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Snowman Cupcakes make a fun and festive Christmas dessert. They are so easy, kid-friendly, and perfect for parties this holiday season! Made with boxed cake mix, frosting, marshmallows, pretzel sticks and candies.
easy Snowman Cupcakes
Christmas Cupcakes are the easiest to make and look like melting snowmen! Made with your favorite vanilla cupcakes (we use cake mix), canned frosting, marshmallows for the head, chocolate candies for the buttons, pretzel sticks for the hands, orange sprinkles for the carrot nose, and black gel for the eyes. All are easy ingredients that you could find at your local grocery store.
These adorable Snowman Cupcakes are perfect for Christmas parties, classroom parties, leaving out for Santa, and make a fun activity for kids. These cupcakes come together quickly once the cupcakes are baked so you don’t need to spend a ton of time in the kitchen.
This is a fun holiday treat to get the whole family involved in and you don’t need any special skills or fancy equipment to make these.
If you love these Cute Melting Snowman Cupcakes, you’ll also love these Melted Snowman Cookies!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Cupcakes: You can use your favorite cupcake recipe whether it’s from a box or you make your own from scratch. I use vanilla cupcakes but you can also use chocolate cupcakes.
- Frosting: I used canned vanilla frosting but you can use homemade frosting. Other flavors are vanilla buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting, or Swiss meringue frosting. If you didn’t want to use frosting, you could also use Marshmallow Fluff instead.
- Large marshmallows: To make the snowman’s marshmallow head.
- Chocolate candies: M&M’s work great, use your favorite colors or flavors.
- Pretzel sticks: Used to make the snowman’s arms.
- Orange sprinkles: You could also use orange icing gel, orange fondant, orange candies or orange frosting to make the carrot nose.
- Black gel or black frosting: Used to make the snowman’s eyes. Mini chocolate chips could also be dabbed on to the icing if you wanted to use those instead.
how to make Snowman Cupcakes
Frost cupcakes: Frost each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting.
Assemble the snowman’s face: Place a large marshmallow onto the center of the cupcake. Use the black gel to dot two eyes and place an orange sprinkle into the marshmallow for the carrot nose. Add the pretzel sticks on the side of the marshmallow to make the arms. Place 2-3 colorful chocolate candies onto the frosting to make the buttons. Enjoy!
- Most cupcake recipes yield 24, but I like to fill the cupcake liners almost to the top with cake batter to ensure the cupcakes can rise and get extra puffy on top. When I do this method, it usually yields about 12 cupcakes. You may need to add an additional minute or two to the baking time.
- Pipe frosting: Instead of spreading the frosting on with a knife, you can add more “body” by piping the frosting or swirling it on top of the cupcakes with a piping bag or pastry bag. Be sure to use a wide piping tip.
- Use a toothpick to poke a small hole where you would insert the orange sprinkle to make the carrot nose. That will help the sprinkle stick better into the marshmallow.
- Add accessories: Add a miniature peanut butter cup and place it upside down on top of each marshmallow. Use candy such as licorice, candy ropes, fruit roll ups, or colored frosting. Cut accordingly and wrap it around the marshmallow to make scarfs.
- Change up the cupcake liners. You can use any color of cupcake liners. They have adorable Christmas themed cupcake liners that would be fun.
- Cupcake flavor. It’s always easier to use box cake mix but homemade cupcakes from scratch are always delicious-like my Vanilla Cupcake recipe . I like to use vanilla cake mix to resemble snow, but chocolate, yellow, Funfetti cupcakes, and devil’s food cake, and brownies will also work.
- Frosting: We used canned white frosting to make it easy but feel free to make your own from scratch. Vanilla, cream cheese, buttercream, and funfetti frosting would work too. If you wanted to skip the frosting, marshmallow fluff is a great option. It’s always best if the frosting is at room temperature so it spreads easily.
- Gluten-free cupcakes: Use a gluten-free cupcake mix to bake the cupcakes and swap the all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour in the cookie dough.
- Add more snow: Add shredded coconut or sparkling sugar to top of the cupcakes once the frosting has been added. This will make the cupcakes look extra snowy.
leftovers & storage
To-store: Place leftover cupcakes in an airtight container or wrap the dish or platter with plastic wrap. Store in a cool area for up to 5 days.
To-freeze: You can freeze baked cupcakes that haven’t been decorated for up to 3 months. Place cooled unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container or heavy-duty ziplock bags. When ready to frost, you can frost them frozen or you can let them thaw.
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- 12 vanilla cupcakes unfrosted
- vanilla frosting made from scratch or from a can
- 12 large marshmallows for the head
- 12 orange jimmie sprinkles for the carrot nose
- 24 M&M's for the buttons
- 24 pretzel sticks for the arms
- black icing gel for the eyes
- Frost each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting.
- Place a large marshmallow onto the center of the cupcake. Use the black gel to dot two eyes and place an orange sprinkle into the marshmallow for the carrot nose. Add the pretzel sticks on the side of the marshmallow to make the arms. Place 2-3 colorful chocolate candies onto the frosting to make the buttons. Enjoy!