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Snowflake Cakes and Cupcakes are Wonderful Winter Treats

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Create a Winter Wonderland with Snowflake Desserts

Snow and snowflakes remind me of winter and the holidays. Winter weather is also a great theme for decorating all kinds of desserts and treats as well as an easy way to create a Winter Wonderland with food for parties, weddings, showers and other wintry occasions.

On this page you will find a collection of recipes, links, ideas, photos and products to inspire your baking and making your own winter-themed snowy treats.

There are different cake and cookie recipes, baking pans as well as many helpful tips for decorating and displaying wintry desserts. Included are instructions and templates for making icing or white chocolate snowflakes.

With star and flake templates you can make custom cup cake wrappers and other quick decorating technique to turn regular mini cakes into snowy ones. Have fun creating a snow flurry cake or winter cupcake blizzard to display on stands.

Frozen winter themes are also great for any party for the new Disney movie, Frozen. These snows ideas are sure to put you in a wonderful wintry mood.

Christmas Cup cake by Cake Girl used under Creative Commons license.

Image by Dichohecho

Image by Dichohecho

Ways to Make Snow-themed Cup cakes or Cakes

Snowflake cakes and cupcakes can be created in many different ways. They can also be made in different flavors, so you don't have to be limited to white cake and frosting for a snow flurry theme (although yellow cake or frosting might be tacky).

A very easy way to decorate a snow-themed treats are to follow the example in the image to the right. A small cookie snowball has been added to a chocolate cake and frosting along with a few edible snowy sugar sprinkles.

Other easy ways to decorate is by using snow-themed wrappers or paper cups. Snowflakes on the paper or wrapper make even plain cupcakes festive.

Edible snow-like sprinkles or flakes made from royal icing or white chocolate are a quick way to decorate a plain mini cake. Even non-edible snowflake toppers (paper, plastic, ornaments, glitter) can be added to create a winter wonderland theme. Be sure to point out that they are decorative, not edible!

Pre-shaped mini and cake pans and molds are a fun and simple way to bake a snowy dessert.

Winter Chocolate Cup cake by Dichohecho. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Snowball Cupcakes

Image by Seelenstrum

Image by Seelenstrum

Snowball Cup cakes by Seelensturm.

Recipe link in below.

Snow flake Cutting Plunger Set

Image by Seelenstrum

Image by Seelenstrum

This delicious Angel food cupcake recipe was translated from Schneeweiße Engels-Speise (glutenfrei) (follow link below) or Gluten-free Coconut Angel Food Cupcakes using Google Translator.

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The ingredient amounts were adjusted using the Conversion Calculator.

Winter Snow cakes by Seelensturm.

Used under a Creative Commons License.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

6 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 75 gms (2/3 cup) rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) cream
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon citric acid
  • 25 gms (1/8 cup) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 25 gms (1/8 cup) instant coconut powder (or sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Approx 20 ml (4 teaspoons) milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 ° F
  2. Prepare a 6-cup muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray, or lining with cupcake wrappers.
  3. Mix together rice flour, starch and baking powder into a bowl and mix.
  4. Add cream, sugar and coconut powder to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. In a separate bowl, add the citric acid to the egg whites and beat well.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the cream mixture and stir until mixture is smooth.
  7. Add milk a bit at a time to make the mixture dough like, not liquid like.
  8. Carefully fold the egg whites into the flour-cream batter.
  9. Divide the mixture evenly into 6 prepared baking cups.
  10. Bake at 350 ° F (325 ° F for a convection bake)
  11. Bake for 20-25 or until a rod can be removed cleanly.
  12. About halfway through the baking time, 10 - 12 minutes, once the cupcakes have risen become more solid, cover to ensure that they remain a golden brown.
  13. Cool on wire racks.

Snowball Coconut Minicakes

Image by Kristin a

Image by Kristin a

Snowball Coconut Minicakes with White Sprinkles by Kristin a. Used under a Creative Commons License.

More Winter-themed Cupcake Recipes

Coconut Covered Snowy Cake

Image by Kimberlykv

Image by Kimberlykv

Chocolate Blackout Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting by Kimberlykv.

Chocolate Blackout Cake Recipes

  • Chocolate Blackout Cake | Cooks Country
    It’s been over 35 years since Ebinger’s Baking Company in Brooklyn closed its doors, but for those old enough to remember the once-renowned bakery, their fondest memories are usually reserved for its Chocolate Blackout Cake. We set out to re-create t
  • Baking Obsession - Chocolate Blackout Cake
    This is a truly American classic. It got its name from the blackout drills performed by the Civilian Defense Corps during World War II.When the navy sent its ships to sea from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the streets of the borough were “blacked out” to a
  • Blackout Cake Recipe : : Food Network
    Food Network invites you to try this Blackout Cake recipe from Sara's Secrets.
  • Brooklyn Blackout Cake Recipe : Gale Gand : Food Network
    Food Network invites you to try this Brooklyn Blackout Cake recipe from Gale Gand.
  • The History of Chocolate Blackout Cake
    Chocolate Blackout Cake is a rich chocolate cake that has a filling of Rich chocolate pudding and is frosted with the same rich pudding and covered with some of the cake crumbs, made popular by Ebinger's bakery that had stores in Brooklyn, New York.
Image by Kimberlykv

Image by Kimberlykv

Blackout Cake - Chocolate with White Frosting

This Blackout cake recipe (chocolate cake with white frosting) was adapted from the Healthy Chocolate Cake recipe at Sparkpeople.com.

This version of chocolate cake uses applesauce in place of oil and eggs to make it healthier, lower fat and cholesterol.

Image by Kimberlykv. Used under a Creative Commons License

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/3 cup natural applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ° F.
  2. Prepare a 9 inch cake pan.
  3. 1. Sift all of the dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa and baking powders, sugar and soda in a large measuring cup or bowl.
  4. 2. Mix applesauce, vinegar and vanilla together in a large bowl.
  5. 3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the applesauce mixture, alternating with the water.
  6. 4. Mix ingredients until well combined.
  7. 5. Pour into prepared cake pan.
  8. Bake at 375 ° F for 30 to 35 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed.
  9. Cool before frosting.

Martha Stewart Holiday Food Stencil Set

More Snowflake Cake Recipes

Snow-themed Cupcake Pans and Molds

These pre-shaped pans and molds make turning cake mix and cookie dough into beautiful snow flakes.

The cookie mold can be used to create mini cupcakes.

Snowy Cake Pans and Pancake Pans

A collection of snow-themed pans including a pan to create snow-shaped pancakes. Cut the shortbread into several mini cakes.

Winter Snowy Wedding Cake

Image by Corey Ann

Image by Corey Ann

Christmas, Snowy-themed Cake by Corey Ann.

Snow flake Cupcake Decorating Ideas on YouTube

Several more snow flake decorating ideas for cakes and cupcakes using fondant and sugar from AllrecipesUK, VideojugFoodAndDrink, AboutdotcomFood, GlobalSugarArt and Jacque Wainwright on YouTube.

Edible Sugar Flakes

Add edible sugar flakes that can be used to decorate wintry cake or cupcakes.

Image by Sweet Heavenly Bites

Image by Sweet Heavenly Bites

Snow-themed Cake with Royal Icing Snowy flakes

One very popular method of decorating snow-themed cakes or cupcakes is with edible snow flakes made out of white icing.

With a bit of practice, a bit of patience and directions from Martha Stewart, snowflakes can be make by piping white icing into snowy shapes. She even has a printable template to follow for piping the icing.

Stephanie Patag of Blisstree offers some very helpful tips on turning royal icing snowy flakes in her article on that include "scotch tape to tape down the design and parchment onto your work surface, to prevent slipping" and how important it is to have "a small paintbrush in a bowl of water, for touching up any mistakes or rough spots."

Another very helpful tip was to be sure to make more flakes that you need to allow for breakage, or perhaps create a design, like a submerged flake that would allow you to even use the broken ones.

Take a look at the video instructions on "How to Make Snowflake Royal Icing" and read a few of the articles to get started making your own royal icing flakes.

Hand piped white icing snow flakes and swirls from Sweet Heavenly Bites.

More on Making Royal Icing Snowy Flakes

  • A Cascade of Snowflakes | Martha Stewart
    This cake is as magical as the season's first flurry. Snow flakes made from royal icing are miniature at the top of the cake and larger at the bottom, giving the impression of a gracefully drifting snowfall. The tiers are frosted smoothly with Swiss
  • Delicate Icing Snowflakes
    These pretty handcrafted snow flakes add elegance to your holiday décor. Use them to decorate candles for one-of-a-kind gifts.
  • Royal Icing Snow flakes : Blisstree
    Royal icing is a must for any type of sugary decoration you need to do be it roses and flowers, or snowflakes like these, perfect for topping cookies, or a cake.
  • Royal Icing Snowflakes
    Forum posts on the Wilton.com website with tips on making white icing snowy flakes.
  • How to Make Royal Icing Snowflakes
    Royal Icing Snow flakes are elegant, yet they are simple to make.

How to Make Royal Icing Flakes

In this video clip from weddingcakesforyou you can learn how to make a white icing snowy flake.

Image by toholio

Image by toholio

Easy Royal Icing Recipe

A very easy to make Royal Icing Recipe.

After making the icing follow the video instructions to make Royal Icing Flakes.

White Icing in a Bowl by toholio. Used under a Creative Commons License

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

Makes 2 1/2 cups of Icing

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons powdered egg whites or meringue powder
  • 1 pound (4 cups) sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup water (6 tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. Combine powered egg white or meringue powder with sifted confectioners' sugar.
  2. Add water a bit at a time.
  3. Beat all ingredients with a mixer until stiff peaks form (This may take 7 to 10 minutes).
  4. Keep icing cool and covered until ready to use.
  5. Makes 2 1/2 cups of icing.

A Winter Wonderland Wedding Cake

An amazing video clip from mimzywhimzy showing how she created a wedding Winter Wonderland cake featuring a custom snowy flake toppers.

The cake is a 4 tier yellow filled with vanilla buttercream, wrapped in white fondant w/ice blue fondant ribbons. The snowy flakes and pine branch are made of gumpaste.

Floral wire and crystals were used in crafting the topper.

Snowy Cake Toppers, Crystals and Floral Wire

Supplies for creating the Winter Wonderland Cake just take white or silver ornaments and put them on wires to decorate the cake.

Image by viviannguyen

Image by viviannguyen

Top Red Velvet Cakes with White Chocolate Flakes

White chocolate can also be used to make piped snowy flakes as seen in the example of the snowy red velvet cupcakes in the image to the right.With these red velvet mini cakes white chocolate flakes and red colored sugar were added to top butter cream frosting to make for very festive holiday treats.

Like the white icing snowy flakes, white chocolate chips or white chocolate bars can be turned into decorative snowy flakes. Yummymummy shows how in the blog post on "Cup cakes Topped with White Chocolate Snow flakes."

To make the flakes all it takes is some white chocolate, a pastry bag with #4 tip (or a zip lock bag with a small hole), a pattern or template and some wax paper and a bit of patience.

Another very helpful tip was to be sure to make more flakes that you need to allow for breakage, or finding a way to even use the broken ones to decorate.

Snowy Red Velvet Cupcakes by viviannguyen. Used under a Creative Commons License.

White Chocolate Baking Chips

How to Make a White Chocolate Snowy Flakes

Links to articles with more information about making a white chocolate snow flake.

Snowy Glittery Flake Decorations

Stickers and ornaments that can be used to decorate a winter-themed desserts.

Paper Punches to Punch Your Own Flakes

Punches can make snow flake shapes to decorate desserts and treats.

Using white paper and a cup cake wrapper template, you can make your own snow flake decorative wrappers.

Cupcake Wrapper Templates

Places where you can find wrapper templates to make your own snow flake cupcake wrappers.

Snow Flurry Cupcake Liners

Putting regular minicakes into cupcake liners and popping them into treat boxes is a very quick and easy way to make winter-themed treats.

4-Tier Display Stand

White Display Stand

Do you think you might use a snow-themed motif to make a holiday or winter dessert?

Comments on Snowflake Cakes and Cupcakes

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 01, 2013:

Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 10, 2012:

@miaponzo: I like them a lot too.

miaponzo on December 10, 2012:

Snowflakes are my favorite thing! :)

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 03, 2012:

@MelanieMurphyMyer: Thank you.

MelanieMurphyMyer on December 03, 2012:

So pretty!

craftaproject on February 06, 2012:

Beautiful Lense - Enjoyed viewing and reading it...

cupcakeideas2011 on February 06, 2012:

Snowflakes has always been perfect for cupcake decoration.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on January 23, 2012:

These are beautiful cupcakes. I am stealing one. Thanks!

anonymous on January 23, 2012:

I love cupcakes, so I'll have to try making these snowflake cakes one day.

anonymous on January 21, 2012:

yum yum...looks delicious..i love cupcakes..

Nimsrules LM on January 21, 2012:

A mouth watering lens. I'm gonna tell my mom to make on of these for me :)

entertainmentev on January 19, 2012:

Simply delicious!

Katie Harp on January 18, 2012:

blessed by a squid angel :) <3

Tjoedhilde on January 18, 2012:

Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous.

sheezie77 on January 18, 2012:

Nice lens yummy! thumbs up

MaryQuinlin on January 17, 2012:

So attractive!

Eddie20112011 on January 17, 2012:

the cupcakes look sooooo delicious! thx for sharing!

spider-girl on January 17, 2012:

Yummy lens! I'm bookmarking it :)

getopinion on January 17, 2012:

liked snowflake cupcakes, yumi..yumi..thanks for sharing!

anne mohanraj on January 17, 2012:

Delicious looking cakes! Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on January 17, 2012:

YUM! Great lens!

awesomedealz4u on January 16, 2012:

Wow! Lots of great info!

adrianaheep lm on January 16, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this! I bookmarked it.

jimmyworldstar on January 16, 2012:

I like that third cupcake with the blue and white snowflake. It'd be really cool to have one that melts upon touching your tongue!

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on January 16, 2012:

The snowflake decorated cakes are so elegant looking. Nice lens.

HaeGee on January 16, 2012:

Wonderful wonderful lens! Those cupcakes are really beautiful & special!

Annamadagan on January 16, 2012:

Mmm! These are so cute! Awesome lens.

queenofduvetcover on January 16, 2012:

Yummy, yummy, for my tummy =P

Loved this lens!

RazzbarryBreeze on January 16, 2012:

Absolutely LOVED this lens! The wedding cakes are simply beautiful! You have done a wonderful job in creating this lens!

leeleon on January 15, 2012:

nice lens. I have chocolate fondue recipe. Welcome to see it and try it.

shoefiend on January 15, 2012:

great lens i loved it

lasertek lm on January 15, 2012:

The snowflake designs are adorable.

baby-strollers on January 15, 2012:

Sure why not it's a lot of fun after all. And the kiddies love cupcakes.

anonymous on January 15, 2012:

I desire cake now! Nice lens... Everyone likes cake :)

cupcakeideas1 on January 01, 2012:

You've really packed a lot of information on snowflake cakes and cupcakes on one page! Amazing. Thanks for all the great ideas and info!

Marie on December 21, 2011:

Mmm, I'm a little bit addicted to cupcakes and I love snowflakes. Perfect for winter treats.

krakensquid on December 21, 2011:

Great lens, looks delicious! Feel free to check out my lens about making Margarita Cupcakes, if you'd like :)

shandigp on December 15, 2011:

Thanks for the great ideas and resources! I love snowflakes! Especially when they're in my mouth like these could soon be! *blessed*

miaponzo on December 11, 2011:

I'm going to faint from how delicious these all look!!!!! Blessed!!!!

franstan lm on September 20, 2011:

Really great cupcake ideas

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 19, 2011:

These are all really beautiful ideas! Thanks for the recipes too :)

SnoopyGirl1 on January 27, 2011:

I love snowflakes! What an amazing collection of cakes, cupcakes and accessories!

BrickHouseFabrics on January 07, 2011:

I LOVE the wedding cakes! fab!

Missmerfaery444 on January 01, 2011:

Definitely want to try these!!

howtocurecancer on December 25, 2010:

I love it!

Julianne Gentile from Cleveland, Ohio, US on December 07, 2010:

Wow! What an amazing lens. So many great cupcake ideas to try. Thanks for sharing!

Senora M on December 05, 2010:

Man, these look and sound delicious! Great lens!!

kimbesa from USA on December 05, 2010:

Wonderful selection of classy cupcake item. The recipes look tasty, too... thanks! I've lensrolled this on my bakeware gifts lens.

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