These snow globe cupcakes are both fun to look at, and delicious to eat. Our version uses a chocolate cupcake, topped with vanilla frosting, shredded coconut, a cute holiday lollipop. We then top it off with a peppermint gelatin bubble. Shake up some Christmas magic this holiday season!
Make the edible snow globes: In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and gelatin. Let the gelatin bloom for 5 minutes, until the water is mostly absorbed. Microwave for 20–30 seconds, or until the gelatin is melted.
Add the sugar and peppermint extract and stir until dissolved. Let cool for 10 minutes. If any foam rises to the top, skim off and discard.
Spray the balloons with nonstick spray. Wipe gently with a paper towel to distribute.
Dip each balloon in the gelatin until ¾ of the way submerged. Use tape or poke a small hole above the knot to attach the balloon to a skewer and stand it upright in a tall glass for 1-2 minutes. Dip in gelatin again, then stand it upright in a tall glass again. If the gelatin begins to set, microwave in 10-second intervals and continue until all of the balloons are coated. Let the balloons for at least 12 hours, until no longer tacky to the touch.
Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 12-cup cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the brown sugar and whisk to combine.
Add the hot water, canola oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla and mix until combined.
Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners.
Bake the cupcakes for 14–16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Finish the edible snow globes: Carefully remove one of the balloons from the skewer. Pinch a bit of the balloon near the knot, and carefully snip a small hole. Let the air slowly release from the balloon, then pull out of the gelatin snow globe and discard the balloon. Trim the edges of the snow globe if uneven. Repeat with remaining coated balloons. Set the snow globes upright on a baking sheet until ready to top the cupcakes.
Assemble the cupcakes: Frost the cupcakes with a dollop of vanilla frosting onto each cupcake, spreading evenly over the top.
Sprinkle the shredded coconut on top of the frosting, dividing evenly between the cupcakes.
Top each cupcake with a holiday lollipop, inserting the stick into the cupcake. Place the snow globes on top, and dust with powdered sugar.
Gelatin when mixed with the water and peppermint extract does not turn out as fluid as the video shows it. I had to heat the mixture for 1 minute and 15 seconds to get it to melt. Stretch your balloons before inflating, otherwise you end up with a nipple on your balloon and that just makes the globes look weird. Definitely dip the second time.
Gelatin will be at your grocery store; I personally use Knox brand gelatin packets 👍
I followed this recipe to make the globes. went with a vanilla cupcake with whipped cream cheese frosting. Made mini gingerbread houses to top my cupcakes. Between the vases filled with drying gelatin balloons and the remnants of gingerbread sprinkles from decorating, MY KITCHEN IS A DISASTER!! But they are super cute and I can’t wait to serve them!!
I think this was super good! The only thing I would change is the amount of gelatine it was a bit much for me. But other than that it was great!