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Christmas hit recipe: “snow globe” cupcakes!

Christmas hit recipe: “snow globe” cupcakes!
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If you are looking for a festive, original and even breathtaking dessert to surprise your loved ones this year for the holidays, here is what you need! 

Guests won't believe they can eat these glass balls perched on cupcakes, but they do!

The cupcakes themselves are nothing special - you can use your favorite cake and frosting recipe, or even a boxed mix and frosting.

The star of the show are the snow-globes which are made of gelatin and water, so they are 100% edible. It’s not the tasty part of the recipe, but it’s so much fun!

Here's how to make cupcake snow globes.


  • 12 sheets of platinum gelatin
  • Ice cold water
  • 8 water balloons
  • Wooden skewers
  • Scotch tape
  • A polystyrene board
  • Non-stick cooking spray


1. Fill a bowl with cold water and add the gelatin sheets one at a time, making sure they are well separated.

2. Let the gelatin sit and soften for 10 minutes.

3. When they soft, remove the sheets from the water and gently wring out all the excess water in the bowl.

4. Place the gelatin sheets and 3 tablespoons of water from the bowl in a small saucepan.

5. Heat on low heat, until melted while occasionally stirring.  

6. If the gelatin is hot, let it cool until it is no longer hot to the touch, but still fluid. (If the gelatin begins to set at any time during this process, briefly return it to low heat until it becomes liquid again).

7. Inflate 8 water balloons of the desired size and secure them on wooden skewers.

8. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray and gently rub your hands on the balloons, transferring just a little oil to them (the balloons should not be shiny or greasy, otherwise the gelatin will not stick). 

9. Transfer the gelatin to a bowl that is deep enough to soak the balloons.

10. Dip a balloon completely making sure that all sides are covered (you can leave the part near the knot uncovered).

11. Allow the excess gelatin to drip into the bowl, then insert the skewer into the polystyrene board. Repeat until all the balloons have a first layer of gelatin.

12. Let the balloons sit for about 10 minutes, until they are no longer sticky to the touch.

13. If necessary, reheat the gelatin until it is malleable again.

14. Soak the balloons again in the gelatin and place them back on the polystyrene panel.

15. Let the gelatin balloons sit at room temperature for approximately 24 hours. (To speed up the process, place them in front of a low fan, which could cut the time in half.)

16. The balloons will be ready when they feel hard, like plastic or egg shells, when tapped with a fingernail.

How to form the snow-globes with the cupcakes:


  • 8 baked and cooled cupcakes
  • 1 cup of icing of your choice
  • Coconut flakes
  • Cupcake decorations, suitable for snowballs such as snowmen, Santa Claus, reindeer, trees, etc.
  • 8 gelatin balloons


1. Transfer the icing to a piping bag with a round tip or a plastic bag with a hole cut in the corner.

2. Apply a thin ring of icing on top of the cupcakes, leaving a small space around the edges.

3. Roll tops of cupcakes in flaked coconut. Add one or two toppings (sticking a toothpick on the back if necessary to help hold in place).

4. Cut off the bottom of the gelatin balloon, making a hole large enough to fit on the top of the cupcake around the icing.

5. Gently place a balloon on each cupcake, after having put decorations of your choice.

Note: The bubbles will last indefinitely, but if exposed to a lot of moisture in the refrigerator or frosting, they could eventually start to soften and lose their shape.

Here is a video tutorial to help you:

Will you try this recipe this year?

Source: Sugar Hero · Photo Credit: Youtube - Sugar Hero

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