Dec 3, 2012

Snowflake Cupcakes

My 4 and 7 year old daughters enjoy my silly treats and sharing them with their classmates, I just hope they humor me when they're older because I get a real kick out of making them. I made these cupcakes last year for the first time, but this year, the girls were old enough to help. While their attention spans didn't exactly go the distance, they did enjoy putting on their aprons and performing the ever-important duties of frosting testers. 

These white chocolate snowflakes are much easier to make than they may appear. One word of caution, however: err on the side of piping the lines thicker rather than thinner or else they will break, which is fine...if you want chicken feet cupcakes. 

SUPPLIES
cupcakes
butter cream icing, tinted (purchased from my grocery store's bake shop. Take the help if you can get it!)
decorator sugar or sugar pearls
2 disposable cake decorating bags
Wilton decorating tips #5 (writing) and #21 (star)
1/2 cup white Wilton Candy Melts
wax paper or parchment paper
tape
Snowflake template ( print several copies)

DIRECTIONS
Fit decorating bag with star tip #21 and frost starting at outside edge, moving in circles towards the center to finish.
Tape snowflake templates onto work surface, side-by-side.
Place wax paper over top of templates and tape in place.  
Place candy melts in a small bowl and microwave 30 seconds at a time. Remove, stir and repeat in 30 second increments until just melted. (It shouldn't take more than 2 minutes total. Careful not to over-heat)

Fit decorating bag with writing tip #5 & pour candy melts into bag. Pipe snowflake from outside edge, in towards center, applying enough pressure to meet both sides of the template's dotted lines (or else the snowflakes will be too thin and break). Work quickly as chocolate hardens quickly.
When finished with ONE snowflake, immediately sprinkle with decorator sugar or sugar pearls. The chocolate dries extremely quickly!
Gently insert snowflakes into cupcakes.
My 2011 cupcakes, using pink sugar pearls:
Made in a Day


45 comments :

  1. I will be trying this out later in the week when things slow down a little for me :) Thank you for sharing :) I think some red and green sugar crystals would look great too :)
    Blessings
    Mandi

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  2. These are very beautiful and super unique !

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  3. Langela Richardson12/3/12, 5:32 PM

    What a cute idea! I'm going to have to try these soon.

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  4. Lainie Fekula12/3/12, 5:34 PM

    This is too cute! We have to try it.

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  5. TheChickenChick12/3/12, 8:30 PM

    Thanks Lainie. They're a lot of fun to make!

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  6. TheChickenChick12/3/12, 8:30 PM

    Thank you Winnie. :)

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  7. Nancy Roberts12/3/12, 11:01 PM

    Beautiful! A great way to make a cupcake festive too...great post! Thank you. :)

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  8. Myrna Ayscue12/3/12, 11:44 PM

    They look amazing ! Great job!

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  9. Garrett Martin12/4/12, 1:14 PM

    These cupcakes look awesome. Great idea for the sugar. It makes it look more like ice. 

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  10. TheChickenChick12/4/12, 7:06 PM

    Thanks Garrett. :)

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  11. Snooks Bohlman12/4/12, 9:30 PM

    These look like a lot of fun to make - maybe just a little more time consuming for mom though. I am sure your little taste testers did a very fine job of taste testing, after all this is the most important job. I always enjoy baking but it is so much more fun when my son joins me.

    @ 3Beeze Homestead

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  12. Sarah Anderson12/4/12, 10:22 PM

    Oh, I think I like the chicken feet version the best!  Love your sense of humor.  I'm going to forward this to my friend who is a chicken vet.  
    Thanks for visiting and inviting me over.  I'll plan to join your party next week.
    I have a small tabletop tree decorated with lots of chicken ornaments.  ;-)

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  13. What creative cupcakes and how fun! I like the chicken feet ones just as much as the snowflake ones. :)

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  14. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 9:44 PM

    Thanks MJ. ♥

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  15. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 9:58 PM

    They are a lot of fun and not too time-consuming once you get the rhythm going on the snowflakes. :)

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  16. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 10:05 PM

    Thank you Myrna. :)

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  17. TheChickenChick12/5/12, 10:05 PM

    Thank you Nancy!

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  18. I just adore these everytime I see them.  I love the chicken feet the best :)  You are such a talented baker.  Thank you for linking up.  

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  19. I love baking but, have never tried anything like adding chocolate snowflakes. Might have to pin & try this for the holidays! 

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  20. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 5:36 AM

    Have fun with it!

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  21. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 5:36 AM

    Thank you Melissa. They're really fun to make. ♥

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  22. M.J. Powell12/7/12, 4:50 PM

    What beautiful cup-cakes! Thanks for sharing on the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.  We are co-hosting from thebusyb.blogspot and appreciate you sharing with us!
    Debi from Adorned From Above
    Joye & Myrna from The Busy Bee's

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  23. they look so wonderful

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  24. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:30 PM

    Thank you Sandy. ♥

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  25. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:31 PM

    Thank you, MJ. My pleasure!

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  26. I love these! But I have to admit, my favorite are the chicken feet cupcakes. I could see that with yellow frosting and a little beak pointing up at Easter.

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  27. TheChickenChick12/8/12, 10:08 PM

    Funny, Lorinda!

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  28. This is so amazingly beautiful!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - Hope to see you there again next week with more deliciousness :)

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  29. YUM!!!  They look fabulous!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!  Can't wait to see what you link up this evening!

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  30. Grab a featured button, I just featured your post at the homespun Christmas party tonight at cedarhillranch!

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  31. Just featured your cupcakes at the homespun Christmas party. Check out the post and grab a featured button.

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  32. TheChickenChick12/14/12, 1:36 AM

    Thank you for the feature, Anita! Button, grabbed. ;)

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  33. Thanks for sharing how you made those fabulous edible snowflakes!  Also I never knew how folks made those great swirl-yi icing tops on cupcakes till you told us.  I saw your post over at Countdown to Christmas party at Dixie and Dottie's blog. 

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  34. Debi Bolocofsky12/18/12, 6:26 PM

    These are so pretty.  I love the snowflakes.  Great recipe also.  Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.   This weeks party is live.  I hope to see you there.  
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/7-recipes-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

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  35. Debi Bolocofsky12/18/12, 6:30 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. 
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

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  36. Michelle Meche12/18/12, 10:06 PM

    Thank you for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo.  Your snowflakes are beautiful.  And the chicken feet are hilarious!

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  37. Happy holidays! Just stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow!
    Kim

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  38. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 6:40 PM

    Thank you Jutta! I'll be there!

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  39. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:23 PM

    Thanks Christine!

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  40. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:24 PM

    Thanks for coming by Gayle!

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  41. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:34 PM

    Woo-hooo! Thanks Kim. I'll see you over there. I've already grabbed your Featured button!

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  42. Donna Heber1/4/13, 9:23 AM

    Hi Kathy,

    Your snowflake cupcakes look delicious!  I bet they tasted wonderful.  Almost too pretty to eat :-)   I'm visiting from Wicked Good Wednesday and hope you will drop by to say hello.  Have a great weekend.

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  43. These are so fun! I'll have to make some when it's a little closer to Christmas. Thanks for linking up to Handmade Christmas 2013. These will be featured on my fb page tomorrow.

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  44. Monica Diaz1/30/14, 3:45 PM

    Thank you! About to have a Frozen party for my daughter. I'm going to give these snowflakes a try.

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  45. TheChickenChick1/30/14, 6:13 PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun!

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