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Winter Fantasy Cupcakes

Need an easy decorating idea for cupcakes? Make your own adorable snowmen faces using vanilla frosting, course sugar, chocolate wafers and colored candies. —Karen Tack, Riverside, Connecticut


  • 1 to 2 cans vanilla frosting (16 ounces each)
  • Cupcakes of your choice
  • Coarse sugar
  • Chocolate wafers
  • Semisweet chocolate chips and miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Orange candy slices
  • Additional vanilla frosting
  • Blue food coloring, pearl dragees, blue jumbo diamond sprinkles and edible glitter, optional


  • Frost cupcakes, reserving some frosting for decorating as desired.
  • For snowmen cupcakes: Dip the top of each cupcake in coarse sugar; gently shake off excess sugar. For stovepipe hats, microwave chocolate wafers for a few seconds to slightly soften as needed. Use a serrated knife to cut two narrow strips from opposite sides of each wafer. (Large center piece will form crown of hat; one strip will form the brim.)
  • Add chips and mini chips to cupcake to form eyes and mouth. Cut a small piece of orange slice to form the nose.
  • Stick brim of hat, rounded side up, into top of cupcake; insert hat crown into the top edge. Secure with additional frosting. Color frosting if desired; place in a resealable plastic bag. Cut a small hole in corner of bag. Pipe a decorative hat band; add dragees and sprinkles if desired. Sprinkle cupcakes with glitter if desired.

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  • kimbers56
    Jan 27, 2016

    so cute love snowmen

  • bribarb1
    Dec 22, 2012

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  • jr4466
    Dec 7, 2011

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  • buffalonana
    Jan 26, 2011

    I made these for my grandson's class at school. (36 of them). I finally found the chocolate wafers and because I wanted the cupcakes to look "like the photo", I paid dearly for the wafers (almost $5 for 42 wafers). But, my grandson was worth it. PROBLEM: I heated the wafers as recommended in the directions but they were still very hard to cut without breaking. Tried several different knives and different times of warming but "lost" many of the cookies to breakage. (Bought another box of wafers.) Finally got enough cut wafers for all the hats I needed. I decorated the cupcakes on Sunday for him to take to school Monday morning. They all looked very, very good! I was pleased. Monday I packaged the cupcakes for transport. The wafer top hats began to break from the cupcake. At this point it was a quick replace of top hats. I would NEVER use the chocolate wafers again unless I was serving immediately. I would use something else, maybe a peanut butter cup cut in half and just set on top of the cupcake. With all this effort I was well rewarded by the smiles of the children and a big hug from my grandson. Priceless.

  • tum-tum
    Dec 14, 2009

    Made these for a birthday party this weekend. Fun and easy to make , everyone enjoyed them.

  • mcilwaj
    Dec 14, 2009

    I could not find the chocolate wafers, so I used girl scout thin mints. I got alot of compliments on them.

  • mkonk
    Dec 7, 2009

    Such a cute idea and fairly easy.

  • jfphillips
    Feb 19, 2009

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  • mamabear35
    Dec 5, 2008

    These cupcakes are a hit with the kids and the adults around Christmas time! I use homemade frosting it tastes better. N.Y.