readingMelting Snowmen

Melting Snowmen
Recipe - 19 December 2019


Not everyone wants to eat fruit cake at Christmas: these colourful snowmen are simple enough for children to decorate too.


20 minutes + a few hours to dry

Cook Time







  • 110g unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for the tin
  • 150g plain biscuits
  • 90g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 50g 50% cocoa solids chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 150g chocolates and sweets (mini marshmallow, crushed honeycomb chocolate bars, malted chocolate balls and caramel chocolate work well)
  • 20 foil fairy cake cases
  • 600g white sugar paste
  • icing sugar to dust
  • 6cm round cutter
  • 60g bad of white royal icing
  • 60g bag of black royal icing
  • 30g bag of red royal icing
  • 40 mini chocolate beans
  • assorted strands, laces and long striped sweets


  1. Place the cases into 2 fairy cake trays. Pack the cake mixture into the cases so that each is slightly domed and place in the refrigerator to set.
  2. To make the snowmen’s heads, roll 20 balls of white sugar paste (each about the size of a cherry). Dust a work top and rolling pin with icing sugar and roll out the remaining sugar paste to 5mm thick. Using the cutter, cut out 20 circles. place 1 on to each cake and smooth into place. Using the white royal icing, stick a snowman’s head on to each cake. Allow to dry for a few hours.
  3. Pipe 2 black eyes and a red nose on to each snowman, then stick on 2 mini bean buttons. Finish by twisting a length of sweet around the neck of each snowman, holding in place with a little more royal icing.

Recipe taken from Bake & Decorate, published by Quadrille, photography by Laura Hynd


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