Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Don’t let their innocent appearance fool you- these brownie sundae ice cream cone cupcakes have a gooey, fudge-y, dark chocolate-y side! Add a drizzle of salted caramel sauce and they’re positively sinful.
These may look cute and childish and fun, but do not underestimate them.
They will leave you breathless, sticky, and begging for mercy.
I’m sure you remember having ice cream cone cupcakes as a birthday treat when you were a kid. Well, these are on a whole different level.
Crunchy cone. Fluffy whipped cream. Sprinkles and a cherry. Of course! Plus the darkest, most intensely fudge-y brownie you can imagine, topped with a positively sinful salted caramel sauce.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
To bake your brownie cones you will need a 9×13-inch baking pan. I prefer to use the metal kind but I think the glass kind would probably work too. Cover it tightly with heavy-duty foil, and cut twelve “X’s” in the foil with a sharp knife. Then just stand a cone up in each “X.” You can get a better idea of how this works if you click here: How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes.
Fill them nearly to the top with brownie batter. The brownies don’t puff up a whole lot, so you probably won’t have to worry about overflow.
Top with the fluffiest-ever whipped cream frosting, generously perfumed with vanilla, with just a hint of cream cheese tang. It’s almost like a no-bake cheesecake. Be sure there’s a chair nearby so you can swoon into it.
Chocolate sauce and/or salted caramel sauce, sprinkles and a cherry are the final touch. It wouldn’t be a birthday treat without them, right?
You can use the store-bought stuff, but I highly recommend making this recipe. It only takes ten minutes and the payoff is HUGE! And I mean, if you’re going all out with an over-the-top recipe like this, why not make every component the best it can possibly be? Just make sure it’s completely cool before you drizzle it on 😉
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Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
For the Brownie Cones
- 24 ice cream cones
- 2 1/2 cups (500 g) granulated sugar
- 1 3/4 cups (150.5 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) kosher salt
- 1 1/4 cups (283.75 g) unsalted butter, (2 1/2 sticks)
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
For the Whipped Cream Frosting
- 12 ounces (340.2 g) cream cheese, (1 1/2 bricks)
- 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups (476 ml) heavy cream, (cold)
- 1/2 cup (35.5 ml) salted caramel
- 1/3 cup (53.33 g) rainbow sprinkles
- 24 maraschino cherries,, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
For the brownie ice cream cone cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and cover (2) 9x13-inch baking pans with heavy-duty foil. Cut (12) small "X's" in each of the foil covered pans, and insert an ice cream cone into each "X."
- Place the sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Cut the butter into pieces and add to the bowl. Heat, either in the microwave or over a double boiler, until the butter is completely melted and stir to combine.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition.
- Stir in the vanilla and the flour.
- Spoon about 1/4 cup of brownie batter into each ice cream cone.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
- Cool completely.
For the whipped cream frosting
- Place the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth.
- Slowly drizzle in about 1/2 cup of the cold cream, with the mixer on medium-low speed.
- Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, and continue slowly adding the cold cream, while mixing on medium-low.
- When all the cream has been added, turn the mixer up to medium-high and whip for about a minute, or until the frosting is fluffy and stiff. (Take care not to overwhip, or the frosting could become runny.)
- Top the cooled brownies with frosting. Drizzle with salted caramel and/or chocolate sauce, and garnish with sprinkles and a cherry.
For more info on the frosting, click here: Whipped Cream Frosting.
For more info on the caramel sauce, click here: Salted Caramel Sauce.
I remember making ice cream cone cupcakes in my after school cooking class when I was in 2nd grade. My teacher was affectionately known as “Mr. Scoops”, since Scupinsky or however he spelled it was a little hard for us 7 year olds to pronounce. These are such an amazing upgrade… and thanks for the nostalgia of me thinking about Mr. Scoops!
Haha I love that! Isn’t it crazy how much food can tie into memories? That’s a great story… 🙂
These are seriously the cutest things ever! So fun, and I can’t wait to try them!
Thanks Marcie! They were a big hit with my family!
These are adorable and I know they taste delicious. Love the tip about the tin foil and muffin pan.
Thanks Chineka! The first time I went to make them I didn’t know how the heck to make them stand up, lol! But that trick works really well. Hope you’re having a great week, my dear!
Allie, I think these might be the cutest things I have ever seen! This is such a fabulous idea!
Aw, thanks Michelle! I’m so glad you like them!
I’m swooning now! They’re so cute and so decadent!
Thank you so much Kayle! They were really decadent, it kinda caught me off guard, lol!
You are SO clever. These the cutest cupcakes ever!!!! Totally fun. I have a friend who is constantly putting on birthday parties. She is going to love these. Great for barbecue weather coming up too.
Oh yeah! These would be great for a barbecue or potluck. Good thinking Carol! Thanks so much dear!
Allie – I haven’t had cupcake ice cream cones in forever! I think that this needs to change because these are precious. I love the combination of brownie cupcakes with whipped cream frosting. YUM!
The brownies took them to a whole different level! I could not believe how decadent they were, lol! Thanks so much and I’m so glad they brought back some happy memories for you 🙂
These are absolutely breathtaking, Allie! So so pretty and creative! Genius! My kiddos would have loved these for their birthdays that just passed too but now I think I want to make them for my birthday 🙂 They look simply perfect!
Aw thanks Kelly! You should totally give them a try- my kids loved them just as much as the grownups did. Hope you have a very happy birthday my dear!
Gosh these are making me happy!! They scream summer, happy sunny times!! So so creative girl!
Thank you so much Zainab! That is just how we felt all weekend long, happy sunny summer. I hope you got a taste of gorgeous spring weather up your way too. xoxo
I always always want to start off my comments on your blog with ‘WOW!’, Allie … and this one is no exception, so … WOW!
I NEVER would have thought of something so genius … to stuff cones with brownie mixture and bake .. .and then top them with a beautiful cheese cakey frosting that looks just like cream. Did I already say ‘genius’?
Aw you are too kind Helen! I grew up eating ice cream cone cupcakes for all my friends’ birthday parties, so this seemed like a natural to me. I’m so glad you like them and thank you so much for the kind words!
These ice cream cone cupcakes are just perfect Allie! So creative and very cute! Need to definitely try them! Pinned 🙂
Thanks so much Mira! And I really appreciate the pin too 🙂