During the winter months, I am all about the snow. If the temperatures have to be low, we might as well have a nice blanket of beautiful white snow on the ground. Of course, this is the perfect time of year to make these Melted Snowman Cupcakes, inspired by similar sugar cookies that my sister made for our cookie exchange one year. I've partnered with Nellie's Free Range Eggs for this post, though all opinions are mine.
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Melted Snowman Cupcakes
Now, I won't lie to you. These Melted Snowman Cupcakes are a bit of? process, and take some time to make. However, they are so darn cute and perfect for winter time!
You'll start with your favorite white cupcake recipe. I cheat and use a box mix when I make them because I'm all bout simple, and since these do taker a bit of time, I need simple. It's s easy as pouring the dry mix into my Kitchenaid mixer, adding 3?Nellie's Free Range Eggs, some water, and oil, then turning it on.
Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled, you will need to make some Royal Icing. Everyone seems to have a different favorite recipe, but I like the one that my mother in law used to make with powdered sugar and milk. I also added some vanilla extract in for more flavor. The trick here is to make sure that your Royal Icing is the right consistency, because you do not want it too runny, since you will end up with a mess.
Once your icing is made, you will want to spread some on each cupcake, like in the image above. You don't want the icing to perfectly cover the cupcake, since you're going for a "melted snowman" look.
Once your cupcakes are all frosted, insert a toothpick into a marshmallow, and set on one edge of each cupcake. Now you will add the noses. Orange Tic Tacs work great, though I used orange noses that I had leftover from a Snowman Cake Pops kit.
Using black gel icing or frosting, pipe make the eyes and mouth, then the arms. Once ll of those are done, take colored gel icing (I used red) and make the buttons.
While these Melted Snowman Cupcakes do take some time to make, they are super cute and everyone will love them!