Make these Easy Snow Globe Cupcakes without Gelatin!

These snow globe cupcakes are so easy! And, the globe is edible. Which is so freaking awesome. I can’t wait to make these for the kid’s Christmas cupcakes party!

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Make these easy snow globe cupcakes, a gelatin-free snowglobe cupcake recipe anyone can make!

Snow Globe Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore Christmas cupcakes. I love everything about them. The tiny decorations, the tasty flavors. Seriously. holiday cupcakes are somehow better than every day cupcakes. If that’s possible.


But, one version of holiday cupcakes I’ve always wanted to make, but felt like was almost not worth it, was snow globe cupcakes. I mean, all the recipes I’ve seen made the globe from gelatin and, while it’s (possibly) clear, it doesn’t taste good, it’s hard to work with, and it’s kind of like a let down when you go to eat the cupcake because you don’t want to eat all that gelatin.

Then I had a wild idea. What if I made the globe from sugar glass?! And it worked! So amazing! It’s edible snow globe cupcakes that are so easy to make, ANYONE can make them. If you’re ready to bust out some awesome snowglobe cupcakes, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Snowglobe cupcakes

  • Don’t blow your balloons up a lot. Your cupcake is tiny. Like seriously tiny. You also need to leave room in the balloon for the air to expand when it heats as the balloon is dipped in the hot sugar glass liquid. So, do not blow up your balloon very much–like a half-breath is all it took for me.
  • Start with your favorite cupcakes. I use my trusty Lazy Girl cupcakes, a fun, no-fail cupcake that anyone can make and KNOW they’re cupcakes will be light, fluffy and tasty.
  • You do not have to make your own fondant decorations like I did (although this recipe for homemade fondant is amazing, so if you want to make some, do it). You can buy fondant or you can even use little toys. But I liked the idea of 100% edible snowglobe cupcakes.
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How To Make Snow Globe Cupcakes - Recipe and Tutorial

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

Yield: 6

Snow Globe Cupcakes

how to make snowglobe cupcakes that taste good

These snow globe cupcakes are so easy! And, the globe is edible. Which is so freaking awesome. I can't wait to make these for the kid's Christmas cupcakes party!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  1. Make the sugar glass domes by preparing a baking sheet with parchment paper, then placing the ingredients into a pot over high heat. step 1 how to make snow globe cupcakes combine sugar water and corn syrup
  2. Stir continuously until, as measured with the candy thermometer, your mixture reaches 300-degrees. 
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Keep the candy thermometer in the mixture and stir occasionally. 
  4. While that is cooling, blow your balloons up just until the plastic is under tension. The air inside will expand with the heat when you dip them in the sugar glass mixture, so make them a little bit smaller than you think you want them to be. Another tip is to tape each balloon to a cake pop stick and be prepared with a piece of styrofoam to stand them up in. step 2 how to make snowglobe cupcakes blow up balloons
  5. When the sugar glass mixture has cooled to 225-200 degrees F, dip each balloon into the mixture, swirling it to cover most of the balloon. Immediately remove and blow on it to cool, or place on the styrofoam or hand to another person to blow on. You need to move relatively quickly as the sugar glass mixture will cool too fast to use. PLEASE NOTE: You must wait until the sugar glass mixture has cooled to 225-200 degrees before dipping the balloons as the melting point of latex is 250-degrees--do not dip the balloons in until the mixture has cooled. step 5 how to make sugar glass snow globe cupcakes dip balloons in sugar mixture
  6. Allow to cool at room temperature.
  7. While those are cooling, frost the cupcakes in a circular fashion, swirling from the outside to the inside. step 9 how to make snowglobe cupcakes ice cupcakes
  8. Smooth frosting over with a butter knife. step 10 how to make snow globe cupcakes smooth icing on cupcakes
  9. Cover frosting with coconut flakes. step 12 how to make snowglobe cupcakes add coconut shreds to cupcakes
  10. Make very small (no taller than 2-inches) Christmas trees, snowmen, reindeer or other from marshmallow fondant and place one or two on top of each cupcake. You can also use children’s toys, if desired. step 13 how to make snow globe cake decorate cupcakes with snowman of fondant
  11. Cut the ends off of each balloon. step 6 how to make snow globe cupcakes with sugar cut top off balloon
  12. Gently push each balloon away from the interior edge of the sugar glass dome. This pulled away very easily for me, although I did crack one dome by gripping the outside too hard. So, be careful. step7 how to make snow globe cupcakes pull balloon out
  13. Discard balloons.
  14. Paint each dome, inside and out with water. Alternatively, you can run warm water over each dome, inside and out, for about 10 seconds. This will help clarify the exterior surfaces of the domes. step 8 how to make sugar snow globe cupcakes brush globes with water to clarify
  15. Trim each dome.
  16. Place a dome on top of each cupcake. step 14 how to make gelatin-free snow globe cupcakes place candy globe on top of cupcake
  17. Serve!


You will also need:

  • candy thermometer (this is a requirement, not optional)
  • 6 balloons
  • 1 tspn water
  • Paintbrush
  • Circle tip
  • Decorating bag

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 856Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 164gFiber: 3gSugar: 148gProtein: 3g

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

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