Snow Cone Cupcakes and Other Delights

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

If we’re being honest, the last six days have been like having a newborn baby, without the physical pain.

And then we quickly graduated to it being like having a toddler in the house, although my toddlers never ate wood chips or chewed on coffee tables. That said, it takes constant vigilance. I’m only writing this while he naps now at my feet, like so:

snow cone cupcakes

My mental state is good..ish. I don’t do well with the end of the school year. All of those permission slips and field days and end of year breakfasts and goodbyes. It gives me a stomachache, and I mean that sincerely and literally. (ow) I did ok with it as a kid because I had the promise of an eons-long summer vacation to answer to, but as a mama? My growing mama heart has to wrap my head around new teachers and routines, and my kids both have the audacity to have June/July birthdays while the years pass. More years taking me beyond those early moments and days. When all I had to do was hold them.

To my heart. Hold them and hold on. Hold on.

So this puppy – this baby. Our baby. I’m quite attached. Athena and Juniper seem to like him too. Junie and I will always have our computer cuddle time. (seriously – she wants to cuddle only when I’m working) And the puppy isn’t big enough for the dog park yet until he has all his shots. That belongs to Athena and me. Eventually she’ll show him the ropes and he’ll be ready. She will soon see that it means more time at her favorite place. Nothing but more lately. More love and more life.

I figure that out eventually. Every time.

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

You are so lucky, because you’re about to find out how to make snow cone cupcakes. Pretty cool, right? I’ve seen them in red, white and blue, which is really pretty, but I wanted to make mine more summer-colorful. You can make them any way!

Snow Cone Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

6 prepared cupcakes, unfrosted
1 container white frosting
Sanding Sugars—red, yellow, blue
6 white styrofoam cups, 12 oz
6 plastic spoons
Scissors

Instructions:

1 – First, cut off a little more than half of the top of each cup. The bottoms will be used to hold the cupcakes so make sure the cupcakes fit inside with the cake tops being about even with the cup tops. Don’t put the cupcakes into the cups yet.

2 – Frost each cupcake with a thick layer of frosting and smooth it into a dome shape.

3 – Start with the blue sugar and sprinkle a thick coat on the left third of the frosting so it looks like a blue stripe. Use the yellow sugar next and sprinkle a thick coat on the middle of the cupcake to look like a yellow stripe. Use the red sugar last to sprinkle on a thick coat for a red stripe on the right third of the cupcake. It should resemble a snow cone.

4 – Set each cupcake down into a cup and dip a spoon down into the edge of the cake so it looks like a spoon inside a snow cone.

5 – Enjoy!

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

snow cone cupcakes

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

Do you like snow cones best, or would you like snow cone cupcakes even more?

These snow cone cupcakes are the epitome of summer! They're festive, fun and easy. Use them for any occasion! Unlike real snow cones, these won't melt!

Star Spangled Brownie Sandwiches

Are you looking for easy memorial day dessert recipes? Or maybe fourth of july brownie recipes? You've come to the right place! These are impressive and delicious, and absolutely festive. This is a wonderful time of year - let's celebrate together with brownie sandwiches! #recipes #MemorialDay #FourthofJuly

Boy, what a weekend, and what a week ahead.

I’ll write about all these things in more detail, in due time, but I had a mama staycation in a hotel over the weekend for work. And for pleasure! I’ve learned two things about me over the weekend: 1. I like the idea of being alone more than I like being alone. 2. If you’re going to be in a hotel, for me, it helps to be in a nice place with nice things to do OR it helps to be with loved ones. So I had 1 out of 2. Don’t worry. I’ll write all about it. Right now, let’s talk about Memorial Day desserts.

brownie sandwiches

Oh, and before I forget, definitely tune in this week (probably Friday) where I have my announcement to make. I’ll be linking my announcement up to Finish the Sentence Friday, because I’m crafty like that. Tune in! It’s cool! (still not a baby)

Anywho, now really. Let’s talk about Memorial Day dessert recipes, and these can also be Fourth of July brownies. I am certainly not picky. I’m also certain you can enjoy these year-round. You can change the sprinkles colors, or not. I know that every May, I am looking up easy Memorial Day dessert recipes. I also want them to impress, though. And everyone in my family knows that I don’t much care for brownies, unless you add frosting or caramel. To be fair, though, I didn’t make those ones on Instagram. I just play them on TV. This is going to be a big week so I had to open my blog week with THIS:

brownie sandwiches

Star Spangled Brownie Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 box brownie mix

Red, White and Blue Sprinkles

Star Cookie Cutter

4 tbsp butter

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1 tsp to 1 tbsp of cream or milk

¼ tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

Directions:

1 – Prepare brownie mix as directed on the package

2 – Pour into a 9×13 greased pan and bake as directed

3 – Once the brownies are ready, let them cool completely to room temperature

4 – Cut cooled brownies using star cookie cutter

5 – Lay cut brownies out on a parchment lined cookie sheet

6 – Prepare Icing: Mix butter with electric mixer until it’s creamy

7 – Once creamy, add salt, vanilla powdered sugar and milk

8 – Blend until well combined and has desired consistency (should be thick)

9 – Put Together: Put icing into piping bag with desired decorating tip or in a sandwich zip bag and cut a corner off

10 – Pipe icing onto one star brownie and then place another brownie on top to form a sandwich

11 – Place sprinkles along the edges of white icing

12 – Enjoy!

Are you looking for easy memorial day dessert recipes? Or maybe fourth of july brownie recipes? You've come to the right place! These are impressive and delicious, and absolutely festive. This is a wonderful time of year - let's celebrate together with brownie sandwiches! #recipes #MemorialDay #FourthofJuly

And that’s it! This has you covered for all summer, whether you’re looking for Memorial Day dessert ideas, EASY Memorial Day desserts (like this is), 4th of July brownies, or whatever it is that will make you happy! My kids are more like me – they like brownies more when they’re special. And frosting/sprinkles makes everything more special, I say. I can’t wait to get a mouthful of this yumminess! How about you? How do you like your brownies best? Plain or with all the decorations?

Are you looking for easy memorial day dessert recipes? Or maybe fourth of july brownie recipes? You've come to the right place! These are impressive and delicious, and absolutely festive. This is a wonderful time of year - let's celebrate together with brownie sandwiches! #recipes #MemorialDay #FourthofJuly

What do you think of this recipe? Do you have Memorial Day plans?

Are you looking for easy memorial day dessert recipes? Or maybe fourth of july brownie recipes? You've come to the right place! These are impressive and delicious, and absolutely festive. This is a wonderful time of year - let's celebrate together with brownie sandwiches! #recipes #MemorialDay #FourthofJuly</center