are still way cute!

  11. *I* think these are adorable, momma! I’m a sucker for ice cream cone cakes… and I think it’s a fabulous detail to go with the ice cream theme!

    if I get more than one vote, I’ll vote for yours, too! you know.. after mine, cause I really want to win! :)


  12. Dippin Dots! I haven’t had those in forever. :) They make for a really adorable cupcake! :)

  13. Thanks E! I can always count on you for positive glass-half-full-comments. :)

  14. Aawww that’s entirely too sweet! Thanks S! Glad you’re excited about cupcakes. Now stop yapping and get to baking some! HA HA!

  15. You know? I am not sure how well known they are all over the US but I think they are pretty popular in California where I live.

  16. Opening shop? I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. To be honest I’ve never been interested in opening a bakery but a cupcake cart in the mall would be pretty darn cute dontcha think!? I found the ice cream cupcake cone on Betty Crocker website so it’s not from a book although I’m sure it’s probably in one of her books. If I find out, I’ll get back to ya! ;)

  17. I have to admit that eating that ice cream cupcake cone was alot of fun. Messy but fun. That’s all that matters right? :)

  18. Dippin’ dots are so fun. The taste was great but I wish that they hadn’t started melting so fast before I could get a decent picture!

  19. What a fun idea! Like a hidden ice cream surprise in the the middle! Will def have to try that next time I make ice cream cone cupcakes. Thanks A!

  20. Fork spork! I just used my hands. HA HA!

  21. DOUBLE SCOOP! How fun is that! Bummer they were a little top heavy. Hmm… now you got me trying to figure out how to do that. Thanks for inspiration!

  22. Oh I know you are Miss Ham Pineapple Cupcake ;)

  23. I hope you win. Wait I hope I win. Is there a way we can both win? :)

  24. Thanks S!

  25. this is gorgeous. it screams ice cream, summer, sweet, wonderful…such a unique way to integrate the ice cream. i love the presentation as well! thanks for the entry!


  26. Thanks B! I also love participating every year. Thanks for hosting!

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