Vegan Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
These vegan ice cream cone cupcakes make for a delicious summer treat! The wafer cone is filled with a light and fluffy vegan sponge cake, then topped with creamy vanilla frosting to make it look exactly like soft-serve ice cream!
With summer coming up (I use that term lightly, Scotland), I thought these ice cream cone cupcakes would be a great addition to the blog.
I first came across this super cute idea a few years ago. I can’t remember exactly where I saw them (probably Facebook or Pinterest) but I made them immediately and I was very impressed with the results.
All you have to do is bake the sponge cupcakes inside of some ice cream cones then decorate them to look like ice creams. So simple but so cute, and I bet these would go down great with kids. I switched things up a little to make the cupcakes vegan-friendly but the results were pretty much the same.
The thing that I love most about these cupcakes is that there are so many different ways to decorate them. You could experiment with different flavours or colours of sponge, use different flavours or colours of icing, and top with all kinds of edible decorations or sauces. I kept it very simple with a classic vanilla ice cream cone cupcake.
Alternative flavour and decoration ideas
- Chocolate sponge. Swap 2 tablespoons of flour for 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder when preparing the cake batter.
- Lemon sponge. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon zest to the batter and use lemon juice where the recipe calls for vinegar.
- Neapolitan sponge. Split the cake batter into 3 bowls. Add 1 tsp pink food colouring to one bowl, 1 tsp cocoa powder to another, and leave the last one as-is. Alternate the 3 batters as you fill-up the ice cream cones.
- Mint choc-chip frosting. Omit the vanilla, add 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract and green food colouring to the frosting until you get the desired colour. And of course, decorate with some dairy-free chocolate chips!
- Chocolate frosting. Use my chocolate buttercream recipe instead of the vanilla one.
- Strawberry frosting. Use this strawberry buttercream to top your cupcakes with.
- Lemon frosting. Use my lemon buttercream recipe instead of the vanilla.
Vegan Ice cream sauce
Adding a sauce on top of your frosting would be an excellent addition to make the cupcakes look even more like ice cream! The majority of ice cream sauces in the supermarkets are suitable for vegans. There are also lots available on Amazon.
Things to watch out for would be milk (especially common in toffee sauces), gelatine (yes, really!), and certain E numbers that may not be vegan. Keep my vegan e-number guide handy if you’re unsure.
My two favourite vegan-friendly ice cream sauces are by Askeys and I think they have quite a few different flavours. These are also available in Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda:
How To Make Vegan Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a cupcake pan with 8 ice cream cup cones.
Mix together 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar) and 280ml of soy milk. Set it aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
Next, mix together 230g of self-raising flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 180g of caster sugar.
Now add the milk mixture from earlier, along with 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Mix together gently until you get a smooth, creamy cake batter. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure no dry mixture is stuck there.
Using a spoon or piping bag, fill each cone until it’s around 3/4 full. It’s important that you leave 1-2 inches to allow the cupcakes to expand in the oven. Otherwise, you’ll end up with overflowing ice cream cones!
Bake the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes. Make sure they are cooked all the way through by inserting a toothpick through the middle- it should come out clean. If there’s still cake batter on the toothpick, pop them back into the oven until they’re done, checking every few minutes.
While the cakes cool, prepare the frosting by mixing 150g of vegan margarine and 500g of icing sugar together. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and gently stir in until combined.
Pipe the frosting onto the cakes (once they are completely cool) and decorate with your chosen sprinkles or sauces. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can just spoon the frosting on- it still looks really cute!
These cupcakes can be quite tricky to store and transport around, especially with the frosting on top. To store mine, I used aluminum foil trays from Amazon. I turned the trays upside down then cut out holes big enough for the ice cream cones to slot into. I then covered the whole lot loosely with tin foil. They’ll last for 3-4 days.
Simply pop the ice cream cones into the holes of a cupcake pan. This will help to prevent them from falling over but you’ll still need to be careful when putting them into the oven and removing them.
If you’re planning to decorate your cupcakes with sprinkles, be careful to watch out for carmine, shellac and beeswax, which are commonly added to cake decorations. For vegan recommendations, check out my post about the best vegan sprinkles for baking.
More vegan cupcake recipes:
I hope you enjoy these vegan ice cream cone cupcakes. Let me know how you get on with the recipe by leaving a comment, and feel free to share which combination of flavours, colours and toppings you used! Happy baking! xo
Vegan Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes disguised as a soft-serve ice cream cone!
- 8 Vegan ice cream cup cones (the small ones with the flat bottom) I used Askey's
- 280 ml Soy milk
- 1 Teaspoon Apple cider vinegar (sub for white vinegar or lemon juice)
- 230 g Self-raising flour
- ½ Teaspoon Baking soda
- 180 g Caster sugar
- 6 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
- 3 Teaspoons Vanilla extract
For the frosting:
- 150 g Vegan margarine
- 500 g Icing sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C if using a fan or convection oven). Place the ice cream cones into the holes of a cupcake tin.
Mix the soy milk and vinegar together and set aside for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and sugar.
Add the milk mixture to the bowl, along with the oil and the vanilla extract. Mix everything together to form a smooth cake batter.
Fill up each ice cream cone around 3/4 the way full, leaving a couple of inches to allow the cakes to rise.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Check they're cooked by inserting a toothpick through the centre. Leave them to cool completely.
For the frosting:
In a large bowl, mix together the margarine and icing sugar with a wooden spoon. Gently stir in the vanilla extract.
Pipe or scoop the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles.
- Cut holes into an upside-down aluminum foil tray then place a cupcake in each hole for storing. Cover loosely with tin foil or similar.
- You can store them for up to 3-4 days this way in a cool, dry place.
- If frosting is too thick, add a little plant-based milk until you get your desired consistency. To make it thicker, add more icing sugar.
Wednesday 27th of May 2020
The ice cream cones where I’m at aren’t vegan. Can I make this in a ice cream cone cupcake silicone mold? How firm do you think the cupcake would hold?
Thursday 28th of May 2020
I'm really not sure as I've never tested it before, sorry! If you let the cupcakes cool completely before you tried to take them out of the molds I think it would be fine :)
Monday 27th of April 2020
I can’t find castor sugar in town. If I sub coconut sugar, will there be any issues?
Tuesday 28th of April 2020
Hi Aaron, I don't think coconut sugar would work well in this recipe. If you can find granulated sugar that would be best :)