December 11, 2011

Snow Globe Cupcakes ~ Edible Winter Wonderlands in a Jar

There's something about snow globes -- those whimsical glass domed mini worlds -- that evoke a childlike sense of wonder and delight in all who give them a shake. 


When I created my Woodland Terrarium Cakes back in September, it struck me that if I turned the jars the other way around, they'd be reminiscent of a snow globe.  I knew right then and there that my girls and I would be experimenting with Snow Globe cupcakes during the holidays!

The cakes are constructed from a single cupcake, frosting, rolled fondant, and royal icing.  I added just a shake of white nonpareils to the mason jar for the snow.  I experimented with a few types of jars, but my favorite turned out to be a wide-mouth half-pint mason jar.  The wide mouth gives enough room for the cupcake to be put in (and taken out to eat later!).

The snowmen are easy enough for kids to make, and the project would make a fun activity for a winter party!  Here's how it's done...

Snow Globe Cupcakes

1 1/2-pint wide-mouth mason jar, sterilized
1 cupcake
Frosting (just about a Tablespoon)
Royal icing (recipe HERE)
Fondant:  White, Black, Orange and the color you'd like for the scarf
Black Food Writer Pen (available in the cake decorating section of most craft stores)
Small rolling pin
X-acto knife
2 toothpicks
small bowl of water
small, fine tipped paint brush
Optional:  White sanding sugar
Optional:  White nonpareils

Step 1:   Start by making the snowman's arms.  They will need to harden while you work on the rest of the project.  Dust work surface lightly with cornstarch and roll a small piece of black fondant into a long, thin snake.  Use the X-acto knife to cut two 1/2" segments, then slit the ends to give a branch-like effect.  Set aside to dry.

Step 2:  Apply a very thin crumb-coat of icing to the cupcake (top and sides), using a small offset spatula or butter knife.  Set aside.

Step 3:  On a lightly cornstarch dusted work surface, roll out a piece of white fondant (about the size of a large walnut) to 1/4" thick.  

Step 4:  Apply to frosted cupcake, then trim away the excess with the X-acto knife.

Step 5:  Apply some royal icing to the inside of the lid.  This will act as the "glue" to hold the cupcake in place.  Set cupcake on top of the royal icing, inside the lid.  

Step 6:  Begin to build the snowman by stacking three balls of white fondant on a toothpick. 

Step 7:  Put a small dab of royal icing in the center of the fondant covered cupcake and insert the snowman on the toothpick.

Step 8:  Use the black food writer pen to dot on eyes, a mouth and buttons.

Step 9:  Roll out a small piece of black fondant and cut into a circle.  Use the paintbrush to place a minute dab of water to the top of the snowman's head.  Set the circle in place (this will be the brim of his top hat.  Roll a small piece of black fondant into a ball, then press with fingers into a cylinder shape.  If fondant gets sticky, dust fingers with cornstarch.  Dab another small bit of water on the brim of hat to attach the cylinder.

Step 10:  Use a toothpick to make a small depression where you'd like the nose.  Use the paintbrush to dab with water.  Roll a tiny piece of orange fondant into a carrot shape.  Set in place.

Step 11: Roll out a snake of fondant in the color you'd like to have for the scarf.  Flatten with the rolling pin.  Trim, then fringe with X-acto.  Use the paintbrush to lightly moisten the area where you'd like the scarf to stick, then set in place.

Step 12:   Use the toothpick to make depressions on either side of the snowman's body, where you'd like the arms to go.  Dab the depressions with moistened paint brush.  Insert arms.

Optional:  Use paintbrush to dab royal icing on the snowman's hat, arms and scarf, then shake on some white sanding sugar to give the effect of snow crystals.

Step 13:  Set snowman aside to dry and for the royal icing to set for 30 minutes.

Step 14:  Set glass jar in place on the lid and screw to tighten.  If adding nonpareil "snow", put desired amount of nonpareils in the jar.  Hold jar and lid sideways (horizontally), and gently bring together and tighten the lid.  


  1. Shut the front door! Jenn, this is a brilliant idea! Too cute! Pinning, Stumbling, and all that fun stuff. :)

  2. Jenn, these little works of art are edible! Wow amazing!

  3. you've really done it now....BEST idea EVER! seriously jenn...these are not only clever, they are adorable. in the most honest of tributes...i am definitely going to copy this :) merry christmas!

  4. I can't believe you thought of this! The are just adorable and the most creative idea ever! :) Very festive and cute. Well done friend. (hugs)

  5. These are so pretty! Just by looking, you'd never think they were edible!

  6. This belongs on Martha's show! Seriously Jenn!

  7. Jenn those are absolutely adorable!!!! You have done it again!!!! Love x's 10!!!!

  8. You honestly come up with the cutest things!

  9. Have I ever told you, you are AMAZING!! This is absolutely fun and festive, and I don't think I could even think of eating something this darling... if someone gave me one! I also love your clock, I would have never thought of that either... maybe that is why you are the rook!


  10. hi jenn... this is cute, original and just plain fabulous! xoxo

  11. Oh my word! They are too pretty to eat! Gorgeous!

  12. Smitten with snow-globes to I just made a different version & tutorial! I love yours. Happy Holidays!
    Come link yours up if you like @ my holiday hop @


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