Gnome Cupcakes

These gnome cupcakes were perfect when I needed a quick and easy cupcake decorating idea. I am so glad I made them–because the kiddo LOVED them!

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Make these adorable gnome cupcakes, an easy cupcake decorating idea kids can do!

Gnome Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are both cupcake obsessed and gnome obsessed. Not only is there a little bit of both in these awesome gnome cupcakes, but they’re so easy that kids can help make them. And that right there is one of the best things ever!


Seriously, I think kids enjoy food even more when they’ve enjoyed making it with you. And then I’m not just left with an icing-clean cupcake carcass on the table, So, if you’re ready to make a gnome cupcake, well. let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Cupcake Gnomes

  • I always like to start cupcake recipes with my Lazy Girl Cupcakes. They’re easy, no-fail cupcakes that virtually anyone can make and be confident you’re going to get a yummy, fluffy cupcake every time.
  • Seriously, get the kids involved. They’ll have a blast putting the marshmallows on the gnome for his beard and they can’t make too much of a mess, if they just put them on and don’t try to move them around a lot. Good news? Even if they make a mess, the kids ARE washable.
  • My littlie wanted pink gnome cupcakes, but if you’d like cupcake gnomes with a red hat, be sure to use a professional coloring, because you cannot get white chocolate to color red red without it.
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How to Make Gnome Cupcakes

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

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Gnome Cupcakes

how to make easy gnome cupcakes with marshmallows

These gnome cupcakes were perfect when I needed a quick and easy cupcake decorating idea. I am so glad I made them--because the kids LOVED them!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 6 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 6 ice cream cones
  • 1 cup white chocolate melts
  • 10-20 drops red GEL food coloring
  • 1 can of your favorite vanilla frosting
  • ¼ cup (ish) of white modeling chocolate colored skin-tone or marshmallow fondant in slightly orangey  (whatever you had on hand is fine)
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Place white chocolate melts into a tall (taller than the ice cream cones, if possible) microwave-safe dish and microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Stir chocolate melts, re-microwave in 30-second increments and stirring between until melted.
  3. Add 10 (or more) drops red GEL food coloring to melted chocolate.
  4. If the chocolate congeals, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil until chocolate is melty again.
  5. Dip ice cream cones, turning the glass on its side to get the chocolate to come down the sides so you can get the entirety of the ice cream cone covered. how to make gnome cupcakes coating the ice cream cone in chocolate
  6. Place ice cream cones in the refrigerator or freezer for ten minutes.
  7. While those are chilling, color your frosting with 10 (or more) drops red GEL food coloring to match the chocolate you made.
  8. Using a round piping tip, pipe icing onto the top of each cupcake in a single layer.
  9. Break modeling chocolate into 12 equal-sized pieces. 
  10. Break each of the 12 pieces of modeling chocolate into 3 pieces, 2 small equal-sized ones and one large.
  11. Roll each of the pieces of modeling chocolate into individual little balls. These are the noses and hands for each gnome. Set aside.
  12. Place ice cream cones on top of each cupcake, off to one side.
  13. Pipe additional icing in face area, covering the side of the cupcake and up about ¼ of the way up the ice cream cone to create a base for the face.
  14. Place one large modeling chocolate piece into the top of the icing you just piped for the face area. This is the nose.
  15. Cover the area below nose with marshmallows.
  16. Add the two small pieces of modeling chocolate (the hands) midway down the side of the cupcake, to the sides of the face area. how to make gnome cupcakes decorating the cupcake
  17. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 601Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 205mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 1gSugar: 63gProtein: 7g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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