When I first thought of these, it took several months of dreaming and scheming to make them a reality. It took a lot of experimenting, several last-minute gelatin purchases, some late-night disasters, and a few choice words mumbled under my breath, but at last, this Christmas dessert finally lives up to the idea in my head!
The cupcakes themselves aren’t anything special—you can use your favorite cupcake and frosting recipe, or even a box mix and canned frosting, if that’s what this crazy holiday season requires. No, the real stars of the show, and the reason I’m still finding gelatin drips in the corners of my kitchen, are the beautiful gelatin bubbles perched on top of each cupcake.
SNOW GLOBE CUPCAKES
These gorgeous Snow Globe Cupcakes are topped with edible gelatin bubbles. That’s right–you can eat both the cupcakes AND the globe! They look so amazing and impressive, and are perfect for the holidays!
8 cupcakes baked and cooled
1 cup frosting of your choice
Snow globe-appropriate cupcake toppers like snowmen Santas, reindeer, trees, etc
8 gelatin bubbles
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Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a round tip, or a plastic bag with a hole cut in the corner. Pipe a thin ring of frosting on top of the cupcakes, leaving a margin around the edges so that the gelatin bubble can enclose the frosting entirely.
Roll the top of the cupcakes in the flaked coconut. Add a cupcake topper or two to each cupcake—if it helps, you can glue a toothpick onto the back and use that the secure the toppers to the cupcakes.
Trim off the bottom of the gelatin bubbles, making a hole big enough to fit on top of the cupcake around the frosting. Carefully place a bubble on top of each cupcake. The bubbles will last indefinitely, but if they're exposed to a lot of moisture in the refrigerator or the frosting, they might eventually start to soften and lose their shape.