June 2, 2011

Snow Cone Cupcakes!

These nostalgia tickling treats combine my love of baking cupcakes in unusual containers and an unrequited childhood desire for a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.

They're easy to make and you don't need any special equipment. I think my favorite thing about this experiment was the discovery that the snow cone spoon/straws actually work as a spoon for eating the cupcake! Here's how to bake up your own batch of melt-free snow cones:

Snow Cone Cupcakes
(makes 1 dozen)

1 dozen snow cone cups
1 dozen snow cone spoons

I found a kit at Target for $3.49
Your favorite cake recipe
A pudding-free cake mix like Duncan Hines Classic Yellow
(puddin-in-the-mix types are too moist for the paper cups)

Vanilla Frosting
Colored Sanding Sugars
2 bags of dried beans or rice

Step 1:  Fill a standard cupcake pan with dried beans or rice.  Tightly cover pan with aluminum foil.  Poke the pointy end of each snow cone cup into each section of the foil-covered pan.

Step 2:  Prepare cupcake batter.  Dive batter evenly among cups (just shy of two ice-cream scoops).

Step 3:  Bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes, checking halfway to straighten any cones that have tilted.  Cupcakes are ready when tops spring back when lightly touched.  Cool.

Step 4:  Make sure you have some place to hold/display the finished snow cone cupcakes before you start decorating. A cupcake stand (like this ONE), or a decorative paper covered box with holes punched out will work.  

Step 5:  Pour sanding sugars into individual bowls. Use an ice-cream scoop to portion a scoop of vanilla frosting on top of a cupcake. Use a knife or small offset spatula to smooth the frosting into a dome. Dip half of frosted dome into one color of sanding sugar. Then dip the other half in another color.  Insert straw/spoon.



  1. brilliant!!!! Perfect for summer pool parties! I'm off to share this link on fb : )

  2. Way too cute ... wish we had a summer bday to celebrate! :)

  3. No way! You cooked the batter in the cups???? brilliant, I say!!!

  4. These are too precious and look lovely to eat! You are always coming up with the best ideas, and you leave the best comments! You made my day! Can't wait to see what you think of next!

  5. Brilliant! looks so yummy too!

  6. cutie, cute, cute!!!

    I LOve, your love
    of backing cupcakes in unusual containers, too!


  7. These are wonderful! The kids would love them!

  8. Oh wow, the Snoopy snow cone machine! I totally wanted one of those! Every time we would go to Service Merchandise (remember that store?) I would beg my dad to buy it for me. This brings back memories!

  9. I'd love for you to share this at Fun For Kids Friday! We love sno cones AND cupcakes!


    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  10. What a cute dessert! I'm definitely going to try this!

    I would LOVE if you would link up this recipe to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} Linky Party!

    BTW...I'm a new follower! =)

    Briana @ Sweet Peas & Bumblebees

  11. These are amazing Jenn. They look so real...just like sno cones. I'm so glad you linked these up!

  12. Oh my goodness, I was thinking to myself the whole time... She can't make a cupcake in a snow cone... YUP she she can.... Amazing and fun! I keep thinking, what if the top really was a snow cone, how fun would that be! This might be one I have to try! I am going to feature this probably Monday/Tues when I get around to it!


  13. OK, I need more craft & baking time! Why does work get in the way of fun? Your cupcake snow cones are amazing...can't wait to try them. I'm your new follower.

  14. This is so much fun that I had to become a new follower!! I am visiting from Ladybird Lane and I would love if you could link this up to my Delicately Constructed Friday Linky Party as well!
    Thanks so much!
    Have a great weekend!

  15. These are SO cute! What a fun idea.
    Thanks for your kind comment at Red Hen Home!

  16. So clever and cute! Snow cones create such fond summer memories for me and my children will really love this! So glad you shared at Homemaker n a Dime!

  17. Those are absilutely FANTASTIC! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  18. Hi Jenn! Great job on your snow cone cupcakes!! I LOVE it! I'm visiting from "Flamingo Toes" I saw your link up there! I'm your newest follower ;)
    You can find me here:


  19. That is truly one of the coolest cupcakes I have seen! At first I thought they were just snow cones. :)

    Thanks for becoming a follower of Domesticated Nomad; happy to become your new follower too. :)

  20. What a great idea! I will have to do this at our next summer get together; maybe even serve real sno cones to go along with them!

  21. Thanks so much for the follow-- returning it. I love cooking and baking so looking forward to reading your blog. The cupcakes are so cute!

  22. Oh, my goodness! My girls will go crazy with this :) Thanks for sharing at the Creative Bloggers' Party & HOp.

  23. Calling from creative bloggers party! Awesome blog you got! My children will love those ideas! Just loved your space and now following you...hope you will follow me back:)


  24. Oh my goodness, these are just so imaginative! The kiddies would love them, if I share them that is!

  25. This is such a darling idea! Love how the sprinkles make them look so realistic. :)

  26. Genuis!!! love the idea..perfect for kids party.. movie night!!! Love your blog!!!!You are so creative and talented!!!!

  27. Wow this is SO cute!! They look so much like a snow cone! And very summery :)

  28. Another masterpiece in sugar. These are so darn cute! They could be very fun for a Lalaloopsy party!

  29. Couldn't resist featuring these as part of my BFF wrap up!

  30. Love, love, love this idea... absolutely adorable!

  31. Holy Cow Jenn!! These are crazy cool!!! I can't believe these are cupcakes - they look so real! You are amazing. ;)

  32. so cute! thanks a bunch for linking up to catch as catch can.
    "catching" you this week,

  33. Jenn - you're amazing!! I love the cupcakes! I featured you today! :) http://www.rookno17.com/2011/06/snow-cone-cupcakes.html

  34. brilliant idea!!! they look so much like a snow cone!


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