• Serves: 12
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

These cupcakes are so incredibly cute, they are sure to wow children and adults alike. A simple vanilla sponge batter is baked inside ice cream cup (flat-bottomed) cones and then topped with a generous swirl of vanilla frosting. The sky is the limit when it comes to decorations – add sprinkles, chocolate, a drizzle of syrup and don’t forget a chocolate flake!

Here's what you'll need...

For the cupcakes:

  • 12 ice cream cup cones
  • 165g plain flour
  • 165g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100g cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • assortment of sprinkles to decorate
  • strawberry or chocolate syrup to drizzle (optional)
  • 6 chocolate flakes, halved

For the frosting:

  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2-3 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


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Set oven temp: 180C/160 Fan/Gas mark 4

Here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 180C (160 Fan). Use foil to create little ‘collars’ for the cup cones to sit snuggly in a muffin tin. Make sure sure they are level.

    Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt  to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the cubed butter and pulse or mix until the mixture resembles sand.


  • 2

    Add the eggs and mix them in, scraping bottom the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the milk and vanilla extract and pulse or mix until you have an evenly mixed batter. Use a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl to make sure the batter is thoroughly mixed.


  • 3

    Spoon the batter into the cup cones, filling about 2/3 of the way up. Bake for 25-30 minutes, testing with a skewer to make sure the cupcakes are baked all the way through. Cool on a wire rack.


  • 4

    Beat the icing sugar and butter in a stand mixer on medium-low speed until combined. Slowly add the milk and vanilla extract. Once they are incorporated, increase to maximum speed and whisk until the frosting is light and fluffy 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.

  • 5

    Pipe a generous amount of frosting on each of the cupcakes and then decorate with sprinkles of your choice. Add a chocolate flake, drizzle with a little strawberry or chocolate syrup if you like and serve.


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By Lucy Parissi on 06.07.16

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