A taste of Summer!
These are a real party treat & I think they’re as much fun to make as they are to eat!
My dream is that one day I will be a domestic goddess, making & baking lovely things in a calm organised manner. When I bake I often have my little helper (Minnie) just one step behind me pouring sugar over the table, or sprinkling flour on the floor shouting, “Snow Mummy, Snow!” (I now try not to worry too much about the mess, but smile & celebrate her creative thinking!!)
The lovely Ruth Clemens over at The Pink Whisk is a true domestic goddess offering amazing baking ideas, some of which you may have seen on the BBC series ‘The Great British Bake Off.’
This is one of her inspirational ideas which we just had to try & is just perfect for any party, especially if it’s still a little too cold outside for ice cream.
12 Ice cream cones with flat bases
200g Soft Butter
200g Caster Sugar
200g Self Raising Flour
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
For the buttercream Icing:
225g Soft Butter
450g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp Milk
Mini Chocolate Flakes
Cake sprinkles, chopped banana slices (you could also add ice cream sauces, nuts, sweets, chopped strawberries or other fruit)
1 Preheat the oven to 180c
2 Place the empty ice cream cones into a muffin tin (Ruth’s recipe suggests adding a small piece of foil around each cone to help keep it standing upright, but we didn't use any foil & the cones stayed in place all the time.)
3 Add all the ingredients together & mix well (we used a hand mixer.) some recipes state that you have to stagger adding the ingredients, but we add the mixture together & our cakes always turn out light & fluffy.
4 Spoon the mixture into the cone until it is approx 2/3rds full
5 Pop them into the oven for 18-20 minutes until cooked (test with a skewer) I was more excited than Minnie to see them come out of the oven!
6 Place on a cooling rack before icing.
7 Once cool, mix the buttercream ingredients together & added to a piping bag. I used a star nozzle to get the Mr Whippy effect on top of the cake.
|Our cakes don't look quite so perfect as the ones over at The Pink Whisk, but I think they turned out OK.|
8 Then decorate to your hearts content. Minnie had so much fun designing her cake, although I did limit what was on offer, as everything was being sampled before use!!
It would be a great activity for a kids party to allow children to decorate their own ice-cream cakes! Plus there's no problem with melting ice cream!
And here's a snap to show you what they looked like inside.
|Perfectly cooked inside an ice cream cone!|
Minnie's birthday is coming up & I think this activity would be a real hit (with young & old) at her party. I'd offer a good selection of different fruits to decorate the cakes as well as all the 'naughty but nice' things too! I know it’s not the healthiest food, but for a party treat I think it’s just perfect & so much fun!