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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).