These easy to make Winter Cupcakes begin with a Raspberry Cupcake and topped with Vanilla Almond Icing. Learn how to make simple Snowmen Cupcakes, Snowflake Cupcakes and piled high “snow” cupcakes for fun Winter themed cupcakes.

Winter Cupcakes

This post is brought to you by Wilton. As always, the opinions are my own. 

As we wind down after the holidays, sometimes the winter days can be long, especially if have you a lot of snow and cold weather where you live. Why not brighten up those winter days? These cupcakes are perfect for a snow day, Winter themed party, baby shower or even a birthday.

Snowmen Cupcakes

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The kids will have so much fun helping you decorate these cupcakes. You know we like to keep things simple around here, so we started with a cake mix and added ingredients to make it taste more like homemade – 4 room temperature eggs, milk and oil. By adding the milk instead of water, it gives the cake a little richer taste, replace the amount of water on the instructions with milk. And add an extra egg. The oil will remain the same amount that the instructions call for.

After the cake batter is ready, it’s time to add a little more flavor.

Cupcakes made with Wilton Flavor Kits

Adding flavor to the cupcake batter and frosting just got a lot easier. The Wilton Flavor Kits are specifically designed to be mixed into cake batter and icing, however you can also use them for a variety of baked goods like cheesecake or cookies, and even milkshakes.

To give these Winter Cupcakes extra flavor, I used the Vanilla, Almond and Raspberry Flavor Kit. The cupcakes are Raspberry and the frosting is Vanilla Almond.

Raspberry Flavored Cupcakes

Each of the kits comes with three packets, one for the batter and two for the icing. Simply prepare the cake mix, and add the flavor packet. Wilton has six new tempting flavor kits to choose from – Coffee, Caramel and Mocha, Strawberry Blueberry and Raspberry, Lemon, Blueberry and Cream Cheese, Brown Sugar, Apple and Cinnamon, Brown Butter, Maple and Pecan and the one I used Vanilla, Almond and Raspberry. Or become a mixologist, mix and match the flavors to create your own new flavor combination.

Which flavor would you choose?

Frosting flavored with Wilton Flavor Kit

After the flavor packet is added, stir in the flavoring until well combined and divide the batter into cupcake lined muffin pan.

To flavor the frosting, I added the vanilla and almond packets to one can of Wilton Decorator Icing. I have used this frosting for decorating cupcakes for many years, it’s my favorite because it has the perfect consistency to make a beautiful swirl on top of the cupcake, it holds up well and tastes good as well.

Snowmen Cupcakes

Now it’s time to start decorating, let’s begin with the Snowmen Cupcakes. Here is what you will need –

Snowmen Cupcakes

  • Cupcakes
  • Decorator Icing
  • White Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles
  • Sprinkles – blue for the hat and snowflakes in blue and white
  • Daisy Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Jimmie Sprinkles

Tools

Instructions

  1. Frost cupcakes with a good layer of frosting – you don’t need a lot of frosting, but you want enough that it will taste good and so the decorations will stay.
  2. Add white sparkling sugar sprinkles to 2/3 of cupcake
  3. Add blue sprinkles to 1/3 of cupcake
  4. Add eyes, nose and mouth
  5. Fit decorating bag with tip and fill with small amount of frosting
  6. Add line for hat
  7. If the balls on the hat have a tip formed – flatten by dipping your finger in a little water and dab the tip down gently
  8. Add the white snowflakes to the top of the hat

Baker’s Tip #1: When working with sprinkles, it’s easiest to work over a paper plate or tray, it makes the clean up a lot easier.

Baker’s Tip #2: Using a spoon to add the sprinkles helps with the control

Baker’s Tip #3: Use a toothpick or tweezers to place the sprinkles for the mouth

Snowman Cupcakes

Snowmen Cupcakes are the best part of Winter! If I could have the snow without the cold, I’d be a happy girl.

Cupcakes with Snowflakes

Next are these simple Snowflake Cupcakes. Here is what you will need –

Snowflake Cupcakes

  • Cupcakes
  • Decorator Icing
  • White Nonpariels
  • Candy Snowflakes

Tools

Instructions

  1. Fit decorating bag with tip, add frosting
  2. Swirl frosting onto cupcake in a circular motion to look like snow
  3. Add white nonpariels
  4. Add snowflakes

Baker’s Tip #1: Instead of swirling the frosting, you could also add small “piles” of snow by adding dollops of frosting

Baker’s Tip #2: Add sprinkles right after frosting, they stick better

Snowflake Cupcakes

Did you notice the flecks of vanilla bean in the frosting? That’s from the vanilla flavor packet from the kit.

Winter Cupcakes

And last are the Winter Cupcakes. Here is what you will need –

Winter Cupcakes

  • Cupcakes
  • Decorator Icing
  • Sprinkles
  • White Nonpariels

Tools

Instructions

  1. Fit decorating bag with tip, add frosting
  2. Pipe frosting on for swirl
  3. Add sprinkles
  4. Add white nonpariels

Baker’s Tip #1: To easily add the tip to the bag – drop the tip into the bag, push it to the bottom as far as it will go, then using scissors, cut the bag to expose the tip

Baker’s Tip #2: For a good swirl, add 3-4 circles, for a tall swirl, add more

Winter Cupcakes with Swirl Frosting

The cupcakes were baked in white liners, and then for a fun touch, the Snowman and Friends Cupcake Liners were added.

Winter Cupcakes

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Winter Cupcakes

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