Snowy North Pole Cupcakes
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Snowy North Pole Cupcakes are the cutest Christmas dessert recipe when you need a fun holiday treat! Great for kids who want to help bake!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 16.25 ounce box white cake mix (and ingredients called for on the package, substituting milk - I used Upstate Farms Lactose Free - for the water for more homemade tasting cupcakes)
Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1½ C (3 sticks) Unsalted butter, cold
  • 5 cup Powdered sugar
  • 2½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Milk or Cream
  • Candy canes
  • White sprinkles, for "snow"
  • North Pole signs made however you like
  • OR order this kit on Amazon that has sprinkles, candy canes, and North pole stickers included
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cupcake pan with holiday paper liners.
  2. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions, substituting milk for the water for denser cupcakes. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  3. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes (recipe for frosting below).
  4. Top cupcakes with white sprinkles.
  5. Unwrap candy canes. Use just the straight part of the candy cane and stick into each cupcake to make your "pole".
  6. Place stickers on candy cane OR if using printed signs, secure with a dab of frosting.
  7. Enjoy!
  1. Cut the cold butter into pieces.
  2. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer, whip butter for 4-5 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat until butter look somewhat light in color.
  3. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated into butter then add 2 tsp of vanilla extract and mix to combine. Beat for about 1 minute.
  4. Add an additional 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat on low speed until sugar is incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add last 1 cup powdered sugar along with 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream and ½ tsp vanilla extract .
  6. Beat on low until combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for another 3-4 minutes to whip additional air into the frosting.
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