Monday, May 7, 2012

Sophisticated Snowball Cupcakes

Remember eating Hostess Snowballs as a child?

I always liked the look, but never liked the thick
marshmallow layer.  We would just pull the marshmallow
off and eat the cake.  With this version, you won't be pulling
the marshmallow off!

Here's a more sophisticated version using a marshmallow
frosting.  This recipe is easy yet showy, perfect
for guests.

I have had this half sphere silicone mold for years,
especially to make little cakes like this.  You can
find them on the internet here or you could just
use muffin cups and round them out with your frosting.

Be sure to spray your silicone molds with baking spray.
The last batch I put in the oven, I didn't spray and they
did not come out!

Snowball Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate Cake
(I halved one of my favorite dense chocolate cake recipes
for this and it made 10 cakes.)

3/4 C. all purpose flour
1/2 C. sugar
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 T. cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Mix the above together in a medium sized bowl with a whisk.

In a small bowl mix together:
1/2 C. water
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1/2 C. real mayonaise

Stir the two together with a whisk until there are no lumps.

Spray your molds with baking spray (like Pam with flour)
and fill them about 1/2 full.  

Place silicone mold on a baking sheet.  Place in a preheated 350
degree oven.  This is a moist, dense cake so it will take some time
to bake.  My molds are 2 3/4 inches across by 1 1/4 inches deep.
I baked mine for 27 minutes or until a toothpick came out clean
and the center bounced back.

Let cool 10 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack.

When cool, frost with the marshmallow frosting.

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

8 oz. marshmallow cream
3/4 C. soft butter
1 tsp. clear vanilla
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1/2 C. powdered sugar

In a large bowl with a whisk attachment mix the above
until fluffy.

Then press shredded sweetened coconut on all
sides of the snowball.

Dig in and enjoy!

This is my kind of a Snowball Cupcake!
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  1. Wow, these look so beautiful and tasty! I'm very impressed!

  2. oh yum! my favorite as a child was the ones with the red cake center! anne

  3. Oh my...these look elegant! I can hardly wait to make these....first, I will be ordering the pan! Thank you!

  4. Those look so good, I could cry! lol

  5. These sound and look fantastic!


  6. These look great !!!! wowwwwww !! from

  7. These are BEAUTIFUL! Maybe to pretty to eat(WELL MAYBE!)...
    My Guys would have NO PROBLEM POPPING one or two or three without reserved time to ADMIRE!
    I (((LOVE))) your presentation too. Your dishes are GORGEOUS!
    Have a wonderful week,

  8. These look so good and must taste 1000 times better. I will give this a try. I always loved a snowball and when I was small I always wanted the pink ones! xo

  9. Yummy, these will be added to my cupcake list Jacqueline. They look rather elegant on white china too.

  10. That looks wonderful Jacqueline, I'm very fond of coconut! Love the white on white photos too:@)

  11. Oh these look so good!!! I love the combination of chocolate and coconut!

  12. Another beautiful post Jackie. You really know how to make it look extra special.

    I think of you daily as I use my copper pot. I'm giving it a rest from the stove-top and just put a beautiful fern in it today. Thank you, thank you!

  13. WOW WOW WOW....wait, I am having a déjà vu moment here. MY MOTHER used to make something similar for me as a child, with the coconut!!!!! I have to snatch this recipe!

    My precious Jacqueline, I was just thinking of you because I am planning to do my PARIS LINK PARTY after Mothers' Day, and I believe that is when we "met."

    Dear heart, I lost my momma 24 years ago and I miss her so. But THE LOVE never ever dies. No, NEVER.

    Thank you for coming to visit me. I so love blogging to CONNECT and touch lives!


  14. Oh wow...this post really brought back some great memories for me...
    I remember eating those snowball cakes as a child and I loved them..
    Now I'm hungry for one, so this means I must get busy with this recipe...
    Have a great week...

  15. Yum, yum, yum...I've gained 5 pounds just looking at those pix....those are wonderful....

  16. Looks delishious! I love coconut and marshmallow! And they look even better on your beautiful white china. I can't wait to try these. It appears they could be addictive : )

    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    Danielle xo

  17. A chocolate pack snowball cupcake recipe! I wonder if I could modify the recipe a little bit and add some crush Oreo cookie on a butter with chocolate bits.

  18. Lester, that sounds like an incredible upgrade to me!

  19. How I loved those Pink Snowballs as a child! These sound like Heaven on a plate, the buttercream marshmallow frosting falls in the "big spoon" category and may never make it to the table!! Thanks for bringing back a wonderful childhood memory, sometimes we have outgrown our love for those foods but never the feeling we had when they were special treats.

  20. I was never a fan of Hostess Snoballs as a kid either and it was probably the marshmallow layer too. I'd make these just for the chocolate alone ;)

  21. This is my third week doing the Weight Watcher thing (no meetings, just want to lose a few pounds). So, visiting your page is nothing short of torture! I loved these as a kid, even the marshmallow part that was the texture of melting rubber! I doubt if I could gag that down now...but your recipe...I could eat at least 3!

    I did put it in favorites. I have a class reunion coming up and combine that with a few "vacation pounds" that the past couple of trips added and I simply had to restrain myself for a few weeks or 15 pounds, whichever comes first!

  22. These are very cute. I've been thinking of special pre-wedding treats for the bridesmaids and two flower girls who will be staying with us for a few days before the wedding. I can just imagine how delighted they'd be with something like this.

  23. These look delish. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Deb (Ontario, Canada)

  24. You brought back instant memories of eating Hostess snowballs. We ate all the marshmallow first and then polished off the cake. We thought it was the best treat ever! Your homemade version sounds delicious, Jacqueline. Love that silicone mold.

  25. I'm sure these put the Hostess snowballs to shame! Your photos are stunning, Jacqueline!

  26. Hi- I made these delicious cakes for a Christmas party. I added chocolate ganache to the bottoms, stuck them together to make totally round snowballs. They were so pretty and so delicious! They were a hit!! I will definitely make these again. Yum!

  27. These are beautiful. Could anyone tell me what the silverware is called? I have fallen in love with it !


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