Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes & The Pillsbury Giveaway Winner

Yesterday, October 15th, was Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day. It's a day to remember all the babies that left this world too soon. I lit a candle for my boys and set out a few things that remind me of them. In my cookbook, I shared my story about how I got into blogging, and my struggle with becoming a mom to a live baby. I questioned whether or not to add this to the book because I know many people are uncomfortable with death and some will think that it's irrelevant to baking. However, for me, this is my reality and I never would have started this blog or have written a cookbook if it weren't for the loss of my sons. Losing them made me see things differently, made me love deeper, and opened my life up to so many more opportunities. 

To stabilize the cones, line a cupcake pan with foil, cut a small hole in the center of each indention and place the cone snugly in the center. Don't make the hole too big or the cones will wobble. 
I made these ice cream cone cupcakes for my first born Sam's 6th angel birthday. I've always wanted to make cupcakes in ice cream cones for him and this was finally the year. I had some leftover vanilla buttercream that was tinted a lovely shade of sky blue from a previous project, so I used that to top them. The chocolate malted cupcakes come from Martha's Cupcakes. They were good but the malt flavor was very mild. A malted frosting would be nice on these, maybe even a few malted milk balls, if you're a fan of those. I opted for colorful sprinkles because I imagine any 6 year old boy of mine would love that. 

I love you Sam. Thinking of you and Jack, today and always.

Chocolate Malted Cupcakes 
from Martha's Cupcakes

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups malted milk powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, both sugars, the baking soda and salt together.  Whisk the milk and malt powder in a measuring cup.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the oil, flour mixture and milk mixture until smooth.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice.  Beat in the sour cream and vanilla, mixing just until combined.

Divide the batter among the prepared pans, filling each well about half full.  Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Transfer the pans to wire racks and let the cupcakes cool for about 5 minutes before removing them from the pans.  Cool completely before frosting.

Makes 28 cupcakes.

NOTE: I made 1/3 batch of this cupcake recipe and yielded 10 ice cream cone cupcakes. To make the ice cream cone cupcakes, fill cones 2/3 full and bake til a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15-18 minutes. 

The winner of the Pillsbury Celebrate More Fall Celebration Kit and $100 gift card is....

Commenter #4 Lisa Ghenne from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary. This is what she said she loves about Fall...

"EVERYTHING! I can't wait for autumn to arrive. Sweaters, cozy socks, pumpkins, apples, chilly nights by the fire pit, soups, stews, casseroles! I love it all! Thanks for the chance at this sweet prize! Pun intended!"

Congratulations Lisa! Please email me with your address to claim your prize!


From the Kitchen said...

I think it's entirely appropriate to include all three of the boys in your cookbook. I remember reading your other blog and being hopeful for you before Hayden arrived. I think those cupcakes are perfect for Sam. Happy Birthday to your six-year old angel!!


Anonymous said...

I so enjoy your blog and remember how you mentioned your losses of your two sons prior to having Hayden...You are such a sweet and loving soul of a human being, your light shines thru everything you do and I mean love and caring...I send my condolences on the loss of your two precious angels that you had and applaud you for your sweetness and courage and love in everything you do...Your recipes are amazing your life and all that you do is amazing..much love sent out to you and sweetness too..Miss seeing some photos of Hayden, I am sure he is even cuter..take care, God's Blessings..ciao from a longtime reader of your blog sent with love and joy to you each and everyday and your family too!X()

Becca Looney said...

I'm so sorry you have had to go through the loss of two baby boys. No parent should have to outlive their children.

These cupcakes look wonderful! I've always wanted to try cupcake cones, but I've just never done it, I think I'm just afraid I'll fill it too much or too little.

Also your new layout looks so lovely! :)

Mama Bear said...

So yummy! I cannot imagine a six year old not loving those! And beautiful for mama too. I wish Sam was here to enjoy them with you!

Elaine said...

Enjoying read your blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and recipes,
May God be your strength always.

The Redhead Baker said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your boys. I'm a loss mom, too. Hugs to you! Love these cupcakes - gorgeous photos!

Terri Silva said...

You are human, a woman and a mom! This is who you are...your boys are part of you and your family. It only makes me like you and admire you more! Those cupcakes are a six year old"s dream!!! Yum! Love your new look!

Coleens Recipes said...

You are a great mom, a great cook, a great photographer and recipe blogger, I admire you greatly.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for the loss. It's ispiring to know that you are moving and doing great things despite grief. Thank you for the inspiration and for the presentation of a delicious recipe. I wish you all the very best. Keep going.

annie said...


the cupcakes are so lovely, sure a 6 yr. old would love one!

congrats to your winner.

Kiitu said...

What a lovely blog! Gotta stay to read it :) !

Wanna follow eachother?


Stephanie H said...


always important to include your sweet boys. and these are beautiful treats! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Monica!
I've missed your blog and happened to see one of your recipes pinned on Pintrest. Hope you are well!
Katie Hatch

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