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Sweet Winter Wonderland Cupcake Ideas

As winter approaches the northern hemisphere, so do the seasonal celebrations and occasions! The chilly weather brings out the cuddly, wintertime critters and invites the need for comfy cold weather accessories, some yummy treats and a steaming cup of hot cocoa.

Here are fun some winter cupcake ideas that are sure to transport you to a sweet winter wonderland!

Cupcakes Topped with Fondant Hot Cocoa

Photo via McGreevy Cakes

Hot chocolate cupcakes

The only thing more appealing than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day is one topping a delicious winter cupcake! McGreevy Cakes created these gorgeous and enticing cups of cocoa with a combination of Candy Melts and fondant, along with the marshmallow toppings. Warm up your own cupcakes by following the step-by-step instructions in the video tutorial.

Polar Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Photo via Craftsy member SweetCakebyDari

Polar bear cupcake toppers

After completing Craftsy’s FREE Basic Fondant Techniques class with Elisa Strauss, Craftsy member SweetCakebyDari was inspired by an invitation to create these charming fondant toppers depicting polar bears at the North Pole. The bear’s cold weather accessories were given a sheen with luster dust and the writing was completed with an edible marker.

Cupcakes Topped with Snowflake Scene

Photo via Bake Happy

Snowflake cupcakes

Snowflakes are an iconic symbol of winter and can be used to create simple and elegant cupcakes. With the use of a cutter, Bake Happy punched out small, yet detailed fondant snowflakes and allowed them to dry thoroughly prior to embellishing iced cupcakes. With the addition of candy pearls, these charming cupcakes encompass the feel of a chilly winter’s day. Easily add some sheen with shimmer dust or luster spray.

Colorful Little Fondant Penguins

Photo via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Cool igloo fondant toppers

For those celebrating a birthday during the winter months, taking into account the current climate provides for some cute and cool themes! These penguin party cupcake toppers were created to coincide with designs by Bird’s Party. An assortment of both two- and three-dimensional fondant figures match back to the graphics. The flat penguins were cut out from an ice cream cone cutter turned upside down and demonstrate the ability for creative uses of traditional tools.

Happy Fondant Penguin Topper

Photo via Mimicafe Union

Penguin cupcake toppers

These utterly precious fondant penguins were hand-molded by Mimicafe Union, who is incredibly talented at creating stories with her work. By altering the penguins’ beaks, flippers and stances, each figure comes to life in their icy world. Small details, such as flowers and hearts, add extra charm to the penguins, along with light pink shimmer dust painted on their cheeks.

Polar Bear Cupcakes

Photo via Victorious Cupcakes

Polar bear cupcakes

Polar bears have also become a symbol of winter and Victorious Cupcakes captured these beautiful animals in adorable cupcake form! The polar bear faces cover the entire surface of the cupcake and are textured to resemble fur. Because the bears also need to keep warm, their multicolored scarves are made the night prior to ensure they maintain their shape as they blow in the wind. Follow more detailed steps in this tutorial from Goodtoknow Recipes.

Fair Isle Fondant

Photo via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Fair Isle cupcake toppers

These Fair Isle cupcake toppers were inspired by designs by Green Beansie Ink to resemble winter sweaters. The Fair Isle knitting technique was recreated in fondant with a harlequin pattern using a small diamond cutter, while the texture was added with a rolling embossing tool.

Fondant Snowmen

Photo via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Fondant snowmen

With the arrival of snow comes the opportunity to create snowmen! Assembling snowmen out of fondant is just as much fun, if not more, with the ability to accessorize as desired. These snowmen are adorned with brightly colored mittens, scarves, and hats, which add a fun and nontraditional aspect to the design.

Cupcakes with Wintery Fondant Toppers

Photo via Cupcakes by Tara

Winter Song cupcakes

Inspired by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s Winter Song, Cupcakes by Tara captured the music video’s scenes in these beautiful and sweet cupcakes. The smallest of details were hand-cut and painted to adorn the white, snowy fondant domes covering the small cakes, telling the hopeful story of the characters.

cake pops - fun Abominable Snowmen

Photo via Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats

Abominable Snowman cake pops

Another character known to roam the icy Himalayan mountains is the Abominable Snowman! The interpretations of this legendary creature are vast, but most kids are well aware of Bumble from the classic Christmas television specials. Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats so brilliantly re-created these yetis in the form of cake pops!

Smiley Snowman Cupcakes

Cute Snowmen Cupcakes via Craftsy member Cherry Bakes Well

Cute snowmen cupcakes

Craftsy member and cake artist Cherry Bakes Well made these exceptionally adorable snowman cupcakes by covering the entire cupcake with white fondant and embellishing their winter hats in a variety of colors and textures. They were finished off with fondant facial features and rosy cheeks with the use of pink edible glitter.

Ready to try making your own winter wonderland cupcakes? Check out Global Cupcake Design with Sheryl Bito to learn how to layer and embellish fondant to create detailed cupcake toppers like the ones seen here! And if you’ve never worked with fondant before, get started with Elisa Strauss’s FREE Basic Fondant Techniques mini-class.

Tomorrow marks the first official day of winter in the northern hemisphere. Kick if of with us on the Craftsy blog! We’ll be sharing a super fun wintry cake decorating tutorial!

What designs did you warm up to and plan to create for the upcoming Winter season?



You guys are awesome,
Keep up the good work. As kindly keep me posted for any new.

Lynlee Beckett

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Wow, all these sweet treats look so adorable! I really want to try out the hot chocolate cupcakes. Beautiful AND delicious!


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