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Ice Cream Party Perfect: How to Make An Ice Cream Cone Cake

What better dessert than a tall cool creamy ice cream cone on a hot summer day? Childhood memories are built brick by brick on ice cream treats — and this super cute and simple ice cream cone cake decorating tutorial just might steal the show.

How to make an incredible ice cream cone-shaped cake

Ice cream cone cake!

Photos by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

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Close-up shot of an adorable ice cream cone cake

You will need:

  • 1 recipe for vanilla cake baked and cooled in a baking sheet pan
  • 1 large circle cookie cutter or round cake ring – I used a 3 inch round cake ring
  • A serrated knife for trimming your cake
  • An offset spatula
  • A cake board or baking sheet pan covered in craft paper
  • 1 recipe for vanilla buttercream
  • Gel food color in pink and green
  • Three piping bags fitted with an open circle tip and a Wilton 4B tip
  • Sprinkles and chocolate chips
  • A fresh cherry or maraschino cherry


ice cream cone cake

Step 1:

Bake and cool your cake according to recipe instructions.

Cookie cut-outs of yellow cake

Step 2:

Once your cake is completely cooled, use your cake ring or large circle cutter to punch out circles of cake.

Shaping an ice cream cone cake

Step 3:

Using the same cake ring or circle cutter as a guide, cut out an ice cream cone shape from the remainder of the cake; use the cake ring to cut a half circle shape.

Parchment paper

Step 4:

Place a sheet of heavy duty craft paper cut to size on top of an overturned baking pan – this will act as your cake board/work surface.

Multi-colored buttercream

Step 5:

Make up your buttercream; divide into three bowls, leaving one white. Tint the other two pink and mint green using tiny amounts of gel food coloring.

Making an ice cream cone cake
A cone-shaped cake

Step 6:

Begin to assemble your ice cream cone! Using a dab of buttercream, adhere the “cone” shape to the makeshift cake board.

Assembling your ice cream cone-shaped cake

Step 7:

Add the first circle cake — nestle the edge of the circle cake right up to the cone.

Adding another "scoop" of cake Adding more scoops to your ice cream cake!

Continue building the cone to the top!

Adding the icing to your ice cream cone-shaped cake

Step 8:

Using your piping bag fitted with an open circle tip, create a classic swirl by starting from the outer edge of the circle cake and working your way in.

Adding more icing to your ice cream cake

Step 9:

On the second cake, use a Wilton 4B tip fitted piping bag filled with the pink buttercream and pipe drop stars all over the cake.

Decorating your ice cream cone cake

Step 10

On the top cake, use an open circle tip to pipe a classic swirl, the same as you did with the white cake – this time, use your offset spatula and smooth out the buttercream.

Delightful ice cream cone-shaped cake!

Step 11

Finish your cake with a dusting of sprinkles on the first cake layer, followed by chocolate chips on the mint green layer to resemble chocolate chip mint ice cream, and on the very top of the mint cake, add a fresh cherry or a maraschino cherry! Optional: you can also make a cherry out of pink or red colored fondant.

Finishing touches to your ice cream cone cake

If you want to truly rock an ice cream themed party, serve up this cake with a build-your-own-sundae station or homemade ice cream sandwiches! Or serve it alongside this 3-D popsicle cake! Or, try making your own homemade ice cream even without an ice cream maker!

Yummy Ice Cream Cone Cake!

That’s it! Your ice cream cone cake is complete! Hungry for more? Check out more ice cream inspired cake designs right here on Craftsy!

What ice cream flavors will you recreate in your buttercream scoops?


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