Make a Turkey Cupcake in an Ice Cream Cone For Fall

by Tonya Staab
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Have you baked a cupcake in an ice cream cone? We are showing you how to make a turkey cupcake in a cone for your fall celebrations.

Disclosure: This post has been compensated in connection with my appointment as ‘Klutz Crew’ Brand Ambassador.

Each year I try to make a new, and wonderful Autumn or Thanksgiving-themed cupcake.  There’s been these autumn leaf cupcakes, these colorful turkey cupcakes, and these adorable Pilgrim cupcakes.

This year as I was flicking through the Kid’s Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual looking for fun recipes to make with the kids I came across Frosted Chocolate Conecakes. And the lightbulb lit up.

I’ve never made conecakes before. Sure I’ve made cupcakes in the shape of cones, but never made cupcakes inside cones, although I have seen it done and they look like so much fun.

Turkey cupcake baked in an ice cream cone
A turkey cupcake in an ice cream cone.

My daughter loved helping me with these. While I heated the chocolate mixture on the stove, she took care of the dry ingredients and the mixing. Then a little teamwork (and taste-testing of candy) took care of the decorating which was really easy to do.

Here is how to make the conecakes. This recipe is from Klutz Kids Cooking but we’ve added our own twist for decorating the cupcakes to look like turkeys.

Turkey cupcake in an ice cream cone

conecake turkeys

Turkey Cupcake in an Ice Cream Cone

Serves: 10 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


  • 10 waffle cone bowls
  • 1 cup all-purpose wheat flour 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Additional items you need:

  • Chocolate icing
  • Fish candies in a variety of colors
  • Toothpicks
  • Hershey's Simple Pleasures (or any round chocolate candy such as Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, or small round chocolate cookies)
  • Candy eyeballs
  • Wilton sparkle gel (yellow and red)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. In the mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In the saucepan, mix together butter (or margarine), water, and cocoa powder. Stir constantly. When the butter is completely melted, remove from heat and combine with the flour mixture in the bowl.
  3. Use a big spoon and mix till everything is well blended.
  4. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla, then beat again for another minute or two. Note: The mixing by hand was a little tough for her so we broke out the beater.
  5. Put the ice cream cones into a muffin tin, or a big baking pan (we used a muffin tin). Pour the cake mixture into the ice cream cones. Fill to about an inch from the top. Put them into the oven right away so the cones don't get soggy. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Once the cupcakes are cooled, use frosting and candy to decorate your turkeys. Tip: frosting works great for holding items together.
kids baking in the kitchen
little girl cooking in the kitchen

Marisol absolutely LOVED that the Kids Cooking book came with a set of measuring spoons, now she has a set of her very own.

Once the cupcakes are cooled you can started decorating. 

  1. Begin by topping each conecake with chocolate icing.
  2. Place a round candy on top for the face. 
  3. Insert a skewer into each of the fish candies and place them around the back side of the conecake like feathers.  
  4. Put a little icing on the back of the candy eyeballs and attach them to the candy face.
  5. Using the yellow and red sparkle gel pipe on a beak and wattle.
Thanksgiving cupcakes

Because I used round waffle cups instead of flat-bottom cones, I placed my turkey conecakes into silicone baking cups to keep them upright for serving.

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Veep Veep November 6, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Such a fun dessert to make for Thanksgiving!

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles November 6, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Cutest thing EVAH!

Tonya Staab November 7, 2012 - 10:14 am

Thank you Jessica

Tonya Staab November 7, 2012 - 10:14 am

Thanks Victoria, the kids will love it.

Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden November 10, 2012 - 5:55 am

These cupcakes are so fun and very creative! I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

Tonya Staab November 13, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Hi Vera,  thank you for letting me know, I really appreciate you featuring them.


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