Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mini Ice Cream Cone Hi Hat Cupcakes

This past Wednesday, was Mr.B's eighth birthday and he asked if I could make cupcakes, to bring to class. Of course I said yes, then we started discussing flavours, frostings and decorations. My friend Jeanine, from The Baking Beauties, recently posted a Mini Hi Hat Cupcake recipe. I've been eying Hi Hat Cupcakes on Pinterest for over a year, but never mustered enough courage up to try making them. So, while Jeanine and I chatted about her cupcakes, she mentioned how cute they would look, in little mini ice cream cones. I told her I'd try it for Mr.B's cupcakes, which is what I did. I must say that mini cone cupcakes are MUCH more difficult than regular cone cupcakes. The tiny cones, which have a tiny bottom, were very unstable. And thankfully the box of cones I bought contained 48 cones, because I over filled the first 12 cones and they spilled over while baking. Lesson learned, the remaining 36 baked up perfectly.

Making the frosting was fairly easy, but would have went more smoothly if I had a candy thermometer. Please note that all the whisking will make feel like you arm will fall off, but don't stop, you have to keep whisking the frosting, while it heats. The resulting marshmallow frosting is unbelievably delicious! Once again, the unstable mini cones proved to be a challenge while piping on the frosting and placing them into the freezer. Thankfully I left them in there long enough, that the chocolate set quite quickly, once dipped. Despite all my little hiccups, seeing the look on Mr.B's classmates faces was worth it all. They were amazed that I had made these for the class and all asked how I had done it. Even the teacher was surprised that I had made the cupcakes. Silly people.... don't they know who I am???? LOL

Mini Ice Cream Cone Hi Hat Cupcakes
adapted from The Baking Beauties

1 box of 48 mini ice cream cones
1/2 pkg chocolate fudge cake mix (I used half chocolate and half yellow cake mix)
1 egg
1/4 C oil
2/3 C water
dark chocolate wafers
rainbow sprinkles

Frosting Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces egg white (about 2 medium eggs)
2 Tablespoon water
7/8 cup (1 cup minus 2 Tablespoons) granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract (if not doing strawberry, omit, and add an additional 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
dollop pink gel food colouring (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine half the cake mix, egg, water and oil and beat for 2 minutes (the remaining cake mix can be wrapped up and placed in the freezer, for later use). Carefully fill each cone HALF full and place them in a 12 cup muffin tin. Carefully place muffin tin into the oven and bake cones for 10-15 minutes. Let cool completely and repeat with remaining cones and batter.

Frosting Directions:

In a stainless steel mixing bowl, whisk together the egg whites, water, sugar and cream of tartar. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and continue whisking until the egg whites are hot (about 160*C).
Using a heavy duty hand mixer, or a stand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, and the frosting has cooled to room temperature. This takes about 12 minutes. Add the vanilla, strawberry extract and gel colouring at this time. Beat until the flavourings are evenly distributed. Use immediately.
Using a piping or heavy duty resealable bag with the corner cut off, pipe the frosting in swirls onto the cupcakes, until they are tall & pointed on top. Place frosted cupcakes on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

In a tall narrow cup, melt chocolate melts in the microwave for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. Once chocolate is melted and smooth, take set cupcakes and carefully dip frosted tops into the chocolate, letting excess chocolate drip off. Top with a pinch of rainbow sprinkles and return to the freezer, to set up; about 10 minutes. Store cupcakes in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Linda Primmer said...

A very cute idea. I am sure anyone would love these. I have seen them around, but haven't attempted them yet.

I would turn off ter word verification in your Settings, under comments. Most bloggers hate this!
Just a tip.
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Cindy Jamieson said...

Thanks for the feeback Linda, but you are the first to mention it, in the 5 yrs I've been blogging. I get too much spammy comments without the verification, so will keep it up, so as not to waste my time filtering through spam comment after spam comment.

Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

"Don't they know who I am???" Isn't that the truth! I knew you could do it, you're Cindy!! :D
Now I want to do them too. :)

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

These are great too!! :)

Christi said...

These look so cute and delicious! Found you from Show and Tell Link party and I'm a new follower!


Charlotte Moore said...

These are so cute. I did not know they made mini cones. I always beat my frosting with a hand held mixer while it cooks. My arms would never hold out. It works great.

Ruthie Armstrong said...

Super delicious.. Thanks so much for coming to party at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) I hope you’ll come again next week. xoxo~ Ruthie

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

These are seriously cute, and they sound so tasty too!

Designed Decor said...

What a cool idea! Thanks for linking up to Talkin’ About Thursday link party. I hope you will come back next week too!

April Tuell said...

These are so cute! I like the mixer idea that was shared, my arms would never hold out long enough to do this. :) Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!