Monday, December 22, 2008

Snow Globe Coca-Cola Cupcakes

Snowglobe Cupcakes

Did I get your attention? I hope so. Because I’m guest blogging today on the website, Cupcakes Take the Cake! And to celebrate the occasion, I’m also having a giveaway on their blog. Visit them now and enter to win the most awesome baking cups ever (It’s really easy). This giveaway is shorter and ends Tuesday at midnight ET. I’ll announce the winner Wednesday morning right here on

Baking Cups Giveaway

Baking Cups

Now, if you stuck around, let me tell you about the cupcakes, just in case you don’t jump over to enter the giveaway.

The idea for these started with some really cute bottles of Coke that I bought from Wal-Mart recently. I had been trying to think of a way to make a snow globe cupcake for the holidays and these were just the perfect shape. And not only that, they also ended up being the inspiration for the actual cupcake design. Because what’s cuter than polar bears and Coca-Cola at Christmas. Well, probably lots of things, but that’s besides the point.

Coca-Cola Cuteness

So, I took the labels off and cut off the tops with a box cutter. Actually, I asked someone with really strong, steady hands to do it for me. It took several attempts to get the opening the right size. About 2 1/4 inches in diameter seems to be pretty good.

Coke Bottles

With the theme in my mind, I remembered some cola-shaped gummy candies I had been eyeballing at the store recently. Now, I had a reason to buy them. So, off to Walgreen’s I went. (That’s a drugstore if you’re not familiar.)

Cola Gummy Candy

And, since the theme would be based on the Coke Polar bears, I decided to tie it all together with a recipe for Cola Cake, straight from the source.

Cola Cake Recipe

You can download a pdf of the recipe from Coca-Cola’s website. Go here and scroll down until you see Cola Cake. Click on the link and it will open a pdf that you can print. These were really good. I didn’t make the chocolate frosting they recommended with it because I needed snow. So, I used the buttercream frosting one that I use all the time and it worked perfectly.

Now, I had about 28 cupcakes in awesome red baking cups from, but I only used a few for the actual scene.

To make the bear:
I used rolled fondant and hand shaped the parts – similar to how I did this Care Bear Cupcake a while back except the polar bear is only about 2 inches tall. The eyes were black non-pareils and the noses were black candy heart sprinkles. The mouth was drawn with my ever-so-handy Americolor Edible Black Writing Pen. For the scarf, I bought red fondant this time, because it’s really hard to get the color deep red and I didn’t feel like mixing it and having my hands look stained.

To assemble the snow globe:
Make a sugar water spray (recipe here). Lightly mist the inside of the plastic bottle in the areas you want snow. Then, carefully sprinkle sugar inside. You will mostly want it on the sides, bottom, and back. Not too much in the front because you’ll want to see your design. Set the snow globe top aside.

Take one of your cupcakes, turn it upside down and carefully cut the bottom of the baking cup off. Then spread some buttercream frosting on the bottom (now, top) of your cupcake. Then, sprinkle some white sanding sugar on top of the frosting for texture. Place your assembled fondant bear right in the middle and attach one of the cola bottles with a little bit of water to help it stick. Then place the opening of the bottle right over the bear. The opening should be just large enough to rest on the cupcake without sliding all the way over it, like below.

Snow Globe Cupcake

To make the Coke bottle boxes and sign:
I used more red fondant, rolled and shaped as necessary. I used the edible black ink pen for the lettering and some snowflake sprinkles to embellish. The signposts were really small candy canes.

Coca-Cola Snow Globe Cupcakes


I think that’s it. Anyway, I hope you like them and don’t forget to visit Cupcakes Take the Cake to win a set of these awesome baking cups. You’ll love them!

Baking Cups Giveaway

Find out how at Cupcakes Take the Cake and
you can also check out my guest blog on their site, too.
Happy Holidays!
P.S. Check out this month’s Iron Cupcake Challenge. I added these cupcakes to this month’s competition at the last minute, since the ingredient was Chocolate with a twist. I think these qualify. But, please vote for someone besides me since I won earlier this year. Voting starts soon here.
P.S.S. I have a winner to announce. Thanks to everyone who paid a visit to Cupcakes Take the Cake to send them their holiday wishes. It was so much fun reading them. and I just picked the winner from the 1,000+ comments. Let’s see who it is.


Congratulations Lisa! I hope you make lots of cute cupcakes with your new baking cups. And Merry Christmas to you, too!

Shari said...

Any chance you will share where to BUY those cupcake papers for all of us that don’t win? ;-) I LOVE those colors and would love to order some!

December 22, 2008 07:10 PM
Brandi said...

These are the cutest, most creative cupcakes I have ever seen! And ALL of your cupcakes are creative, but I LOVE THESE!!! They look really complicated, but you make them sound easy. Thanks for sharing them! (I am posting about you on my blog — these are just too neat!)

December 22, 2008 07:15 PM
noreen said...

very cute idea, I never saw these cokes at my walmart. Thanks for letting us know about the contest I just entered

December 22, 2008 07:16 PM
Bakerella said...

It’s actually listed in the story, but they’re from

and they’re awesome!

December 22, 2008 07:16 PM
The Cookie Girl said...

I think you “took the cake” on these adorable cupcakes Bakerella.
I love the polar bears.
If I don’t get to later….I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Cookie Girl

December 22, 2008 07:20 PM
Heather said...

Those cupcakes are great! Awesome idea. Oh, and the cupcake papers, I just entered. Those are awesome too. I might just have to go order some.

December 22, 2008 07:38 PM
Laurie said...

I am in sugar shock over those globes. What on earth?! Do you lay awake at night dreaming of sweet confections? Those are amazing. I didn’t think I could love your blog anymore than those cupcake pops- but I am now on a new high!

December 22, 2008 07:44 PM
Samie said...

OMG Bakerella! ? Those are the cutest things I’ve ever seen!! Absolutely adorable. Fantastic. Can’t wait to take a peek into looking for these things and try it out myself. :)

Now…back to baking cupcakes..

December 22, 2008 07:47 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Wow! I haven’t seen the Coca Cola little round bottles, but they are super cute! I’ll have to look for them (I wonder if the cake can be made with diet coke).

December 22, 2008 07:48 PM
VeggieGirl said...


December 22, 2008 07:51 PM
Lindsey said...

Oh my gosh! I have seen those Coke bottles and would have never thought to use them in such a way. Absolutely adorable. Almost too cute to eat…almost!

{ Lindsey }

December 22, 2008 07:52 PM
natalie said...

those coke bottles are way too cute, and what a clever way to use them once they are done!! i haven’t seen them around, and i don’t shop at walmart…so we’ll see if i can ever get my hands on them before the holidays are over!

December 22, 2008 07:57 PM
Heather said...

You are over the top with talent. WOW! Amazing and sooo creative! Love your work :)

December 22, 2008 07:58 PM
twopartssugar said...

I am simply amazed with it all…from the cupcakes, to the snow globes, to the display and photography! It is all put together wonderfully!

December 22, 2008 07:59 PM
Anonymous said...

Your creativity amazes me!!! Well done, again! :o)

December 22, 2008 08:00 PM
Stephanie said...

What an ingenious idea! Those are seriously so cute and I just love it! I’m going to run out and get some of those coke bottles tonight!

December 22, 2008 08:02 PM
Gis said...

A – Ma – Zing xD
The idea looks so so original!!!
Congrats dear :D :D :D
and the haribo coke is my favorite candy ever in the whole world ever ever :P xD

December 22, 2008 08:03 PM
jaesi said...

This is the cutest/most creative thing I have seen lately!
I just loooove your work!
And I LOVE happy colas…i tend to only eat them when Im preg…

December 22, 2008 08:09 PM
Angela said...

As I have said before, you are brilliant, my dear!

Hope your Holidays are Merry!

btw: gave your fun reindeer, tree, and santa hats a try, they were so fun and turned out great… even tried a snowman or two- looked wonderful!

December 22, 2008 08:15 PM
Meghan Justice said...

Wow! These cupcakes are SO amazing. I am in awe! Great job!!!

December 22, 2008 08:29 PM
barbichounette said...

Génial !!!
Comme d’habitude !

December 22, 2008 08:32 PM
Susie said...

These are so cute! Thanks for posting about them and thanks for telling us about the giveaway!

December 22, 2008 08:33 PM
Elaine said...

Hot Diggity! These are so flippin cute!!

December 22, 2008 08:46 PM
m?d?lina said...

Soo CUTE! too bad we don’t get those coke bottles north of the border :(

December 22, 2008 08:59 PM
m?d?lina said...

Soo CUTE! too bad we don’t get those coke bottles north of the border :(

December 22, 2008 08:59 PM
m?d?lina said...

Soo CUTE! too bad we don’t get those coke bottles north of the border :(

December 22, 2008 08:59 PM
m?d?lina said...

Soo CUTE! too bad we don’t get those coke bottles north of the border :(

December 22, 2008 08:59 PM
m?d?lina said...

Soo CUTE! too bad we don’t get those coke bottles north of the border :(

December 22, 2008 08:59 PM
m?d?lina said...

Soo CUTE! too bad we don’t get those coke bottles north of the border :(

December 22, 2008 08:59 PM
m?d?lina said...

Soo CUTE! too bad we don’t get those coke bottles north of the border :(

December 22, 2008 08:59 PM
m?d?lina said...

Soo CUTE! too bad we don’t get those coke bottles north of the border :(

December 22, 2008 08:59 PM
Glenda said...

These are precious, you never fail to amaze me.

December 22, 2008 09:18 PM
Peabody said...

I think that this is the coolest thing you have done so far. So cute!

December 22, 2008 09:22 PM
Rachelle said...

These are the cutest E V E R!!!
Very creative, Angie! Coca-Cola Must see these!

December 22, 2008 09:38 PM
Amanda, Mandy, Manda, Tomato said...

What a fantastic idea. Great cupcakes!

December 22, 2008 09:44 PM
Adrienne said...

Seriously! I love it. I always love coca-cola theme things and these are too cute. I never had a reason to buy those coke bottles but I always thought they were cute. Good Work.

December 22, 2008 09:49 PM
Lovely Lovely Cupcakes said...

This is the best idea they look so great I wish we had those coke bottles here in the UK I would totally be making these to give out as yummy treats!

December 22, 2008 09:50 PM
Melinda said...

Oh my word those are adorable!

December 22, 2008 10:05 PM
Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs said...

These really are the cutest…and such craftsmanship! You really are a artist!

December 22, 2008 10:16 PM
Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs said...

I mean an artist…Whoops!

December 22, 2008 10:17 PM
Brenda said...

You just amaze me…

December 22, 2008 10:29 PM
Leah said...

You are so very clever – you blow my mind with your creations! Although every time I read your blog I want to book a ticket to the US so I can source all of these awesome things :0)…
Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

December 22, 2008 10:33 PM
Meninheira said...

It’s soooo cute :)

December 22, 2008 10:38 PM
creativecarryout said...


December 22, 2008 10:56 PM
SarahB said...

Amazing cupcakes! You really much be sure to point these out to the marketing folks at Coca Cola — maybe you and your cupcakes will be in a commercial for them next year!

December 22, 2008 10:57 PM
hanaé said...

I AM SPEECHLESS . these cupcakes are just perfects, cute, originals !! such a great idea waouh !! happy holidays to you, plein de bonnes choses de France !! nathalie et Hanaé

December 22, 2008 11:18 PM
WishTrish said...

Okay, Bakerella…
Are you not the seriously most creative person on the planet?!

Honestly. I am so grateful for the creative people who come up with these brilliant ideas to AWE me with. Thank you!

Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2008 11:34 PM
Clumbsy Cookie said...

You are a genious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy holidays!

December 22, 2008 11:45 PM
J.Danger said...

oh my god! These are the cutest things I have ever seen. I can’t believe you thought these up! Geesh! Totally awesome!

December 22, 2008 11:46 PM
Baker's Cakes said...

Ok, that’s adorable!!! Another beautiful creation!

December 22, 2008 11:57 PM
The Halls said...

I love this idea! As I sit here drinking my ice cold Coca Cola I am craving the Haribo Cola Gummies and dying over the snow globe cupcake…I just might have to attempt those…delicious!

December 23, 2008 12:07 AM
bakingblonde said...

Those look awesome, I love your photography!

December 23, 2008 12:22 AM
Jessica said...

What a CREATIVE idea! I wish I could come up with things like that! :)
I'm definitely leaving my comment over there to try to win the cups! Thanks for the info & the chance!

December 23, 2008 12:34 AM
Heath and Morgan said...

I absolutely love these cupcakes! I am extremely coca-cola obsessed!My room is done in coca-cola and when I get married I am transferring my bedroom stuff to my kitchen to decorate my kitchen in coca-cola! These are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen!

December 23, 2008 01:07 AM
tamela said...

wow bakerella, you’ve done it again! these are simply amazing!!

December 23, 2008 01:09 AM
kim said...

SERIOUSLY???!! holy shit (sorry to curse on your blog, but it’s warranted) girl.

-Kim, the other John Schneider lover

December 23, 2008 01:15 AM
Likes Chocolate said...

Yet another fabulous idea!!!!

December 23, 2008 01:23 AM
Heather said...

These are amazing.

Question: Are you still shooting with just the one Lowel Ego light, or did you end up buying a second?

I’m trying to make a decision on what to invest in for photographing my projects: A light tent and a couple of cheap clamp lights, or whether I should go all out and get the light you use… because your pics are always amazing.

I have a really hard time believing you only use the one light, some scrapbook paper, and automatic settings on your camera!!

December 23, 2008 01:44 AM
~moe~ said...

Those are absolutely amazing! Oh to have a quarter of your creativity and genius!

December 23, 2008 01:46 AM
Anonymous said...

Super Job, these are just amazing!!!!!

December 23, 2008 01:48 AM
Laura said...

You are amazing1

December 23, 2008 02:07 AM
culinography said...

These are the most amazing things… well… EVER. Awesome!

December 23, 2008 02:23 AM
ellecupcake said...

I can’t believe you made those! :) that is so crazy! I love em!

December 23, 2008 02:31 AM
Jessica from Canada said...

You need to do a book!!!!! ASAP :) Honestly, your pics and ideas are some of the most creative and cutest that I have ever seen! Your pics are out of this world!! You have a ton of talent!!! that is for sure! These bears are sooooooo cute! thanks again for sharing. I love baking and I look forward to your blog everyweek! It always makes me smile and inspires me!!
Please do a book! I think you have a ton of fans and on-line followers who would buy it in a second! Merry Christmas and hope to see lots of your great ideas in the new year!

December 23, 2008 02:36 AM
Sarah, Jesse, and Isaac said...

I am always blown away by your creativity in your cupcake designs. This was a sheer master of engineering. Have a lovely Christmas!

December 23, 2008 02:56 AM
Jess said...

Pretty much amazing, as usual. I just saw those coke bottles in the store the other day and thought they needed to be reused for something crafty. I can’t wait until you have a book.

December 23, 2008 02:58 AM
craftedbylindy said...

You come up with the most brilliant ideas. I LOVE these! Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2008 03:28 AM
cookienurse said...

I am running out of adjectives to describe your creative and genius ideas!! PLEASE consider a how-to Book!

December 23, 2008 03:34 AM
Elizabeth said...

seriously, cutest thing ever! too cute to eat.

December 23, 2008 03:54 AM
din0sluvlem0ns said...

wow these are adorable! you come up with really great ideas!

December 23, 2008 04:03 AM
Sarah: Der Wenigste Blog der Welt said...

Bakeralla… I love your consistent, creative, cupcake creations! You are so creative and talented, not only with baking, but with graphic design and photography. Keep up the good work! :)

December 23, 2008 04:48 AM
Melissa B said...

you truly are a genius when it comes to cupcakes. Never in a million years would I have thought of an idea like this. It’s beautiful and so detailed. My hats off to you!!!

December 23, 2008 05:00 AM
M3 said...

That is just the cutest thing I have ever seen!

December 23, 2008 05:47 AM
madsonblueeyes said...

Amazing, you are one awesome baker!

December 23, 2008 06:06 AM
bon-bon-bun said...

Those snow globes are absolutely awesome. I have to ask you, were you in graphic design or were you an art student? Not only is your photography good but you have a brilliant sense of design, the typography, colours, clever insert of the candy cane, and the placement of items in your photos. I love coming to your blog just to see the photos!

I need to try the polar bears, maybe place them on a wintery birthday cake for my little brother’s birthday (in 6 days, eek!)

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2008 06:06 AM
friedrichfamily said...

You are amazing. That’s all I’ve got to say!

December 23, 2008 06:21 AM
Brownies for Dinner said...

Those are the cutest cupcakes!! I don’t have the fondant skills to make all of the decorations, but I may try the cola cake sometime… sounds yummy :)

December 23, 2008 07:47 AM
Heather said...

Beautiful! I came to your site tonight to drool over past posts, and was super stoked to see something new had posted. These are just adorable!

December 23, 2008 08:00 AM
Gina said...

Words fail me. These are the CUTEST darn cupcakes EVER!!!! (we love snowglobes at my house – even have a huge-mongo one in our front yard)

December 23, 2008 08:25 AM
morgana said...

Lovely lovely lovely bears… I can’t stop watching. They are so cute… Bakerella, you are the best.

I love coke cakes but this cupcakes are the cutest ever. I don’t know how to get the plastic balls so I just will watch to you creation again and again and again. You touched my heart with this.

Merry Sweet Christmas and a Happy New Bear (I meant year).


December 23, 2008 08:55 AM
Cookemila said...

son divinos bakerella…aqui no las habra en siglos..bueno y tu imaginacion tampoco.MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 23, 2008 08:57 AM
Rachael said...

Wow—-those are amazing! They are so darn cute and creative! You are the “Cake Queen!” Have a wonderful holiday season :-)

December 23, 2008 12:40 PM
Ginger said...

Thank you Bakerella!! I love these and I just bought my kids some of the cokes for their stockings, now I know what to do with them!!

Love the cupcakes liners too!!

Ginger Soave
Virginia Beach, VA

December 23, 2008 12:59 PM
Debbie Olson said...

Totally fabulous! I love hearing your creative thought processes on these projects *almost* as much as seeing the finished project!

December 23, 2008 01:37 PM
Daisy said...

Those are absolutely the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen. How did you make the icing for the “snolwy” effect especially in the globes? Too cute.

December 23, 2008 01:39 PM
dayodestin said...

One of the things I really like about your blog is the quality of the pictures you take. Not only is the product you’re taking a picture of amazing, but the pictures themselves are very good. Do you take them all yourself?

December 23, 2008 02:02 PM
Anonymous said...

Bakerella, you rock! You are so creative! I wish I had seen this before going to Michael’s yesterday. I would have gotten the sprinkles and fondant.(I think they sell it there.) Very cute!

Happy Holidays!

I can’t wait to see your creations for 2009!


December 23, 2008 02:04 PM
Anonymous said...

It’s me again. I just have to agree with Jessica from Canada. Please do a book, Bakerella! What a great idea! I know I’d buy several copies.


December 23, 2008 02:06 PM
Katrina said...

Too cute and cool for words! You amaze me with your talents. Someone contact Coke!
Happy Holidays! I’m having a giveaway on my blog, too. Check it out. Seriously, awesome cupcakes. I could never do that! Talent, pure talent. Thanks for sharing.

December 23, 2008 02:25 PM

Once again you amaze us all! Great find on the papers! Have a Happy Holiday!

December 23, 2008 02:29 PM
Jennifer said...

I love it! They’re awesome. Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2008 02:42 PM
Jody said...

I love these! They are so creative~ I’m going to have to try and make them over the holidays.

December 23, 2008 02:45 PM
Anonymous said...

Wow, you are amazing! These are the most creative cupcakes I’ve ever seen. I just made my first cupcake pops this weekend and they turned out great. I made them for my sister to go with a cupcake cookbook that I’m giving her for Christmas. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

Rachel S.

December 23, 2008 02:50 PM
Ang said...

How in the heck do you keep your cake pops from cracking?

I do have such cupcake envy!

December 23, 2008 03:05 PM
BeX said...

OMG!!! These might very well be my all-time fave cupcakes – EVER! I LOVE snowglobes. I LOVE polar bears. And I’m Geran … so I LOVE HARIBO!!!!!!

What an awesome Idea. Maybe I’ll dare to try them out myself. (Wait – can’t you just send me some??)

Love your creativity! Happy Holidays!


December 23, 2008 03:08 PM
karmiclaw said...

These are just the most AWESOME cupcakes ever!!! My DD is 5 and she loves snowglobes (and cupcakes — just like Mommy)! She would be in awe!!!

Gonna have to get some of those Coke bottles for sure!!!

December 23, 2008 03:30 PM
Nancy Smith said...

They are so amazing. This is THE most creative use of cake and plastic I have ever seen!

December 23, 2008 03:43 PM
Pattty Treviño said...

Sin Palabras !!!
So Cute ;)

December 23, 2008 03:56 PM
Amber and Matt said...

I’ve been following your blog for a while and just have to say that that snow globe cupcake is the most creative thing I have ever seen!! WOW!

December 23, 2008 04:01 PM
Jess and Jen said...

Too cute! I want to be that creative and talented someday! –Jen

December 23, 2008 04:06 PM
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