Source: Family Circle


Recipe Summary

15 mins
43 mins
58 mins


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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat bowls with nonstick cooking spray; coat with flour. Place foil liners into muffin-pan indents.

  • Combine cake mixes, eggs, buttermilk and oil. Beat on low speed until just combined. Increase speed to high; beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Spoon 2-1/2 cups batter into each of the largest bowls, 1 cup batter into each of the medium bowls and 1/2 cup batter into each of the smallest bowls. Divide remaining batter among the 9 prepared cupcake cups.

  • Bake at 350 degrees until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean: about 17 minutes for the cupcakes, 22 to 25 minutes for smallest bowls, 30 minutes for the medium bowls and 40 to 43 minutes for large bowls. Transfer cakes to a wire rack and cool completely.

  • Meanwhile, place the coconut in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl. Cut fruit leather into a 6-inch and an 8-inch length. Fold each in half, pressing to secure, to get 3-inch and 4-inch lengths. Use scissors to cut fringe on short end of each piece.

  • Invert cooled bowl cakes onto work surface. Trim flat sides to make level.

  • Place one of the large bowl cakes, flat-side up, on a platter. Spread top with vanilla frosting. Place the other cake layer on top, flat-side down, to create a ball. Spread a thin layer of the frosting all over cake. Gently press the coconut all over to cover. Repeat with the remaining cakes to make 2 smaller balls.

  • Place the medium ball on top of the large ball. Insert a trimmed chopstick or wooden skewer for support. Place the 2 pieces of fruit leather as the scarf on top of the middle cake. Add the small ball cake on top. Add more coconut, if necessary.

  • Cut the orange fruit slice into a 3/4-inch triangle for the nose and attach in the center of the small cake. Add the mini chips, pointed-end in, as the eyes and the mouth. For the hat, attach the 2 cream- filled cookies to the flat chocolate cookie with some of the remaining vanilla frosting. Arrange hat on top of snowman.

  • Spread remaining vanilla frosting on top of the cupcakes, sprinkle the tops with the coconut and serve with snowman. Makes 24 servings.

Nutrition Facts

530 calories; fat 25g; cholesterol 73mg; saturated fat 8g; carbohydrates 73g; insoluble fiber 2g; protein 5g; sodium 463mg.