Snowman Cupcakes

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Delicious yellow cupcakes are topped with buttercream frosting, sparkling sugar, and cute candy decorations that make adorable Snowman Cupcakes!

The holidays are here and a few weeks ago my son was pretty sick.  He had a horrible cough, runny nose, and an ear infection.  We had a long week where he couldn’t sleep, didn’t eat, and just wanted to snuggle.   I ended up staying home from work one of those days because he just wanted to sit in my lap and I didn’t want to leave him.

Easy to make Snowman Cupcakes

Since I was home during the week which rarely happens I had some extra time while he was napping.  I started looking for some seasonal baked goods to make and I found these super fun Snowman Cupcakes.  The great thing about these is that you can use any cupcake and frosting recipe you want.  If you don’t have time to whip up batter and frosting from scratch you can use a boxed cake mix and canned frosting and they will still be adorable.

I used my classic yellow cupcake batter because it’s my all purpose mix.  I then whipped up a batch of my buttercream frosting.  For decorating all you really need is sparkling sugar.  You can buy a huge bag of it for just a few dollars.  I’ve had my bag for 2 or 3 years and I’m only about halfway through it.   It makes beautiful “snow” on my baked goods.

Everything you need to make Snowman Cupcakes

In addition to the sugar you need something to make the faces out of.  I just happen to have a snowman kit in my baking cupboard (because doesn’t everyone?) but if you don’t you can just use mini chocolate chips for the eyes and nose and either a butterscotch chip, an M&M, or a corn corn for the nose.  It’s really your choice what to use and any type of candy will work.

Yellow Cupcakes

I baked up a batch of my yellow cupcakes and while they cooled I worked on the buttercream frosting.  These cupcakes are so easy to decorate because there is no piping. Just spoon the frosting on, smooth it around, and dip the cupcakes into the sparkling sugar.  Then use your candy to make a cute snowman face.  That’s it!

Sparkling Snowman Cupcakes

This would be a great treat for kids to help decorate because they could make different faces on the snowmen or pick different colors for the nose.  I always like when kids can help make holiday treats.

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Easy to make Snowman Cupcakes

Snowman Cupcakes

Yellow Cupcakes topped with fluffy buttercream frosting and decorated to look like snowmen faces!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Hezzi-D


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 c. milk

For the frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 c. clear sanding sugar
  • candies to make snowman faces


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Beat in the egg.
  • Add the vanilla and mix well.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add half the flour mixture tot he butter mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in the milk and mix until combined.
  • Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling each one 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake for 22-24 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the frosting beat the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar a half cup at a time until smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla and milk and mix until smooth.
  • Top each cupcake with a spoonful of frosting. Dip the cupcake into the sanding sugar to cover completely.
  • Use candies to make eyes, nose, and mouth.


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