Snowman Cupcakes With the Best Buttercream Frosting

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Cupcakes can be incredibly fun to decorate but may also easily be a huge hassle. If using icing alone, I do not produce an attractive product, much less a photo worthy one. Nevertheless, cupcakes are pleasing to decorate because one does not have to use icing alone to decorate with.

Here is an example~
The Snowman Cupcake

Is he not completely adorable, so much so that you could just gobble him up. . . literally? And what is even more wonderful about this little guy is how easy he is to create. My nine year old daughter had a fantastic time icing and decorating these cupcakes to share with her friends.

To help you get started, here is the best frosting recipe in case you need one or haven't seen it when I used it for this Bird's Nest Cake. It is just the right sweetness, not overly sugary sweet. And the perfect texture for holding its shape after it has been smoothed on or piped. It gets just a little bit stiff after setting but not crunchy and really holds onto any added garnishes.

Best Buttercream Frosting

1 c butter, room temperature
1 c vegetable shortening
6 c powder sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
6 oz heavy whipping cream

Place butter and shortening in mixer. Beginning on low speed and gradually increasing to a high speed, whip for 10 minutes until light and fluffy. Lower speed to lowest setting and mix in powder sugar one cup at a time until well blended. Add vanilla. Increase speed to medium and slowly add whipping cream. Increase speed to medium-high and whip for 8-10 minutes until light but stiff. This makes an ample amount of icing for at least 24 cupcakes.

Snowman Cupcakes

Twizzler Rope
Life Saver Hard Candies
Chocolate Chips
Mini Chocolate Chips
Orange Slice Gummy Candies
raw sugar {for dipping}

After you have given each cupcake {any flavor you care to make} a good layer of frosting, roll them in raw sugar to give each a snowy effect. Set to the side.

Pull the Twizzler rope apart and cut each rope into thirds. This will be used to connect the Life Saver ear muffs. Also, slice the orange slice gummy candies into wedges then each wedge into halves; these will become little 'carrot' noses.

Place a third Twizzler rope segment at the edge of an iced, sugared cupcake and gently press into the icing to hold. Add a Life Saver hard candy to each end of the rope at the sides of the cupcake to create a pair of ear muffs.

Use two chocolate chips to form eyes for your snowman and five mini chocolate chips to make the mouth. Place the chocolate chips upside down, so that the tip of the chip is in the frosting.

Lastly, place an orange wedge piece in the center of the snowman's face for his nose. You could stick this straight up or lay it on its side, whatever suits your fancy.

Now you have an adorable snowman cupcake to give away or enjoy yourself. I immediately wrapped two up for our neighbor's little boys. I have found that the easiest way to package cupcakes neatly is to place them in a small clear plastic cup, the sort you use for punch. Then the cupcake in a cup can be placed in a bag and tied closed for gift giving.

Hoping you have a happy holiday season!


  1. I really like the raw sugar on there to give it a glistening effect! And snowmen do need ear muffs since they get so cold!

  2. Oh I forgot to say this would be cute at a children's party while they watch Frostie the Snowman!

  3. Wow Sheila! These are so cute!! I was just telling my sister Maria, that we need to find a good buttercream recipe. I will defintely try this recipe!

    Great way to package cupcakes too! Brilliant!

  4. It's great to see so many enjoying these little winter treats without even tasting them!

  5. They are the cutest cupcakes ever!

  6. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Not only are those super cut, but the packaging is GENIUS!! :)

  7. These are totally adorable and the packaging is so clever. I am going to use this idea next year. I will bookmark it in my Christmas folder. Thank you.

  8. Hi,
    what a wonderful website.
    Do you know where I can get the clear plastic punch cup you put your cake in?

  9. Anonymous2:55 AM

    Great fun and so 1-2-3 love it!!!
    Hi from Copenhagen

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  11. Love Love These!

    I'm featuring these on my blog

    Let me know if you mind!

  12. Anonymous11:03 PM

    REALLY Cute!

  13. very neat idea... where do u get the Twizzler Rope, please let me know.
    thanks in advance

    1. I usually buy the Twizzler Rope at Target in the candy aisle, though most stores carry it. Some carry a generic brand that doesn't need to be untwisted. Hope that helps!


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