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Snowman Cupcakes a Fun Holiday Treat!

Updated on December 1, 2011


The holidays are just around the corner, and there is so much to do. Why not take a break from all the chaos and spend some quality time with the family creating your own snowman cupcakes. It’s a fun and great way to get in the holiday spirit. So let’s pull up our sleeves, put on our aprons and get creative with this fun recipe.

Preparation

The first step of creating the snowman cupcakes is baking the cupcakes. Follow these basic directions or use your own recipe to create your cupcakes.

Prepare the batter

The first step on preparing your batter is to find a cake recipe or mix that will work for cupcakes, generally most store bought cake mixes will work. If you are baking for a large or small group simply adjust the baking time and then test to see if cupcakes are fully cooked by inserting a toothpick during baking. Make sure to measure for proper ingredients to assure for correct baking.

For dry ingredients, spoon dry batter into nesting measuring cups, overfilling the top. Level the batter by running a spatula along the top. If you are using wet ingredients, pour batter into a glass measuring cup to the desired level needed.

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Prepare the pan

You can bake cupcakes in a metal muffin pan, like the one shown to the right. You can bake cupcakes with or without paper foil cups. If you choose to bake with paper foil cups this will allow you to not need cooking spray.When using foil cups, remove paper liners, if included, before filling and baking; liners are included to help separate the thin foil cups. If you don’t have foil paper cups make sure to spray metal muffin pan with cooking spray before placing batter in pan. This will help prevent cupcakes from sticking to surface of pan, and can make it easier to remove cupcakes.

If you are baking in a pan with a dark or non-stick surface, make sure to lower the recommended recipe temperature by 25°F. Dark pans give your cakes a darker finish when baked at 350°F, lowering the temperature protects cupcakes from over-browning.

Tips on filling metal muffin pan

Tip 1: One way to fill batter into the metal muffin pan or cup is by using a decorating bag. Fill the bag about halfway with batter and then squeeze portions into your cups or pan. Using a decorating bag will give you better control when making your cupcakes. The bag keeps batter form spilling over cups or pan.

Tip 2: A standard ice cream scoop with a half-circle shape and lever handle can be used. Fill scoop with batter and place in metal cupcake pan or cup and repeat until filled ½ to 2/3 full.

Tip 3: Another suggestion is to use a heaping tablespoon. It will take 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter to fill a standard metal cupcake pan or cup. Make sure to not overfill.

Tip 4: Measuring cups can also be used to give the baker a small and convenient container into which to place the batter in. The measuring cup will not be used for measuring the actual amount of batter going into the metal cupcake pan or cups. Make sure to not overfill, approximately ½ to 2/3 full would be appropriate.

Bake in oven

Place metal cupcake pans into oven and bake accordingly to cake box directions. Remeber to lower temperature by 25°F, so you don't overbrown cupcakes. Check cupcakes to see if they are done by placing tooth pick into center of cupcake. If toothpick is clean, the cupcakes are done and ready to cool.

Snowman Creation

Now that you have baked your cupcakes, the real fun begins! It's now time to start creating you snowman cupcakes. Make sure to gather all the necessary tools and ingredients before starting.

Instructions

1. Frost all cooled cupcakes with white icing.

2. Take one large marshmallow and flatten with the palm of your hand on waxed paper. Take a second large marshmallow and cut in half horizontally, take the halves and stack them on the first marshmallow to form the snowman’s torso and head.

3. With a pretzel stick push down through the snowman, and then set snowman on top of the cupcake. The pretzel stick should provide stability and help snowman stand up on cupcake.

4. Use the purchased decorators’ gel to create a mouth, eyes and buttons, and then add arms using pretzel sticks. For the nose, cut a wedge from one of the candy orange slices.

5. You can accessorize your snowman with a candy hat and a fruit leather scarf.

  • Use Junior Mint secured to a Thin Mint with icing for snowman hat.
  • Use fruit leather or fruit roll-ups for the snowman’s scarf.

Ingredients and tools

- Cooled cupcakes

- White icing

- Large marshmallows

- Waxed paper

- Pretzel sticks

- Decorators’ gel

- Orange slice candy

- Junior Mints

- Thin Mints

- Fruit leather (Or fruit roll-ups)

- Spatula or butter knife



I hope everyone enjoys making the snowman cupcakes! I encourage readers to comment on how they liked creating their snowman and whether they followed the recipe or created their own unique creation. Happy baking everyone!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Alright... so I know that it is not Christmas right now... but I absolutely love this idea and will definately have to come back to this when the holidays roll around! Just too cute... Now I need a fun cupcake recipe for the Summer ;)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      wonderingwolley- thanks for commenting, I hope you try the recipe out some day...they are a lot of fun to make :)

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      wonderingwoolley 5 years ago from Madison, WI

      These are really cute! It's a super great idea, thanks for sharing!

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      I'm looking forward to making them next year when my son is a little older, only 19 months old:)

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Very cute idea. I'll have to forward this on to my sister and sister-law as something to do with their kids during the next big snow:)

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      Saadia A 5 years ago

      This is really interesting and i am loving it :) I am surely gonna try these.Good for kids and adults will also adore this idea as well.Thanks for sharing !!!

      Voting up and awesome!!!

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Its a great project to do with family because it get them all involved with cooking:)

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      Slightly Bonkers 5 years ago from Ireland

      Very good idea! I am only getting into Muffin-Baking, I am usually more a cake person but this is something I must try out. It looks irresistable ;)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Kids (of all ages) would love seeing and getting to eat a snowman cupcake. Cute idea! Useful and up votes.