Snowman Cupcakes are a fun an easy way to enjoy the holiday season. Start with a cake mix and turn cupcakes into a fun and festive snowman.

Snowman Cupcake on a plate
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Easy Snowman Cupcakes Recipe:

These melting snowmen cupcakes are a fun and festive whimsical treat to make this holiday season. Homemade treats are a must for the holidays and these cupcakes are fun to decorate with marshmallow, candy and more.

Get the kids involved and have them decorate their snowman cupcake in many different ways. It is a fun way to turn plain cupcakes into a fun and festive treat for all your holiday plans.

We love to top the cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting for a delicious icing. These cupcakes are perfect for all your holiday and winter plans. They are easy to make and kids of all ages love them.

Also try Melting Snowman Cookies, Oreo Snowman Cookies, or 71 Festive Snowman Desserts. Check out this Melted Snowman Bark Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • White Cake Mix
  • Ingredients to prepare the cupcakes based on the package instructions
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Black Decorating Gel
  • Orange Decorating Gel

Ingredients for Frosting:

  • Unsalted Butter softened
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Clear Vanilla Extract

How to Make Snowman Cupcakes:

  • Step 1 – Make Cupcakes – Prepare the cupcakes based on the package instructions and allow them to cool completely.
  • Step 2 – Make Frosting – While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting.
  • Step 3 – Cream Butter and Powdered sugar – Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until combined and smooth. 
  • Step 4 – Add Milk and Vanilla Extract – Next, add in the milk and vanilla extract. Mix for 1-2 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.
Combining the frosting ingredients
  • Step 5 – Frost Cupcakes – Pipe the frosting onto each of the cupcakes.
  • Step 6 – Top with Marshmallows – Immediately add the marshmallows onto each cupcake toward the back of the cupcakes. 
  • Step 7 – Decorate with M&M’s – Use the mini M&Ms in the front to resemble the buttons on a snowman.
  • Step 8 – Add the Pretzel Sticks – Stick 2 pretzel sticks on either side of the marshmallow. Also into the cupcake for the arms of the snowman.
  • Step 9 – Decorate the Marshmallow Heads – Use the black and orange decorating gel. This is a great option to add the eyes and the nose to the marshmallow.
The process of decorating the snowman on the cupcake
  • Step 10 – Serve and Enjoy – Let the decorating gel dry completely and then the cupcakes are ready to serve and enjoy!
Snowman Cupcake on a cooling rack

Variation Ideas:

  • White Frosting – We like making the frosting from scratch, but you can use premade vanilla frosting if you prefer.
  • Change the Candy – There are so many different candy that you can use to make the candy buttons. You can use chocolate chips, sprinkles, smarties or any small candy will do.
  • Snowman Arms – We like using pretzel sticks for the Snowman arms, but you can also use black licorice.
  • Change the Cake Mix – Any cake mix will work with this recipe. Make a chocolate cupcakes or strawberry cupcakes for a fun variation to this recipe.
  • White Sprinkles – To give it more of a snow affect, sprinkle the top of the frosting with white sprinkles.
  • Homemade Cupcakes – We like to use a box cake mix just to make things easy. But feel free to make cupcakes from scratch using flour, baking powder and sugar.
  • Cupcake Holder – We like to bake the cupcakes in a fun and festive cupcake holder. Choose from black, red or green.
Snowman Cupcake on a plate

Cupcake Snowman Recipe Tips and Tricks:

  • Prepare Cupcakes – Feel free to prepare the cupcakes ahead of time. You want to make sure the cupcakes are fully cooled before frosting.
  • Adding the Frosting – We recommend putting the frosting in piping bags to add the frosting to the melting snowman cupcakes. But you can also place the frosting in a zip lock bag. Cut a hold in one of the corners to apply.
  • Snow Like Frosting – Use a circular motion to gradually add icing to form a snow like frosting on the cupcake.
  • Drying the Snowman Face – Allow the snowman face to dry completely before serving. This keeps the eyes and knows from bleeding onto anything else.
Snowman Cupcake on a plate

How to Make the Snowman Face:

Making the snowman face on the marshmallow is fun to do with the right tools. We recommend getting the black icing and orange decorating gel for best results.

Once you have placed the marshmallow on the frosted cupcake, then you start adding the face to the cupcakes. We just added eyes and a carrot nose, but feel to add dots to form a mouth.

Draw the face of the snowmen any way you want.

Snowman Cupcake on a plate

Can I Prepare ahead of Time?

You can prepare these cupcakes ahead of time. Just make sure not to far in advance as the face gel could start bleeding onto the marshmallow. If you place on having leftovers, just decorate the ones that you are serving.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store your leftover cupcakes in an air tight container. They will stay fresh for up to 5 days. This family favorite cupcake can be enjoyed all season long.

Print Recipe for Snowman Cupcakes:

Snowman Cupcakes

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Snowman Cupcakes are a fun an easy way to enjoy the holiday season. Start with a cake mix and turn cupcakes into a fun and festive snowman.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 310

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg White Cake Mix
  • *Ingredients to prepare the cupcakes based on the package instructions
  • 48 Pretzel Sticks
  • 24 Large Marshmallows
  • 1 cup Mini M&Ms
  • Black Decorating Gel
  • Orange Decorating Gel
  • Ingredients for frosting
  • 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 2 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Clear Vanilla Extract
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Instructions

  • Prepare the cupcakes based on the package instructions and allow them to cool completely.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting.
  • Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until combined and smooth.
  • Next, add in the milk and vanilla extract and mix for 1-2 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Pipe the frosting onto each of the cupcakes.
  • Immediately add the marshmallows onto each cupcake toward the back of the cupcakes.
  • Use the mini M&Ms in the front to resemble the buttons on a snowman.
  • Stick 2 pretzel sticks on either side of the marshmallow into the cupcake for the arms of the snowman.
  • Use the black and orange decorating gel to add the eyes and the nose to the marshmallow.
  • Let the decorating gel completely and then the cupcakes are ready to serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 310kcal, Carbohydrates 54g, Protein 2g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 17mg, Sodium 135mg, Potassium 8mg, Fiber 0.3g, Sugar 38g, Vitamin A 199IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 24mg, Iron 0.2mg

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Snowman Cupcakes are a fun an easy way to enjoy the holiday season. Start with a cake mix and turn cupcakes into a fun and festive snowman. We love to top the cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting for a delicious icing. These cupcakes are perfect for all your holiday and winter plans. They are easy to make and kids of all ages love them. #christmasonadime #snowmancupcakes #holidaycupcakes

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