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Snowman Cupcakes

Snowman Cupcakes

Too cold to make a snowman outside? Gather the kids and create your own snowmen in the warmth of your kitchen!

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1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time



1 (15.25- to 16.50-ounce) package chocolate or Devil’s food cake mix

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 1/4 cups buttermilk  


3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème


3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, if desired

24 large marshmallows

Black decorator gel


Fruit leather or fruit strips

Gummi candies, rings, disks, etc.


 *Substitute 4 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1 1/4 cups. Let stand 5 minutes.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all cupcake ingredients in large bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Place 3/4 cup butter into bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add marshmallow crème; continue beating until well mixed. Frost 12 cupcakes. (The remaining 12 cupcakes can be eaten as is or frozen in a container with a tight-fitting lid for future use.)

  5. STEP 5

    Place coconut in shallow bowl, if desired. Roll edge of each frosted cupcake in coconut.

  6. STEP 6

    Create snowmen by using 1 marshmallow for head and 1 for body. Draw eyes and mouth on marshmallow head using black decorator gel. Poke hole into marshmallow for nose, using toothpick; insert small piece of gumdrop into hole. Draw buttons onro marshmallow body using black decorator gel. Cut 2 (2x1/2-inch) strips of fruit leather for scarf; make “V” shape notch in 1 end of each strip.

  7. STEP 7

    Assemble snowmen by placing small amount of frosting on top of marshmallow body; place ends of 2 scarf pieces onto frosting. Place small amount of frosting onto scarf pieces; place marshmallow head on top. Create hat using decorator candies or gumdrops; attach to head using small amount of frosting.

  8. STEP 8

    Insert 2 toothpicks into bottom end of body, pushing through into head and leaving enough toothpick ends to insert into cupcake. Place snowmen on cupcakes, securing with toothpicks.

Tip #1

Place cupcakes on large platter covered with decorator sugar or coconut to create a winter wonderland centerpiece for your gathering.

Nutrition (1 cupcake)

200 Calories
10 Fat (g)
35 Cholesterol (mg)
180 Sodium (mg)
27 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
2 Protein (g)
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