Lemon Ice Cream Cone Cakes

Cupcakes in ice cream cone cakes? Say what?!

Yes, that’s right. It’s possible. When I saw a picture on Pinterest of some ice cream cone cakes, I literally shrieked and obsessed over the idea. So, I spent ages planning on the flavour, appearance of these cakes etc; only to find that these type of flat-bottomed ice cream cones are not as common in the UK in comparison to the US. I scoured Tesco, Asda, M&S, and thankfully found them in Sainsburys. So, for my UK readers, you know where to find them!

This is actually part 1 of the series of cone cakes which I made on that day. For part 2, click here.


For the cupcakes:

  • 156g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 118ml oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80ml sour cream
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

For the buttercream:

  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 113g butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/375F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the egg, egg yolk and sugar for 2 minutes. On low speed, add oil and vanilla then the sour cream.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until it is just about incorporated and the batter is smooth. Mix in lemon zest and lemon juice. Bake for 20 minutes until the cupcakes are springy to touch. Make sure to cool on a wire rack, so the bottom do not get soggy.
  5. To make the buttercream, beat butter until soft with an electric mixer on medium speed. Then gradually sift in the icing sugar and add lemon juice and zest. Increase the speed and add the milk until the desired buttercream consistency is reached.

I wish the buttercream looked a lot more paler than yellow, so these cone cakes could look exactly like a 99p flake ice cream! Also, make sure to serve and eat these within a day. Otherwise, the cones will not be as crunchy and may turn soggy.


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