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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

There are few childhood birthdays that stand out as much as my ninth one. That was the year that my mom made conecakes—that is, cupcakes in ice cream cones—for my entire class. Slightly crispy on the outside with soft sweet cake inside, it looks like an ice cream cone, but it tastes like a cupcake on awesomeness steroids. The recipe, which comes right off the back of the Joy Ice Cream Cone box, couldn't be simpler, but the effect is whimsical, charming, and irresistible.

You can dress the recipe up by using your favorite batter and homemade frosting, or take the super easy route with boxed cake and canned frosting. Either way, decorating is half the fun. So grab some sprinkles and plenty of food coloring and let your imagination go.

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About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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