Monday, May 21, 2012

Snow Cones

Snowcone Cupcakes

These snow cones won’t melt. Nope. They’re not icy… but they are frosted.

They’re snow cone cupcakes and they were a lot of fun to make.

I decorated them in red, white, and blue so you can see how cute they can be for Memorial Day or the Fourth.

When I made them, I wanted more than just the tops to resemble snow cones though. I wanted the cupcake to be tri-colored too. But not the usual layered look you see from bottom to top.

No. These should be layered vertically to match the frosted tops, right?

Snowcone Cupcake

Yes and Yay!

To be honest, I’m glad it actually worked so well. I wasn’t sure when I first started thinking about it, but they came out just like I had hoped.

And they’re an added little surprise when you bite into them.

Cake Batter

Divide the cake batter equally and then tint a third blue and another third red.

The plain batter is good to go.

Snowcone Cupcake Batter

Now the fun part. Spoon each color of batter into a decorating bag and tie the end with a twist tie. For this to work well, you need the colors to fill the baking cups at the same time.

I taped the bags together so I could hold them as one unit. The photo on the right is no good. Taping them at the top causes the tips to separate and you’ll make a mess trying to fill the baking cups this way. Trust me. : )

Instead tape the bottoms so the ends are closer together. Lay the bags on a flat surface and tape them so they are in a row. This will give you a lot more control when you pipe.

Prepare baking cups… Take a deep breath … and cut the ends off the decorator bags at the same time. Try to hold the bags at the top so you can apply even pressure to all three and slowly fill each baking cup with batter. Move the tips of the bags back and forth as you apply pressure so they fill evenly with batter.

Then bake!

Snowcone Cupcake

And voila – vertically tri-colored cupcakes. Yippee!

All you have to do now is decorate.

Snowcone Cupcake

I baked these in candy cups and then frosted and decorated them in sections. Middle first – dipped in sugar crystals. Then blue with blue sugar crystals and then the red. I like sugar crystals for this project instead of sanding sugar because the size of the crystals are bigger and look a little more icy, but you can use either. And technically, if your frosting is tinted the right color, you could just sprinkle the entire tops with white crystals.


Once frosted and covered in crystals, use a toothpick to manipulate the frosting and make sure the rim of the paper cup shows. This will help pull off the look.

Red, white and blue cupcakes

Snow Cone Cupcakes

Red white and blue cupcakes
2 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 egg whites
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
2/3 cup salted butter, softened
Three bowls
Red and blue liquid food coloring
Three piping bags
Twist ties
Candy cup baking papers (see note below)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sift flour, sugar and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and then mix together on low.
  • In another bowl, stir egg whites, milk and vanilla together.
  • Add butter to the flour mixture and mix together. As it starts to combine, slowly pour the milk mixture in and mix until completely combined.
  • Divide batter evenly into three bowls. Add about 40 drops of red food color to one bowl and stir together until completely blended. Repeat with the blue food color and a second bowl, leaving the last bowl white.
  • Stand decorator bags in tall glasses for support and spoon batter into bags. Tie off the ends of the bags with twist ties. (Note: Three bags will hold about half of the batter, so you’ll need to repeat for the full amount.)
  • Lay the bags side by side and tape around the bottoms of the three bags to make it easier to hold them together in a row.
  • Cut the end of the bags off and slowly pipe batter into paper candy cups using a back and forth motion. Use your fingers to apply more pressure to the center bag if necessary.
  • Fill cups a little more than halfway. Bake for about 16 minutes or until done.
  • Remove and cool. Makes about 16 cupcakes.
  • Note: You can bake these in candy cups or regular baking cups. If you use candy cups, make sure you find the ones that aren’t wax coated on the inside. Here are some I found online that are meant for baking in. Most of the ones I’ve seen in stores have the coating on the inside. And if they are hard to find, you can also just bake them in regular baking cups and place them in the candy cup before you decorate.

1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
4 teaspoons milk
food coloring
Red, white and blue sugar crystals
Small plastic spoons

  • Beat butter and vanilla together.
  • Add sugar slowly and beat until combined.
  • Scrape down the sides and add milk. Mix until smooth and creamy. You can also add a couple of drops cherry oil for extra snow cone flavor
  • Divide the frosting into three bowls and tint two of the bowls with a few drops of red and blue food color so when you cover in sugar crystals, there isn’t any white frosting showing through.
  • Makes enough to frost about 8 cupcakes with high domes of frosting. Double for this cupcake recipe unless you don’t plan on frosting your cupcakes this high.

To Decorate

  • Pipe white frosting down the center of the cupcake, lining up somewhat with the white cake section. Then use a knife to pull the frosting down towards the edge of the cup. Make sure to leave the white rim of the cupcake paper showing completely. You can wipe off excess frosting if necessary.
  • Sprinkle white sugar crystals on the frosting, letting the excess fall into a bowl underneath. You can then gently press the cupcake down into the fallen crystals to fill any uncoated areas.
  • For the red side, just use a knife to apply the frosting. Pull downward with the edge of the knife so the frosting meets at the base of the cup. Again, make sure to keep the rim of the cup free of frosting.
  • Sprinkle with red sugar crystals over a separate bowl, and press red section into the bowl of crystals to fill any gaps. Repeat with the blue frosting and blue sugar crystals.
  • When the cupcakes are coated with sprinkles you can easily, reshape the dome if necessary by gently pressing down any areas that look uneven.
  • Finally, sprinkle more white sugar crystals over the entire cupcake to give it an even icier look and insert a small spoon right in the top.

Snowcone Cupcakes

Serve with little plastic spoons for full effect and see who you can fool!

Steph@Crafting in the Rain said...

I’m totally craving a sno cone right now:) and the vertical stripes are so cool!

May 21, 2012 12:28 AM
Kristen said...

Oh wow you are so talented! I don’t know if I could ever pull that off.

May 21, 2012 12:28 AM
Katy said...

Those are really cute and love the tiny spoons too.

May 21, 2012 12:33 AM
Lauri said...

I need to try this trick. I like to bake when my cousins come down for a week in the summer and these would be so fun to bake for them!

May 21, 2012 12:34 AM
Michele said...

oh my gosh, I love these!! SO CLEVER you are!!!

May 21, 2012 12:38 AM
Heather said...

How stinkin’ cute are these! You are so creative!

May 21, 2012 12:39 AM
Kelly S. said...

You’ve done it again Angie! Always the innovator- these are adorable!

May 21, 2012 12:42 AM
Mama M. said...

You fooled me!! Those are THE most amazing cupcakes! What a fabulous idea!

May 21, 2012 12:42 AM
Ashley P. said...

I actually thought they were snow cones when I seen the first picture! Awesome job. I love them!

May 21, 2012 12:48 AM
Courtney @educatedderelicts said...

What an awesome idea! The sugar crystals make them look so authentic!

May 21, 2012 12:54 AM
Sharon S said...

Genius! Will be making these for my American Hero Quilters!

May 21, 2012 12:55 AM
Kelly said...

I LOVE these!!!!! I’m goin to try these for memorial day?

May 21, 2012 12:57 AM
Leigh said...

Just when i think you have done it all, you come out with these. You are so creative!! I will make these this summer!! So FUN!!

May 21, 2012 12:59 AM
Stef @ said...

I saw these on the cover of my FoodNetwork magazine. I am soooo glad to see your tutorial! Thanks! I love how you used paper cups. :D They used styrofoam. :(

May 21, 2012 01:00 AM
haley said...

These are AMAZING!

May 21, 2012 01:06 AM
Alexis said...

Wow! That’s so cool. Can’t wait to try them for myself.

May 21, 2012 01:07 AM
Boot~C said...

these might be the cutest thing you’ve ever made!

May 21, 2012 01:32 AM
Nanette said...

My friend, justjenn, is responsible for the snowcone cupcakes featured on the Food Network magazine this month. Such a fun idea!

May 21, 2012 01:34 AM
Sunny said...

These are awesome. I really thought you were going to show us how to make homemade snowcones. They look perfect in every way.

May 21, 2012 01:50 AM
Amy said...

Oh yeah! I saw these on Food Network magazine’s cover by justjenn; I’m glad folks are trying this cool (pun completely intended) idea out!

May 21, 2012 02:02 AM
aussiemarina said...

these are sooooooooooooooooo cute !!!!!!

May 21, 2012 02:21 AM
sue.falstaff said...

It’s almost time to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee here in the UK, and these little cakes would make a brilliant edition to any party table!

May 21, 2012 02:31 AM
Elle said...

Girl, you totally outdid yourself with this one. Amazing! Go, Bakerella, Go!

May 21, 2012 02:32 AM
Amanda Sparkles said...

My friend and I just about had a heart attack when we saw these! We made your Panda cupcakes today!

May 21, 2012 02:34 AM
RICOBEL said...

Wow…. soooo cute!
I wanna make this to my French friends :-))
Thank you very much for sharing this great recipe and wonderful photos!
Have a lovely day.

May 21, 2012 03:12 AM
Donelle said...

Seriously adorable!!!

May 21, 2012 03:35 AM
Dani said...

you’re my absolute favorite baking blog not only because your photos are so great, but also because you’ve always got such inventive, creative, detailed ideas! (also, i love that your website design is still a “scroll all the way down through old posts” instead of a “you have to click to a new page to view a new project”.) thanks for all your fun projects!

May 21, 2012 03:39 AM
Janine Melnitz said...

“I decorated them in red, white, and blue so you can see how cute they can be for Memorial Day or the Fourth.”

…or French holidays, or Queen Elizabeth II’s forthcoming Diamond Jubilee, because we’re not all American, actually.

May 21, 2012 04:23 AM
Rebecca @beurrista said...

You truly are amazing. These cupcakes are fabulous. Thank you for sharing your imagination and creations wih us!

May 21, 2012 04:34 AM
Kathryn said...

I love those swirled cupcakes let alone the super-cute decoration!

May 21, 2012 04:40 AM
Jeanine said...

This looks like the flag of Holland. So I know when I be making these. The europe cup of soccer is coming up. The spirit will be very good with these cupcakes!

May 21, 2012 05:25 AM
Sophie said...

soooooooooooo cute
i wanna try making them
but im only 12 and love to bake but im too scared to tackle more complex things because im afraid i’ll make a huge mess
any tips for an aspiring baker?

May 21, 2012 05:39 AM
Kathryn said...

Love the vertical colour layers, they look fantastic!

May 21, 2012 05:56 AM
Sally said...

Piping batter? GENIUS!!!

May 21, 2012 06:38 AM
Rebecca @ Sink or Swim said...

Oh my. There are so many awesome tips here! Triple colored batter! Topping with sugar to look like ice! Love these!

May 21, 2012 06:43 AM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

What a fabulous idea! I love how you “piped” the cupcake batter.

May 21, 2012 07:11 AM
Melanie said...

OMG!!! Definitely gonna have a 4th of July bbq just so I have an excuse to make this, next to baking, pranking is my favorite hobby bwahahaha!!!

May 21, 2012 07:17 AM
Tanya Schroeder said...

These are so cool!!! I love this idea and technique! I have a fourth of July bday and I think I’m going to make these for myself!

May 21, 2012 07:25 AM
Mona said...

I love these! Your creativity is endless and I love seeing everything you do!

May 21, 2012 07:40 AM
Marcie said...

AMAZING! I love these so much! And it’s so versatile, I will definitely will be using this method for all my cupcakes now! Haha! x

May 21, 2012 07:44 AM
Connie said...

My gosh, how cool (excuse the pun) is that!! Love them, and I intend to try these! I may have better luck than with regular cake pop! :)

May 21, 2012 07:50 AM
Kati said...

Amazing! You had me fooled!

May 21, 2012 07:52 AM
Darlene said...

You are so creative!! These are adorable!!

May 21, 2012 07:53 AM
Megan S. said...

That is adorable. They look exactly like sno cones. Did you bake them mini or regular? Also do you bake Them in those cups.

May 21, 2012 08:14 AM
Kathy said...

How creative. These are super cute.

May 21, 2012 08:27 AM
Cathy said...

Well how cute! You’re so clever. These will be perfect for the 4th of July and some of our other military functions!

May 21, 2012 08:29 AM
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

These are super cute and there are endless color combinations! How fun.

May 21, 2012 08:30 AM
annalisa said...

Hello Angie,I am new to your website. Sorry for my english, but I want to tell you that these are so cute and you are so talented! I will try them soon, and I love everything in your site, it is really wonderful!
Greetings from Italy,

May 21, 2012 08:31 AM
tania@mykitchenstories said...

Wow your mind never stops…. fun cupcakes

May 21, 2012 08:36 AM
Corrie said...

Super cute! So fun for summer!

May 21, 2012 08:45 AM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Eeeee!! These are so pretty!!

May 21, 2012 08:54 AM
Sara S. in WI said...

I saw these in Food Network Magazine and wanted to try them…but never thought about striping the batter. Thanks for always thinking outside the (cake mix) box!

May 21, 2012 08:59 AM
Jessica said...

Oh dear!

May 21, 2012 09:01 AM
J. Beatty Tx said...

Totally love these – will definitely make 4th of July.
Do have one question regarding where to tape the 3 bags – in the picture you state that taping them at the top would cause a mess and the tips would separate; however, in the actual recipe section you state to tape them at the top. Just thought you might want to make this correction in directions.
Thanks for sharing this fun recipe.

May 21, 2012 09:01 AM
DessertForTwo said...

Unbelievably adorable. Have to make these!

May 21, 2012 09:03 AM
Genny said...

So cute and clever! Perfect for the upcoming holidays!

May 21, 2012 09:07 AM
Tiffany said...

You never cease to amaze me. So dang cute. We eat tons of icees at my house. We have to try these.

May 21, 2012 09:13 AM
Elaine said...

Oh my, these are so cute! You’re so clever!

May 21, 2012 09:15 AM
Jodi said...

You’re so creative! Adorable. :)

May 21, 2012 09:21 AM
Indiana Lori said...

This is SO stinkin’ cute!!!

May 21, 2012 09:31 AM
Diane said...

What a great idea! Will have to try making these this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

May 21, 2012 09:39 AM
Wendy in California said...

These are soooooooo cute! Your creativity never ceases to amaze! Its a terrific idea, that will be fun to try – THANKS

May 21, 2012 09:43 AM
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

absolutely fabulous!! Just tweeted and pinned these for you

May 21, 2012 09:44 AM
Lauren said...

I just got some cupcake liners just like that! These are happening!! Love it, Angie!!

May 21, 2012 09:50 AM
Denise M said...

Looks like you are ready for Bastille Day.

May 21, 2012 09:55 AM
Kimiko said...

These are so cool! I love the idea of this little project — what a neat way to add some flair :) Very cool.

May 21, 2012 10:13 AM
Dzikowiec said...

Wow!!!! Absolutely fantastic! I’m lovin’ it!!!!

May 21, 2012 10:22 AM
martha torres said...

son fantasticos me gustaron mucho, tienes alguna idea para una fiesta de pacman,

May 21, 2012 10:25 AM
Jenniffer at Cup a Dee Cakes said...

Your imagination and ingenuity always amazes me!

May 21, 2012 10:26 AM
Rachel Cooks said...

So genius! Love these!

May 21, 2012 10:28 AM
KariAnnM said...

Oh. My. Goodness!! My oldest daughter’s birthday is on the 4th of July, and we are always trying to find cute treats other than the typical traditional holiday cakes/cupcakes, etc. I think you just won! These are too adorable!

May 21, 2012 10:30 AM
Melissa said...

These are too cute! I might have to make them for Memorial Day this weekend. I know my friends will get such a kick out of them.

May 21, 2012 10:41 AM
Jenni Renee said...

this is a really cute idea. :0)

May 21, 2012 10:58 AM
Grace & Molly @ The Cake Rebels said...

Molly thought these were REAL snowcones! Then She and I have a sudden crave for snowcones! But cupcakes are good too!! :D!

May 21, 2012 11:05 AM
Theresa said...

Thanks so much for posting this – and as always for the step-by-step! Last year I made the cake with the flag INSIDE so everyone got their own American Flag. Can’t wait to try the snow cone for a delicious fooler-surprise!

May 21, 2012 11:10 AM
Barbara said...

These are adorable!!

May 21, 2012 11:18 AM
Kristine said...

If u put all three piping bags in a larger bag its easier and they should pipe out the same….:)

May 21, 2012 11:22 AM
Emily @ She Makes and Bakes said...

Adorable!! What a great idea!

May 21, 2012 11:22 AM
Betty-Ann said...

You are too much…really, really incredible!

May 21, 2012 11:23 AM
keecam said...

So CUTE Bakerella-but not that you didn’t already know that. I have a queston that I hope you’ll answer. When you frost them, how do you get the tops so rounded when the cupcakes are sorta flat? I was looking at your frosting picture real close-did you just ice a blob on the cupcake and then cover it with the smooth frosting? I am afraid when I go to frost these that I will have problem doing so and it won’t look so rounded…?!

May 21, 2012 11:28 AM
Becky said...

These look SO awesome!! I might have to attempt them for a 4th of July treat :)

May 21, 2012 11:41 AM
Stephie said...

Really loving this dessert that looks like different dessert trend. So fun! These are so cute!

May 21, 2012 11:50 AM
Margaret said...

These are so cute! I MUST try these!

May 21, 2012 12:20 PM
Kimberly said...

OMGracious. How cute are these. I’m going to have to try them this summer when my 5 kids are home from school. They would LOVE it. Not to mention I love being the cool mom on our street. ;-)

May 21, 2012 12:26 PM
megacrafty said...

Love em- My sister was just talking about these but didn’t know who made them… I should have known they were from the brilliant mind of Bakerella.

: )

May 21, 2012 12:33 PM
Mrs. Bee said...

Just purchased the cups from the site you mentioned… about the cute little spoons? Where can they be purchased? I was thinking about trying to buy some from one of the ice cream shops that give out samples. I am hoping to get my order in time to make them for a Memorial Day pool party. Thanks!!

May 21, 2012 12:39 PM
Holly said...

Coolness…literally..haha…only you would come up with such a new idea! These are truly unusual and look delish!

May 21, 2012 12:39 PM
Natalie said...

Cute! Pretty sure I’ll be making these for 7/4… :)

May 21, 2012 12:47 PM
Ananya said...

I enjoy your site and have nominated you for the NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling. You can see the nomination on my blog, beautifulfood dot blog dot com

May 21, 2012 01:08 PM
Aileen said...

Your creativity is out of this world – this is amazing!!

May 21, 2012 01:10 PM
Jenny said...

totally thought these were snow cones! what a fun idea for the summer. :)

May 21, 2012 01:21 PM
Angel said...

Amaaaazing! You’re amazing!

May 21, 2012 01:25 PM
MrsAB said...

OMGoodness, these are simply too cute!!! I will definitely have to try these.

Thank you so much for sharing your talents! Where did you get your baking cups?

May 21, 2012 01:31 PM
Beth said...


May 21, 2012 01:32 PM
Ivonne said...

Impresionante seguro q eres la mejor!

So creative ur the best!

May 21, 2012 01:35 PM
Anonymous said...

Genius!!! Love this and it looks so real!!

May 21, 2012 01:40 PM
Christy said...

I saw these in Food Network magazine by JustJenn. Coloring the batter is a fun take on her design.

May 21, 2012 01:46 PM
Melanie said...

Bakerella, you rock! Love the ideas you come up with. Can’t wait to try these!

May 21, 2012 01:58 PM
stacey said...

of all your creative, amazing, yummy posts, i think this is my very favorite.

May 21, 2012 02:21 PM
Kathy said...

You are the most creative baker I’ve ever come across. I love your ideas. They inspire me!

May 21, 2012 02:53 PM
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