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!

Bayley said...

These are too cute! I will have to try them soon :)

May 21, 2012 02:55 PM
AmberK said...

Oh my gosh, these are the cutest thing ever. I love foods that look like other foods!!! :D

May 21, 2012 03:21 PM
Veronica Lee said...

These are adorable. In the newest Food Network Magazine, they have these, but didn’t have the cupcakes red white and blue, It was just vanilla. I like this way much more

May 21, 2012 03:43 PM
melva said...

ADORABLE!!! You are awesome!!! Going to do these for the memorial day weekend. Piping the batter… I would never have thought. Genius!!

May 21, 2012 03:49 PM
Kendra said...

Those are too stinkin’ cute!

May 21, 2012 03:54 PM
Renee said...

In Hawaii, we love our shave ice. These are perfect. I want to make mine an Obama’s rainbow.

May 21, 2012 04:16 PM
Robin said...

When I first glanced at the unfrosted cupcake, all I could see was the Pepsi logo. Thank goodness that changed when the frosting was added!

These are adorable!

May 21, 2012 04:23 PM
Pandy said...

Those couldn’t be any cuter.

May 21, 2012 04:35 PM
Tina said...

creative as usual!

May 21, 2012 04:36 PM
Bobbie said...

Where can I find the little spoons? They make the snow cones look SO real!

May 21, 2012 05:10 PM
Heather Cosby said...

Amazing and adorable! As usual with you, Bakerella!

May 21, 2012 05:17 PM
Kristen said...

SUPER cute! I totally want to do these for my family get together. Thanks for sharing

May 21, 2012 07:12 PM
Bobbie said...

These would be perfect for the Memorial Day cakewalk that I’m helping out at! Hopefully, I can get enough energy to get the supplies and make them!


May 21, 2012 07:25 PM
Sarah said...

These are so cute! My daughter’s birthday is the 4th of July so she needs something special – this is it!

May 21, 2012 07:28 PM
Christine Witt (Brush Dance) said...

Totally tricked me! I really thought these were snow cones. They are GORGEOUS!

May 21, 2012 08:03 PM
Amy G. said...

I am DY.ING. So cute!!!!

May 21, 2012 08:04 PM
Batman said...

They are very cute, but I’m sure the original creator of the snowcone cupcakes would appreciate a citation.

May 21, 2012 08:05 PM
Melissa said...

Very cute! They look like real snow cones!

May 21, 2012 08:33 PM
Emily said...

You are so creative, these are wonderful! Definitely had me fooled…

May 21, 2012 08:44 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Super cute! I feel like eating one right now!

May 21, 2012 09:03 PM
Jenny said...

oh. no. you. didn’t. think of that.

May 21, 2012 09:25 PM
Jenny said...

Wait! I didn’t mean what Batman meant!

May 21, 2012 09:27 PM
mindy1 said...

How sweet are these :D

May 21, 2012 10:30 PM
kamaile said...

you are a genius! these are adorable!

May 21, 2012 10:56 PM
FairlyOddMother said...

Regarding credit to JustJenn: I did some snow cone cupcakes about 5 years or more ago and thought you might enjoy seeing them.
I am a SLOW poster and wanted to perfect them so didn’t post until seeing your FABULOUS method of filling the cups this morning. (I linked back to you.) Sometime after I’d made mine all those years ago, I noticed an old Wilton cake with a snowman holding snow cones very similar to my version. Hard to know where the “original” idea came from but without today’s technology, we’d all think we were the first. : ) Great minds or nothing new under the sun? hmmmm . . . YOUR STILL THE BEST IN MY BOOK BAKERELLA!!!

May 22, 2012 12:17 AM
lea ann said...

love, love, love cant wait to make my own great idea thanks!!

May 22, 2012 12:22 AM
vivster said...

wow amazing! u’ve truly created something no one has seen before!!!

May 22, 2012 12:33 AM
zandrea said...

When I first saw these I swore they were mini sno cones. Of course now I am dying for a sno cone. but these are just AWESOME. I hope that someday i will get around to making them.

May 22, 2012 12:36 AM
Rachel said...

I love these vertical-colored cones! To fill the cups with decorating bags is just Brilliant! Can’t wait to try and make these :)

May 22, 2012 03:41 AM
Keith said...

For a more “authentic” snow cone look, you might try baking the cupcakes in cone-shaped water cooler cups. It can be quite challenging to bake them because you have to find a way to support the cups while the cupcakes bake. Appropriately-sized oven-safe coffee cups might do the trick.

May 22, 2012 04:37 AM
Christine said...

I love that you went all out and made everything tricolored! I must try this sometime! Thanks!

May 22, 2012 06:29 AM
sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

those are just too cute!

May 22, 2012 07:49 AM
Lilian said...

Wow! This is probably your best cupcakes yet. So creative! Can’t wait to try them, and fool everyone.

May 22, 2012 08:39 AM
Jackie said...

These are lovely…The new issue of Food Network magazine is touting these as well. Great job!

May 22, 2012 08:51 AM
Jenny D said...

Adorable! I have been picking up the needed items to make these for the holiday weekend :)

I was also wondering how to get the icing so rounded on the cupcake? If anyone can comment, I would appreciate it!

May 22, 2012 09:20 AM
Chrystal said...

So nice of you to rip off someones work and not give proper citation. Did you think no one would notice they were on the cover of food network magazine? I guess you just happened to think of the idea at the same exact time. Poor etiquette but I guess you can do that and get famous off of the “little people.”

May 22, 2012 09:51 AM
jen said...

i wish i had seen your way of icing them before i made them for my daughters birthday in March. i made regular size cupcakes, all one color, and put sprinkles carefully down the center of the cupcake and then pressed each side into the other color. Your way seemed much easier and less messy then what i did!

May 22, 2012 10:15 AM
Kendra Farmer said...

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May 22, 2012 11:19 AM
Stephanie said...

I really thought these were Italian Icees!

May 22, 2012 11:21 AM
Kelsey said...

SOOOO Cute and Creative!! You never cease to amaze me!! :)

May 22, 2012 11:22 AM
FairlyOddMother said...

Bad form Chrystal. : (

May 22, 2012 11:32 AM
Jenniffer at Cup a Dee Cakes said...

I agree with FairlyOddMother! I haven’t seen the Food Network magazine in question of even heard of JustJenn until today. I have met Angie in person and know her to be one of the nicest, sweetest humans on the planet. Making one food look like another food is not a new concept – there’s the real possibility that 2 people had independently similar thoughts on or about the same time.

May 22, 2012 12:45 PM
Tina said...

These are amazing. You are so creative. I love your work. I can’t wait to try these on Memorial Day. :)

May 22, 2012 12:51 PM
Ceej said...

you are so creative!!! I’m amazed on how you can come up with these ideas :)

May 22, 2012 12:54 PM
Jenny Flake said...

Angie!! I love these! They are so fun and festive and perfect for summer! Miss you!

May 22, 2012 01:25 PM
Leann said...

Super clever. Love ‘em!

May 22, 2012 01:45 PM
Sandra said...

there so cute,, it ‘s exactly like our flag in the Netherlands. But I wish they were real ice creams because of the heat.

May 22, 2012 01:46 PM
Barbara said...

these look great I am going to try these

May 22, 2012 01:57 PM
Tunechi said...

I freakin’ love these. They are super cute! I think I found my 4th of July cupcakes

May 22, 2012 02:24 PM
Melissa said...

These are AMAZING!! You are super talented. I would never have thought of something so creative. Love it!!

May 22, 2012 02:34 PM
lori geuy said...

So flipping cute. Will bake for this weekend.

May 22, 2012 02:49 PM
Jenny S said...

Those are crazy cute! I sooo want to try those! I think it would be hilarious to leave one sitting in the sun and see if anyone wonders why it doesn’t melt… : )

May 22, 2012 02:51 PM
Diane {Created by Diane} said...

oh my goodness I just LOVE these!!!

May 22, 2012 02:52 PM
Eveline van Heijst said...

Great work.

May 22, 2012 03:05 PM
mikky said...

i can`t get over how cute these are! Another great job! Man oh man if there was a creative desserts class you would be on the honor roll, top of the class!

May 22, 2012 03:44 PM
Venesa said...

Oh my lord, I totally got tricked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a brilliant idea! I will be trying this VERY SOON!

May 22, 2012 04:05 PM
Sue {munchkin munchies} said...

You’re a genius…a genius that creates cuteness!

May 22, 2012 04:21 PM
jennifer said...

So clever and adorable! The picture was in my Flickr feed for awhile and I didn’t realize until today that they weren’t real sno-cones.

May 22, 2012 04:59 PM
Beth said...

These are too adorable and awesome for words and I MUST TRY THEM.

May 22, 2012 05:32 PM
Nicole said...

So sad that the little white spoons aren’t for sale on the Bake It Pretty website. Only the colored ones are. Ive been looking everywhere for a small amount of those spoons so wouldn’t have to buy bulk. Also Thank you for the link to get the cant cups! Now I know where to buy them that don’t have wax!

I will be making these beauties for Memorial Day!

May 22, 2012 05:34 PM
Mrs. Bee said...

My Coldstone Creamery store sold a cupful of the little spoons to me for the price of an add-on topping….69 cents! If they had not been willing to do it, I was going to try BJ’s Wholesale or Costco and ask if they would sell some that they use for sampling products.

May 22, 2012 06:56 PM
HN said...

These are absolutely adorable!!! What piping tip did you use to pipe the middle (white) frosting?

May 22, 2012 07:08 PM
Reannah@ShapedbyGrace said...

LOVE these! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! :)

May 22, 2012 08:02 PM
Tracy {Pale Yellow} said...

Amazing! Thanks for showing the right way (and the wrong) to tape the bags for filling!

May 22, 2012 08:39 PM
Mckenzie said...

Oh my gosh these are amazing!!!!!

May 22, 2012 09:43 PM
KellyAnnaJase said...

These will be perfect for Jase’s “Red, White, and Two” birthday party this summer! Thank you!

May 22, 2012 10:28 PM
nikki said...

alright… are these all your ideas, really you go girl! I love this one too, I feel like I say that every time I post a comment.

May 22, 2012 10:38 PM
Tanya said...

Thank you so much for this. I’ve got miss5′s bday coming up in July and these would be awesome to make for school. You are truly an inspiration and very talented ;-)

May 23, 2012 02:50 AM
Brenda said...

I will try to make them this week

May 23, 2012 10:58 AM
Anne Schroeder said...

I can not wait to try these!!!

May 23, 2012 11:28 AM
Jakub said...

I’ll have to do it but in the Polish version :)

May 23, 2012 11:28 AM
Emily said...

too too clever!!!

May 23, 2012 12:56 PM
Heather Donohue Crafts said...

Bakerella, you are crazy.


Awesome, I tell you.

May 23, 2012 03:53 PM
Jennifer said...

Oh! MY! GOODNESS! These are adorable!!

May 23, 2012 04:43 PM
tanisha said...

absolutely genius!

May 23, 2012 05:52 PM
Becca said...

I had to look again when I read they weren’t snowcones…really clever! Any tips for a new blogger? My mom is starting a food blog called and I’d love to share tips from a successful blogger. Thanks!

May 23, 2012 08:18 PM
Bri said...

these are soooo cute! are the candy cups the same size as a standard cupcake?

May 23, 2012 08:32 PM
winnie dolderer said...

Awesome! The kiddies will go nuts for these! I love how creative you are….and NO MELTING!! Happy Memorial Day weekend.

May 23, 2012 09:00 PM
Michelle said...

Freakin’ Brilliant!!

May 23, 2012 09:28 PM
LucyExpress said...

How cute! ^^

May 23, 2012 10:08 PM
Laura said...

I never much cared for snow cones, but I lovvvvvve cupcakes, so I’m down with these!

May 24, 2012 12:24 AM
B said...

Wow Bakerella! You outdo yourself each and every time. Love everything you do. I’m a crafter, not a baker. But I love to come here and see what you come up with : )

May 24, 2012 02:50 AM
Linda K. said...

My husband thought these were real! So funny. I can’t wait to make these for a cookout!

May 24, 2012 10:51 AM
Charise Viccarone said...

This is such a cute idea! I just started baking and decorating and really getting into about 8 months ago and I always come to your site for ideas. You are such in inspiration and all of your stuff is so awesome thank you so much for sharing all your ideas. Your tutorials and recipes are fantastic I am so happy I stumbled upon your site!!!!:)

May 24, 2012 01:19 PM
Marla Meridith said...

You thrill me! These are the ultimate nod to patriotic fun :)

May 24, 2012 02:36 PM
Tara said...

Amazing!!!! Love these!! Hoping I will be able to find the small spoons so I can duplicate! These will be a hit at the two cookouts we are attending on Monday & my kids will love them too!!

May 24, 2012 03:11 PM
Kathie J. said...

Saw this on fb and had to try. It was really hard to evenly get all three colors to come out evenly. The middle bag in particular was either to much or not enough! I might try next time using an 18″ bag for the middle flavor with 12″ bags for the side flavor,or a bigger opening in the middle bag, then gravity will help.

May 24, 2012 03:53 PM
Haily said...

Super Cute! Love these for 4th of July party…do you have any cute ideas for Graduations??

May 24, 2012 04:09 PM
Elizabeth M. said...

They’re just so cute I had to make them last night, I brought them in for my co-workers today and everyone LOVED them! I didn’t color the batter but they they still looked great, I also added a cherry filling (yum). I found the paper cups at my local Cash &Carry and the little spoons I got at my grocery store’s deli counter. I asked really nice and they gave me 2 dozen for free : )

May 24, 2012 05:18 PM
Lisa said...

OMG, those are so darn cute ;)

May 24, 2012 07:46 PM
Tamara Jones said...

I… I’m just SO upset that I didn’t think of this first!

I can’t wait to make my own… I totally want to do like, tutti-frutti colours or something truly wild like that. I just gotta find those little paper cups and the right colours of sugar.

What a fun summery cupcake :)

May 24, 2012 08:08 PM
Remy said...

SO cute! SO original! You are so creative, Bakerella! Thank you for sharing :)

May 25, 2012 12:18 AM
Cynthia said...

They look fantastic! Maybe I’ll make them for the upcoming European Football (Soccer) Championship. I’m Dutch so the colours are perfect! I would just try to find orange cups…. That would be awesome!

May 25, 2012 04:52 AM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

I love that you colored the batter as well! These would be great for summer birthday parties too..we have a LOT coming up for our family. Thanks Bakerella. :o)

May 25, 2012 08:11 AM
Emanuella said...

You are definetely a genius…

May 25, 2012 09:12 AM
onecountrychick said...

my kids will absolutely love this!!

May 25, 2012 09:46 AM
Doreen said...


May 25, 2012 11:40 AM
Amy Grinstead said...

These are perfect for summer!!! Your creativity is to die for!!!

May 25, 2012 11:50 AM
Yolanda said...

These are genius. Just genius. And so incredibly cute! Thank you for sharing the how-to with us.

May 25, 2012 11:56 AM
Shannon said...

You know why I love your blog so much, the pictures. You have so many pictures to go with each entry. Love, love it. Hope all is well with you.

May 25, 2012 01:17 PM
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