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Snow Cone Cupcakes

Nothing's better than a frozen snow cone on a hot summer day... except when that snow cone is made out of moist cake topped cool creamy frosting, bursting with fruity flavor!

Fool everyone with cupcakes that look just like a real snow cone, and watch the surprise on your friend's and family's faces when the dig in! Colored sanding sugar emulates the traditional red, yellow, and blue, syrup soaked shaved ice.

Great for BBQ's, birthday parties or summer gatherings! Mix it up and choose your favorite fruity flavor combination topped with coordinating color sanding sugars.

  • Pineapple Cupcakes
  • Cherry Flavored Frosting
  • Red, Yellow, and Blue Sanding Sugar
  • Styrofoam Cups
  • Straws and Plastic Spoon (optional)

Bake pineapple cupcakes (or fruity flavor of your choice) as directed in a standard muffin/cupcake pan. While cupcakes cool add cherry flavor (or fruity extract of your choice) to prepared frosting. Get creative with your cupcakes and try mixing your favorite summertime flavors, such as coconut/pineapple or raspberry/lemon. A fruity flavored cream cheese frosting works great!

snow cone cupcake

Frost cupcakes with a spatula or knife, creating a smooth dome shape. Pour red, yellow, and blue sanding sugar onto 3 small plates or bowls, for a traditional snow cone look. You can also top your entire cupcake in a single color of sanding sugar, or even do half and half with two colors.

Roll one side of your cupcake into red sanding sugar, covering 1/3 of your cupcake. Roll the opposite side in blue sanding sugar, leaving a strip of exposed frosting down the middle.

snow cone cupcake

Sprinkle yellow sanding sugar down the middle, with a spoon or by hand. Make sure the entire cupcake is covered with sanding sugars and no frosting is left uncovered. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

snow cone cupcake

Place your cupcake in a styrofoam cup. Add a straw and plastic spoon if desired. You can also use authentic cone shaped snow cone cups with colored straws, which can be found at WalMart or online. (If you use paper cone cups, you can even bake your cupcakes right in the cup!)

snow cone cupcake


More Summer Treats:

Summer Cookies from Cheryl's

Summer Desserts from Fannie May

Snack Assortments from The Popcorn Factory

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