Friday, January 13, 2012

Stay inside where it's warm and enjoy a snowball fight.


Winter has finally arrived here. The temperature fell more than 30 degrees in one afternoon down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the snow began to fall shortly thereafter. We haven't seen much of an accumulation in the past two days; only about a half and inch has fallen thus far. I suppose if I really tried, I could scrounge up enough snow to form a few snowballs, but I'd rather just stay inside and make them.

Over the past year, I have racked my brain trying to think of a clever decoration to top a cupcake and finally came up with one. It is hard to believe but this is the first cupcake posted here on Hungry Happenings. This post isn't about a new great cupcake recipe; you can use whatever cupcake and white frosting you like. I'll admit when it comes to dessert, I'd pick almost anything over a cupcake. That is another reason I just haven't been inspired to make cupcakes for this blog. I did eat one today, but will probably freeze the rest. Maybe having them lurking in my freezer will remind me to think of more decorating ideas.

Recently, I've seen some really cute indoor snowball fight crafts around the web and was inspired to transform that idea into a cupcake. I started by designing a cupcake wrapper for my snowball fight. Then I spent hours trying to decide what to use for the snowballs. Of course I knew modeling chocolate snowballs would work, but I really wanted to use something else. So, before I made the cupcake pictured above with modeling chocolate snowballs, I experimented with a few other things. None of these ideas worked well: cotton candy (melts down to nothing after being exposed to air for about an hour,) white chocolate covered Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch cereal (made them but they were actually way too sweet,) and tiny little cake balls (started to make them but thought they were way too much work.) 


One experiment did actually worked great. I froze some white frosting, scooped out small amounts of it,  rolled it into snowballs, and topped the cupcake with a pile of them. I figured most cupcakes these days are topped with a tower of frosting, so this frosting snowball covered cupcake, pictured above, would taste about the same.

Either way you make them they are sweet and pretty easy to do.

If I would have wanted to brave the cold  to do some shopping today, I may have been able to find other snowball options. On-line I was able to find white malted milk balls, yogurt covered blueberries, and yogurt covered pretzel balls. All of these options would add a textural component to the cupcake that might make them a bit challenging to eat. Of course you could just eliminate the cupcake all together and print the cupcake wrapper, wrap it around a cupcake liner, then fill  them with any of the above. I do think that is a great option, but then that would, however, defeat the purpose of me trying to share a cupcake idea with you.

Snowball Fight Cupcakes

You will need: 

cupcakes
white frosting
snowballs - choose from white modeling chocolate (recipe here) or white frosting, 
Alternate snowballs: 
white malt balls, yogurt or white chocolate covered pretzel balls, or yogurt covered fruit

snowball fight cupcake wrappers printed on white card stock - download here


Instructions:

Download the cupcake wrappers. Print them out on white card stock. Cut out.


Frost your cupcakes with a very thin layer of white frosting. Wrap each cupcake with a snowball fight wrapper taping the ends to secure them.


If using white modeling chocolate, pinch off small pieces, roll into snowballs, and arrange on top of frosted cupcake. My white modeling chocolate is a bit more cream colored than white, so I added some bright white coloring to make the snowballs really white.

If using any of the alternate snowballs, just pile them up on the cupcake. You can use a small amount of frosting to hold the candy in place at the top of the pile, if necessary.


If using frosting snowballs, spread frosting in a thin layer in a bowl and set in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until it is stiff enough to roll. Scoop out small amounts of the frosting, roll into balls, place on top of a cupcake. Continue until you have a nice pile of snowballs on top of each cupcake. Note: you will need to wipe your hands clean after each ball you roll. I wet a few paper towels, bunched them up, and used them to wipe off my hands in between each. The slight amount of water on my hands helped to keep the frosting snowballs smooth.

Update: I let one of these frosting snowball cupcakes sit at room temperature over night and in the morning the snowballs looked great. I ate it, enjoyed it, and have to say that of all the possible methods to make these, I think this is the best.

If you like this recipe, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. I really appreciate being Stumbled Upon and Pinned, and am always grateful to those of you that share my ideas on your website. I do request that you don't post my entire tutorial, but rather share a picture with a link. If you make this recipe, I'd love for you to send me a photo to beth@hungryhappenings.com so that I can share it in my Reader's Gallery. I link up to lots of websites that are listed hereThank you for visiting Hungry Happenings
-Beth


34 comments:

  1. super cute! I would have no problem getting pelted with one of these!

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  2. Oh yea, this is my kind of snowball fight! Love'em!

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  3. boa noite, nao sei como e o frio, porque aqui o minimo e 7 grau agora sua bola de neve estar linda parece mesmo uma bola.

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  4. Very creative and perfect for this time of year as I'm watching it snow out my window.

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  5. U always come up with very creative ideas.. Thumbs up!

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  6. These are so cute and creative!!! At first glance I didnt even realize it was a cupcake! It looks like a bowl of snowballs!

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  7. That is such a creative idea! Love it. It is a fun activity to do with kids together.

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  8. Oh my heck! Your cupcakes are just adorable!

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  9. I'm with Beth Michelle, I thought it was a big bowl of snow balls. Then i clicked in and saw it was a cupcake! So cute!!!

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  10. super duper adorable! i couldn't help myself, so i pinned them :) found you through foodgawker

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  11. This is absolutely darling. I love them.

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  12. I'm not sure what the protocol is - I thought I would pop by and let you know that Sue & I are running a giveaway on our blog until January 22nd that anyone can enter. You host so many wonderful giveaways I thought you might want the chance to enter someone else's. I hope it is okay to post this to you...... here is the link: http://joandsue.blogspot.com/2012/01/joandsueblogspotcoms-first-giveaway.html?showComment=1326675055509#c8089753632776105678 Thanks :)

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  13. That's a lot more snow than we've had xD We only get flurries lol! But these cupcakes look amazing! I would eat them all up in a matter of seconds xDDD

    ~ Kieli ~

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  14. Thanks for all the sweet comments. I've had a lot of new visitors here this week because of this post and want to welcome you all! I am so excited that my snowfall fight cupcake got featured on Cupcakes Take the Cake newsletter and website and appreciate all of you who have added pictures and links to your blogs.

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  15. Another great idea. I love how your snowballs are perfectly round.. I can only wish I could do that :) Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Sharing Saturday.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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    1. Thanks Mia, I rolled my snowballs up near my fingers which seems to help keep them round. When I roll anything in my palms it turns out more oval.

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  16. Super cute and perfect for January! Thanks for linking up at Inspiration for Celebration. I have featured these today on my blog. You can see it here
    http://www.inspirationforcelebration.com/2012/01/snowball-fight-cupcakes-from-hungry.html
    Love all of your amazing creations!
    Christina

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  17. Fantastic design and simple! I'm hosting an apres ski party this weekend and these cupcakes would be a real hit - even with guests who are in their 60s and older!

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  18. I think this is amazing, and the snow balls must taste really good!

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  19. Soooooooo clever!! LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week =-)
    Beth

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  20. OMG, love this! Seriously cute and yummy-looking! I will have to try these!
    New follower here... saw you on Living Life Intentionally's FB page.

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  21. That is so adorable! I think I may be too lazy to do all that rolling, so I might do marshmallows and sprinkle them with sugar sprinkles or glitter.

    Stopping by from Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

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    1. Yep it was a bit of rolling, but I only made 4 cupcakes, just enough to take my pictures. I think the sparkling marshmallows would work great.

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  22. When I saw the picture, I thought the wrapper was around a bowl of cupcakes - that the snowballs were cupcake-sized cake balls. Now I am trying to plot a way to do that - lol

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    1. I think it would be fun to make a big version of this with cake balls for snowballs. There are so many ways to use this idea that would work great. If you come up with something, be sure to share it! I'd love to see pictures.

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  23. aDORable! What a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Shine on Fridays; hope you'll be back tomorrow!

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  24. What a delicious looking "snowball fight." Thanks so much for sharing at Food Adventure Friday!

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  25. Super cute! We have had hardly any snow this Winter. It's really pretty strange, but I'm not complaining!
    Thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!
    ~Liz

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  26. Your lack of enthusiasm is amazing.

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