Make It with the Family: Shave Ice Cupcakes

These icy-looking treats won’t melt even on sunny winter days.
Photo: Karen DB Photography



  • Cake mix
  • Cupcake liners
  • Frosting
  • Sanding sugar in pink, yellow and blue; or go red and green for the Mele Kalikimaka effect
  • Scissors
  • Shave ice cones; we found these snowflake-adorned options at Target
  • Colorful straws
  • Wooden spoons


Photo: Karen DB Photography


SEE ALSO: Make It: Shave Ice Pom Pom Ornament



  1. Mix cake batter according to directions on the box.
  2. Place cupcake liners in muffin tins. Fill each about ¾ full of batter so the cupcake rises significantly over the edge of the liners.
  3. Bake then let cool.
  4. Using the scissors, make a vertical cut about halfway down the paper shave ice cone. Overlap the two cut ends until the top of the cone measures about 3 inches across. Tape in place.
  5. Frost the entire top of each cooled cupcake.
  6. Use a spoon to sprinkle three stripes of sanding sugar on the frosting: pink, yellow and blue.
  7. Slide the shave ice cupcake into the paper cone. Decorate with a wooden spoon and straw.


Photo: Karen DB Photography


Our Tips

  • Chill the cupcakes before adding sugar. This will help keep the frosting from melting in Hawai‘i’s heat.
  • Turn a foil pan or shoebox upside down and cut holes in the top (formerly the bottom) to create a serving stand for your treats. Let the kids decorate the outside with their favorite holiday greetings or pictures.
  • Need to transport your treats? Use small ice cream cups instead of shave ice cones.


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