Here are the specific photos and instructions to make the beautiful snow globe cupcakes that I made for my daughter’s 4th birthday party. I found these cute little cupcakes in the fun cupcake book, Hello, Cupcake! These cupcakes were so much fun to research and create, and the kids had a fabulous time eating them! I had so much fun putting these together and Katelyn was so excited when she saw them all completed. You will be a hit at any holiday party with these super cute cupcakes!
6 jumbo cupcakes (your choice of flavor – I used blueberry cupcakes) baked in silver foil liners
16 ounces of vanilla frosting (I used a homemade vanilla butter cream)
Green food coloring
2 tablespoons chocolate frosting (I used the vanilla butter cream and added cocoa powder to make it brown)
2 tablespoons snowflake sprinkles (I found them at Country Kitchen Sweet Art)
1 tablespoon blue nonpareils (I found them at Country Kitchen Sweet Art)
12 chocolate covered graham cracker or cookie (I used a dark chocolate covered cookie sold at Target)
For the House Snow Globes (Makes 2 Snow Globes)
1 whole graham cracker
1 red sour straw candy (Sour Punch Straws)
2 Starburst fruit chews (colors of your choice, these are for the doors and windows. I used red for the door and yellow for windows.)
1 Tootsie Roll candy
For the Snowman Snow Globes (Makes 2 Snow Globes)
2 large white spice drops
1 orange spice drop
2 pieces of black licorice candy
Black licorice laces or 2 additional pieces of black licorice
* The original recipe in the book makes 2 Christmas tree snow globes as follows, we however made number “4’s” for my daughters 4th birthday on the remaining two, so we do not have photos of the tree cupcakes
For the Tree Snow Globes (Makes 2 Snow Globes)
1 Tootsie Roll candy
2 small yellow star candies
Tint ½ cup of the vanilla frosting green with green food coloring and spoon it into a Ziploc bag. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the vanilla frosting into a small Ziploc bag. Spoon the chocolate frosting into a Ziploc bag. Press out the excess air in the bags of frosting and seal.
Spread the remaining vanilla frosting on the top of the cupcakes and smooth. Sprinkle the top of the cupcakes with some of the snowflake sprinkles and the blue nonpareils.
For the House Snow Globes
Using a serrated knife, cut out 2 house shapes out of the graham cracker. Press the house crackers into the frosting on 2 of the cupcakes, with the peak toward the center and the flat side at the edge of the cupcake. Cut the red sour straw into 4 segments 2 ½ inch lengths for the roof and place 2 pieces along the roofline of each graham cracker house, allowing the straws to overhang slightly on each side. Roll out the Starburst fruit chews on a sheet of wax paper to ⅛ inch thick. Cut the fruit chews into four ¼ inch squares for the windows and ½ by ⅓ inch rectangles for the doors. Cut 2 small chimneys from the Tootsie Roll candy and add one to each roof. Snip a ⅛ inch corner from the bags with the vanilla, green and chocolate frosting. Pipe 3 small dots on each house and attach the windows and doors. Using the green frosting, pipe bushes at the edge of the house. Using a squeeze and pull technique, pipe vanilla frosting icicles along the bottom of the roof. Add a dot of chocolate frosting for the doorknob. Add several dots of vanilla frosting to the house and press a few snowflake sprinkles into the frosting.
For the Snowman Snow Globes
Cut each white spice drop in half crosswise. Roll out the bottom half to make a disk that is slightly larger in diameter than the top half. For the body of each snowman, press the flattened disk at the bottom edge of the cupcake, cut side down. Place the top half of the spice drop, cut side down, above the disk to make the head. Cut the orange spice drop into 2 small triangle noses and attach 1 to each head with a small dot of vanilla frosting.
Trim each licorice candy into a ½ square to make the hat. Cut two ¾ inch pieces of licorice lace (or the other 2 licorice candies) for the hat brims and press 1 into the fro above the head on each cupcake. Add a square of licorice to make the hat. Pipe a green frosting scarf across the neck, where the head touches the body. Using the chocolate frosting, pipe eyes, a mouth and 3 buttons down the middle of the snowman. Add a few dots of the vanilla frosting to the house and press a few snowflake sprinkles into the frosting.
For the Tree Snow Globes
Cut the Tootsie Roll candy into two ½ by 1 inch pieces. Press 1 piece into the frosting at the bottom edge of each cupcake for the tree trunk. To make the tree, pipe a 1 ½ inch wide row of vertical lines of green frosting across the top of the tree trunk, squeezing and pulling each line into a long downward point. Pipe the next row above and overlapping the first. Continue piping in this way, each row smaller than the last, to make a tree shape. Sprinkle a few snowflake sprinkles and nonpareils on the tree. Top each tree with a yellow star candy.