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!

Kate said...

Thank you so much for posting this – you are always so creative! I referenced these cupcakes in my blog post today:
They looked too good not to share!

May 25, 2012 01:44 PM
Jbug said...

Ahhhh! I LOVE THESE! You are so creative!

May 25, 2012 04:40 PM
Heavenly said...

Wow, these look like real snow-cones! They are AMAZING!

May 25, 2012 05:54 PM
Chrissy said...

These are SO great! I can’t believe how much they resemble snow cones!

May 25, 2012 07:05 PM
Jean Evans said...

Those are adorable! Love, love the idea so much.

May 25, 2012 09:25 PM
Zarina said...

OMG! This looks so much fun! I’m going to make this with the ‘European Champion’ soccer this june. I’m from Holland, so this looks so much fun to make, and eat!

May 26, 2012 10:28 AM
juliet said...

Im going to use box cake how many boxes do you suggest getting i have now will it be enough

May 26, 2012 12:27 PM
Nicole said...

I made these today! They took up a good amount of time due to the frosting and sprinkling 3 times. HAHa! But they turned out amazing! I can’t wait to take them to my Memorial Day Picnic! Thanks for the great idea! I will be mentioning you on my Cupcake Facebook page!

May 26, 2012 10:25 PM
Brandi said...

I have to say I’ve been to this blog a lot but never commented. I have to say you are one talented women! I wish I could do things like this.

May 27, 2012 05:41 AM
nikki said...

ok so I thought you could take soup cans put the cone shaped snow cone papers in them and bake … red at the bottom, followed by white layer, and then blue … you could ice and decorate the way you demonstrated or just one color… right?

May 27, 2012 02:31 PM
Emily said...

What if you buy the frosting instead of making it? Will it still turn out good??

May 27, 2012 03:43 PM
melonpan said...

wow wow wow amaizing

May 27, 2012 03:54 PM
Jordan said...

I tried making these cupcakes for memorial day and they came out great. Thanks for the great recipe. Except I saw these at the last minute so I didn’t have time to order cupcake liners online. I just found cute ones from JoAnn’s that were Wilton. They were blue and red and had little white stars on them. They did have wax coating so I just made mini cupcakes in cupcake liners and put them in it. Since I made mini cupcakes I just made each cupcake a different color. I also couldn’t find little plastic spoons so I cut up straws and put them in. They looked so adorable.

May 28, 2012 09:35 AM
Mary said...

How DELIGHTFUL! Whenever I see an email from you, I become automatically HAPPY! I sorta do a little “Happy Dance”. Sometimes, like today, I go through and clean out my Blah, Blah, Blah emails and save the best for last. Which is YOU! And, once again you never disappoint. Another “little Happy Dance” Today! Thanks!

May 28, 2012 09:53 AM
annalisa said...

Hello Angie, I really enjoyed making the cupcake pops and cupcake bites and I have just posted them on my blog. if you want have a look I would be glad!
Thank you,

May 28, 2012 01:26 PM
Katie Dunham said...

You are a super cool genius!!! :)

May 28, 2012 04:07 PM
Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

I am a snow cone freak, and even though these aren’t the real thing I LOVE this!

May 29, 2012 01:42 AM
Stacy said...

Ok this is seriously the CUTEST idea ever. How is it that I am just now finding your site? Love it!

May 29, 2012 09:25 AM
Victoria said...

Made these for Memorial Day BBQ…..what a hit! I had to make a second batch for my office and they are going crazy over them. Thanks for the great idea and great instructions. The only problem I ran into is by filling the cups they overflowed. I then started not to fill them and they came out just right. Again, thank you for such a great idea! Truly a great hit!!!

May 29, 2012 09:30 AM
TamaraL said...

SO cute! My daughter works at an Italian Ice place, and she will love these!

I always wonder if you will ever run out of ideas…and it seems like the answer is no!! I sure hope not!

May 29, 2012 11:31 AM
Raegan DeWitt said...

Are you kidding me? These look great!

May 29, 2012 01:06 PM
kathryn_dc said...

Oh my goodness I have been looking for candy cups to bake with for YEARS! Thanks for including your source!!

May 29, 2012 02:09 PM
Denise said...

Hello bakerella I amreally big fan. Would u know which is the biggest piping tips is it the ateco ones or the Wilton 1M? Please help. I have been hunting for the biggest ones to decorate cupcakes.

May 30, 2012 08:59 PM
Elizabeth said...

This makes me want shave ice! Too cute

May 31, 2012 01:17 PM
Jenn/Rook No. 17 said...

These look great! I love how the cake itself is tri-colored as well as the sprinkles! My girls and I made snowcone cupcakes last summer by baking the batter right in to a paper snowcone cone. We made our own colored sprinkles, but the Wilton ones you used look much more like ice crystals. I’ll have to combine our two ideas and give it another spin! Thanks, as always, for being an inspiration! Jenn/Rook No. 17 (

May 31, 2012 01:38 PM
Shelby said...

I LOVE these! I’m definitely making them this year!

June 1, 2012 05:01 AM
Nisha said...

Haha. What a great idea :D

June 1, 2012 11:22 PM
Nancy said...

so freaking cute!! I’m going to do this for 4th of July!!

June 2, 2012 09:36 PM
Christina said...

These are FANTASTIC! I am absolutely making them for the 4th of July!

June 2, 2012 10:12 PM
Lesley said...

I saw the sno cone cupcakes on the cover of Food Network magazine, which were done by JustJenn. She made them 2 years ago for a friend’s baby’s first birthday and we were all so excited to see her featured on the magazine cover! Striping the batter is a fun twist on JustJenn’s design.

June 4, 2012 09:39 AM
Seanna Lea said...

That is so cute and it looks like a lot of fun to frost (and just messy enough to make it extra fun for many kids).

June 4, 2012 03:38 PM
jennibell said...

You have the bestest, cutest ideas!!!

June 4, 2012 11:45 PM
Sara said...

What a beautiful blog! :)

June 5, 2012 03:04 PM
Jeannie said...

You are just too cool! I love these—even though I’m not eating sugar, or flour! It just isn’t fair!

June 6, 2012 01:40 PM
Liz said...

Love these cupcakes! I just baked all my cupcakes and will b frosting them shortly. One thing I discovered when my 4 &5 yr olds were taste tasting :)was that the cupcakes do not come out of the cups very easily. But we used the little spoons so they r both pretty and useful.

June 6, 2012 08:14 PM
Nicole S. said...

You are awesome!! AWESOME :)

June 7, 2012 10:54 PM
Ovensports said...

I love the three-color technique! These look absolutely stunning!

June 8, 2012 05:15 PM
Tamara said...

What a fantastic idea. They really do look like snow cones!

June 15, 2012 08:43 AM
Danae said...

Love it! The idea is so awesome.

June 19, 2012 05:07 PM
Aaliyah said...

Bakerella you make me feel like Cinderella when i’m eating your “ideas”
Do you make these up?
‘Cause they are simply MAGICAL
Emphesis on the MAGICAL!!
Please reply back-

June 22, 2012 11:10 PM
Simi said...

wow!!! this is amazing….now I’m hungry!!!
my friend recommended this website to me. She also has her own baking website pls pls pls check it out
She would truly appreciate it. however, she only just created the website and therefore, its going to develop. PLS PLS PLS at least have a look.

June 25, 2012 01:30 PM
Julie G. said...

Those are great! And I found a good way to get a small quantity of spoons. I went into a local ice cream parlor, showed the guy behind the counter the picture of the cupcakes, and asked if he had any idea where I could get a dozen or so of those spoons. Thankfully, he just gave them to me for free! (I went ahead an bought ice cream and tipped him, too, for his help.) Might not be a bad idea for others to try!

June 25, 2012 03:10 PM
Alex said...

sooo cute and creative! i love it!

June 27, 2012 11:57 AM
zentMRS said...

We made these for Memorial Day, and I am blogging about that tomorrow. These were some of the very best tasting cupcakes ever, and super-cute! Not even that difficult to make, though everyone thought they were. ;-) Thanks so much for the recipe!!

June 28, 2012 12:21 AM
Gwen said...

Where can I purchase the paper cups and plastic spoons?

June 29, 2012 06:02 PM
Rikki R said...

how full did you fill each paper cup? I don’t wanna risk overflowing!

July 3, 2012 10:26 AM
Rikki R said...

nvm. just spotted it! lol

July 3, 2012 10:28 AM
kayla said...

Making these was definitely a challenge; thank you for the inspiration! However, they taste exactly like sugar cookies….not cupcakes…is that normal or did I do something wrong?

July 3, 2012 12:04 PM
Elyse said...

I was just flipping through your blog and came across these. The picture caught my attention and I had to read on to see how you found a way to make snow cones at home, because these looked very authentic. Well, I’m even more impressed now that I know that these aren’t even snow cones.

July 4, 2012 12:26 PM
Julie said...

Fabulously adorable snowcone cupcakes!
How did you get the top rounded like that? Is it just frosting piled high or is there a marshmallow or something tucked under the icing? Thanks for your sweet ideas!

July 7, 2012 04:33 PM
T said...

Hi! I’m an amateur baker and loved these cupcakes as soon as I saw them. I made them for the fourth of July. Everyone at the BBQ events nuts and loved them! :) thanks for the creative and fun design!

July 8, 2012 04:58 PM
Amanda said...

These are adorable and taste great, too! For the less ambitious, they look great in single colors, too. I made purple (“grape”), pink (“strawberry”), and green (“lime”).

July 18, 2012 02:57 AM
Sarah said...

How did you frost them with the different colors, every time I try they just get smushed together and mix with each other and it looks ugly? Please help.

July 31, 2012 05:14 PM
Susan Foley said...

How cool! Great idea!!

August 2, 2012 03:45 AM
Staci said...

What is the approximant size of these? I am making them for my sons party and wanted to know if it was the same size as a cupcake before I ordered them.
Thank you!!

August 2, 2012 01:36 PM
softballchic said...

i think they r the size of a mini cupcake so u should probably get double and give everybody two

August 2, 2012 07:00 PM
sydney said...

these are amazing im going to try them tomorrow for my friends sons birthday party i just loove them

August 3, 2012 10:10 PM
Melissa said...

Would love to make these for my son’t birthday coming up in Sept. Could you tell me where you got the baking cups? Thank you!

August 14, 2012 07:06 PM
Gabriela said...

I love your blog and everything you teach. I want to thank you because you inspired me to make these cupcakes with the colors of Mexico to celebrate its Independence day.
Kind regards.

September 2, 2012 10:15 PM
Cathy said...

I am from USA but have been living in Chile for 26 years. I LOVE this site and all you’re creative ideas! I’ve just recently been trying to start a little business including selling cupcakes. However, NONE of the “cake” part of my cupcake is as soft and fluffy and tender as what I remember from the states. What am I doing wrong? The cake is denser, and a bit heavier. Also, I tried making 2 color cupcakes the other day, and it seems like the food coloring leaves a bitter taste? Any suggestions? Thanks!

September 4, 2012 04:27 PM
Joyce said...

My coworkers would love these! I think the Polka-dot cake I just found–based on this technique shown here–would be a great thing for them, too. We need cheerful things in the Intensive Care Unit–it gets depressing in there many times!

January 11, 2013 03:22 AM
maddie said...

OMG i really thought those were snowcones GOOD JOB you fooled me

January 26, 2013 11:48 AM
Charmaine said...

That is so awesome

March 2, 2013 07:38 AM
Quinne Shultz said...

I love them

April 18, 2013 08:30 PM
Vanessa @ Mom's Menu Planning said...

Hi! LOVE this recipe!

I just wanted you to know – I featured this recipe in my Memorial Day Recipe Round Up here ->

May 22, 2013 03:23 PM
leigh said...

looks cute

June 2, 2013 09:24 PM
Carol Adams said...

Adorable! So cute! You are amazing!

June 3, 2013 07:26 AM
Janis LU said...

Thank you for sharing an awesome idea! I have a question. Did you buy the Solo or the GenPak cups on the website you linked to?


June 3, 2013 08:57 AM
Jenna said...

I love your idea Bakerella! They’re so creative and cute! I hope one day I’ll be like you. Because your so creative!

June 17, 2013 03:27 PM
Annabelle said...

Soooo many comments…..looks like you have a real winner here. So appropriate for upcoming Patriotic Holiday too.
QUESTION – Do you have to do anything to the inside of the party cup? Does it come away when time to eat with no sticking? Isn’t it hard to tear that rolled edge to open it? Please help. Thanks so much.

June 19, 2013 10:42 AM
Nova said...

That’s a lot of frosting.. but there’s never too much of it! Love the idea~ :D

July 4, 2013 08:01 PM
Monse said...

You are the most talented baker i know ,followed by Buddy from Cake Boss

July 10, 2013 12:04 AM
cake pop lover said...

this really looks like snow cones

July 13, 2013 02:24 PM
Fresh Water Systems said...

These are cute! You can find these same little cups at our website as well. We sell them in groups of 250 instead of the 350.

August 6, 2013 12:08 PM
Lisa Cornely said...

These are adorable. I have been looking for ideas for my 7 year old daughter’s B-day party treats and these are a definite possibility. I tested them out over the weekend and they were a hit. Thanks for all of the lovely ideas.

August 12, 2013 12:58 PM
Amy S. said...

These look delicious, and I really thought that they were snow cones at first!

August 19, 2013 07:34 PM
bec said...

cute! good for july 4th!!!

August 24, 2013 08:12 PM
CB said...

Super cute! Making them this weekend! Do I bake these in a mini muffin pan? They don’t look like reg size cupcakes. Thanks!

August 30, 2013 09:53 AM
linda said...

they are adorable when a creative idea works bakeralla it is such a joy for everyone.

September 23, 2013 07:12 AM
Alicia said...

Absolutely adorable! Found this through a Google Image search and Im glad I took a double look! I was browsing American Flag Dessert ideas for decorating the top of my brownies for a upcoming party. I told hubby what if I made these? He said Good Luck finding a way to keep them frozen! These cupcakes completely fooled him as well. I cant wait to make these for the party. The hunt is on to find the cups! Thanks again!!!

June 29, 2014 10:36 PM
bakeremma'sstuff said...

I can’t wait to try these for the 4th of July this Friday.

July 2, 2014 09:13 AM
Sarah said...

Wow, these are super cute! I can’t wait to make these. How far in advance can you make these cuties?
Thank you for your brilliant mind! :)

August 11, 2015 12:19 PM
Matt @ Catering Supplies said...

My kids are going to love these, love the colours…

November 18, 2015 12:31 AM
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