These were so much fun to make!! We’ve been on a quest to teach Hannah about Christmas this year. We’ve been talking about the real meaning of Christmas, but of course we want her to believe in Santa too. We’ve been talking to her a lot about why we celebrate Christmas, and how Jesus was born. She’s been telling us lately that Jesus’s birthday is coming up (SO CUTE!). So I was in the store and thought up a cute idea that she could help me with. Christmas cake cones. Now you probably have all seen the idea with cake ones, the traditional cones, placed into a cupcake pan and baked. Genius! But those cons were not the sugar pointy ones. They had flat bottoms and could easily be backed. Sugar cones are not easy! So I tried an experiment:
I’ll fill the cones most of the way with cake batter, and then use a cupcake wrapper to stop them from escaping and HOPEFULLY they will rise into the cone. Well that FAILED!!! MISERABLY!
The cones cracked, they needed more time to cook, so the tips of the cones burned. Complete #fail. So I got to thinking, how could I do this? Could I bake coffee cups, putting the cones right side up into coffee cups. I was afraid to try that and then I realized that the oven’s grates would be perfect for the cones!!
I added a cookie sheet under the cones just in case one tipped slightly. During the process only about 2 of them tipped, not bad. I cooked them for about 12 minutes and the cones did NOT burn! I was so excited I finally found a way to make these darn Christmas cones!!
Now the fun truly begins! The decorating was lots of fun for Hannah and I. She LOVED the Santa hats. They were easier to make than the Christmas Trees because I just slathered the icing on them, rather than piping. If you follow our icing recipe, the icing WILL HARDEN, so eating them isn’t a problem at all.
The Christmas trees were decorated pretty quickly, while watching Scandal on ABC. I had some pearls from a the pumpkin cupcakes we made last month and they worked perfectly for ordaments. I added a little bit of the red icing from Santa for some additional decoration!
They were so CUTE!! I couldn’t get over how they looked.
As you can see, the cake baked beautifully inside the cone. It was absolutely delicious and we are planning on bringing them to a Christmas party next week!! They will definitely be talked about!! No cones about it. LOL okay enough food humor!!
Hannah had a good ‘ole time eating the Christmas tree. She started with a fork, but after a few seconds realized it would be faster just diggin’ in!
I hope you enjoy this fun Christmas recipe, it’s sure to impress and delight a few taste buds!
- 2 boxes of sugar cones (24 cones total)
- 1 box of cake mix (or you can do it from scratch)
- 1 package of powdered sugar
- 2 packages of 8oz cream cheese
- Mix the cake batter together and simply follow the instructions on the box.
- Preheat the over to 350 degrees
- Fill each cone about half full of cake batter. The batter will rise in the cone and if you overfill, it will run over the top.
- Place the cones carefully in the grates of the oven. It's best to place a cookie sheet underneath to catch and cone if it tips.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Check to see if centers are done with a knife
- Cool COMPLETELY
- The icing is a homemade cream cheese icing. I use about a package of room temperature cream cheese and a half a package of powdered sugar. I rarely measure, I simply need to get the icing to the correct consistency.
- As you work with the icing (piping it), the icing will get warm, because of your hands. I place the piping bag into the freezer for a few minutes to cool it back down.
- Decorate however you'd like. Remember to get a vibrant 'Santa' red, I used the Wilton food colorings, not the drops.
- This should make 24 Christmas cones