With Christmas just around the corner, these adorable holiday vanilla snowman cupcakes are low fat, easy to make and they are a hit with the kids!
Vanilla Snowman Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing
I love experimenting with box cake mix, it makes whipping up dessert so much easier and I love how it can be used to make low fat treats! The most popular cupcake so far has been my Skinny Pumpkin Cupcakes made with nothing but cake mix, pumpkin and water. Second place is probably the Pineapple Bliss cupcakes that only required box cake mix and crushed pineapple, and then there is the Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes made with only cake mix, pudding, pumpkin and water and let’s not forget the Pink Lemonade Cupcakes.
Well here’s the latest combination I recently discovered, you can make deliciously easy, low-fat cupcakes with an 18.25 oz box of Duncan Hines Cake Mix, 6 oz fat free Chobani yogurt, egg whites and water. No oil or butter required and they come out delicious!
For the vanilla icing, I simply mixed some powdered sugar with a little melted butter and some water and it was perfect for these cupcakes because the candy didn’t melt like it would if I used cream cheese frosting. These cupcakes don’t use a lot of icing, less than a tablespoon on each. If you plan on making them into snowmen, work quickly putting the candy on or the frosting will harden.
|My daughter loved these! The nose and eyes were the first to go.|
Vanilla Snowman Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing
- 18.25 oz Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix, or yellow, classic white
- 6 oz fat free plain Chobani yogurt
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 2 large egg whites
For the icing:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp boiling water
For the face:
- m&m's for the eyes
- orange jellybeans or candy corns for the nose
- sprinkles for the hat
- mini marshmallows for the cotton part of hat
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Line cupcake tins with liners.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until combined.
- Pour into prepared liners.
- Bake about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool before frosting.
- For the vanilla icing, combine powdered sugar, melted butter and water and beat until smooth.
- To make snowman face, spread 2 1/2 teaspoons of icing on each cupcake; working quickly, press the candy face into the icing before it hardens. It's best to make one at a time.
57 comments on “Vanilla Snowman Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing”
These cup cakes are so adorable I’m going to make them for Christmas too cute thank you for sharing
Kids loved these! Could only find a 15.25 oz box of cake mix so I added 11 TBS of flour and 1/4 tsp of baking powder. Turned out perfectly! Will make these again!
I am planning to make these for the kids at my son’s preschool. Can it stay without refrigeration from morning till evening at the school?
I would refrigerate
I was wondering the same thing as Kaitlyn above. Can this recipe be made into 2 round cakes instead of cupcakes? Thanks! Love all your recipes, Gina! They've been a life changer for me!
ohh I'm gonna make these tonight for the football game. Can't wait to taste them. I've never had yogurt in cake before.
First of all another adorable idea! Second could you use smart balance butter? Thats all we use in my house…Also does the cake mix have to be Duncan Hines? Thanks for everything!
i made these and they were so cute!
Do you have to use Duncan Hines or can you use Pillsbury or your own homemade cake mix then just add those other ingredients?
I made the cupakes and frosting and let me say those cupcakes tasted amazing!!!!! I am wondering what the calories, fat and sugar is without frosting??? Myself and Mother in law ate them w/o frosting to save calories.
Sorry if I'm repeating a question, but I didn't read through all the comments. Would you be able to make this recipe (using the yogurt) in a 9×13 pan? Or 2 8inch round pans?
Did you try it out as a cake instead of cupcakes? Did it work?
I made these and the Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes for my daughter's first birthday party. Even her grandmother, the daughter of a baker, was in love.
Thanks so much for this recipe…I made them and they were a huge hit! The picture is up at http://everydayspectacular.com/2011/12/25/christmas-baking/
So glad you all liked them!!
I made them this past weekend… they were AMAZING! Loved it with the Greek yogurt!!
I made these with my 9 year old and 3 year old,and it was a great time! And they tasted wonderful too…thanks for all the great recipes Gina:)
I just made these for the kids at my church, adorable….I hope they love them as much as I do. PRCHEF, Carmen
Looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at foodepix.com.
Made them today for a party I am attending tomorrow, and they are DELICIOUS! The cake is so soft and the vanilla flavor is amazing! I can't wait to share them with my friends and get their reactions! Thanks for the wonderful recipe and keep up the fabulous work. 🙂
i've fallen in love with them 😀
My little is sitting next to me and he says the whole time that i have to bake these cute cupcakes!
Oh my gosh these are just tooooo cute!! I want to try and be original and come up with a great holiday cupcake but seeing things like this makes me just want to copy you!
LOVE THIS! I am sooo making these with my girls this weekend and we will have to share them with the neighbors!
Love this Gina! I am going to make these for my co-workers just to ring in the winter season. I haven't made a recipe on your site that I didn't like. Keep up the great work!!!
Thanks for all the Holiday ideas to do with the kids they will love this one.
I made these last night with Funfetti cake and just the frosting(didn't have the decorating stuff on hand) and they are DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for your awesome recipes!
What is Chobani yogurt?