When ‘Let it go’ from Frozen comes on, my daughter and I can’t help ourselves. There we are, singing at the tops of our voices, waving our arms around just like Elsa in the film.
My daughter, like so many children, fell head over heels in love with the characters in the original Frozen film. In fact, she fell in love with the everything about the film: the story, the characters, the outfits and the songs. So, there is much excitement in the house at the moment. In fact, it could be described as a touch of Frozen Fever. Why? Well because of the release of the new Frozen short: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure later this month.
Olaf is such an amazing character, so cute and funny, it is only right that he should take centre stage but of course, the other characters will be there too, it wouldn’t be the same without them. All of the Frozen characters are also appearing in lots of homes as part of the new Itty Bittys range from Hallmark.
Itty Bittys are just the cutest things. Hallmark has created lots of these mini plush characters based on much-loved characters from TV and film such as Star Wars, DC Super Heroes and Disney Princesses. We already have a few Itty Bittys and my daughter loves them as they are perfect little replicas, extremely good quality and of course, completely cuddleable.
Ana, Elsa, Sven and Olaf have all been recreated in perfect miniature and together they make a great collection. The Frozen Itty Bittys are so cute, my daughter has fallen in love with them and has spent hours already, making up little games with them.
To celebrate these new Itty Bittys, Hallmark challenged us to build a snowman and it was an offer we couldn’t refuse. Of course, snow isn’t in abundance at the moment so we were building on a slightly smaller scale in the form of cupcakes and we had such a good time making them. So do you wanna build a snowman cupcake
- For the cupcakes
- 165g butter or margarine
- 165 caster sugar
- 3 medium eggs (beaten)
- 5ml Vanilla Extract
- 165g self-raising flour
- For the decorations
- 100g icing sugar
- 50g softened butter
- 1- 2 tsp milk
- 6 Mikado Milk Stick biscuits
- 24 marshmallows (ideally 12 big and 12 regular but it works with 24 regular too)
- Black icing tube or pen
- Orange Tictacs
- Preheat the oven to 180°(160° Fan Gas Mark 4). Line a deep cupcake tin with cupcake cases. In a mixing bowl, beat the margarine with the sugar until pale and creamy-light in texture.
- Gradually whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract then sift the flour and baking powder on top. Using a large metal spoon, carefully fold the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.
- Spoon the mixture equally into the cupcake cases and put in the middle of the preheated oven for 20 - 22 minutes until risen and firm to touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
- To make the buttercream, beat the icing sugar with the softened butter and add the milk until you have a smooth paste. Add a drop more milk if needed
- Build your snowman by using buttercream to stick two marshmallows together. Break the Mikado sticks in half and push them into either side of the marshmallow body to make the arms. Use the black icing tube to put eyes, mouth and buttons on your snowman. Push the orange tictac into the front of the face as the carrot nose.
- Once you are happy with your snowman, add a layer of buttercream to the top of each cupcake and stick your snowman on top.
This is such a lovely recipe to do with kids, they will love creating these and if they are anything like my daughter, they will love eating them even more.
It doesn’t look exactly like the Olaf Itty Bitty which was what we were aiming for but it looks like a snowman, so that is good enough for us.
We can’t recommend the Frozen Itty Bittys enough, they really are the cutest little things and I have no doubt that more Itty Bittys will be winging their way to this house at Christmas (they make perfect stocking fillers). Find out more about the Hallmark Disney Itty Bittys here and don’t forget that Hallmark also has a great range of Frozen cards too.
A huge thank you to Hallmark who sent us the new Frozen Itty Bittys and the ingredients to make the cupcakes. All images and opinions are our own.