February vacation gives children a welcomed break from school. There is so much fun to be had … playing in the snow, on the rink or on the slopes. But there are always those days when the weather turns cold or nasty. No matter how happy and busy they are with toys, games and books, it doesn’t take too long before you hear those dreaded words, “Mom (or Dad), I’m bored.” If boredom strikes your house, have some fun with snowmen. Even if the weather outside is frightful; you can turn cupcakes into delightful snowmen.
Start with your favorite cupcake. I like something a little spicy, like Gingerbread or Pumpkin (unless you have a real sweet tooth you might want to skip the chocolate chips for this project). Maybe you prefer Chocolate or a little Citrus & Spice.
Follow the directions for the cake or cupcake batter. Instead of using a cake pan or regular muffin tin, split the batter between regular and mini muffin tins. I like to use paper liners instead of greasing and flouring the pans. Fill the paper liners 2/3 full with batter. Regular cupcakes generally take 18-20 minutes to bake and the minis 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting and decorating.
While the cupcakes cool, make the Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
About 4-6 cups confectioners’ sugar
Put the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, add the vanilla extra and combine.
Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until well blended. Increase mixer speed and continue mixing for 2 to 3 minutes, until the frosting is light and fluffy.
And gather your decorations! You will need:
Sweetened coconut flakes
Mini chocolate chips
Orange gummy fish
Licorice whips or fruit leather
Now, put it all together:
First remove the paper wrappers from the cup cakes.
Take one regular and one mini cupcake. Frost the sides and top of each cupcake and roll it in coconut. (It’s a little messy but that’s half the fun!) Put a small dab of frosting on the bottom of the mini cupcake and stack it on top of the larger one.
To decorate your cupcake: use mini chocolate chips to create eyes, a mouth and buttons. Cut a small, carrot shaped wedge of gummy fish for the nose. Use liquorish whips or a slice of fruit leather for a scarf. Dab a little frosting on to a Junior Mint and “glue” it to a thin mint to make a hat. Now put a little frosting on the bottom of the hat and attach it to the snowman’s head!
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