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How to make Snow Cone Cupcakes Recipe

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Snow cone cupcakes will have your holiday barbecue guests saying OOOH's & AHHH's when placed on the dessert table. These little gems are fun to make & bring out the kid in all who are lucky enough to take a bite. Made with boxed cake mix, this red, white, and blue cupcake are great for holiday picnics! 

Snow Cone Cupcakes

Holiday cupcakes

I like to make these decorated cupcakes for Flag Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and of course July 4th, because of their red, white, and blue decorations. If put in paper snow cone cups, these would look just like the cold treats you would get from the snow cone truck as a kid!

But really, they can be custom made for any occasion calling for festive colors; one that stands out, in particular, is Mardi Gras Cupcakes or what about Halloween?

Wouldn't these make adorable candy corn cakes??! I say YES!

Snowcone cupcakes

If you are ready to break out your inner Yankee Doodle Dandy, then these little cakes are for you! Made with a boxed cake mix like our orange crush cake and lemon pound cake, this cupcake recipe is easy to put together with just a few drops of food coloring and colored sprinkles! 

Uncle Sam Ornament with American Flag

Ingredients for cupcakes

How to make snow cone cupcakes

  • Preheat oven and prepare cake batter mix according to directions.
  • Separate prepared batter evenly into three bowls.
  • In one bowl of batter, add 3-4 drops of red food coloring. Stir well. If the batter is too “pink”, continue to add one drop of color at a time until you reach the desired color. I went just a few shades darker than pink.
  • Repeat with blue food coloring in the second separated batter.
  • You should now have 3 bowls of the batter; 1 plain, 1 red, and 1 blue.
red white blue cupcake batter
  • Place 3 disposable cake decorating bags (I have a box of 20 made by Wilton-you can find at Michaels or Walmart) in 3 separate tall glasses, such as pint glasses. Fold tops of decorating bags over the rim of a glass and fill each bag with the prepared batter.
  • Twist the top of the bag and secure with a twist-tie. When all are complete, lay on counter side-by-side. Using masking tape or scotch tape, secure bags about 1-inch from the bottom like I have pictured above. This makes filling the cupcake tin SO much easier! 
  • Line baking tin with cupcake paper.
  • Snip tip ends off bags and fill cupcake cups 2/3 full with batter.
red white and blue cupcake batter in tin

Bake according to directions. Cool completely.

red white blue cupcakes

How to decorate snow cone cupcakes

I found this technique so much easier to decorate fast and efficiently! 

  • You will need your red, white, and blue colored sugar sprinkles.
  • Pour sprinkles on three separate plates. This will be easier than sprinkling on top, trust me.
  • Spread frosting over the middle “white” section first. Roll cupcake front to back in white sprinkles.
  • Next, spread frosting over the red or blue section and roll cake in matching colored sprinkles.
  • Finish with the last section and roll in matching color.

I used a boxed cake mix because it was easy, but you can most certainly substitute your favorite from-scratch vanilla cake recipe!

snowcone cupcakes on cutting board

Perfect 4th of July dessert recipe

Snow cone cupcakes are perfect for a 4th of July backyard barbecue! In fact, this recipe is part of our 5 Easy Recipes for July 4th BBQ that is full of other fantastic recipes for summer parties. Looking for another fun summer cupcake recipe? Try this delicious looking strawberry filled cupcakes. YUM! 

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Snow cone cupcakes with colored sprinkles in red, white and blue

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Yield: 24

Snow Cone Cupcakes

Snow Cone Cupcakes

Snow Cone cupcakes will have you saying "Ooooo-and Ahhhh" over these delicious red, white, and blue decorated cupcakes! Great holiday dessert that looks like the cold treat from the snow cone truck!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 tub of vanilla frosting
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Cake decorating bags
  • Red, white and blue sugar sprinkles
  • Paper cupcake liners

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven and prepare cake batter mix according to directions.
  2. Separate prepared batter evenly into three bowls.
  3. In one bowl of batter, add 3-4 drops of red food coloring. Stir well. If the batter is too “pink”, continue to add one drop of color at a time until you reach the desired color. I went just a few shades darker than pink.
  4. Repeat with blue food coloring in second separated batter.
  5. You should now have 3 bowls of batter; 1 plain, 1 red and 1 blue.
  6. Place 3 disposable cake decorating bags (I have a box of 20 made by Wilton-you can find at Michaels or Walmart) in 3 separate tall glasses. Fold tops of bags over the rim of a glass. Fill each bag with prepared batter.
  7. Twist top of the bag and secure with a twist-tie. When all are complete, lay on counter side-by-side. Using masking tape or scotch tape, secure bags about 1-inch from the bottom.
  8. Line baking tin with cupcake paper.
  9. Snip tip ends off bags and fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
  10. Bake according to directions. Cool completely.
  11. You will need sprinkles…
  12. Pour sprinkles on three separate plates. This will be easier than sprinkling on top, trust me.
  13. Spread frosting over middle “white” section first. Roll cupcake front to back in white sprinkles.
  14. Next, spread frosting over red or blue section and roll cake in matching colored sprinkles.
  15. Finish with last section and roll in matching color.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

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Original post: 7/8/14

Updated post: 6/14/20

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