Chocolate & Raspberry Ice Cream Cone Cakes

Summertime is coming! And this calls for ice cream! (Or in this case, cupcakes that look like ice cream)

This is actually part 2 of my cone cake recipe (for part 1, please go here). As mentioned in the first part, the ice cream cones are safe to bake in the oven. If you’d like, just use any other cupcake batter, fill the cones 2/3 of its way up and bake for the same time as you would using a muffin liner.

The cupcake sponge itself is rich and chocolate-y. Meanwhile, the frosting is just the right amount of sweetness by adding fresh raspberries to balance the flavour out. They look quite impressive but in reality, are very simple to make.

Ingredients:

For the chocolate cupcakes:

  • 110g plain flour
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 96g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 125ml buttermilk
  • 56g butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water

For the raspberry buttercream:

  • 113g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 380g icing sugar, sifted

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/375F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add in the egg, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer on medium until smooth, around 3 minutes. 
  3. Stir in the coffee with a rubber spatula. Note that the batter will be slightly runny. Pour mixture onto ice cream cones, filling no more than 3/4 full. 
  4. Bake for 20-24 minutes until the cupcakes feel slightly springy in the centre. Make sure to leave the cone cakes on a wire rack so that bottom don’t become soggy.
  5. To make the buttercream, beat butter, raspberries and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually sift in the icing sugar, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition.



Baked Mini Nutella Doughnuts

The latest baking craze have been about doughnuts or ‘gourmet doughnuts’. Of course, I wanted to have a go and try baking them for myself. So in an excited and hurried attempt, I ordered a baking pan from Amazon. It’s a shame baking pans are not quite as popular and accessible in UK home-ware stores.

So, there I was on a Thursday morning, waiting in anticipation for my package to arrive as Amazon promised. And when it arrived, I quickly realised that I ordered the wrong doughnut pan! Instead of the normal-sized pans, I ordered the mini sized pans.

Not wasting all the waiting and planning to bake doughnuts, I experimented anyway and safe to say, this is one of my favourite baking experiments. These doughnuts are so moreish and the nutella glaze is so tasty but not sickly sweet. My family finished them all straight away!

Ingredients:

For the doughnuts:

  • 156g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 45g nutella
  • 3 tbsp or 42g butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 118ml milk

For the glaze:

  • 125g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tbsp nutella
  • 4-6 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/375F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a doughnut pan.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat butter, both sugar and nutella with an electric mixer at medium speed. Then slowly beat in the egg and nutella.
  3. In 3 separate batches, fold in the milk and flour into the nutella mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 7-9 minutes. Watch the oven carefully as the doughnuts cook quite quickly.
  5. To make the glaze, whisk the ingredients together until the mixture is smooth and runny.

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.

Ingredients:

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

Method:

  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.