Summer Giveaway! Contest Closed

Ice cream is very nostalgic for me.  It’s one of those foods that makes you happy. 
Just the look of a carefully scooped ice cream cone is enough to make you smile.
  Smile fast, though because that baby’s gonna drip.
When I was little (or last week…) and we went to Dairy Queen, my favorite thing to get was the chocolate dipped cone.
I’m all about the Magic Shell stuff that goes on the outside.
As my 4 year old would say, “Mom, this stuff is magical
While what I have done here isn’t magical…it IS delicious.  And sweet…very sweet.
My version of the hi-hat cupcake…ice cream style:
 I fell in love with hi-hat cupcakes when I first saw them a few years ago.  
They were one of those things that had a permanent place on my “bookmarked” list…much like the Beef Wellington that I SWEAR I will make for my husband one day 😉
But when CSN stores contacted me for another giveaway, I had the perfect excuse to pull the hi-hat out and give it a try.
CSN stores sell everything.  EVERYTHING….from platform beds to handbags to all sorts of cookware.
Choosing something to give to my you, my loyal readers was easy, though.
You’ll see why in one minute…
OK- back to my cupcakes.
These weren’t that hard to make, but…BUT, I will give you a few tips on how to make them easier…
I used to love when my mom would make me cupcakes in ice cream cones for my birthday when I was little.  But through trial and error over the years I have found that there is not easy way to do them.  Unless they have come up with an ice cream cone baking tray and an ice cream cone cupcake traveler that I don’t know about.  Basically, you need a friggin’ engineering degree to figure out how to get them from here to there without the domino effect making a mess of your hard work.
First, fill your cones only half-way with batter.  If you fill them more than half-way they will run all down the sides and it won’t be cute.
Next, I baked mine in my cupcake pan.  It doesn’t hold them tightly, but does prevent them from falling and knocking all the rest down leaving you with a sad situation.
Bake until the centers are set.
To frost the hi-hats use a round tip or a ziplock.
Pipe as you would filling up a soft serve cone…in circles.
When you have them all frosted Martha says to carefully chill for 10-15 minutes.
I will warn you…This was nerve wracking…again, I would keep them in the cupcake pan, because they are very unstable and the chance for toppling over is HIGH if you are not careful. 
While they are chilling, prepare your melted chocolate.
Use candy melts if you are making these cones.  Trust me…
I used 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate and 3 T. canola oil melted together (because that’s what Martha says to do) and it was NOT easy.  
Chocolate takes much longer to set so you’re required to refrigerate them, once they’re coated. You DO NOT want to do this.
 You see, these are the Pamela Anderson of cupcakes and will tip over with all the weight up-top…if you know what I’m sayin’.  Any unnecessary movement is not recommended.
Dip it and quit it.
  Use chocolate candy melts and save yourself the tears.
I am speaking from personal experience.
When using the candy melts, thin the chocolate out with a generous tablespoon of vegetable shortening.
After your chocolate is melted, you will want to be able to submerge the frosting completely in the chocolate, so transfer the chocolate into something deep enough for that.  I used my 2 cup measuring cup…it worked perfect.
The candy melts will set up in about 15 minutes or so.
Don’t move them,  don’t touch them…don’t even walk near them.
Let them be…except if you are wanting add sprinkles, make sure to do this when the chocolate is wet.  Also, sprinkles save you from any imperfections…like the toppling over that I spoke about above.  Sprinkles = Cupcake Cuteness Saver.
SO sprinkle, THEN let them be.
I added a cute red gumball to the top.
You know, just to be cute 🙂
Once they’re set, have a bite…take your time it won’t melt 🙂
And since I am a bit of an overachiever I went ahead and made some regular cupcakes too…
They were way easier than the cones and you can use whatever kind of delicious chocolate you want because they is no fear of the tipping.
(btw-I used buttercream frosting on these)
Now, in the spirit of soft serve and summer and ice cream cones, here’s the giveaway that will be a blast for you and your family…
This thing is so cool!  You and your family can make soft serve ice cream right at home…and a super cool feature is that it has dispensers on the side so you can fill your ice cream with “add-ins”.  So each person’s ice cream can be different…like sprinkles, mini chips, crushed cookies…whatever.
So, here’s what you have to do…
1) Become a “follower” on my site and leave me a comment telling me why you want this soft serve maker.
And…
2) For a 2nd chance at winning, “like” me on facebook.  You can do this by clicking on the “facebook badge” on the right-hand side of my site.  Once you have done this leave me another comment telling me you “like” me.  I really need all the positive reinforcement I can get 😉
So that gives you 2 chances to win!
Don’t forget to leave me your email address so I can contact you.

This contest will be open for 1 week, closing at midnight, Thursday 6/24/2010.
Contest is closed.

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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239 Responses
  1. Deb

    This is the best machine ever:) I have three little boys- 4, 3 and 14 mos who would go bananas over this gizmo….not to mention that I have a huge weakness for ice cream…esp. chocolate dipped cones:) I am a loyal follower (and love your witty blog and great treats!).

  2. Amy

    I'm a follower! I'd love the ice cream maker because my son has a peanut allergy, so we have to be super careful about the ingredients in his food… this would be a great way to make sure the ice cream he eats is safe!

  3. Molly

    First, these ice cream cones are so cute! I really didn't know that they were cupcakes until I read through the post. That's a lot of frosting . . . I'm sure my kids would go crazy for these.

    Second . . . I would love this ice cream maker! Growing up, my parents never took my sisters and me to DQ because they preferred hand-dipped ice cream. Skip to present day . . . my husband totally got me hooked on soft serve. If I could make it at home that would be awesome!!

  4. Amanda

    I am soooo and ice cream addict! I actually just got an ice cream maker (unused) at a garage sale, but it was not to be. A major piece was missing. Totally bummed. This would for sure make up for it!

  5. Blitzyflitzy

    Those cupcakes are so cool!
    I might have to try those some time this summer!
    I would LOVE that ice cream maker…I am obsessed with ice cream! Its so good and yummy and the perfect treat!

  6. DREW'S MOM

    I love your super cute cupcakes. and I SOOO want the ice cream maker. Ice cream is the one "staple" in our house.. more than eggs or milk.. seriously!

  7. lilmuy

    i subscribe to your site via google reader.

    since my son turned two, we've had to heavily negotiate with him to get him to eat. if the "treat" dangled is good enough, he will eat all his dinner.

    ice cream and soft serve are his top picks. if he got to help add toppings and swirl it around, he'd just die of happiness. and seeing that big toothy grin melts my workingmomheart.

  8. Domestic Sugar

    Am a follower already. I love your work, hopefully I can qualify too. Soft ice-cream is much yummier than regular!

  9. magnolia

    Every summer, we go to the mountains in Tennessee with my husbands extended family where there is no air conditioning, tons of bugs, and not even a screen in sight. We're basically living in the great outdoors with walls (and plumbing luckily)! I love to make ice cream to cool all the kids off while I'm there, and with a gazillion kids running around, this would be PERFECT!

  10. Debbie

    I have been dying to try hi-hat cupcakes too, and you made them about ice cream, my favorite! Following you already 🙂

  11. Jenn @ BentoForKidlet

    I follow you! I would love to have this amazing machine because my Kidlet and his friends eat a ton of ice cream! It would be so much fun to have them help make it!

  12. Renee

    I 'liked' you on FB for another entry to win.

    The ice cream cone cupcakes are awesome. I've been thinking about trying the chocolate covered cupcake myself, now you really have me in the mood.

  13. Party Box Design

    OMG AMAZING! I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed for this one!

    ALSO THIS VERY POST IS INSANE! YOU are amazing!

    Happy Blog Follower!

  14. Our Family

    i have been following your rss feed in my google reader for awhile. now i'm an official follower!!

    i would LOVE an ice maker. i only have the old fashioned ice, spinning kind and i had a bad experience the first year we were married. i would love to make some homemade ice cream to celebrate 10 years of marriage 🙂

  15. Dee

    I'm def a follower-LOVE your great ideas! I can't wait to try these ice cream cone cupcakes. I want this because I have two small children that LOVE icecream—and sprinkles. 🙂 They would love you forever if I had this at our house to whip up ice cream often-they'd think I was the coolest mom ever.

  16. Jennifurla

    I am a follower. I have one word for why I want this dream machine "Indigo" – she is my daughter and just one month ago she tasted her first dipped cone at dairy queen. She is almost 2 and this would be lots of fun over the summer.

  17. SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen}

    oh!! I'm already a follower.

    I'd love to have a soft-serve ice cream maker since we make all our own ice cream due to nut allergies!

  18. meeyeehere

    I follow you and would love to have this yummy machine!
    I come from a long line of ice cream addicts and we like to get creative with our treats! Thanks for the chance!

  19. Heather

    Oh my gosh!!! We got THREE ice cream makers for wedding gifts this past month but I would trade them ALL in for this adorable and super fun item!! I love it!! I am a follower!!!

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