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Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

By Thepickyeater @pickyeaterblog

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These adorable snowman cupcakes are easy and fun to make with the kids! Using a simple boxed cake mix, and decorating frosting, you'll have a cute, festive, and tasty holiday treat!

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

While I absolutely love eating healthy, and fueling my body with nutritious vitamin rich foods, I definitely will indulge once in a while!

During the holidays I still fuel up on my fruits and veggies, but I also allow a little wiggle room when it comes to dessert. For me, it's all about moderation and enjoying sweet treats on occasion!

These snowman cupcakes are one such sweet treat. They're easy, fun, and they look just so darn cute!

They're also perfect for little helpers. On a cold winter Saturday afternoon, there's nothing better than sipping some hot cocoa and making a little mess in the kitchen with the kiddos.

Made with a shortcut, using a boxed vanilla cake mix, it's a great way to have your kids help you pour and mix the ingredients.

Topped with a simple vanilla buttercream frosting, dipped in sugar, and then decorated with colored icing, these cupcakes not only look adorable, they taste amazing!

One box of cake mix will make 24 cupcakes, so they're perfect for sharing with friends, neighbors, or co-workers. If you bring these fun and easy cupcakes to your holiday party they will disappear in no time!

Tools and Equipment You'll Need

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

  • The Cupcakes: To make the cupcakes use a box of vanilla or yellow cake mix of your choice. Add the ingredients listed on the back (typically oil and eggs), follow the directions, and bake according to the box directions.
  • The Frosting: Made with butter and confectioners' sugar, this frosting is light, fluffy, and white in color to look like snow.
  • Decorating Frosting: To make the snowman face you'll need black and orange decorating frosting. You can find this in the baking aisle of your grocery store. Attach a #5 frosting tip to get a neat and clean look when making the face.

How to Make Snowman Cupcakes - Step by Step

Step 1: Prepare cupcakes according to package's directions. Add oil and eggs to the mix, mixing until combined.

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

Step 2: Transfer the batter to lined cupcake tins and bake (according to package directions)

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

Step 3: Allow them to cool completely before decorating. As the cupcakes cool, use an electric mixer to beat together butter, confectioners' sugar and milk. Once all ingredients are well-combined, the buttercream is ready.

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

Step 4: Use an offset spatula to frost each cupcake with a hefty amount of buttercream.

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

Step 4: Dip each frosted cupcake in the bowl of sugar.

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

Step 5: Decorate each cupcake with a "snowman face" by using the black and orange frosting, attaching Wilton icing tip #5 to each frosting.

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

Step 6: Using the black frosting, make two dots for the snowman's eyes, dots outlining the mouth, and a little orange triangle for the "carrot" nose!

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

Snowman Cupcakes Are The Best Holiday Treat for Kids!

Kids will adore both making and eating these deliciously sweet holiday treats! They are easy enough to make with the kids in the kitchen, and with a little help, they can decorate the faces of the snowmen too. They're light, moist, fluffy, and topped with a sweet buttercream frosting that will make your kids want to make them again and again.

Recipe FAQS

How do you store and keep Snowman Cupcakes?

Store in an air tight container. I prefer using a cupcake container so that the cupcakes don't get smushed together. You can store them at room temperature for 1-2 days, or in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How do you make icing look like snow?

The icing on these cupcakes look like snow because the white confectioners' sugar when combined with the butter creates an off white color. Dipped in sugar, the cupcakes look like their glistening with snow.

Snowman Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Dessert

Recipe Variations

  • Coconut Flakes: Dip these cupcakes in coconut flakes instead of sugar for a different type of snow look on top.
  • Marshmallow Top: You could add a large marshmallow on top of the frosting and decorate the snowman face on the marshmallow for three dimensional look.
  • Different Cake Mix: Use whatever flavored cake mix you prefer. You could make a chocolate cake, confetti cake, or even a pumpkin cake!
  • Egg Free: Make these snowman cupcakes egg free by using flax eggs instead of regular eggs when making the boxed cake mix.
  • Vegan: Use flax eggs, vegan butter, and a plant based milk of your choice to make these into vegan snowman cupcakes.
  • Gluten Free: I recommend using a gluten free cake mix like Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Mix to make these cupcakes gluten free.

Top Tips for Making Snowman Cupcakes

  • Follow the directions on the box for the cake mix you choose. Different cake mixes can have slightly different directions, ingredients, and bake times.
  • Make sure the butter is at room temperature before beating it with the sugar to create the frosting. If it's too cold it won't whip, and if it's melted it will be a gooey mess.
  • If the frosting is too thick you can add a touch more milk.
  • Use frosting tips to get a neat and clean look when decorating the cupcakes.

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