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Snowflake Cakes and Cupcakes are Wonderful Winter Treats

Updated on December 15, 2013

Create a Winter Wonderland with Snowflake Desserts

Snow and snowflakes remind me of winter and the holidays. Winter weather is also a great theme for decorating all kinds of desserts and treats as well as an easy way to create a Winter Wonderland with food for parties, weddings, showers and other wintry occasions.

On this page you will find a collection of recipes, links, ideas, photos and products to inspire your baking and making your own winter-themed snowy treats.

There are different cake and cookie recipes, baking pans as well as many helpful tips for decorating and displaying wintry desserts. Included are instructions and templates for making icing or white chocolate snowflakes.

With star and flake templates you can make custom cup cake wrappers and other quick decorating technique to turn regular mini cakes into snowy ones. Have fun creating a snow flurry cake or winter cupcake blizzard to display on stands.

Frozen winter themes are also great for any party for the new Disney movie, Frozen. These snows ideas are sure to put you in a wonderful wintry mood.

Christmas Cup cake by Cake Girl used under Creative Commons license.

Image by Dichohecho
Image by Dichohecho

Ways to Make Snow-themed Cup cakes or Cakes

Snowflake cakes and cupcakes can be created in many different ways. They can also be made in different flavors, so you don't have to be limited to white cake and frosting for a snow flurry theme (although yellow cake or frosting might be tacky).

A very easy way to decorate a snow-themed treats are to follow the example in the image to the right. A small cookie snowball has been added to a chocolate cake and frosting along with a few edible snowy sugar sprinkles.

Other easy ways to decorate is by using snow-themed wrappers or paper cups. Snowflakes on the paper or wrapper make even plain cupcakes festive.

Edible snow-like sprinkles or flakes made from royal icing or white chocolate are a quick way to decorate a plain mini cake. Even non-edible snowflake toppers (paper, plastic, ornaments, glitter) can be added to create a winter wonderland theme. Be sure to point out that they are decorative, not edible!

Pre-shaped mini and cake pans and molds are a fun and simple way to bake a snowy dessert.

Winter Chocolate Cup cake by Dichohecho. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Snowball Cupcakes

Image by Seelenstrum
Image by Seelenstrum

Snowball Cup cakes by Seelensturm.

Recipe link in below.

Snow flake Cutting Plunger Set

Fox Run 67005 Snowflake Plunger Cutters, Plastic, 3-Piece
Fox Run 67005 Snowflake Plunger Cutters, Plastic, 3-Piece

Made with California walnuts and rolled in confectioner's sugar

Enough to give as gifts this mix makes 72 (6 dozen)

Make them smaller for cupcake decorations and you'll have even more.

 

Snow-themed Cupcake and Cake Recipes

Image by Seelenstrum
Image by Seelenstrum

This delicious Angel food cupcake recipe was translated from Schneeweiße Engels-Speise (glutenfrei) (follow link below) or Gluten-free Coconut Angel Food Cupcakes using Google Translator.

The ingredient amounts were adjusted using the Conversion Calculator.

Winter Snow cakes by Seelensturm.

Used under a Creative Commons License.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 6 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 75 gms (2/3 cup) rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) cream
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon citric acid
  • 25 gms (1/8 cup) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 25 gms (1/8 cup) instant coconut powder (or sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Approx 20 ml (4 teaspoons) milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 ° F
  2. Prepare a 6-cup muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray, or lining with cupcake wrappers.
  3. Mix together rice flour, starch and baking powder into a bowl and mix.
  4. Add cream, sugar and coconut powder to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. In a separate bowl, add the citric acid to the egg whites and beat well.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the cream mixture and stir until mixture is smooth.
  7. Add milk a bit at a time to make the mixture dough like, not liquid like.
  8. Carefully fold the egg whites into the flour-cream batter.
  9. Divide the mixture evenly into 6 prepared baking cups.
  10. Bake at 350 ° F (325 ° F for a convection bake)
  11. Bake for 20-25 or until a rod can be removed cleanly.
  12. About halfway through the baking time, 10 - 12 minutes, once the cupcakes have risen become more solid, cover to ensure that they remain a golden brown.
  13. Cool on wire racks.
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Snowball Coconut Minicakes

Image by Kristin a
Image by Kristin a

Snowball Coconut Minicakes with White Sprinkles by Kristin a. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Add Edible Sugar Flakes for a Quick Design

Lucks Dec-Ons Snowflake Assortment, 15 pk
Lucks Dec-Ons Snowflake Assortment, 15 pk

Quickly decorate cupcakes with a snowflake theme by putting in snowflake food picks.

Total of 36 picks in two different designs.

 

Coconut Covered Snowy Cake

Image by Kimberlykv
Image by Kimberlykv

Chocolate Blackout Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting by Kimberlykv.

Image by Kimberlykv
Image by Kimberlykv

Blackout Cake - Chocolate with White Frosting

This Blackout cake recipe (chocolate cake with white frosting) was adapted from the Healthy Chocolate Cake recipe at Sparkpeople.com.

This version of chocolate cake uses applesauce in place of oil and eggs to make it healthier, lower fat and cholesterol.

Image by Kimberlykv. Used under a Creative Commons License

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/3 cup natural applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ° F.
  2. Prepare a 9 inch cake pan.
  3. 1. Sift all of the dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa and baking powders, sugar and soda in a large measuring cup or bowl.
  4. 2. Mix applesauce, vinegar and vanilla together in a large bowl.
  5. 3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the applesauce mixture, alternating with the water.
  6. 4. Mix ingredients until well combined.
  7. 5. Pour into prepared cake pan.
  8. Bake at 375 ° F for 30 to 35 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed.
  9. Cool before frosting.

Martha Stewart Holiday Food Stencil Set

Martha Stewart Crafts Peppermint Winter Cupcake Stencils
Martha Stewart Crafts Peppermint Winter Cupcake Stencils

This set of 9 assorted designs can be used to transform an unfrosted cake or pan of brownies into a finished and festive dessert.

A great way to decorate with powdered sugar or cocoa and not need to frost a cake. Includes several snowflake stencils.

 

Snow-themed Cupcake and Cake Pans

Snow-themed Cupcake Pans and Molds

These pre-shaped pans and molds make turning cake mix and cookie dough into beautiful snow flakes.

The cookie mold can be used to create mini cupcakes.

Snowy Cake Pans and Pancake Pans

A collection of snow-themed pans including a pan to create snow-shaped pancakes. Cut the shortbread into several mini cakes.

Nordic Ware Snowflake Shortbread Pan, Silver
Nordic Ware Snowflake Shortbread Pan, Silver

Classic shortbread looks even more wintry baked in this pan.

 

Winter Snowy Wedding Cake

Image by Corey Ann
Image by Corey Ann

Christmas, Snowy-themed Cake by Corey Ann.

Snow flake Cupcake Decorating Ideas on YouTube

Several more snow flake decorating ideas for cakes and cupcakes using fondant and sugar from AllrecipesUK, VideojugFoodAndDrink, AboutdotcomFood, GlobalSugarArt and Jacque Wainwright on YouTube.

Edible Snow Decorations

Edible Sugar Flakes

Add edible sugar flakes that can be used to decorate wintry cake or cupcakes.

Make Your Own Snow-themed Decorations

Image by Sweet Heavenly Bites
Image by Sweet Heavenly Bites

Snow-themed Cake with Royal Icing Snowy flakes

One very popular method of decorating snow-themed cakes or cupcakes is with edible snow flakes made out of white icing.

With a bit of practice, a bit of patience and directions from Martha Stewart, snowflakes can be make by piping white icing into snowy shapes. She even has a printable template to follow for piping the icing.

Stephanie Patag of Blisstree offers some very helpful tips on turning royal icing snowy flakes in her article on that include "scotch tape to tape down the design and parchment onto your work surface, to prevent slipping" and how important it is to have "a small paintbrush in a bowl of water, for touching up any mistakes or rough spots."

Another very helpful tip was to be sure to make more flakes that you need to allow for breakage, or perhaps create a design, like a submerged flake that would allow you to even use the broken ones.

Take a look at the video instructions on "How to Make Snowflake Royal Icing" and read a few of the articles to get started making your own royal icing flakes.

Hand piped white icing snow flakes and swirls from Sweet Heavenly Bites.

How to Make Royal Icing Flakes

In this video clip from weddingcakesforyou you can learn how to make a white icing snowy flake.

Image by toholio
Image by toholio

Easy Royal Icing Recipe

A very easy to make Royal Icing Recipe.

After making the icing follow the video instructions to make Royal Icing Flakes.

White Icing in a Bowl by toholio. Used under a Creative Commons License

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: Makes 2 1/2 cups of Icing

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons powdered egg whites or meringue powder
  • 1 pound (4 cups) sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup water (6 tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. Combine powered egg white or meringue powder with sifted confectioners' sugar.
  2. Add water a bit at a time.
  3. Beat all ingredients with a mixer until stiff peaks form (This may take 7 to 10 minutes).
  4. Keep icing cool and covered until ready to use.
  5. Makes 2 1/2 cups of icing.

A Winter Wonderland Wedding Cake

An amazing video clip from mimzywhimzy showing how she created a wedding Winter Wonderland cake featuring a custom snowy flake toppers.

The cake is a 4 tier yellow filled with vanilla buttercream, wrapped in white fondant w/ice blue fondant ribbons. The snowy flakes and pine branch are made of gumpaste.

Floral wire and crystals were used in crafting the topper.

Snowy Cake Toppers, Crystals and Floral Wire

Supplies for creating the Winter Wonderland Cake just take white or silver ornaments and put them on wires to decorate the cake.

Image by viviannguyen
Image by viviannguyen

Top Red Velvet Cakes with White Chocolate Flakes

White chocolate can also be used to make piped snowy flakes as seen in the example of the snowy red velvet cupcakes in the image to the right.With these red velvet mini cakes white chocolate flakes and red colored sugar were added to top butter cream frosting to make for very festive holiday treats.

Like the white icing snowy flakes, white chocolate chips or white chocolate bars can be turned into decorative snowy flakes. Yummymummy shows how in the blog post on "Cup cakes Topped with White Chocolate Snow flakes."

To make the flakes all it takes is some white chocolate, a pastry bag with #4 tip (or a zip lock bag with a small hole), a pattern or template and some wax paper and a bit of patience.

Another very helpful tip was to be sure to make more flakes that you need to allow for breakage, or finding a way to even use the broken ones to decorate.

Snowy Red Velvet Cupcakes by viviannguyen. Used under a Creative Commons License.

White Chocolate Baking Chips

Lindt Classic Recipes White Chocolate, 4.4-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)
Lindt Classic Recipes White Chocolate, 4.4-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)

Melt the white chocolate baking chips and put them into a piping bag or drizzle small amounts on wax paper over a snowflake template to make white chocolate chip snowflakes.

 

How to Make a White Chocolate Snowy Flakes

Links to articles with more information about making a white chocolate snow flake.

Non-edible Snowy Decorations

Snowy Glittery Flake Decorations

Stickers and ornaments that can be used to decorate a winter-themed desserts.

Paper Punches to Punch Your Own Flakes

Punches can make snow flake shapes to decorate desserts and treats.

Using white paper and a cup cake wrapper template, you can make your own snow flake decorative wrappers.

Martha Stewart Crafts Punch, Arctic Snowflake
Martha Stewart Crafts Punch, Arctic Snowflake

Martha Stewart has several different snowy flake designs suitable for punching out snow for your winter cakes and cupcakes.

 

Cupcake Wrapper Templates

Places where you can find wrapper templates to make your own snow flake cupcake wrappers.

Snowy Cup cake Liners

Snow Flurry Cupcake Liners

Putting regular minicakes into cupcake liners and popping them into treat boxes is a very quick and easy way to make winter-themed treats.

Displaying Snowy Desserts and Treats

4-Tier Display Stand

Wilton 307-826 Cupcakes 'n More 23 Count/4-Tier Metal Dessert Stand
Wilton 307-826 Cupcakes 'n More 23 Count/4-Tier Metal Dessert Stand

4-tier dessert stand beautifully displays up to 23 personal-size treats. The cupcake stand can be quickly collapsed for easy storage.

Measures 13 x 13 x 12 inches

 

White Display Stand

Snowy Cookies

Snowflake Cookie Cutter Sets

R & M 1989-02 8-Piece Snowflake Cookie Cutter Set, Tin
R & M 1989-02 8-Piece Snowflake Cookie Cutter Set, Tin

Make snow-themed cookies with this set of 8 cookie cutters.

 

History of this Wintry Treats Lens

Do you think you might use a snow-themed motif to make a holiday or winter dessert?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @miaponzo: I like them a lot too.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Snowflakes are my favorite thing! :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: Thank you.

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 4 years ago

      So pretty!

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      craftaproject 5 years ago

      Beautiful Lense - Enjoyed viewing and reading it...

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      cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

      Snowflakes has always been perfect for cupcake decoration.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are beautiful cupcakes. I am stealing one. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love cupcakes, so I'll have to try making these snowflake cakes one day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yum yum...looks delicious..i love cupcakes..

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      A mouth watering lens. I'm gonna tell my mom to make on of these for me :)

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      Simply delicious!

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      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous.

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      Nice lens yummy! thumbs up

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      MaryQuinlin 5 years ago

      So attractive!

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      Eddie20112011 5 years ago

      the cupcakes look sooooo delicious! thx for sharing!

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      getopinion 5 years ago

      liked snowflake cupcakes, yumi..yumi..thanks for sharing!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      Delicious looking cakes! Thanks for sharing.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I like that third cupcake with the blue and white snowflake. It'd be really cool to have one that melts upon touching your tongue!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      The snowflake decorated cakes are so elegant looking. Nice lens.

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      HaeGee 5 years ago

      Wonderful wonderful lens! Those cupcakes are really beautiful & special!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Mmm! These are so cute! Awesome lens.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Yummy, yummy, for my tummy =P

      Loved this lens!

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Absolutely LOVED this lens! The wedding cakes are simply beautiful! You have done a wonderful job in creating this lens!

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      nice lens. I have chocolate fondue recipe. Welcome to see it and try it.

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      shoefiend 5 years ago

      great lens i loved it

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      The snowflake designs are adorable.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Sure why not it's a lot of fun after all. And the kiddies love cupcakes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I desire cake now! Nice lens... Everyone likes cake :)

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      cupcakeideas1 5 years ago

      You've really packed a lot of information on snowflake cakes and cupcakes on one page! Amazing. Thanks for all the great ideas and info!

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      Marie 5 years ago

      Mmm, I'm a little bit addicted to cupcakes and I love snowflakes. Perfect for winter treats.

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      Great lens, looks delicious! Feel free to check out my lens about making Margarita Cupcakes, if you'd like :)

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      shandigp 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas and resources! I love snowflakes! Especially when they're in my mouth like these could soon be! *blessed*

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I'm going to faint from how delicious these all look!!!!! Blessed!!!!

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Really great cupcake ideas

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      These are all really beautiful ideas! Thanks for the recipes too :)

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      SnoopyGirl1 6 years ago

      I love snowflakes! What an amazing collection of cakes, cupcakes and accessories!

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      BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

      I LOVE the wedding cakes! fab!

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Definitely want to try these!!

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I love it!

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Wow! What an amazing lens. So many great cupcake ideas to try. Thanks for sharing!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Man, these look and sound delicious! Great lens!!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Wonderful selection of classy cupcake item. The recipes look tasty, too... thanks! I've lensrolled this on my bakeware gifts lens.