Bumbles bounce…

Among many of my favorite things to do for the Holidays is to watch the TV specials. Now granted, I own most of these on DVD, and yet every year I prefer to watch them on TV, with commercials. Strange I know. Last night I watched a new one called Shrek the Halls. Which was actually pretty cute but will never compete with the classics of my childhood.
I’ve already seen on TV, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas, but it never is Christmas to me until I see Rudoph the Red Nose Reindeer. Perhaps it is the fact that I am somewhat of a misfit myself and so I can relate to Rudolph and Hermey the Elf…I mean I had Hermey saying “I want to be a dentist” as my outgoing message for my answering machine throughout undergrad school…and no, I didn’t want to be a dentist.
Is it the timely message to accept others as they are, for everyone has a purpose in the world?
It’s the Bumble. I love the Bumble( aka. The Abominable Snow Monster of the North). He never scared me as a kid. I never shouted at the screen saying “run, Rudolph, run” like my friend D did. He always made me happy. I knew he was never a bad guy, I mean if he wanted to eat Ruldoph’s friends, he would have done it right away, right? And by the end of the movie, when he is toothless and can do no harm, even he the misfit had a purpose…to put the star on the tree. Ahh, let us all hug now.
So in honour of my beloved Bumble I decided to make him a Christmas treat. I was going to have to be something soft, since all of his teeth were removed. I remembered seeing in one of my many cupcake books that there was a Yeti cupcake…in case you don’t know, a yeti it is an abominable snowman. Surely these would do. The recipe called for using coconut in the frosting, which I left out because I want to use my little snowflake sprinkles I found. They were far more festive than coconut. Be sure to grease the top of your pan, even if you are using cupcake liners, as these cupcakes have marshmallow in them and they like to ooze when hot and then stick like crazy to everything when they cool down. These were much fun and super tasty and I have no doubt that after he eats one the Bumble will be loving me.

Marshmallow Snowflake Cupcakes

Cupcake Batter:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 egg whites(plus a pinch of salt for them)
1 cup mini-marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine flour and baking powder together in a bowl; set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together, beating till light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk, and beat until batter is smooth. (Don’t panic, this will look more like cookie batter than bake batter.)
Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff but not to dry. Gently fold into batter. (This was a bit of a chore, just keep at it).
Fold in marshmallows.
Spoon batter into cupcake papers, filling cups about 2/3 full(even if you are using papers, be sure to grease down the top of the muffin tins as the marshmallow part tends to ooze over a bit). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.


2 egg whites
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla

Using a large bowl, preferably the top of a double boiler, mix eggs, sugar, corn syrup ans salt until combined. Place the bowl over simmering water ans whisk until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot, about 3 minutes(be careful to not make it too hot since you are using eggs and don’t want them to scramble). Remove heat and beat 5-7 minutes until frosting is cool and stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Decorate cupcakes to your tastes. To get the “spiked” look simply frost the cupcake as you normally would and then go back and touch the knife to various parts of the frosting and it will pull up. Sprinkle with candy snowflakes(I got mine at Target).

Source: Adapted from Cupcakes Galore by Gail Wagman


  1. Love it! I like watching all the Christmas shows on TV also. [nostalgia] The cupcake is just lovely.

  2. Beautiful cupcakes! I love me some Rudolph but ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (with the mice family) is my all time fave :)

  3. Wow, these are so adorable! I think you have given me no choice but to make them myself :)

  4. Yum — I think the kids in our family would love these.

  5. They are so cute!!!! I want them!

  6. Bumble would be proud! The cupcake is gorgeous!

  7. So pretty!

  8. these are too cute! they look yummy too :)

  9. A secret: Bumble is my favorite too. I have many little Bumble decorations I break out every holiday season :)

    Those cupcakes look divine, as usual! I love marshmallow anything, that topping alone, I think I could eat with a spoon by the bowl-full.

  10. I am still discovering Christmas specials on this side of the pond and I am having a blast like the other kids!! Too funny you posted a cupcake today as I posted about the ones I am bringing to your housewarmig party….in sync again!! Yours are way cute with the frosting and the snowflakes!

  11. I missed Shrek the Halls and was disappointed because it looked like it MIGHT live up to the holiday specials of my youth. I can’t wait to try your Bumble-inspired cupcakes!

  12. Thanks!
    I fell in love with your site last summer, I was returning from a six month deployment and tired of metallic tasting food. Your amazing images on here were enough to tide me over between port visits.

  13. Aww, looks so cute! And the name applies to how it looks; I feel like grabbing it and throwing it like a snowball… Or in my mouth :O

  14. I don’t know Bumble but I do know that your cupcake looks adorable with the spikes and sprinkles!

  15. Love the sprinkles you added – and the marshmallow looks delicious!

  16. the frosting looks so perfectly white and shiny and yum yum !!!

  17. Those certainly are fun! Looks deliciously sweet!

  18. That muffin looks so tantalizingly good. I can simply imagine my nose covered in all that frosting after one big bite!

  19. Woooo! I loved that show! My sister and I watched it every year as kids. My favorite quote is from Herbie, “I wanna be a dentist.” Great looking cupcakes and I love that frosting.

  20. Adorable cupcakes! And I’m super jealous that you’ve already seen Charlie Brown and the Grinch on tv. Watching those two on tv is totally a Christmas tradition!

  21. That meringue frosting looks delectable :).

  22. These look absolutely amazing!! The decorating is just WOW. As always beautiful and a job well done.

  23. I love those sprinkles!! Charlie Brown Christmas is still my favorite – I have to watch it every year!!

  24. I’m a Christmas show dork too. I watched Shrek the Halls and laughed my butt off, but like you say….I don’t think it’s classic material. The Polar Express is on tonight!!!

  25. A cupcake just for the abominable snowman. What an awesome idea. And it look fantastic and I bet tastes great too. Those old holiday shows are the best. I’m a big Heat and Freeze Miser fan.

  26. Beautiful cupcake! I’ve never seen anything done before like what you’ve done with the frosting. It really looks like the mountains from the movie!

    The Christmas Classics are my favorite part of the holidays, too. :) I hope you enjoyed Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. Watching Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer still makes me feel like a kid after all these years. :) I dare say those movies are magical.

    For the first time I finally have all 7 movies together in one beautifully packaged DVD box-set! And the music CD is wonderful if I do say so myself. You can buy this keepsake at any store where you buy DVDs, but it’s also available at http://www.christmasclassics.tv. It’s a wonderful gift to yourself, your children and anyone you want to share the magic of Christmas with.

    Happy holidays! :)

    I’m going to attempt your beautiful cupcake recipe, myself. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  27. Peabody, these look fantastic! I’m not big on marshmallows in most things – but these cupcakes are actually appealing :)

  28. Hi Peabody! Great-looking cupcakes!!! Would you mind sharing where you got those adorable snowflakes from?

  29. Those cupcakes are beautiful! I love how fluffy the frosting looks.

    My sisters and I all call each other and sing the “sisters” song from White Christmas to each other. Of course we’re dorks and do it pretty much year round…

  30. Your cupcakes look SO good! I think I have a recipe to try for the weekend.

  31. Yes! A recipe to use up all the egg whites I create while making ice cream, nice!

  32. Ahh yes – I too am quite smitten with the holiday specials that air on television (and that I conveniently have on DVD, to enjoy all year round). And ‘Rudoph the Red Nose Reindeer’ is one of my favorite specials as well!! Oh and even though it’s often over-played on television during this time of year, I do love ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’

    These Marshmallow-Snowflake Cupcakes are a wonderful tribute to dear old Bumble – he’s quite adorable! Not scary at all! :0)

  33. Awww, what a sweet entry! I’ve never seen this Bumble character, but he can’t be all that bad if you’ve gone to all this trouble for him! And I dig those little snowflake sprinkles, how cute!

  34. Bumble and I both love you! Beautiful cupcake, love that icing and the snowflakes!
    toleration: now that’s a good thought, and everybody has a purpose.

  35. Oh, he’s so cute!!! Or is it a she??? Whatever … I’m going to eat him/her right up!

  36. Aw, what a beautiful cupcake. That would tame any yeti, for sure!

    To me Rudolph just isn’t the same without the Norelco ads.

  37. Misfits everywhere thank you, as do those with a hearty sweet tooth, like me. Never had a cupcake with marshmallows folded in…brilliant! Love the spiky frosting and the candy snowflakes. Bumble would surely approve.

  38. oh I have to get some of those cute candy snowflakes! Thanks for the idea.

  39. Super, super, SUPER YUM! I just had my first ever marshmallow-topped cupcake last week at Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle. It was amazing…these look so excellent too! And so adorably decorated.

  40. These are so cute!

  41. This is the flippin’ cutest cupcake I’ve ever seen! And I can’t wait to catch It’s a Wonderful Life, and Christmas Story on TV!

  42. It just doesn’t feel like eating those beauties – they look so delicate and cute!

  43. So cute! Your Cupcakes are wonderful! I love the frosting look. Do you know if it is possible to make the frosting without corn syrup? Does the frosting set up like a royal icing?

  44. i love the bumble too!

  45. these cupcakes are everything sweets should be. They are cute, appealing and the best ones I’ve ever tasted. My friend Jay made’em and they made my day.

  46. How the heck did I miss these babies? Yum! They wouldn’t even get out of the house…

  47. I came across this website while searching for seven minute frosting. I followed your recipe exactly and got wonderful results! I even had the same candy snowflakes on hand from Target!

  48. I wanted to make these for my coworkers as they looked beyond lovely but not sure what I did wrong as the “beat egg whites until firm but not dry” took me over 30 minutes of straight beating and still did not result in anything but whipped egg whites…how long does this usually take? I ended up giving up last night but would love to try again….thoughts? could it be the beater speed or perhaps that I didnt beat them in a large enough bowl??

  49. Try topping the cupcake with chocolate ganache, letting it cool then frosting. Sprinkle it all with graham crackers crumbs and you have yourself at s’more cupcake to die for!

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