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Holiday Inspired Recipes from Disney Online: Cupcakes, Snowman Cake and Christmas Cookies

When it comes to family and fun, many think of Disney theme parks and cartoons but did you know that they also own Family Fun Magazine? I love exploring the Family Fun website for ideas including crafts, parties and recipes. In fact, while exploring their recipes section today, I found some really cute holiday inspired recipes that parents and kids can make together.

Some of my favorites include the Holiday Cupcakes and the Smiling Snowman Cake…..

Holiday Cupcakes
Ingredients
Cooled cupcakes (baked from your favorite recipe)
White icing
Grated coconut
Green gumdrops
Sugar, for sprinkling gumdrop leaves
Red candy for holly berries (M&Ms work well)

Instructions
Frost the cupcakes with snowy white icing and top with grated coconut.

Then use a rolling pin to flatten green gumdrops on a piece of waxed paper sprinkled with sugar. Use an aspic cutter or butter knife to cut out holly leaf shapes.

Arrange two or three leaves and a few red candy “berries” on top of each cupcake, pressing them into the frosting just enough to hold them in place.

Smiling Snowman Cake
Ingredients
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
 
1 1/2 cups vanilla frosting
Shredded coconut (optional)
2 black licorice drops
1 large orange gumdrop
Red shoestring licorice
Red fruit leather
3 starlight mints
3 small gumdrops
2 sticks chocolate licorice
 
Instructions
1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour two ovenproof glass bowls, one slightly larger than the other. (Note: For our cake, we used one bowl with a 1-liter capacity and 6-inch diameter and the other with a 1 1/2-liter capacity and 7-inch diameter.)

2. To make the cake, mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Sift the ingredients onto waxed paper and return to the bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, blend the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.

4. Alternately, add the flour mixture and the milk to the batter in thirds, combining well after each addition. Fill the bowls about two thirds full. Bake the smaller cake for about 50 minutes and the larger cake for about 65 minutes.

5. When done, the surface will spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean. Cool in the bowls for 10 minutes. Then invert onto a large, rectangular platter (about 17 by 12 inches) so the cakes resemble a snowman. Cool completely.

6. Ice the cakes with the vanilla frosting, then sprinkle with shredded coconut, if desired. Add licorice drop eyes, insert an orange gumdrop nose and fashion a broad smile with shoestring licorice.

7. For the scarf, cut two 2-inch-wide strips of fruit leather, notch the ends and wrap around the neck of the snowman. For the buttons, use starlight mints topped with gumdrops. Finish off the snowman with two chocolate licorice arms. Serves 10 to 12.

8. Kids’ Steps: Measuring and adding the ingredients for the cake batter, and frosting and decorating the cute snowman.

There are many inspiring Christmas & Holiday cookies, including Hats & Mittens Cookies.  All Photos and recipes courtesy of Disney FamilyFun.com

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