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Cone Cup Cake : A Big Disappointment

Written By Srimathi Mani on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 3:47 PM

I am sure all of you who blog have created something to post for an event, in the end have decided not to post the recipe  because the end product does not meet your expectations. I have had a lot of disappointed outcomes. Having a food critic at home helps in these situations. These days, everything I make have to be approved by my panel of 2 -3 people. My husband, my daughter and sometimes if there are left overs my sister. They each give a score and based on the score I decide on whether to blog or not to blog. It is such a big help because all that I post is for my online recipe book which I can refer to anytime. Even after I post the recipe I have this person who tries to reproduce everything and lets me know if it is something she liked or gives me a review on where she ran into problems. I have to thank her for doing that. I might look at a recipe but its hard for me to follow it, I always make some additional changes to it often, but Harry in Denver does critical evaluation. So over the past few months I have had a few rejected recipes.One such recipe is the one posted below. If anyone can figure out where I have messed up, please do drop me a line so that I can make the adjustments.




A few months ago I totally got inspired by an idea in Real simple magazine and decided to make cup cakes using ice cream cones. I thought it was such a cool idea then. I used a regular store bought cake mix and filled the cones and baked them at 350 degrees F until they passed that tooth pick test. I removed it allowed to cool.  When I was done with the photos my daughter and I helped ourselves to a cone cake. Though my daughter was totally excited about eating a cone cake, it was very disappointing for me. What I imagined  and what showed up were poles apart.

Here are my findings:

1. The cone in the bottom started to loose the crispness and got a little soggy and hence the texture messed up the eating experience. It is as if all the heat trapped while baking make the cones made it sweat when cooling.


2. As I cooled the cones the cake started to shrink and there was a gap between the cake and the cone.
3. I tried reheating in the oven and that was not a  great help.
4. Some cones split into two and spilled the cake out like a lava.




For those who have baked before using a cone and know the answer to the challenges I have encountered, please do leave me a comment with your suggestions so that I can try it again. Looking forward to hearing form all the bakers. I appreciate your time and suggestions. Thank you.



21 comments:

  1. Not a big baking expert..so don't know where you went wrong. :(. But i have seen this kinda recipes in TV or magazines.

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  2. It looks so perfect...we always feel bad a lot when we make something with lot of expectation ... though i am not an expert in baking i guess those cones were not meant for baking ... u can try another brand .. my 2 cents : )

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  3. Me too waiting to see the comments as solution for this,sorry I could not help you in this!

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  4. Have you seen the betty crocker website.There in the cone cupcakes section many people have given comments about how theirs turned out right..if you read through the comment section you will have an idea of what went wrong.I was about to make this for my kid's birthday last week, but dropped the plan in the last minute. :)

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  5. I never tried baking with cones, eventhough this cake looks soo tempting..sorry couldnt help u Srimathi..

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  6. The cone being soggy is one of the main complaints of this kind of cake. I have read about this where people actually re heat the day of serving to make it crispy. Also, I have read somewhere about wrapping each cone in aluminum foil and then using it to bake. Also, this works very good with thick batters. I don't know if your cake batter was thin and that caused the chewiness?

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  7. hey...nice try dear...must have tasted great na...!

    Tasty Appetite

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  8. A very nice attempt! Don't falter. A cake in anyform, is still a cake! :)

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  9. I have seen somewhere,the cone should be wrapped with foil. But I got to tell they look gorgeous!

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  10. I always thought cake in a cone was a cool idea but now I know better!!

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  11. Srimathi,
    I was thinking about this and I remembered about a recipe. I started baking cakes using mixes in the beginning. Even now I do when I don't have time and someone says bring a cake. There couple of cake mix doctor recipes which yield very thick batter. They are so thick that it is a mess to put them into cupcake holes. Why don't you try using one of those recipes and see if that makes a difference.
    If you don't want to waste a huge batch of cake, try making with a thick muffin batter but bake in the cone. It should work. I have seen lot of people making high hat cupcakes using the cone and they look awesome. Try turning the oven to 400 and once you keep the pan in the oven, lower it to 350 that way you get a nice dome. Just my suggestion. Maybe I should've emailed you rather than typing here.

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  12. I think there is no such thing as 'bad chocolate' :)..they all look good to me !

    US Masala

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  13. Thank you to all of you who have stopped by this post and left me a line of encouragement, advice and support. I will keep at it and when I achieve I will blog about what makes it right.

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  14. Srimathi,
    I was curious about Hariyudan Naan and man I was impressed. Not a lot of youtube videos of that are there, but I liked them. I like any music show. Only problem is that I don't follow Tamil movie songs.
    If you like to listen to real amazing singer, check out on youtube.
    'Ragaratnum Yuva - Nandini' as a search. That girl is amazing. She has sung Lalgudi Jayaraman's thillana which blew me away. Her rendition of Surutti, Shubha Panthuvarali are amazing.

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  15. Hats off to you for making a post this post. A brave effort! Accidents do happen when we work in kitchen, but to bring it to light is really brave.
    Best wishes for your next baking, and waiting to see some of your best baking experiences soon.

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  16. I dont think much can be done about the shrinkage...
    But perhaps you can use a cooling rack to cool the cone-cakes, so that the bottoms are exposed to air and don't get soggy?

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  17. Hi Srimathi,

    I guess i agree with Indie tea..Try that next time!!And there is always a next time dear!:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  18. Looks so cute and love the idea :) Not sure how I can help you out. But keep trying. You simply rock :)

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  19. Just call them molten lava cones or something ;)

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  20. Easy way to cool them down is when u pull them out of the oven use a fork and barely puncture the bottom of the cone then it won't come out so soggy

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  21. I make these all the time when you pull them out of the oven gently use a fork to puncture the bottom of the cone

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