Feb 7

Easy Olympic Torch Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Olympic Torch Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

I still remember the first time I had an ice cream cone cupcake... My mom made them as a birthday treat for me to take to school in first grade. I thought they were the coolest thing ever -- and I still think they're a pretty fun treat, as do my own kids.

Luckily ice cream cone cupcakes are every bit as easy to make as regular cupcakes, and they're even more fun when we turn them into Olympic torch cupcakes to celebrate the 2014 Winter Olympics!

Joy Ice Cream Cones

How To Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

These cute Olympic torch cupcakes start as basic ice cream cone cupcakes. I chose to use a plain white cake mix and these Joy Ice Cream Cones. I specifically chose these cones because they didn't have loads of detail on them, leaving a nice flat area to draw the iconic Olympic rings.

How To Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

I've seen special pans specifically made for baking ice cream cone cupcakes, but I've found that a regular loaf pan works just as well. One pan holds eight cones perfectly and will easily keep them upright during baking.

Simply prepare the cake mix as directed on the back of the box, and then fill the ice cream cones up to the top ring as shown.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes | Olympic Torch Cupcakes

Yield: 16 ice cream cone cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes | Olympic Torch Cupcakes


    For the ice cream cone cupcakes
  • boxed cake mix, prepared per directions on box
  • ice cream cones, wafer or sugar
  • For the Olympic torch cupcakes
  • orange frosting
  • Fruit Roll-ups
  • Wilton Edible Color Markers


    For the ice cream cone cupcakes:
  1. Stand the ice cream cones up in a loaf pan. Eight cones should fit in a single pan.
  2. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the back of the box, and pour the batter into the cones to the top inside ring.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool before serving.
  5. For the Olympic torch cupcakes:
  6. Using Wilton Edible Food Markers, draw the 5 Olympic rings on the front of each cone.
  7. Choose a store-bought orange frosting or tint frosting orange with food coloring, and frost the top of each ice cream cone cupcake.
  8. Cut fruit roll-ups into flame-like shapes with kitchen scissors and arrange on the top of each cupcake to look like a torch.


Wilton Edible Markers

How To Make Olympic Torch Cupcakes

Once you have the ice cream cone cupcakes made, turning them into Olympic torch cupcakes takes very little time.

If you want to add the Olympic rings, as I did, you'll need to pick up a package of these edible food markers made by Wilton. These colorful food-safe markers can be used to draw on cookies, bread, candies and much more! Look for them in the cake decorating aisle at Walmart.

Olympic Rings

In hindsight, I probably should have started with the yellow ring since the yellow has a tendency to smear the darker colors when writing over them, but I'm still very please with how they turned out.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

After drawing on all of the rings, you can go ahead and frost the tops of the cupcakes. Pillsbury recently sent me their new bright orange Funfetti Frosting, and I thought it was the perfect vibrant shade of orange for these.

Unfortunately, I didn't find it on the shelves at Walmart just yet, but you may have better luck. If you can't find it, tinting white frosting with orange food coloring works just fine.

Fruit Roll-Ups Variety Pack

For the flames I used the Fruit Fusion Fruit Roll-Ups that come in this variety pack sold at Walmart. I like the combination of the yellow and red paired with the orange frosting, but regular strawberry Fruit Roll-ups can be substituted if you can't find them.

Fruit Roll-Up Flames

To make the flames, I first cut the Fruit Roll-Up in half where the yellow and red meet with a pair of kitchen scissors. Then I cut each strip into a flame pattern, ending up with two yellow flames and two red flames from each roll-up.

Olympic Torch Fruit Roll-Up Flames

I rolled the yellow flames up into a cylinder, pressing it together firmly where it meets, and pressed it into the top of the frosted cupcake. I then draped the red flame around the outside of it.

Olympic Torch Cupcake

The red doesn't quite reach all of the way around, and I'm perfectly okay with that, but you can add an additional small strip in the back if it bothers you. I know sometimes I tend to get a little caught up in trying to achieve perfection, but often good enough is more than okay.

This little guy turned six last month, and he was absolutely delighted with them -- so that was all I needed!

Olympic Torch Cupcakes

Are you planning to watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony? We'll be huddled around the TV to watch while enjoying our Olympic torch cupcakes for sure!

{Medals courtesy of my 7-year-old gymnast.}

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by Tara | 3 comments

  • to1drland

    The Cherry Wildfire Fruit Rollups will work much better for these- since they are red and orange swirled together to look like fire. oh... & fruit rollups are made by General Mills NOT Kellogg's, so when your shopping at the store and searching for them- they will be sold under the "Betty Crocker" name. hth

    • Sheesh, I can't believe I put Kellogg's -- you are so right! I don't think my store had the Cherry Wildfire, but I will definitely look for those.

      • Cassondra

        Thank you so much for the awesome idea!

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