Snowman cupcakes are super cute and fun Christmas cupcakes made with a chocolate cupcake base, and decorated with marshmallows and frosting!
Christmas is all about baking tasty Christmas cookies, cakes, and cupcakes, and of course, making homemade candy! Every year, we bake at least 30 types of cookies and other baked goods in just a few days. It’s a family tradition that we love and cherish. And these cupcakes have been on our (yearly) rotation for years! They’re so cute, and the kids love decorating them.
If you’re looking for more easy Christmas treats to make this year, try my old-fashioned Christmas pinwheel cookies, Italian wedding cookies, easy spiced rum cookies, chocolate peppermint cookies, and these super cute Christmas tree cupcakes.
Oh, and if you like making candy, try my old-fashioned pecan divinity candy!
I’ve been using a chocolate cupcake base for many of the cupcakes that I’ve been making, check out my Christmas Tree Cupcakes where I made cupcakes that look like Christmas trees and these cute Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes that you can also make for Christmas.
The cupcakes turn out moist and fudgey and everything you expect from a really good chocolate cupcakes. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Dry Ingredients: All purpose flour, unsweetend cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and white sugar.
- Wet Ingredients: Large eggs at room temperature, vegetable or canola oil, milk, and milk.
To decorate the cupcakes, you will need vanilla frosting, white marshmallows, sprinkles, and black icing.
For the white frosting, I used a spoon to spread it on the cupcakes and then added the marshmallows. If you want a slightly differently look, you can use a piping bag fitted with a 1A tip and pipe out the frosting.
How to Make the Noses
There are three easy ways to make the noses.
- Use orange colored icing and draw a carrot nose.
- Use orange sprinkles, either round or jimmies.
- Use fondant and orange food coloring and roll out a little piece of the fondant to make a carrot nose shape. See below, and you’ll see a picture with this option. To stick the fondant noses to the marshmallows, use a little bit of water. You could also use sugar fondant glue, or even a little bit of shortening or frosting will help.
How to Make Buttercream Frosting
You will need:
- 1 ½ cups (340 grams) of unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 5 ½ cups (650 grams) powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Milk (around 2 tablespoons)
- Using a hand or a stand mixer, whip the softened butter for 2 minutes or until it’s light and creamy (color will become pale).
- Gradually add the powdered sugar to avoid the sugar storm, and run the mixer on slow speed until it’s incorporated, then increase the speed and whip it for 1 more minute.
- Add the vanilla extract and milk, and beat on high speed for 1-2 minutes.
- You could also add a pinch of salt to balance the taste. If it’s a bit too dry, add a bit more milk and mix again.
I recommend using the buttercream right away, but if you store it in the fridge it can stay there for up to 4 weeks, but make sure that it’s at room temperature when you work with it (you might need to rewhip it to get the right consistency).
You Tried My Recipe, and This Was Your Feedback!
Thanks to everyone who has tried the recipe, and took a minute to review it on Pinterest by uploading a picture or sending it directly to me, and writing their reviews. I really enjoy seeing how you guys recreate my recipes!
This is what you guys have been saying about this recipe on Pinterest:
Made 37 cupcakes out of this recipe AND THEY ARE SO GOOD – Becky
I was able to make them look exactly the same, they were well loved – Julie
This was great for when all my friends came around for a party! You should definitely try this party starter! – Izzy
Nice and easy to do – used writing icing for the detail and butter icing to stick the marshmallow on – Lorelei
Really pleased with these snowmen cupcakes – Lynda
I’m planning to bake a huge batch with the kids a few days before Christmas, as my nieces and nephews will be around and they love to bake with me!
Try this recipe, get the kids involved and you won’t regret it!
One last thought, these snowman cupcakes make a perfect Christmas gift! Just wrap them in cellophane paper and they will definitely put a smile on somebody’s face!
- 12 marshmallows
- vanilla frosting
- black icing
- funfetti or sugar pearls to decorate
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and line a cupcake/muffin baking pan with 12 cupcake liners.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract.
- Stir in milk, then add the rest of the ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt), and mix until just combined but do not over mix. They batter won’t be very thick, sort of runny and that’s okay.
- Pour the batter into liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. When completely cooled down, decorate.
- Decorate with the vanilla frosting and put a marshmallow on each cupcake.
- Draw faces and arms using the black icing, and make buttons out of the sprinkles/funfetti. To make the nose use fondant.
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