Let It Snow Cupcakes

by Jennifer on December 11, 2012

in Christmas Desserts, Cupcakes, Winter Desserts

My husband and I disagree on a lot of things. The proper temperature setting. Appropriate attire outside of the house (for me, zombie t-shirts don’t count). What qualifies as a “good” movie.

A big one though? Snow.

I adore snow. Like, flip out, screaming, running through the house adoration. I just can’t help myself.

My husband, on the other hand, is not a snow lover. He grew up in Massachusetts, the land of crazy snowy winters. In short, he’s over it.

It also might have something to do with the fact that when it does snow in our area (which isn’t that often), I’m taking pictures, making snowmen, and other super fun snow-related things.

While he’s doing…


Shoveling snow falls under the “yard work” category, for which my husband is solely responsible. Plus, it’s super hard. It’s alright though, I’ll make him a yummy treat and all will be forgiven.

In honor of my favorite winter weather pattern, I created these super easy, but very impressive Let It Snow cupcakes (the sparkly sister to my End of Fall cupcakes)! You won’t need any fancy equipment or ingredients for these puppies – here, I’ll show you!

Let It Snow Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes (you can easily halve this recipe to make 12 cupcakes – just use up the rest of the cake mix by baking an 8×8 cake and halving the amounts of candy melts and chocolate)

  • One box of white cake mix (to make your mix extra yummy, add an extra egg and replace the water needed with milk. For a vanilla mix, add a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract)
  • 2 containers of white frosting (any flavor, as long as it is white!)
  • Cupcake liners
  • 2 bags cocoa candy melts (I used Wilton)
  • 1 bag white candy melts or white chocolate
  • Sparkling sugar (Wilton makes one that is available in many grocery stores)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Zipper bags
  • Sheet protectors
  • Tree clip art (I used this - the bare tree in the first row)

1. Print out a piece of paper with several copies of your tree. Insert the piece of paper into a sheet protector and grease it up, like this:

You can make smaller trees to fit more on one sheet!

2. Melt the brown candy melts according to the directions on the package. Place melted candy melts into a zipper bag and snip off one of the corners (you can use pastry bags, if you have them). All you have to do is pipe the candy using the picture as your guide.

The best part? The candy melts are totally forgiving. In fact, the ridges and lines make it look even more tree-like! Use a toothpick for even more control, smoothing out areas or adding definition to others. You will be amazed at how realistic it turns out with very little effort! The only tricky part? The melts will begin to harden as you work, but you can re-melt the chocolate as needed (transfer to a heat-proof bowl for melting, then add back to the zipper bag).

3. Allow the trees to sit on the counter until firm to the touch, about 30-45 minutes. This is a good time to prepare and  bake your cupcakes, using the white cake mix.

4. Once the trees are “dry,” we are now going to add the snow onto the branches. Melt some white chocolate according to the package directions. Place chocolate in a zipper bag and snip off the tip (make a smaller hole for this than you did for the candy melts, since you want to be able to make smaller lines).

Pipe random line-y blobs onto the tree branches. Like this:

Now, while the white chocolate is still warm, douse the tree with sparkling sugar! (Once the trees are removed, you can roll up the sheet protector and pour the sprinkles back into the bottle to re-use).

Allow to dry completely, which should only take about 30 minutes.

5. Frost cooled cupcakes with white frosting. It doesn’t have to be perfect at all. Just use a butter knife to mound the icing onto the cupcake.

6. Mix some sparkling sugar and granulated sugar together into a small bowl (just eye-ball it, whatever looks like snow to you!) Dip the frosted cupcakes upside down into the sugar mixture, rolling around to coat.

If your frosting becomes lumpy, you will be able to re-shape it once it is covered in sugar – it won’t stick to your fingers!

7. Carefully remove the a chocolate tree from the sheet protector and insert it the frosted cupcake. If your tree needs additional support to remain upright, you can insert a toothpick directly behind it to hold it up. For an edible alternative, use a pretzel stick!

8. Repeat for all cupcakes.

I am entering these Let It Snow Cupcakes in the Creative Holiday Recipe Contest hosted by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and Cookies and Cups!

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1 Ashley December 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

haha my husband is also responsible for all “yard work.” These cupcakes are absolutely beautiful!


2 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

Thanks so much, Ashley! :)


3 shelly (cookies and cups) December 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

These are so so cute! Love them! Thanks for linking up!


4 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

I’m so glad you like them, Shelly! Thanks to you and Kristan for such an awesome contest :)


5 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me December 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

Love ‘em! The contrast of the white sparkly cupcakes with the dark trees is lovely. Snow and the change of seasons. Long dark days. Bright white snow. That’s what resonates most with me about this time of year :) Yay cupcakes!


6 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

Thanks, Michelle! I totally agree – I love the “light” of winter, if that makes sense :)


7 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

yay for snow! i love it too!!


8 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Thanks, Elizabeth! :)


9 Mike @ Semi Sweet December 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

These are a perfect follow-up to your End of Fall cupcakes!! So creative and easy to recreate that I think you’re a shoe-in to win for that contest!! Good luck!! (PS- I like that pretzel stick for support idea. I love dipping pretzels in frosting so it’s a win-win for me.)


10 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Awww – thank you, Mike! I’ve never dipped pretzels in frosting, but I am totally intrigued. What have I been missing!? ;)


11 Janine - sugarkissed.net December 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

These are so pretty, Jennifer! I’ve seen the chocolate toppers before but adding the sparkling sugar snow is so creative. It really takes the cupcakes over the top!


12 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thanks so much, Janine! I really love how they came out…and really, so simple!


13 Amy December 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

My husband loves to use the snowblower so luckily when it snows I don’t have to contend with snow removal either! Super cute cupcakes!!


14 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

My husband would love a snowblower, even though he would only use it once every couple years :)


15 Susan December 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

These are adorable. I think my little people would love helping me create them!


16 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Thank you, Susan! These would be great for little helpers :)


17 Carrie's Creations December 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

i just love the way you did the trees! the texture is perfect. and the sprinkles for the sparkly snow! how fun. :)


18 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Thanks, Carrie! :)


19 Paula December 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

What a delightful way to chase the *snow shoveling blues* away. My husband does all the shoveling and snowblowing around here too. Yard work…his domain…I handle the inside of the house. I should be as nice as you were to your husband and make mine some of your beautiful cupcakes after our next big snowfall :) Love your chocolate snow-covered trees.


20 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thank you, Paula! We have the same arrangement in our house – he is in charge of anything outside, or things being taken outside (like the trash). Luckily, we have a small yard, so his part isn’t too bad :)


21 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Okay these are just too stinking cute! We obviously don’t get snow out here in LA so these are just the perfect way to bring snow to us! I’ll have to make these for my little niece and nephews – they’ll be thrilled! Thanks for the awesome tutorial – I am so excited to make these this weekend :)


22 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thank you, Chung-Ah! I’d love to see how it comes out for you! :) Hope you have a blast making them with the little ones!


23 Books n' Cooks December 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

These are absolutely stunning!


24 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Thanks so much! :)


25 Kristina (paddle attachment) December 12, 2012 at 12:08 am

Cute! I love the “drifted snow” look I’m seeing on decorated treats this year. I’m with ya on the shoveling = yard work = not my territory. (;


26 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

Thanks, Kristina! :)


27 The Partiologist December 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

Your snowy cupcakes treats are adorable!


28 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

Thanks so much, Kim! :)


29 the cape on the corner December 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

first off, i thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. like actually reading it. yay. and second, these are too good looking to eat. i shall make sure my baker friend knows about this, and cross my fingers that she will know it means i want her to make them.


30 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

Awesome – so glad you like them!


31 Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden December 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

Your cupcake decoration is very impressive.I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.


32 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

Thanks so much, Vera! I don’t mind at all – thank you for sharing my cupcakes! :)


33 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel December 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

These cupcakes are BEAUTIFUL!! I’m so impressed and in awe of how simple yet gorgeous they are :) and I know people who have snow will balk at this comment, but I’m so jealous of your pretty snowy house! It looks so fun to play in! (Us California girls don’t get snow like that, at least not in Sacramento–boo).


34 Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Thanks so much, Hayley! The snow does make everything look so gorgeous – I’m so glad I got those pictures, since we never really get snow like that!


35 what katie's baking December 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

oh my gosh, this are the prettiest cupcakes ever!!


36 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Awww – thank you, Katie! :)


37 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

These are just gorgeous!! I love the trees, so festive and perfect for the season!


38 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Thanks, Erin! I was so happy with how they came out :)


39 IFeelCook December 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I love these cupcakes!


40 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Thank you! :)


41 The Bearfoot Baker December 13, 2012 at 3:19 am

SO CUTE!! I love snow and run through the house screaming like a kid that just realized school was cancelled! I wish we were closer! We could make a snow person village and then we could hit the kitchen and bake up something wonderful!


42 Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

Thanks, Lisa! I would love that – wish you were closer too! I think we would have a total blast together :)


43 Rachel (teacher-chef) December 13, 2012 at 6:09 am

These are adorable & I love these cupcake toppers, so cute. As a skier…. I love the snow too (just not the shoveling part)!!


44 Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

Thanks, Rachel! Is it crazy to say that I’ve never done any winter sports? I think my mad love for snow is only overshadowed by my intense fear of hurting myself…and heights! :)


45 Sue {munchkin munchies} December 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

Jennifer, I love these cupcakes! SO pretty! The fall version was beautiful too! How about you make one for each season?!? I would love to see that in a collage someday:)


46 Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

Yes, I’m definitely going to do one for all seasons! I love how they came out…and really, so easy! :)


47 marjorie d. December 15, 2012 at 2:14 am

this very creative. Everytime I come to your page I’m inspired to do more.


48 Jennifer December 15, 2012 at 8:16 am

Awww – thank you, Marjorie!


49 meaghan (the decorated cookie) December 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

We are so the same about snow. I. LOVE. These with all my heart. Truly. :)


50 Jennifer December 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Awww, thank you, Meaghan! It means so much coming from you :)


51 Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons December 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

These are awesome…very creative!!


52 Jennifer December 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Thanks so much, Jill!


53 Julianne @ Beyond Frosting December 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Congratulations on winning the contest! This is such a cute idea! I look forward to seeing more from your blog!


54 Jennifer December 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Thanks so much, Julianne! I still can’t believe it!! :)


55 Zoraida December 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

These are beautiful. I am making these.. ;)


56 Jennifer December 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Thanks, Zoraida!


57 san December 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

thanks for such great..EASY ..directions..they look so awesome and i am going to try to make them myself;)


58 Jennifer December 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Great! I’d love to know how they come out :)


59 Fizzy Party January 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Beautiful cupcakes, just how I like my snow :) The tutorial was wonderful too. Oregon is finally getting cold and these would be perfect cupcakes to be making right now. Thank you for sharing.


60 Jennifer January 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

So glad you like them! :)


61 Carissa March 2, 2013 at 5:32 am

These are SO fun! Fantastic job and imagination!


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