Christmas is less than one month away, and these melting ice cream snowmen cupcakes are the perfect holly-day treat! If you don’t mind making a little bit of a mess in the kitchen, these are snow fun to decorate, and to top it off — your friends and family will be screaming for more. These cupcakes will definitely warm you up a little, making you melt a little on the inside this Christmas!
- waffle cones
- frosting (for cake balls)
- orange and black fondant
- round sprinkles
- white chocolate
1. Using a sharp knife, level the tops of your cupcakes, and gently cut the tips off the waffle cones to make mini cones. Roll the orange fondant into carrot shapes, using a knife to gently score lines into the surface. Roll the black fondant into small balls for the eyes, or use black sprinkles if you have them on hand. Set all these elements aside.
2. The cake balls will be made using extra cupcakes, or any leftover cake you have. Crumb the cake with a mixer or food processor, and add frosting one small spoonful at a time. The amount needed will be dependent on the moistness of the cake — you’ll know it’s ready when you can easily form a ball with the mixture. Roll into small balls and place on a baking tray, then put in the fridge to chill.
3. When cake balls have chilled and are firm, dip into a bit of melted chocolate, then stick onto the waffle cones. Leave them to set on a baking tray.
4. To make the ganache, you will need white chocolate and cream. The chocolate to cream ratio should be approximately 3:1. Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan, then pour it into the bowl of chocolate. Submerge the chocolate in the cream, then stir until the two elements have been incorporated, creating a smooth ganache. Wait to cool and thicken a little before use. The consistency should be thin enough to form natural drips, but thick enough to hold its shape without running off the cake!
5. One at a time, carefully spoon ganache on the top of the cupcakes, then create little drips by directing the ganache off the cake with your spoon. Dip the cake ball cones into the ganache, ensuring the cake is completely coated, then place onto the cupcakes. Before the ganache sets, add on a carrot nose, eyes and round sprinkles for the buttons.
Level the tops of the cupcakes, then make and roll cake balls. For the cake balls, crumb the cake with a mixer or food processor, and add frosting one small spoonful at a time. It will be ready when you can easily form a ball with the mixture.
One at a time, carefully spoon ganache on top of the cupcakes, then create little drips by directing the ganache with your spoon. Dip the cake ball cones into the ganache, ensuring the cake is completely coated, then place onto the cupcakes. Add on a carrot nose, eyes and round sprinkles for the buttons.
Aren’t these cupcakes just snow cute?
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