Time:15 minutes + 16 minutes baking + 10 minutes decorating
Hannah and I were looking for something festive to take to her Playgroup’s Christmas cake sale and found these adorable snowmen cupcakes. The cupcake is pretty straightforward – you could use any cupcake recipe you like or a packet mix, and just add the snowmen on top. They were simple and fun to make and were a hit at the cake sale.
250g (1 1/4 cups) caster sugar
250g (1 1/8 cups) unsalted butter, softened
250g (2 cups) self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the snowmen
24 white marshmallows
125g (1 cup) butter, softened
250g (2 cups) icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Drawing icing pens
Pre heat the oven to 150C / 130C fan and prepare your baking tin
Get your toddler to line a 12 hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Use festive colours if you have them.
Mix the butter and sugar
Get your toddler to measure out the sugar (250g) and add it into a large mixing bowl (we used our stand mixer.)
Measure out the butter (250g), cut it into small pieces and add it to your bowl. If it’s not soft (ie left out of your fridge for a while) give it a tiny blast in your microwave – a few seconds or so – just so it’s easier to mix.
Beat the butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy. If you don’t have a stand mixer use a hand-held whisk, or even just a wooden spoon.
Add the eggs
Get your toddler to break the eggs, one and a time, into a separate bowl. Add to your butter/sugar mixture and beat again after each addition.
Add the dry ingredients
Measure out the flour (250g) then add to your bowl. Add the baking powder (1/2 tsp) and vanilla extract (1tsp). Give everything one last stir with a large spoon until it’s just combined. We just used our mixer on its lowest speed as Hannah was enjoying using it!
Bake the cakes Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cupcakes are a nice golden brown colour and spring back when you lightly touch them.
Cool them in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
Ice the cupcakes
Get your toddler to measure out the butter (125g) and icing sugar (250g), then add to a large mixing bowl. Beat them together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract (1/2 tsp) and beat again until well mixed.
Using a small palette knife (or a butter knife or the back of a spoon) spread the butter icing over each of the cooled cupcakes.
Make sure there is a little bit left to stick the snowmen together!
Make the snowmen cupcakes
Stick two white marshmallows together using a little icing.
Break the matchmakers into four pieces and insert one on each side of the bottom marshmallow to make the snowman’s arms.
Draw faces on the top marshmallow using icing pens, or use a small piece of candied peel for the nose if you have it.
Carefully press each snowman on to the top of a cupcake.