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Snow Cone Cupcakes

Keyword cupcakes, fourth of july


  • 1 box cake mix
  • colored and white sugar crystals
  • white sugar
  • white icing
  • food coloring
  • paper cupcake liners
  • small spoons or straws to decorate with


  • Mix your box cake with the ingredients listed on the package. Fill each paper liner with cupcake batter until it's a little over 1/2 full (make sure you buy paper liners that are for baking though, some are lined with a wax lining that can't go in the oven).
    Place the liners on a baking sheet and bake until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely before icing.
  • Also, if you can't get a hold of paper baking cups you like, you can also bake them in regular cupcake liners and then place them into short styrofoam cups to hide the liners.
  • Take your white icing and divide it into the number of icing colors you want. Use the food coloring to create your desired hues.
  • For the solid colored snow cones, ice the cupcakes until it just touches the paper rim of the cup.
  • Mix together some plain white sugar, white crystals, and the colored crystals that match your icing color. Place your iced cupcake on a large plate and pour your crystal mix over the top and sides of the cupcake until it's covered. Use your fingers and palm to gently push the crystals into the icing so more of them will stick, and gently shake off any excess.
  • For a multi-colored snow cone, ice a mohawk of icing down the middle of your cupcake, shake that color of crystal on top, and press the crystals down gently. Ice the side of your cupcake the second color, and repeat the process.
    I found it easiest to hold the iced cupcake over the plate at an angle and then pour the second color of crystals onto the icing getting as close as I could to the cupcake so I could control where the crystals fell.
    Repeat again with the third color and you're done!