I was so excited to be tasked with dessert, to conclude this series with MJ and Joy. And not only because I love to bake, but because I’ve been waiting for just the right time to share this beloved treat with you all.

mini cooks cupcake cones

I’ve been making cupcake cones – no joke – for over 20 years. They have been a staple of my children’s classroom parties since they were in pre-school, and I am over the moon to be making them again. Noah has already made several batches in his little life, and he knew just what to do when I told him we were making them this week.

mini cooks cupcake cones

mini cooks cupcake cones

Cupcake cones are an adorable, no-mess way to serve traditional cupcakes, and work as well with a boxed mix as “from scratch”. And they so beautifully exemplify the spirit of cooking and baking with your kids – specifically, that it should be FUN.

mini cooks cupcake cones

mini cooks cupcake cones

So if you’re not a “baker”, use the boxed mix and canned frosting. It’s all about working together to create something special, and if that’s going to help you get there, then go for it. Sometimes you just want to cut right to the fun part, and especially with young children or kids who are not enthusiastic cooks, a mix is just the ticket.

This is truly one of those recipes that allow for endless variations, and will always be a hit.

mini cooks cupcake cones

So let’s get baking!

Cupcake Cones

1 batch of cupcake batter (from scratch or a mix)
1 batch of frosting (any flavor, from scratch or canned)
24 flat-bottomed cones
food coloring (1 color or 2 – your choice)
assorted sprinkles and decorations

Special equipment: (2) 12-cup muffin tins, (2) quart-size ziploc bags, (2) 1-quart plastic deli containers, disposable pastry bag (or ziploc bag), piping tip (fluted or plain; optional)

Pre-heat oven according to the recipe/box directions. Place the cones in the bottoms of the muffin tins.

Fold the edges of the ziploc bags back 1″ and place each bag in a deli container to hold it upright and open. Divide the batter evenly between the bags; seal. Snip an opening in the corner of one bag and squeeze the bag to fill each cone about 2/3 full. Repeat with the second bag.*

Bake cupcakes according to directions. Cool completely before frosting.

Fit your pastry bag with the piping tip; fill the bag with frosting  (alternatively, you can use a ziploc bag, and snip an opening in the corner).

To get the swirled effect shown here, divide the frosting between two bowls. Color each half with your desired shades, stirring thoroughly. Spoon the frosting into the piping bag, alternating between the two colors.

Frost cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles/decors. Refrigerate till ready to serve (for easy transport to school, use this clever “cupcake carrier“!).

*this idea is courtesy of the book “Hello Cupcake“, and it’s a game-changer – the easiest, neatest way to fill cupcake liners that I’ve ever seen.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver

New to “Mini Cooks”? You can catch up here:

MJ’s “Recipe for Success”
Joy’s “Egg in a Basket”
Sheri’s “Granola Bars”
MJ’s “Vegan Smoothie”
Joy’s “Enchilada Lasagna

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And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board, for more great ideas for cooking with your little ones!


  1. Christa on April 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Love cupcake cones but have never made them – now I need to have a summer party!

    • sherisilver on April 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Yay! 🙂

  2. annie on April 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm


    Love this! Maybe Noah can teach me the frosting part. They are gorgeous!

    • sherisilver on April 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      It’s all in the wrist! 🙂

  3. Marcie Cuff on April 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Sheri! What an amazing photographer you are!! Whoa.

    • sherisilver on April 9, 2014 at 6:15 am

      Coming from YOU? Made my day. xo