January 16, 2016

Chilly Snowman Cupcakes* will brighten your winter doldrums. Whether you are buried under snow (or desperately awaiting your first flurries), January is the perfect snowman making time. This sweet fellow is made from your favorite cake recipe and baked in a silver foil liner. Let the cupcakes cool completely before decorating.

Here is how we made them:

Frost the top of the cupcake in a generous mound of frosting and smooth to round the top.

Place white decorating sugar in a wide shallow bowl. (You want it to be wide enough to accommodate a regular size cupcake with some wiggle room!)

Hold the cupcake by its liner (gently, don’t squeeze too hard or the cupcake might POP out of the liner). Roll the frosted top in the white decorating sugar. Now press the sugar to smooth and round the shape. (You can do this with your fingers or a small offset spatula.)

For the hat: use a small serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion to trim opposite sides from a Famous Chocolate Wafer cookie. The cuts should be on a slight angle to narrow the bottom of the shape. (See photo.) One of the trimmed pieces will become the brim of the hat; hang on to the other in case of breakage.

Make a slit in one side of the coated cupcake by inserting the knife at the edge of the liner and pushing it into the center. Insert the narrow end of the Famous Chocolate Wafer into the slit. Add a bead of frosting where the cookie meet the cupcake and attach the brim piece of the cookie.

Add another bead of frosting where the brim meets the hat and attach a row of Pearl candies in any color. We chose CHILLY blue for the winter season!

Next, add eyes using dark round candies. (We used BLACK SIXLETS, but M&Ms, SKITTLES, or any small dark round candy will work.) Add a row of smaller candies for the mouth. (We used BLACK PEARLS.) For the nose, trim a small narrow triangle from a CIRCUS PEANUT or an orange slice candy, or you can shape it from orange taffy such as TOOTSIE FRUIT CHEWS, STARBURST, or LAFFY TAFFY.

And there you have it. Your first snowman of winter 2016, with or without snow in the forecast!

Happy decorating!

Alan and Karen

*Adapted from Frosty Mugs page 200 What’s New, Cupcake?

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