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Snowflake Cupcakes

Posted on: December 24, 2012
Snowflake Cupcakes

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you will have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends this week, enjoying great food, festive activities, and quality time.

Jenny and I live in the south so we won’t be seeing snow this Christmas. At least not outside! I brought some snowy weather inside by baking up these gorgeous and tasty cupcakes! They were inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest {source here}, however, I changed up the recipe so it wouldn’t take me as long! I’m cooking and baking so much today and tomorrow so I had to make it a little easier on myself! I hope you’ll get the opportunity to make these this winter…so pretty!

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The night before you make your cupcakes, whip up the following royal icing by following the instructions below. It is very important for you to do this the night before because the royal icing has to harden to make your decorative snowflake toppers.

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Royal Icing Snowflake Toppers

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of confectioner's sugar
  • Wax Paper
  • Snowflake template (optional)
  • Icing Pen

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine egg whites and vanilla. Mix until frothy using a hand or stand mixer.
  2. Add confectioner's sugar and mix on low for 30 seconds and then on high for several minutes.
  3. Place wax paper on a flat surface.
  4. Fill your icing pen with icing and draw snowflakes on your wax paper. Let snowflakes harden for at least 12-24 hours, the longer the better.
  5. The next day, carefully peel your hardened snowflakes from the wax paper and place on a plate. Set aside.
http://forchicsake.com/snowflake-cupcakes/

Tips: 

  • Make 3 times as many snowflakes as you will need to allow for breakage. These are very delicate!
  • Google “snowflake template” if you want your snowflakes to look perfect. Print a template and then slide the paper under your wax paper. Trace the pattern.

So it’s the next day and time to make your cupcakes! Buy a box of Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake Mix and follow the instructions on the box to make 24 cupcakes.

Now it’s time to make your cream cheese icing, which is the most delicious part in my opinion!

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter (set at room temp about 20 minutes, but should still be cool)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (directly from fridge)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Blue food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend slightly. Add cream cheese and blend until combined, about 30 seconds. (I used my stand mixer for this step)
  2. Add vanilla extract and confectioner's sugar and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
  3. Add your heavy whipping cream and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  4. Add your blue food coloring if you plan on making your frosting blue like I did and mix it in.
http://forchicsake.com/snowflake-cupcakes/

It’s finally time to put it all together! Frost your cupcakes, place a royal icing snowflake on top, and decorate with some white sprinkles and pearls!

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Tools I used to make this project easy:  E-Z Deco Icing Pen & Nordic Ware International Cupcake Decorating Set (to make the frosting look more professional.) I purchased my little pearls at TJMaxx. You can also find them here.

Happy Holidays!

XO, Louisa

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