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Make bubble waffle ice cream cones at home: the best way to eat ice cream this summer

Make your own infinitely instagram friendly bubble waffle cones/puffle cones/eggloo egg waffle cones right at home.
Posted July 20, 2019 by Stephanie

EEE!! Sometimes I make something and it turns out just the way I want and I get over the moon giddy about it. These bubble waffle cones/puffle cones/eggloo egg waffle cones were totally just how I wanted them to be. Confession: before this, I’ve never had a puffle cone. I think I’ve had literally thousands of egg waffles – they’re one of my all time favorite Hong Kong style treats – but shaped into a cone and filled with ice cream? Nope. Of course, all the awesome looking puffle cone places are far away – Cauldron Ice Cream in Santa Ana, Eggloo in NYC – so I just had to make some for myself.

Bubble waffles are easy to make, with just one caveat: you need a bubble waffle maker. I’ve had several due to my bubble waffle obsession and I can say, hands down, my favorite is this electric one. The kind that interlock that you use over the stove work well too but it’s a lot harder to maintain the right amount of heat and you have to work a lot more quickly. I imagine the professional twirly ones they use in the streets of Hong Kong would be awesome to use too but I don’t think my home could fit another waffle maker.

Anyway, once you have your bubble waffle maker, it’s just a question of the batter. I went with a hybrid of a classic Hong Kong egg waffle batter and a lightened up waffle batter. Most HK egg waffles don’t have you whip up egg whites but I find that it lends a light and fluffy crispiness to the waffles. The key ingredient, if you want your waffles to taste like the ones you get out is the custard powder. You can find it at most grocery stores (or on Amazon), but it is kind of a weird retro British ingredient. It’s what adds that extra eggy custard-y quality to the waffle. Otherwise it’ll taste just like a regular waffle. A good waffle, but a regular good sweet waffle.

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Once you have your waffle iron and batter sorted out, you’ll want something to help you shape your cones. I made little paper cones that worked really well, but you can also just cone them up and put them in a tall glass to help hold their shape too. From there it’s just a question of filling them with your favorite ice cream and toppings. I went with some Strawberry Pocky, sprinkles, and a delicious roll cookie. Super cute, fun, and delicious.

These would be so awesome to make with a bunch of friends on a summer evening. The combinations are endless. Summertime forever!

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A note on how long to cook the waffles: if you want them on the softer side, let them just go to golden brown and let them cool naturally in the cone shape. Typically HK egg waffles are a combination of crispy edges and soft and chewy bubbles. If you want more of that texture, make sure to cook the waffles a little longer. Also, after you cook them and they’ve been shaped, cool them rapidly by fanning them with a fan or magazine – it really helps everything crisp up to the right texture and it’s how you see street vendors doing it in Hong Kong.

PS – This is the waffle maker we have!

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Easy Bubble Waffle Ice Cream Cones/Puffle Cones/Eggloo Egg Waffle Ice Cream Cone Recipe

Make your own bubble waffle ice cream cones right at home. The batter comes together easily and you can fill your cones with ALL the things: ice cream, fruit, cookies, anything goes. 

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar divided
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp custard powder optional
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • Whisk the egg yolks with 6 tablespoons of sugar until pale and frothy. Mix the milk in batches, then stir in the butter and vanilla. Add the custard powder, if using, and sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk well and make sure everything is smooth and incorporated.
  • Whip the egg whites until frothy and pale, adding in the remaining 6 tablespoons of sugar in bit at a time until the whites are whipped into a glossy thick meringue that holds a peak. Be careful not to over whip.
  • Take 1/3 of the whipped egg whites and whisk it into the bowl with the yolk batter until completely incorporated. Add half of the remaining whites and whisk into the yolk batter, being careful not to deflate. Transfer the egg yolk mixture to the remaining egg whites, whisk and then use a spatula to fold together.
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  • Heat up the bubble waffle maker and when hot, spray with cooking spray on both sides. Ladle in 3/4 - 1 cup batter, making sure to spread the batter to each well and to the edges. Close the lid and flip the machine over to force the batter into the top plate. Turn back right side up and cook, for 4-5 minutes, checking to cook to golden brown.
  • Carefully remove from the waffle maker (using chopsticks helps) and immediately shape into a cone shape. Let cool, fanning (this is essential to getting crispy waffles). When cool, fill with desired ice cream, fruit, cookies, sprinkles, and all manners of delicious things.

Notes

Note: How much batter you use will depend on your waffle maker. The waffle maker I use takes a under 1 cup (about 7/8) to fill completely. It’s a delicate balance because too much and the batter will definitely ooze out the sides so if you’re neat freak, err on the side of just touch over 3/4 cups.

7 Comments

  1. was being naive and hoping that you didn’t use a special waffle iron for these lol. but i think it’s time for me to take the plunge anyways – i spend so much on bubble waffles when i go out anyways (especially since they opened a cauldron in the bay area!).

  2. SBB says:

    It looks like the instructions don’t match the ingredients.

    1. Stephanie says:

      can you let me know which ingredients don’t match? i’m not seeing it? thanks!

  3. Lynne says:

    Hi! Which bubble waffle iron do you recommend? You mention an electric one but the name/purchasing link got dropped along the way :) Thank you for the recipe – I’ve been wanting one for awhile and the thought of making my own bubble waffle ice cream cones at home has bumped it farther up my wishlist. :)

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi!
      i have this one and i love it! :)

  4. Theresa says:

    The ingredients list is missing milk? Am I missing something?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi theresa,
      thanks for catching that! i added it in :)

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