Sweet Home Desserts (Recipes)

A collection of dessert recipes courtesy of Sweet Home by Phoenicia food writer Rebecca Miller Ffrench How to make: Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes, Mom’s Banana Cake, Black Bottom Ice Cream Pie, Pistachio Lover’s Pound Cake, Wacky Cakes-in-a-Cone, Sugared Mango and Anna Banana Muffins, and Nilla Wafer Pudding


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wacky cakes in a cone

Wacky Cakes-in-a-Cone

Makes 36 cake cones

One of my proudest first-grade moments, alongside playing Mrs. Rabbitt in the school play, was when my mother made cake cones for the class. I beamed as she walked through the door carrying a tray of ice cream cones, topped with thickly swirled chocolate frosting and alit with candles. There was no convincing me otherwise, I truly through those cones were the coolest birthday treat ever! The Wacky Cake that fills these cones evolved from a tradition that hearkens back to the Depression era, if not earlier; when supplies were short - this cake is eggless and dairy free - and innovation necessary. The wacky reaction of the baking soda and vinegar causes the cake to rise. Part of the wackiness, too, was that the batter was mixed in the pan. Although the batter for these treats is whipped up in one bowl instead, baking it in cones makes it wackier still. With little effort, you too can make a child's heart sing.

Wacky cakes:
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 cups water
• ¾ cup canola or vegetable oil
• 2 tbsp white vinegar
• 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
• 36 flat-bottomed ice cream cones

Vanilla frosting:
• 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 3 ¾ cups confectioner's sugar
• ¼cup heavy cream, or more as needed
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• Multicolored sprinkles

To make wacky cakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place 1 cone in each cup of a standard 12-cup muffin pan (it helps them remain upright when you put them in the oven).
  2. Stir the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract and stir until thoroughly combined, at least 150 strokes.
  3. Using a ¼ cup measure, fill each cone about three-quarters full. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted all the way into a cone comes out clean. Unless you have 2 standard 12-cup muffin pans, you'll need to repeat this twice with the remaining batter. Let cool completely.

To make vanilla frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter for 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Slowly add half of the confectioner's sugar until fully incorporated. Add the cream and continue to beat until smooth and creamy. Continue to add the remaining sugar and beat until your desired consistency is reached, adding more sugar or cream as necessary. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  2. Frost the wacky cake cones and decorate with sprinkles.

Note: An empty egg carton makes a great container for holding and transporting the cones.

» Back to all recipes

» Page 1: Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes recipe
» Page 2: Mom’s Banana Cake recipe

» Page 3: Black Bottom Ice Cream Pie recipe
» Page 4: Pistachio Lover’s Pound Cake recipe
» Page 6: Sugared Mango and Anna Banana Muffins recipe
» Page 7: Nilla Wafer Pudding recipe


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