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

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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!

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219 comments on “Snow Globe Coca-Cola Cupcakes”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!)

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

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

    and they’re awesome!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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..

  9. 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).


  11. 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 }

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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…

  19. 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!

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

  21. Génial !!!
    Comme d’habitude !

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

  23. Hot Diggity! These are so flippin cute!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  32. These are precious, you never fail to amaze me.

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

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

  35. What a fantastic idea. Great cupcakes!

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. Oh my word those are adorable!

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

  40. I mean an artist…Whoops!

  41. You just amaze me…

  42. 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.

  43. It’s soooo cute :)

  44. Inspired!

  45. 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!

  46. 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

  47. 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!

  48. You are a genious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy holidays!

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

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

  51. 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!

  52. Those look awesome, I love your photography!

  53. 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!

  54. 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!

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

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

    -Kim, the other John Schneider lover

  57. Yet another fabulous idea!!!!

  58. 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!!

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

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

  61. You are amazing1

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

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

  64. 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!

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

  66. 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.

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

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

  69. seriously, cutest thing ever! too cute to eat.

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

  71. 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! :)

  72. 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!!!

  73. That is just the cutest thing I have ever seen!

  74. Amazing, you are one awesome baker!

  75. 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!

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

  77. 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 :)

  78. 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!

  79. 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)

  80. 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).


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

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

  83. 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

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

  85. 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.

  86. 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?

  87. 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!


  88. 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.


  89. 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.

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

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

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

  93. 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.

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

    I do have such cupcake envy!

  95. 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!


  96. 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!!!

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

    Sin Palabras !!!
    So Cute ;)

  99. 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!

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

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