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Winter Fantasy Cupcakes Recipe

Winter Fantasy Cupcakes Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour YIELD:24 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Frost cupcakes, reserving some frosting for decorating as desired.
  • 2. 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.)
  • 3. Add chips and mini chips to cupcake to form eyes and mouth. Cut a small piece of orange slice to form the nose.
  • 4. 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. Yield: varies.

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kimbers56 User ID: 4091339 242655
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"so cute love snowmen"

buffalonana User ID: 4800215 114029
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1243507 165699
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

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

mcilwaj User ID: 1518207 98964
Reviewed 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 User ID: 179013 180034
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"Such a cute idea and fairly easy."

mamabear35 User ID: 3662600 165697
Reviewed 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."

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