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!

and.i.try said...

you’re so talented! can I link you on my blog…

December 23, 2008 04:52 PM
Kim said...

Holy Wow!! I dont even know what to say. Those cola cakes are just to die for!! Who could eat them? toooo cute!

December 23, 2008 05:35 PM
KayceRee said...

You are so talented! Will you adopt me so I can have some of your goodies?

December 23, 2008 05:39 PM
baseballmomX2 said...

OMG, I am just in awe of your creative talent. These are just absolutely wonderful!

December 23, 2008 05:51 PM
Toni said...

Are you serious?!?!?! Those are just ridiculous!! Ridiculously amazing!!!

December 23, 2008 07:03 PM
alia said...

wowowowww!!! those are AWESOME!!!! so creative! but I’d like to win YOUR CUPCAKES and not the cups loool!!! they should pay you!you can do an ad or something cooler :) just when i think there are no more ideas wow u are so creative!

December 23, 2008 07:45 PM
Amanda said...

Those cupcakes are SOOOO creative! How on earth do you come up with this stuff??

December 23, 2008 08:57 PM
HethRandSeth said...

I am not sure if you read every comment but I want to say, you are awesome!! I love your blog, your ideas and your talent!! These latest coke cupcakes are AMAZING!! You rock when it comes to cupcakes! I also loved your holiday cake pops and just made some reindeer and Christmas trees yesterday, my kids loved them!! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with the rest of us!! You are a great gal!! Heather in CA

December 23, 2008 09:10 PM
Mrs. Incredible said...

Super cute! You are very creative!

December 23, 2008 09:11 PM
Randi said...

Those are the most amazing cupcakes I’ve ever seen! I may have to try the same idea … although I can’t imagine making anything quite that cute! Your creativity is inspiring!

December 24, 2008 12:31 AM
thatgirlblogs said...

I just linked to this site, including the photo in my post. Hope it’s ok — check it out, and let me know. Thanks, you are the awesome…

December 24, 2008 12:34 AM
thebrunettebaker said...

I’ve seen lots of cupcake pics this year, and I have to say “These are the Bomb!!” You did a fantastic ‘em! :)
Happy Holidays!!

December 24, 2008 01:26 AM
P i R a D a said...

They are so cute!

December 24, 2008 01:27 AM
utahstampgirl said...

omg…those are so ingenious!!! My kitchen is undergoing a total remodel, so no cupcakes here for awhile, but I’d love some cool cupcake liners like those…and get baking soon!! Happiest of holidays and happy baking!!!!

December 24, 2008 01:27 AM
Shalum said...

awesome! i love these!happy holidays!

December 24, 2008 02:01 AM
Andrea Gerig Photography said...

I love the cupcakes, what a great idea! (as always)

December 24, 2008 02:14 AM
Scrap said...

Wow.. the coke snow globe is do darn cute.

December 24, 2008 02:48 AM
Isa said...

You’ve crossed the line of cuteness. You’re like in a whole new dimension of cuteness now. Like, next to Zeus and God. Haha
Really, those cupcakes are amazing!

December 24, 2008 03:29 AM
sus said...

Well, you certainly brightened my day with your awesome cupcakes! It is so good to see the creativity that you have displayed. Your mind must be racing at all times to keep coming up with some great ideas and your directions were very easy to follow. Thanks so much for sharing and making my day! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2008 03:44 AM
shereallycooks said...

WOW, hands down the most creative cupcakes I’ve ever seen. Fabulous job!!

December 24, 2008 04:56 AM
Kebi Cedawna said...

Your creativity astounds me, the coke bottle idea is soo neat!

December 24, 2008 05:16 AM
Sarah said...

Oh man, that is SO creative!!!

Nicely done!

December 24, 2008 05:51 AM
Brittany & Barry said...

Amazing!?!?! How long does it take you to make these incredible creations?

December 24, 2008 06:02 AM
Wendy said...

You have just possibly made my husband one very happy man ;) I wish I had announce of your creativity! your pictures are just gorgeous, too.
My Blog

December 24, 2008 06:38 AM
Polar Bear Love said...

I’ve admired your baking abilities for quite some time (though from afar, because I haven’t commented before). But because I happen to love polar bears and you did such an admirable, fantastically cute job with this, I had to leave a comment just to say how great I think your latest creation is. And of course, you’re amazingly talented, but hopefully you already knew that. :)

December 24, 2008 06:53 AM
Polar Bear Love said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention this in my comment (sorry if it sounds a bit weird)…

The polar bear snow globe cupcakes are so adorable that I kind of wish I had an inedible version I could just keep on display.

December 24, 2008 06:56 AM
Eveline said...

Your cupcakes always make me smile and I love this little polar bear set you made.

December 24, 2008 08:47 AM
Karen said...

That is so cute! I love it!

December 24, 2008 02:48 PM
Jaime said...

wow!! those are the cutest ever. your creativity never ceases to amaze me :)

December 24, 2008 05:31 PM
Michelle said...

Ok, those have to be the cutest cupcakes you’ve made so far!!! SO cute!!!

December 24, 2008 06:06 PM
Vanessa Contessa said...

Bakarella!!!!! You’ve got to be kidding me! These are by far the most amazing things you’ve made the and the cutest Christmas concoction I’ve see this season. You are a genius!! Thanks for making my day.

December 24, 2008 07:14 PM
DaisyMae Maus said...

Beautiful work, Bakerella … I’m so impressed with your creativity.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008 12:55 AM
amy (metz) walker said...

What a GREAT IDEA!!!

December 25, 2008 01:16 AM
Vera said...

What another great idea! You come up with the cutest, you should write a book, if you aren’t yet :) But then again, no, just blog about them so they’re accessible. Hehe :)

Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2008 03:42 AM
Jerri-Lea said...

OMG! THose are darling! Of course, I’m not surprised by your creativity! How I wish I lived close to you, we’d become good blogging buddies and we’d meet for some laughs and crafts!

December 26, 2008 04:52 PM
RN and OSHP said...

Wow, you are so talented. These are the cutest things ever!!

December 26, 2008 09:13 PM
Angie said...

Wow! My husband loves all things coke and was impressed too.

December 27, 2008 03:42 AM
Rhett and Tiffanie Jackson said...

that is a darling idea!!! your blog is amazing!

December 27, 2008 09:15 AM
howezookeeper said...

My mouth just dropped when I saw these. Unbelievably amazing! How do you come up with this stuff? You are my baking idol.

December 27, 2008 04:54 PM
Erin said...

Bakerella you are a cake genius!

December 27, 2008 05:08 PM
Jaime said...

Those are the cooooolest cupcakes I have ever seen. LOVE THEM!

December 28, 2008 12:54 AM
Maria said...

Wow, I found out about this site from the Chocolate mints in a Jar site: which I foung on the Positive Thinking Blog and it’s a strange path to here but this such a creative and wonderful idea that I’m very impressed and have bookmarked this site for later…::

December 28, 2008 02:55 AM
Bakerella said...

Hey Everyone –

Geez, I'm blushing. These are some of the nicest comments ever. You guys are so sweet. I have to tell you that when I was getting ready to post these pics, I couldn't stand it. I thought they were so cute and I couldn't wait for you guys to see them. I'm glad you all enjoyed them and thanks for letting me know. I really do appreciate it.

Heather – I still have just the one light. Although, I would still like two. And yep, I do just use the auto settings.

bon-bon-bun – Thanks, I do have a background in design.

Daisy – It's described in the post. It's a sugar water spray and real sugar.

dayodestin – Thank you very much. I do take them all myself.

Ang – I think this has something to do with the chocolate being too hot and the balls being too cold.

Brittany & Barry – a while. I'm not the fastest baker, that's for sure.

December 28, 2008 04:25 AM
Sarah Duncan said...

That is quite possibly the cleverest cupcake idea ever!

December 28, 2008 04:27 AM
Anne Boulley said...

I never bake cupcakes, but I will now! I am kicking myself for not buying those round bottles of Coke I saw at the store before Christmas. I’m hoping to find some so I can surprise a friend who collects snowglobes. He’ll die when he sees it, although I can’t design in fondant like that. I’ll have to improvise and send you the picture. :)

December 28, 2008 05:43 PM
Catherine said...

I am in awe of you! These cupcakes are so clever on so many levels! I love the “Enjoy Cake” in the Coke font! And Coca Cola cake is delish!
Thanks for your post!

December 29, 2008 01:03 AM
I heart cupcakes said...

These are just adorable! I wish I had half your talent!

I hope you dont mind, but I’ve put a post on my blog about these – I couldn’t resist!

I love your blog – an inspiration to everyone who loves baking!

December 30, 2008 04:07 PM
Anonymous said...

Those are adorable! I absolutely loved your snowglobe- but how would you eat a plastic cupcake? Still, SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!

December 30, 2008 06:06 PM
Scrappin Cheryl said...

OM Gosh – these are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen! They are STINKIN’ Cute! You are so creative! Using the coke bottles for the globes – genious! And the addition of the candy cokes was just over the top – made them perfect! Wow!

Thanks so much for sharing!

December 30, 2008 11:54 PM
Claudia Daroncho said...

Congratulations for the artwork, every thing you do amazes me and inspires me. I’m Brazilian and unfortunately we do not have a cupcake culture – although I’m making my efforts to introduce it. ;-). As I’ve never been in the US I’ve never tasted a truly American cupcake. The only taste I know is from the ones I make. Don’t you think it’s unfair? You could ship one by Fedex… ;-).
I’m crazy about the products you use and everything else I see on my searches around internet. Good quality and pretty cupcake liners are so hard to find, so I have only one local store that imports a few Wilton products, but sometimes they are off some items and I don’t know what to do. I also import directly from The problem is: they don’t have those cute colorful liners there! I tried Confectionery House but they don’t ship internationally. Could you help me indicating some web shops that ship to Brazil? Thanks and happy New Year!

December 31, 2008 09:47 PM
Shawnee said...

These are just so stinkin’ cute. I cannot believe how original you are!! Wow. Although, if I made them, I don’t know if I could eat them!!

December 31, 2008 11:06 PM
bakergirlcreations said...

We are sitting here in the couch, looking at these in awe! You never cease to amaze.

January 2, 2009 08:53 AM
Becky said...

What an adorable idea! Wished I had this recipe for my grandaughter’s birthday which was back at the end of Nov. She is 5 and collects snow globes. I will remember this one for next year. You are so creative.

January 2, 2009 03:23 PM
Anonymous said...

I absolutely love polar bears–these are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen! What a fabulous idea–you are incredible!!! ~Vanessa

January 3, 2009 02:06 AM
Christine said...

Way too cute and original! I love that commercial with the baby polar bear and the baby seal.

January 3, 2009 08:24 PM
anna said...

That is absolutely amazing. And what a great idea!

Happy New Year

January 4, 2009 07:14 AM
Mallory Elise said...

what the…shouldn’t coca cola be paying you for this!!?!?!?! damn! you are a marzipane…artist.

January 4, 2009 09:47 AM
pigpigscorner said...

Awww they are so cute! And love the colours!

January 4, 2009 01:14 PM
charlotte s said...

WOW! what gorgeous cupcakes!!!

January 4, 2009 07:23 PM
gaga said...

Wow, that is amazingly adorable and creative!

January 4, 2009 10:03 PM
The Ibrahims said...

Those are the coolest things I have ever seen! I bought the coke from walmart and wanted to take them with me to Jordan, but they weighed so much!! But they are so cuteeeeeee

January 5, 2009 09:24 PM
Bakerella said...

Sarah Duncan – Thanks so much.

Anne Boulley – Glad you like them. I wish I had bought more bottles, too.

Catherine – Glad you caught that.

I heart cupcakes – no problem.

Anonymous – Silly, you just lift the plastic off before you eat.

Scrappin Cheryl – Thanks. I really lucked up on seeing those candy coke bottles. I don’t think I had ever even noticed them before.

Claudia Daroncho – I wish I knew of one. Does ship to you? You can probably find something on there.

Shawnee – trust me. it’s not too hard.

bakergirlcreations – thanks!

Becky – thank you.

Anonymous – Thanks!

Christine – me too. Happy New Year.

Mallory Elise – That would be nice.

pigpigscorner – The red and white really pops.

charlotte s – glad you think so.

gaga – and yummy, too.

The Ibrahims – You should have drank them and at least taken the bottles.
January 5, 2009 1:24 PM

January 6, 2009 01:51 AM
nancypants said...

Man… you are a confectionary genius!!

January 6, 2009 05:25 PM
victoria said...


Honestly, how can you even stand to eat those? They are too cute! I’d just want to look at them in admiration.. (at least until I smelled frosting!) ;)

I have never even seen those round winter Coke bottles. Way too cool and perfect for your snowglobe cupcakes! Amazing!

January 6, 2009 09:38 PM
Raich said...

ARE YOU Kidding ME?? You should win some really big award with those cupcakes…Man I can not imagine getting around to that, I’m not putting it on my list but loved loved them…

January 7, 2009 03:56 AM
Bakerella said...

nancypants – and you are too nice.

victoria – that’s right. super cute, huh!

Raich – it wasn’t that hard. Especially if you skip the fondant step and just put a little plastic cupcake topper in the scene.

January 10, 2009 04:56 PM
Carol Ann said...

I missed this earlier, but I wanted to be sure and say…YOU’RE AMAZING!!! You make me want to play with fondant all day. :) I don’t think it pays well, though. ;) Thanks!

January 12, 2009 02:33 PM
Bakerella said...

But, it sure is fun.

January 13, 2009 03:47 AM
Anonymous said...

There’s actually a great cake Weight Watchers Recipe with coke. One box of chocolate cake mix, beat with one can of diet cola. Thats it – its moist and tastes delicious – and low(er) in sugar. You can use Diet Dew with yellow cake and Diet Sprite with white cake!

January 23, 2009 09:14 PM
D Baker Photography said...

I just founds your site via Ree- The Pioneer Woman- you rock. This is seriously good stuff.

March 5, 2009 09:31 PM
Bakerella said...

Anonymous – I’ve made that one.

D Baker Photography – thanks a bunch

March 8, 2009 02:48 AM
sprinkle said...


September 22, 2009 10:49 PM
Jennifer said...

I was waundering around your website and found these. AMAZING!!! Where do you come up with these ideas?!?! Bakerella, you truly have a gift!
Thanks for sharing it!

October 9, 2009 10:43 AM
Rachel said...

Hey guys just want to give a heads up the bottles are at walmart now and won’t last long.

November 12, 2009 09:29 PM
Rein said...

Too cute! Your so clever,inspiring and amazing!
You have a lot of talent :)

November 17, 2009 02:13 PM
Kelly said...

Walmart — Great, I’ll have to go there tonight. Last season they were every where — I wanted to make something similar to these for Saturday and hit up Walgreens and Target in NJ and nothing.


December 3, 2009 01:10 PM
Jamie said...

is that a paper baking cup? and if not what kind of baking cup is that?

December 6, 2009 08:07 PM
Fanboy Wife said...

Those cupcakes look great. There’s no way I’m going to attempt to make them, but I did enjoy looking at the photos.

December 20, 2009 02:12 PM
Paloma said...

WOW! It’s just beautiful! Amazing job! I am now officially a fan of this site!

December 20, 2009 07:54 PM
Theresa said...

Wowzers!! Amazing again!!

December 22, 2009 11:44 PM
Ronda said...

Found these adorable cupcakes via Baking Bites Blog!
I’d tell you how amazing you are, but you’ve heard it all before… and I’m too busy subscribing to your blog…

December 31, 2009 12:17 AM
jennifer13 yrs old said...

the prize was baking cups?!! lol…cool

January 18, 2010 02:34 AM
Amanda said...

Im very interested in the frosting and technique you used here for the base frosting. Its the same as on the rose cupcakes. it looks cloud like. i LOVE it.

January 27, 2010 08:08 AM
moon hye- mi said...

hi~~ I’m very honored to meet you.
i’m korean !!
My English leaves much to be desired.
by the way , You look pretty cool.!!! wonderful ^^**

February 4, 2010 07:39 PM
Maggie said...

WOW! those look amazing.

April 5, 2010 02:43 PM
Mary Grace said...

OH MY GOSH!!! the coca cola polar bears are my all time favorites!!!!!!!!! Everyone knows POLAR BEARS ARE MY FAVE ANIMALS! HAHA.. so when I saw this post I nearly died!! IT is PERFECTT! I LOVE IT!

April 23, 2010 06:55 PM
Nicky said...

it’s amazing that you come up with all this stuff

June 6, 2010 09:33 PM
Cristina said...


June 18, 2010 01:11 PM
anna rae :) said...

that us one of the most cutest things i have seen in my life.
happy holidays, best wishes!!!!!!

July 13, 2010 12:39 PM
Tina Meaux said...

I really Enjoy Coca-cola Cupcake link my Best Friend sent it to me, Too bad it was to late to join in on the fun to be a winner, I have ENJOYED COCA-COLA FOR YEARS , long a I can remember and A toast to COKE for many great years I have my Kitchen FULL of Coke things I have collected over the Years it is decorated with everything COKE ! SO HERE IS A TOAST TO COKE FOR MANY MORE YEARS TO ENJOY ! THANKS SO MUCH !!!

September 1, 2010 09:50 PM
Tammy said...

I really like all of your idea’s, so much so that I sent the link to my Best Friend Tina because she collects anything Coke and I thought that she would enjoy this concept that you thought of…….. And it sounds like she did like it, judging by her by her comment…… Heres to COKE!

September 3, 2010 04:06 PM
sugarNrainbows said...

before i praise you, HARIBO FOR THE WIN those gummi colas taste amazing, especialy cold so you get good chewing time.

Now, these cupcakes are AWSOME, truely. I wonder, would that cola cake recipie be modifyable? still though, when i saw the thumbnail i didnt believe this would be a success story, im thinking O_o water on cake is a nono, but this was just genius

September 26, 2010 05:15 PM
Cookie said...

Hi Bakerella: I adore your website and am planning on making these snowglobe cupcakes this Holiday season. Could you please tell me where you purchased the black heart candies for the bear’s nose and the red hearts for the scarf? Thanks again – I can hardly wait to see what you come up with this Christmas too!

October 20, 2010 08:10 AM
dancers said...

l love it!

October 24, 2010 03:29 PM
Cookie said...

Hi Bakerella: Congratulations on your new book which I know will be a large success for you. May I ask you where you purchase your Black Hearts for the Bears in the Snowglobes and the Red Hearts from?

October 27, 2010 03:06 PM
april said...

how is the sugar water spray made? click the link but its not working for me. These are soo wonderful, loving it.

November 20, 2010 05:16 AM
jacky said...

i am making all of my best friends some of these as a holiday gift, thanks bakerella!

December 4, 2010 06:12 PM
Pudding Pie Lane said...

Oh my god. You are my hero.

April 8, 2011 05:33 PM
annie said...

i love these soooooooooooooooooooo much :D ! so adorable . i wish i could be as creative as you :)

September 22, 2011 02:43 PM
ANDREA said...

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

November 4, 2011 01:36 PM
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