For Adam's 15th birthday, I wanted something unique that suited Adam and I have always wanted to make the snowglobe cupcakes I saw on bakerella's blog years ago. I think that's actually how I discovered her blog. I've been saving the little round coca-cola bottles for the last two years and decided this was the year!
I used the cola cake recipe referred to on bakerella's site and made a dozen cupcakes and one nine-inch round cake. The recipe has cola in it and you boil the wet ingredients and the butter before adding it to the dry...kind of different. There was also mini-marshmallows right in the cake batter. When I told Adam, he asked why I didn't make a Sprite cake (Sprite is his favourite soda pop) but then I explained that I used the coke recipe because the snowglobes were made from coke bottles. Ah...I see! says Adam.
I sprayed the inside of the bottles (thanks Neil for cutting the opening for me) with some simple sugar syrup and then coated them with sugar crystals and let those dry overnight. The cupcakes are actually upside-down (to make the snowglobe base) and I used a serrated knife to cut right through the paper liner to cut off a thin slice of the cupcake so I could frost it.
I had hoped to find little hockey players to put inside but Neil and I searched out all the local places to find such things with no luck so I used some mini-ornaments instead and created little snow scenes. This ended up going well with our day out in the snow!
If I had really wanted to make snow-like very white icing, I guess I could have used vegetable shortening in my buttercream frosting instead of butter but I just couldn't bring myself to do that. Instead, I added more mini-marshmallows and some white sugar crystals to the top of the cake to make it a little more snow-like.