How to Make Melted Snowman Cupcakes

How to Make Melted Snowman Cupcakes

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It might be different in your area of the world but in Wisconsin? We can have snow up to eight months of the year. That means we got through several rounds of snow and melting snow, only to see more snow again. If you know how to make melted snowman cupcakes you are in season most of the year for any given celebration with family and friends.

How to Make Melted Snowman Cupcakes

All About Snow

Do you know how many words Eskimos have for snow? It is said they have over 50 words! That seems like a lot but when you think about how much snow we get and how it changes? It makes sense.

We love our snow but hate the shoveling. We love to make snowmen and spend time outside in the cold but then we complain about how cold it is. It is a love-hate relationship for sure.

When I was younger, every time it snowed my mom would make us these cupcakes. They were always a hit with the kids and we all loved how they looked like melted snowmen.

Why We Love Snowmen

The snowman is a classic winter decoration. He is often made with three balls of snow, one for the head, one for the body, and one for the bottom. A carrot may be used for the nose, coal or black frosting for the eyes and mouth, and twigs for the arms and hat.

In some cases, a snowman may be made with only two balls of snow or even just one. The possibilities are endless when it comes to how you can make your snowman unique.

The History of the Snowman

The first recorded mention of a snowman was in 1380. In England, there was a poem written called “The Thirteenth Century” which included the lines “For he was a jolly good fellow, and loved to roll in the snow.”

The earliest known photograph of a snowman was taken in 1853 by W. H. Davenport Adams. The photo shows two boys standing next to a large snowman they had built in Regent’s Park in London.

How do I make these adorable cupcakes?

The yellow cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

Standard cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
How to make Melted Snowman Cupcakes

How to Make Melted Snowman Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, matcha, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

How to Make Melted Snowman Cupcakes

I am going to show you how to make them from a boxed cake mix, but also talk about how to use the recipe above for the base of this Melted Snowman Cupcakes Recipe.

What you need for Melted Snowman Cupcakes :

Melted snowman cupcake ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix + additional ingredients per directions OR your favorite recipe like mine above
  • Regular size marshmallows
  • Blue frosting
  • Black frosting
  • Small white sugar deco beads
  • Mini M&M candies
  • White, orange, green, and red cooking frosting

Melted Snowman cupcake tutorial

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Take your cake mix and add the ingredients it asks for. Fill your muffin tips cups 2/3 full of batter and bake per the box instructions.

Let them cool completely.

Frosting Your Melted Snowman Cupcakes

Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the blue frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.

Snip a generous-sized tip off for frosting your cupcakes.

If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.

Repeat that same process for the black frosting, but cut a very small tip off the end of your bag.

putting faces on melted snowman cupcakes

 Use that black frosting to add eyes and a smile to each marshmallow. In retrospect, I would make small black dots for the mouth next time – like tiny bits of coal.

Melted snowman cupcake ingredients with noses

Use the orange cookie frosting to create a carrot nose

how to make melted snowman cupcakes

Pipe a base layer of blue frosting on each cupcake

Melted snowman cupcake with snow

Add small white sugar beads along the outer edge

Melted snowman cupcake with puddle

Use the white cookie frosting to create the melting puddle 

Melted snowman cupcake with head

Place the marshmallow head near the top of the puddle

Melted snowman cupcake adding arms

Use the black frosting to create twig arms

Melted snowman cupcake with buttons

Add mini M&M’s for buttons on the melting puddle

Melted snowman cupcake with scarf

Use any color cookie frosting to pipe on a scarf around the base of the marshmallow head. Next time I might try thin strips of gummy-type candy instead for the 3-D texture and look.

Your melting snow people are ready!

how to make melted snowman cupcakes


Easy Melted Snowman Cupcakes

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix.

How do you store Melted Snowman Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. The longer you wait to eat them, the higher the chances that your colors for scarves and buttons will run/bleed into your melted snow.

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