I have not been the holiday mood this year. We don’t even have a tree. We just have a simple advent calendar I made but it keeps falling down. Go figure. The only ornaments I have up are at my office on my cube. (I do love looking that them all day- Thanks Erin!)
So I have been a bit Grinchy lately and I decided that I had to get out of this by making something fun. What’s better than cupcakes? Cupcakes topped with snowmen! I’m not a big fan of the cucpakes that are filed high with frosting so I decided to use marshmallows for the snowmen. And I’d use chocolate covered pretzels as twiggy arms. hehe
So began my baking at 5.45am on Wed morning. I prepped the night before but I did not feel like baking then so I just decided to make them in the morning. I made a chocolate cupcake with an eggnog frosting. The chocolate was the frozen ground, frosting was the fresh snow where the happy snowmen sat.
These little guys were well received in my office. We were totally maxed out on sweets with a lot of furniture vendors giving us brownies, cookies, candy, cake, and pie, but some people made room for them or brought them home to their kids.
Snowmen Cupcakesrecipe makes 24 cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcake1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa power 3/4 cup of coffee 1/2 cup of cold milk 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups of flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 /2 teaspoon salt 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 1/2 cups of sugar 3 large eggs 6 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, melted.
Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 12-cup cupcake pans with liners.
Combine the first 4 ingredients together in a small bowl, set side.
Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together, set aside.
Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.
Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture one at a time. Beat in the melted chocolate, mix thoroughly.
Add in the dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the liquid ingredients.
Mix all until thoroughly combined. Divide the batter evenly into the 24 cupcake liners.
Bake 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick is cleanly removed.
Once the cupcakes have cooled frost them and decorate.
Eggnog Frosting2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup eggnog approximately 1 1/2 pounds of confectioners sugar
With a mixer, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and continue to beat it.
Add in 1/2 the eggnog and then add in small batches of confectioners sugar. As the frosting begins to combine, add in the rest of the eggnog and then add enough sugar to reach the desired consistency.
Snowmen12 10″ skewers, cut in half 72 marshmallows (2 packages) Black and Orange- foodoodlers, gel icing, or markers 24 chocolate covered pretzels (1 package of Flipz is enough)
Using a scissor, cut all dowels in half to get 24 “spines” for the snowmen.
Put 3 marshmallows on each skewer. Do not pierce the end of the top marshmallow since it is the head.
Draw face on top marshmallow.
Cut 2 pretzel arms from each pretzel. Using a paring knife or scissor, cut 2 deep slits on each side of the middle marshmallow. Insert each arm into knife slit, marshmallow will “self heel” around pretzel arm.
Insert 1 snowman into each cupcake.**If you don’t have edible food markers (aka foodoodlers), or forget your stuff at home like me, just use a marker and warn people about the top marshmallow.**