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Snowman cupcakes recipe

Snowman cupcakes recipe

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  • Cupcakes

These adorable snowman cupcakes are the perfect decoration for your Christmas table or great treats to serve during Advent.

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IngredientsMakes: 12 snowman cupcakes

  • 24 vanilla cupcakes
  • 450g buttercream icing, or as needed
  • red and black liquorice laces
  • a small piece orange fondant
  • coloured chocolate sweets

MethodPrep:30min ›Extra time:20min chilling › Ready in:50min

  1. If using freshly baked cupcakes, ensure that they are completely cooled before decorating. Cut away the crusts from 12 of the cupcakes and crumble the soft cake interiors into a bowl. Add 150g of the buttercream icing and mix well. Add more buttercream only if needed to bring the mixture together into a ball so that it can be easily shaped (just like when making cake pops). Cover and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Take small pieces of the cake and buttercream mixture and roll into two different sized balls for the snowman's torso and head using wet hands. Spread a thin layer of icing onto each cupcake then place the smaller ball on top of the larger ball and place onto cupcake.
  3. Cut black liquorice laces into small squares for the eyes and mouth. Attach them with the tip of a knife.
  4. Make little carrot noses out of the orange fondant and press into the face.
  5. With a little buttercream attach dark chocolate sweets as buttons onto the torso and cupcake.
  6. Attach two chocolate sweets on each side of his head and connect them with a piece of black liquorice for the earmuffs.
  7. Cut a 7cm piece of the red liquorice and wrap around the snowman's neck as a scarf.


You can use a recipe that calls for 24 cupcakes, then bake half the mixture as 12 cupcakes and bake the remaining mixture in a 23cm round baking tin (at the same oven temperature, but for 25 to 30 minutes). Once cool, remove the cake from the tin and cut off the browned crust of the cake; then use this to make the snowman toppers.


Snowman cupcakes

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Recipe Summary

  • 12 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 12 baked, unfrosted cupcakes
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 6 chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling, split
  • 12 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cups
  • 12 orange jimmies

Press a vanilla wafer cookie vertically into the top of each cupcake as far as it will go. Place frosting in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 15 seconds, stirring every 5 seconds, until a thick drizzling consistency is reached. (If frosting melts to much, let it stand at room temperature to firm up slightly.) Carefully spoon frosting over cupcakes and wafers to coat, allowing some to drip down the sides.

For hats, place chocolate and shortening in a separate small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Dip cookie halves into melted chocolate, letting excess drip off. Place on a sheet of waxed paper immediately top with a miniature chocolate peanut butter cup. Chill until firm.

Meanwhile, place remaining chocolate in a resealable plastic bag. Snip a small hole from one corner. Add dots of melted chocolate to wafer heads for eyes, and place an orange jimmy sprinkle on each cupcake for nose. Once set, place hats near heads on each cupcake.

Use purchased chocolate-covered chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling and skip dipping the cookies.

Snowman Cupcakes Recipe

When your cupcakes are baked and cooled, create a small hole in the centre of each cupcake and fill with raspberry jam.

Pipe a bulb of buttercream on each of the cupcakes. This is to form the rounded shape.

Knead the white icing until pliable. Pin out on a clean dry surface, lightly dusted with icing sugar. Cut out a circle slightly bigger than the top of the cupcake and use the same cutter to indent a mouth shape. Place the circle over the buttercream bulb, being careful not to press down too hard, and try to retain the curved shape.

To make the hat, knead the green icing until pliable. Pin out on a clean dry surface, lightly dusted with icing sugar. Cut out a circle the same size as before and using the same cutter, cut out a crescent shape for the top of the hat. Stick in position on the white icing with cooled boiled water.

To make the rim of the hat, take a small piece of the green icing and roll into a ball and then into a sausage shape, then flatten down slightly and place over the inside edge of the hat. Trim to size and stick with cooled boiled water. Make ridge marks to give the effect of the textured hat.

To make the bobble, take a small piece of the green icing and mould it into a ball and then a pear shape. Stick to the top of the hat with a little cooled boiled water. Take a smaller piece of icing, mould into a ball and then a sausage shape, flatten down and try to make it quite thin. Roll it up, keeping it as straight as possible, stick this to the thin end of the bobble base.

To make the nose, take a very small piece of the orange icing, knead it until pliable and mould into a ball and then a carrot shape. Make a small hole in the white icing and stick the wide end of the nose into the hole.

For the eyes, take a very small piece of black icing, knead it until pliable and mould into a ball, cut it in 2 and again mould into a ball. Stick this into position on the face and press down to flatten.

To finish add a blush of pink for the cheeks and some sparkle for the hat.


Step 1
Step 2

PLACE Reynolds Baking Cups in muffin pans set aside.

Step 3

PREPARE cake mix following package directions for 24 cupcakes. Spoon batter into baking cups

Step 4

BAKE following package directions (17 to 23 minutes). Cool.

Step 5

DIVIDE fondant into two pieces 2/3 will be used for the snowmen, 1/3 will be tinted and used for the hat and scarf.

Step 6

MAKE Snowmen 1.Roll white fondant into balls 12 balls (2 per snowman), six, to be used for the heads, should be about 2-inches in diameter, six, for the bodies, should be slightly bigger. 2.Stack the heads onto the bodies using a toothpick. 3.Tint 1/3 of rolled fondant with food coloring by placing it in a plastic bag and following package directions. 4.Roll pink fondant about 1/4-inch thick. MAKE scarf 1.Use a pizza cutter to cut six (6) strips of fondant (5 to 6 ½ inches each), that are long enough to wrap around the neck of the snowman. 2.If desired, press small pieces of white fondant into the ends of the scarf. 3.Cut three (3), 1/2-inch slits on each side of the scarf to make fringe. 4.Place the scarf around the snowman's neck. Use small dots of frosting (toothpicks work well) and press to keep it in place.

Step 7

MAKE hat 1.Cut 6 small triangle pieces using the size of chocolate kiss candy as a guide. 2.Wrap fondant around chocolate kiss candies with seam on back. Use small dots of frosting to seal fondant to chocolate kiss. 3.Cut 2-inch strips for hat band. Coat strip with a thin layer of frosting to hold sprinkles. Press sprinkles into each fondant hat band. 4.Wrap sprinkle covered band around hat attach with dots of frosting. 5.If desired, cut strips of fondant to make a tassel for the hat. Coat tassel lightly with frosting, press sprinkles into tassel, and attach to hat with frosting.

Step 8

DECORATE snowman 1.Use nonpareils and small red candies for eyes and nose press into fondant. Cut mouth from pink fondant with a pizza cutter use a small dot of frosting (toothpicks work well) to attach to face. 2.Place fondant-covered candy hat on snowman's head, using dots of frosting to hold it in place. 3.Cut mouth from pink fondant with a pizza cutter use a small dot of frosting (toothpicks work well) to attach to face. 4.Insert toothpick into bottom of snowman. Center snowman on top of frosted cupcake


Preheat the oven to 180°C (convection oven 160°C).

Prepare 500 grams of FunCakes Mix for Cupcakes as indicated on the package. Place the baking cups in the muffin pan and divide the batter into the baking cups to half fill the cups. Bake the cakes for 18-20 minutes until golden yellow and take them out of the muffin pan. Let them cool down completely on the kitchen counter.

Knead 300 grams of white fondant well and add a pinch of tylo powder. Roll 20 – 24 equal balls for the snowmen heads. Make eight hats with the red fondant. Make a ball and roll it in your hands into a in a cone shape and hollow it out with the bulbulous cone on the inside. Glue a small roll of red fondant against it and use a knife to give lines in the edge and on the hat. Glue a white mimosa on top. Roll out the green fondant thinly and cut out small holly leaves and glue them on the hats together with some red pearls. With the back of a brush you make 3 holes in the head and fill up two holes with black pearls. Use a little bit of glue if necessary. Make a carrot of a piece of orange fondant and glue it in the third hole. Dip the needle tool into the glue and make holes for the mouth and fill it up with black nonpareils. For the ear warmers, you use the largest size of the round plunger and glue it on the head against a thin roll of green fondant.

Prepare the FunCakes Mix for Enchanted Cream® as described on the package and place tip #2A in the decorating bag. Fill the bag with the cream.

Pipe royal rosettes on the cupcakes. Pour the white nonpareils into a bowl and dip the whole swirl into it so that it is completely covered with nonpareils. Use a toothpick to stick the heads on the cupcakes.

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Finally, my girls and I saw Disney Frozen 2 movie. What can I say, but being away in Disney World when it first premiered we were a bit delayed. But you knew we would eventually see it. And eventually, see it we did.

Olaf the Snowman Still Tops For Us!!

First of all, Olaf was always a favorite of ours since the original Frozen. One of my girls&rsquo favorite songs from that original movie was and still is In Summer sung by none other than Olaf the Snowman.

So, of course, we couldn&rsquot wait to see what Olaf was up to in this movie. If you haven&rsquot seen it, I couldn&rsquot recommend the movie more if I tried. Plus, Olaf is back in all his glory. Not to give anything away, but one of our favorite scenes in this latest installment is with Olaf. He is calling upon all the people and more that he knows. When he calls upon Samantha. Yet, he quickly realizes he doesn&rsquot know anyone named Samantha. My girls cannot resist quoting Olaf with this line at least once a day now. They truly got such a kick out of Olaf&rsquos misstep here.

So, in honor of Olaf and our favorite snowman returning this year for more adventures in Frozen 2, I couldn&rsquot resist making a new cupcake.

That&rsquos right, I wanted to celebrate the new movie, the holidays and winter, too. So, whar came about are the cutest snowman cupcakes this side of town. Olaf the snowman would be proud of my creation (at least I like to think so).

That said, these cupcakes are easy enough to make. I start with pre-made vanilla cupcakes. Any boxed cupcakes would do or even store-bought. Then, I use Wilton 1M Open Star Piping Tip to ice my snowman cupcakes. From there, I decorate these adorable snowman cupcakes with chocolate chips, candy corn and shaved sprinkles, too.


There are so many creative snowman cupcakes recipes out there. Snowman face cupcakes, shaggy coconut snowman cupcakes, even melted snowman cupcakes!

I was asked by a client to make some snowman cupcakes using marshmallows. But I knew that I needed to keep things simple.

With a baby who seemed ready to be born any day, I couldn’t handle sitting for hours of detailed decorating. So I headed to the grocery store candy aisle to see what snowman cupcakes decorating ideas came to me.

I came home with a bagful of sweets and the inspiration for some cute, easy snowman cupcakes.

  • 12 prepared cupcakes from 1 white cake mix
  • 2 cans prepared white frosting
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 2 cups coconut, shredded
  • Hershey kisses for a beret
  • Candy corn for a carrot nose
  • Mini chocolate chips for eyes and buttons
  • Fruit strips, cut in two for a colorful scarf

Servings 12
Preparation time 60mins
Cooking time 60mins

Snowman Topped Cupcakes

These Snowman Topped Cupcakes are a great way to to add a little flair to your winter wonderland! This chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting "snow" is topped with a snowman made from marshmallows, pretzels, and even a chocolate bell for a hat! It's a fun snow day craft for the kids or even for a holiday party. You can use this recipe to just make the cupcakes or the snowmen! You'll get two recipes in one!

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