If you’re keeping track, you’ll notice it’s been a month since I last documented an attempt to make something from Pinterest. If you’re not, then skip to the second paragraph. It’s been hectic around here with school ending and everything. Frankly, I’m amazed I even was able to make something during the month of May at all, since two of my three children have birthdays in addition to there being Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation (two different weeks at two different schools this year, thank you very much).
Time frame notwithstanding, I forgot to mention in my last post that I realize my plans to make and/or do things I find on Pinterest is not a completely unique idea. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the movie “Julie and Julia.” If you have, you may proceed to the third paragraph if you wish. This is starting to remind me of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book. If you remember those, skip to . . . no, just kidding. In the movie “Julie and Julia,” a woman (named Julie) decides to follow the recipes of Julia Child and blog about her experiences. It’s a great movie, especially if you like cooking or blogging or Meryl Streep.
I did promise something sweet and fun this time, so true to my word I made cake cones! What is a cake cone, you ask? Well, it’s a cake in a cone! An ice cream cone, that is. But there is no ice cream. I know - it’s confusing.
When I saw them on Pinterest (and I do believe it was one of the first pins I ever re-pinned), I really wanted to make them for my kids, who I knew would find them yummy and fun. So of course I let them help. It was really quite simple. We followed the directions to make a cake mix from a box and then poured the batter into the cones rather than into cake pans or cupcake pans. I didn’t have anything fancy to hold the cones in, so I just made a few for the kids and then cheated by pouring the rest of the batter into cupcake liners. After they’re done baking, you just frost them and then decorate them if you want!
I can’t say ours turned out as beautifully as the pictures I saw, but may I remind you, the kids poured the batter into their own cones AND decorated their own cake cones. I do get good mom points for letting them do that, right? I will give you one pointer - stop pouring the batter into the cone about a half-inch below the mouth of the cone (I don’t really think it’s called a mouth; I just made that up right now). It will feel wrong, but trust me - that cake batter needs room to grow. Ours looked a bit like . . . well, let's just say our cones ranneth over. In my defense, there were no written instructions - just pictures. And these pictures weren’t worth quite a thousand words because just a few words could have clued me into the pouring height (“stop one inch from top” - that’s five words).
The final analysis is this: They were easy to make, fun for the kids, a nice little treat, and gobbled up very quickly! If you plan to make an entire batch of them, I would recommend finding or making something that will hold the cones steady. And of course no matter what, remember to stop pouring. For the sake of the bottom of your oven, stop pouring!