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Snowman Cupcakes




Happy times with kids call for cheerful cupcakes. Easier to serve than cake, cupcakes require no slicing, no plates, and no forks -- and every child gets her fair share of icing.

This design starts as a Chocolate Cupcake or Vanilla Cupcake iced with Swiss Meringue Buttercream -- perfect for spreading in thin layers or sculpting into thick mounds (and licking from the bowl).

The cupcakes can be baked a week ahead and frozen, but decorate them no more than a day before serving. Set up an assembly line, and put kids in charge of affixing candy eyes, gumdrop cheeks, and other trimmings. Pack the cupcakes in a shallow plastic container, and stuff crumpled waxed paper in between. Then dole them out and watch kids marvel for a second before opening wide!


  1. Step 1

    This snowman wears a fine winter hat: a chocolate-covered mint beret.

  2. Step 2

    His plump figure is two marshmallows -- cut a slice off the top one and squish to make it smaller.

  3. Step 3

    Dabs of icing hold parts together.

  4. Step 4

    His eyes are chocolate sprinkles (poke holes first with a wet toothpick), and his nose is cut from a gummy fish.

Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2003



Reviews (8)

  • pintsizepilot 17 Dec, 2011

    A couple of suggestions that worked for me.
    1. I made the snowman the night before and left them out. This made the marshmallows a little firmer and thus they stood up better.
    2. I used an Oreo cookie for the hat.
    3. I used royal icing to attach the marshmallows together and attach the Oreo hat (also making it very strong).
    4. Finally, I made a small [filtered word] in the bottom of the snowmen and put a jube jube in it, partially sticking out. I pushed this into the cupcake.

  • gaylashort1973 13 Dec, 2009


  • Baltimom 9 Dec, 2009

    Made them for daughter's 2nd grade holiday party. Cute and well received by adults and kids, but next time will assemble onsite or do just the snowmen's heads. The snowmen toppled over in transit and required triage at school. Luckily I packed the extra frosting. Used orange part of candy corn for noses.

  • mrsctoo 27 Mar, 2009

    Made these for my daughter's pre-school holiday party. I used only one marshmallow on top and used orange sprinkles for the nose as well (a short cut). They looked great and tasted een better!

  • CeceMom 8 Dec, 2008

    A couple suggestions - the junior mint on top doesn't really look like a hat. If you find a chocolate covered cookie first, then put a junior mint over it it looks better. Also small pretzles work well for arms, and some buttons with chocolate/black food coloring look cute!

  • verdestudio 2 Dec, 2008

    we just made these tonight for my daughter's class party. couldn't find the orange gummy fish nose but came up with something even better: if you rub and roll orange starburst candies, they are the perfect little carrot noses!

  • claudiapas 16 May, 2008

    Made it to my daughter party. It was a success there. Nobody resisted the snowman but my daughter didn't eat. She hates white icing. I had to make some chocolate icing cupcake too....

  • min417 18 Feb, 2008

    My son's kindergarten classmates absolutely loved these adorable snowmen and I enjoyed making them. They were fairly simple but make a great impression. I am now the designated cupcake supplier for all class parties!