Dark Chocolate Cone Cakes

Dark Chocolate Cone Cakes

Leilani Lowry
Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!  As if I need an excuse to make cone cakes. ;) I baked some delicious dark chocolate cone cakes, topped with rich & buttery dark chocolate icing. My picky-eater (yes, she's even picky about chocolate) gave this recipe two thumbs up!  
Ghirardelli mix
Because I love the speed of making boxed mix cake batter (and they always taste delicious), I began with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate cake mix.  I've never made cone cakes with this brand and wanted to try it out.  The box states that it makes 12 cupcakes so I set up for 12 cone cakes. It turns out that there was enough batter leftover for another 6 or so cone cakes. 
Batter in cone cakes
Using our patent pending multi dot bases, I inserted the cones.  As I did so I thought to myself that I should've used the brown cones today (the ones that come with the colored cones) but I'm all out...next time.  Like I usually do, I filled my cones to the inside line, but after baking I realized I could've gone a little bit higher - these didn't rise as high as other batters do. Using our cone cake recipe, I baked them at 325 degrees for 24 minutes.
Icing ingredients
My hubby LOVES chocolate, the chocolaty-er the better.  This Dark Chocolate Icing is perfect with the Ghirardelli cake mix (full recipe at bottom of blog post). 
The ingredients are:
Melting butter and chocolate
Begin by melting the butter and the dark chocolate chips in a medium pan on low heat until fully melted, stirring frequently.  Then let cool completely.
Mixing chocolate and cream cheese
In a large bowl, combine melted chocolate with cream cheese.  Beat at medium to high speed for 3 minutes or until smooth (no cream cheese visible).  Add vanilla, cocoa and sugar (1 cup at a time) and beat until desired consistency, being sure to wipe down the sides regularly.  I decided to make rosettes, so I switched to pink bases (pink roses!)   
Pipe onto cupcakes using a star tip for rosettes (how-to video below.)  Enjoy!
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Closeup of rosetteCone cake with bite
Dark chocolate cone cakes
Dark chocolate icing recipe

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