Too cold to make a snowman outside? Gather the kids and create your own snowmen in the warmth of your kitchen!
|via Land O'Lakes|
1 (18.25-ounce) package chocolate or Devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
3 Land O Lakes® All-Natural Eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk*
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, if desired
24 large marshmallows
Black decorator gel
Fruit leather or fruit strips
Gummi candies, rings, disks, etc.
Combine all cupcake ingredients in large bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed.
Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.
Place 3/4 cup butter into medium bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add marshmallow crème; continue beating until well mixed. Frost 12 cupcakes. (The remaining 12 cupcakes can be eaten as is or frozen in a container with a tight-fitting lid for future use.)
Place coconut in shallow bowl, if desired. Roll edge of each frosted cupcake in coconut.
To create snowmen, use 1 marshmallow for head and 1 for body. Draw eyes and mouth on marshmallow head using black decorator gel. Using toothpick, poke hole into marshmallow for nose; insert small piece of gumdrop into hole. Draw buttons on marshmallow body using black decorator gel. To make scarf, cut 2 (2x1/2-inch) strips of fruit leather, make “V” shape notch in 1 end of each strip.
To assemble snowmen, place small amount of frosting on top of marshmallow body; place ends of 2 scarf pieces on frosting. Place small amount of frosting on scarf pieces; place marshmallow head on top. Create hat using decorator candies or gumdrops; attach to head using small amount of frosting.
Insert 2 toothpicks into bottom end of body, pushing through into head and leaving enough toothpick ends to insert into cupcake. Place snowmen on cupcakes, securing with toothpicks.