For my OnlyGirl’s 11th birthday on 11/11, I had to think long and hard about what cake to make. The children’s expectations have been raised after RoundBoy’s spaghetti cake so I was under a lot of pressure to come up with something novel. Then it hit me — ice cream! OnlyGirl loves ice cream! I’d make ice cream cake then. At least, that’s what I thought initially.
Then I decided to take it one step further. How about ice cream cupcakes?
I remembered seeing one video about how it’s done so I googled it up again:-
I chose to use my favourite chocolate cake recipe for the cupcake base. In hindsight, it wasn’t the best choice for ice cream cupcakes given how runny the batter is. Some of the batter seeped through the ice cream cones, leaving only half inside the cone and the other half all over the muffin baking tin.
Note to self: the next time I’ll attempt making these again, I’d have to use a recipe with a thicker batter.
For the ‘ice cream’, I whipped up some buttercream frosting, mixing in 1/4 cup Krimwell (a type of vegetable shortening specifically meant for making frosting) with 3/4 cup butter so that the frosting would last through the heat of Malaysia’s tropical weather. I’m against using shortening and other forms of transfats but since I wanted OnlyGirl to take these cupcakes to school, the frosting must not melt so I had to relent.
After the cupcakes have cooled, I piped the frosting using a big star tip and made huge ice cream-like swirls on top. I splurged on a small jar of chocolate fudge at Cold Storage, which I heated up in the microwave as per label instructions, then I piped it on top of the ice cream. Some of the cones ended up with rainbow sprinkles, others were topped with a cherry.
The only downside to this recipe is how the cones end up being soggy — and at times, a bit too chewy — once they’ve cooled down.
If I do make these again, I’d serve them while still warm (and the cones still crispy!), scoop real ice cream on top, and let the kids have a field day putting their own toppings on their ice cream cupcake cones :)