Snowman Cupcakes

Instead of braving the elements outside, make snowmen inside the warm confines of your kitchen. This recipe for cupcake snowmen is positively foolproof. To create the snowmen faces, you can use decorating gel instead of candy, if you prefer.

Sharon Bowers

Snowman Cupcakes

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    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, for the frosting
    1/2 cup sugar 1 lb (about 4 cups) confectioners' sugar, for the frosting
    2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla, for the frosting
    1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons milk, for the frosting
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour Small round candy or sprinkles, for decorating
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder Candy corn, for decorating
    1/2 teaspoon salt Fruit leather, for decorating
    1/2 cup milk


    Prep: 15 min Total: 45 min
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 6 regular-size muffin cups with cupcake liners, and line 6 mini muffin cups with mini-liners.

    • 2

      With a mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and sugar until light. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat for 3-4 minutes, until the batter is creamy and fluffy.

    • 3

      Add 1 cup of flour along with the baking powder and salt and mix to combine. Add all the milk and mix until combined, then add the remaining 1/2 cup flour and stir in completely. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners.

    • 4

      Bake about 15 minutes, until a skewer poked in the center of a mini-cupcake comes out clean. Remove the minis and let the larger ones bake another 4-5 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Cool completely on a rack.

    • 5

      Beat the frosting ingredients until smooth and spread on the cooled cupcakes. To assemble the snowmen, make the face by putting a mini-cupcake on its side on top of a larger cupcake. Make the eyes, nose and mouth out of candy (candy corn makes a good nose, if you have any leftover from autumn). Use fruit leather cut into strips to make scarves (or bandanas, as in our case).

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