Snowball Cupcakes Recipe

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Snowball Cupcakes Recipe
The Average Betty Test Kitchen was challenged by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! to make a favorite holiday recipe, replacing butter with ICBINB. I immediately thought, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttercream! Buttercream Frosting is a great test for a product that promises to “add fresh, buttery flavor to the foods you love, while reducing saturated fat compared to butter.” Many, many cupcakes later, the AB Test Kitchen proudly presents I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttercream Snowball Cupcakes!

UPDATE: Our Snowball Cupcakes Recipe won the challenge! Check it out!

Ingredients for Snowball Cupcakes:
1/2 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk
sweetened shredded coconut or sprinkles for decorating

Ingredients for I Can’t Believe It’s Not ButterCream!:
1/2 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp whipping cream

Snowball Cupcakes Recipe
Preheat oven to 350(F). In an electric mixer, cream I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! thoroughly. Add white and brown sugars and cream again. Mix in baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs and cream thoroughly. Add flour and combine thoroughly. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl. With mixer running on low speed, stream buttermilk into mixing bowl.

Snowball Cupcakes Recipe
When all of the buttermilk is incorporated, crank the speed to whip air into the batter. Add vanilla. Notice how fluffy and soft the batter looks? Fluffy is good.

Snowball Cupcakes Recipe
Spoon batter into paper lined muffin cups. This recipe makes 12 large or 16 medium cupcakes, depending on amount of batter in each cup. Bake at 350(F) for 20-22 minutes. Cupcakes will be golden and puffed. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Snowball Cupcakes Recipe
Before frosting, allow cupcakes to rest on rack until completely cool!

Snowball Cupcakes Recipe
Cream I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! thoroughly and add powdered sugar one half cup at a time until incorporated. Add cold whipping cream one tablespoon at a time with mixer running on low speed. When incorporated, turn the mixer to high to beat air into the mixture and whip the cream. Frosting will be thick, silky and delicious.

Snowball Cupcakes Recipe
Spread I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttercream! over cupcakes and top with shredded coconut and other confections. For best results, eat. Do not throw.

Note: ICBINB Holiday Bake-Off Giveaway and trip to New York sponsored by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! As part of the judging process, the blogger participant who receives the most comments by the end of this giveaway will receive extra points towards their total score.

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95 Responses to “Snowball Cupcakes Recipe”

  1. Kowanda
    11/11/2010 at 3:06 am #

    I think I’ll make these for dessert after Christmas Dinner.

  2. Bridget
    11/11/2010 at 7:58 am #

    Making these and trying different flavors too.

  3. CL
    11/11/2010 at 10:15 am #

    The cupcakes with the white sprinkles look very festive! (I’m not a fan of coconut.) The cake part of the recipe sounds delicious.

  4. Julia Cranford
    11/11/2010 at 10:45 am #

    Wow, I love coconut cake so these cupcakes are going to be divine!

  5. Judy B
    11/11/2010 at 10:52 am #

    Buttermilk makes everything better- maybe I’ll get around to trying this soon!

  6. leslie
    11/11/2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Those look amazing! I have a hard time getting the texture right with butter subs sometimes- looks like you got it perfectly!

  7. Shelley P.
    11/11/2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Wow I can’t wait to try these – my kids love helping make cupcakes! And they look so perfect for winter!!

  8. Jane J
    11/11/2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Why do you use brown sugar and white sugar?
    I have always wondered what the different really was. I usually use brown sugar, but I don’t even know why. Taste difference I guess?

  9. Laura
    11/11/2010 at 1:51 pm #

    These look delicious and so perfect! Now i want to bake cupcakes!

  10. Jessie J
    11/11/2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Yum! I especially love the cupcakes with coconut!

  11. Laura
    11/11/2010 at 1:56 pm #

    This looks like a great recipe! The frosting is perfect!

  12. Sandy
    11/11/2010 at 2:26 pm #

    This looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!

  13. Jennifer
    11/11/2010 at 2:28 pm #

    I love cupcakes and these look amazing!!

  14. Brandy
    11/11/2010 at 2:35 pm #

    OMG. that “frosting” looks amazing! I have never thought to use “I can’t believe it’s not butter” in recipes. I should try! Also… how are your cupcakes so evenly baked perfectly? Wow!

  15. Dana
    11/11/2010 at 3:06 pm #

    Mmm these look so wintery and delicious! These would work great at my holiday party!

  16. Crystal C
    11/11/2010 at 3:24 pm #

    My kids would love these but sp would I! Buttercream and coconut MMM Can’t wait to try it out

  17. Casey
    11/11/2010 at 4:25 pm #

    these sound delicious!!! Yumm!!!


  18. traci
    11/11/2010 at 4:28 pm #

    these look great!

  19. Katie
    11/11/2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Oh.em.gee. this looks delicious! I’m a big fan of just about anything coconut though… and of course, you can’t go wrong with cupcakes!

  20. theveggie
    11/11/2010 at 4:54 pm #

    these look delicious and you cooked them perfectly

  21. Kari
    11/11/2010 at 5:40 pm #

    Looks delicious! I’m embarrassed to admit I have never made “homemade” icing/frosting. I’ll have to give it a try.

  22. dramaqueensmum
    11/11/2010 at 5:50 pm #

    That sounds so yummy. dramaqueensmum at gmail dot com

  23. Emma
    11/11/2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Can’t wait to try these… mmmmm!!! Love the sprinkles, too.

  24. Amy
    11/11/2010 at 6:31 pm #

    Yum! The coconut ones look divine! I’ll be trying them!

  25. angela
    11/11/2010 at 7:55 pm #

    love the contrast of white icing with the red cupcake liners! yum!

  26. shay
    11/11/2010 at 8:05 pm #

    those look so good, i will be trying them soon. they definitely wont be that pretty but im sure they will taste great! audreyshay @ yahoo . com

  27. Ashley H.
    11/11/2010 at 8:17 pm #

    These look so good, I can’t wait to try and make them.

  28. Kerrie G
    11/11/2010 at 8:31 pm #

    I had no idea you could cook with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! I was especially impressed with the “Not ButterCream” icing I didn’t think it would be as white as it turned out. This post made me inspired to make some cupcakes with my boys!!

  29. Rachel C
    11/11/2010 at 8:50 pm #

    These look really yummy! Have you tried edible glitter along with the coconut for the topping?

  30. Wanda
    11/11/2010 at 9:32 pm #

    the ones topped with coconut look DELICIOUS!

  31. Vittoria
    11/11/2010 at 10:04 pm #

    i love these! i make similar ones, but these seem healthier!

  32. Janelle
    11/11/2010 at 10:11 pm #

    Mmmmmmmm those coconut cupcakes look scrumptious!

  33. margaritapan
    11/11/2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Can’t wait to try out the recipe!

  34. Kathiey
    11/12/2010 at 6:20 am #

    These cupcakes look amamzing! I love the way you decorated them.
    Thanks for your post:-)

  35. Nichola
    11/12/2010 at 7:36 am #

    Do you think there could be a substitute for the whipping cream in the icing? I have a niece who has a dairy allergy. I wonder if soy or rice milk would work? I guess I’ll have to try.

  36. Theresa
    11/12/2010 at 12:25 pm #

    These cupcakes look great! Love the buttercream recipe

  37. tess
    11/12/2010 at 1:33 pm #

    they look great- thanks for the receipe.
    tcogbill at live dot com

  38. Esme
    11/12/2010 at 3:06 pm #

    These are so festive for Christmas.

  39. Anna
    11/14/2010 at 6:52 am #

    Congratulations on winning the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Bake-Off! Your cupcakes looked so good. I didn’t get to try them, so I’m going to bake them this week. In looking at the photos, I can see that the ones in the test kitchen did rise up a little higher. Guess that was a good thing ;).

  40. farha
    2/19/2013 at 2:33 am #

    can i add milk for the frosting exept whipping cream sry i am asking u 2 many ?S

  41. Average Betty
    2/19/2013 at 8:41 am #

    Yes, but don’t add as much milk. It will not whip up like whipping cream and your frosting will be runny.


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