1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix (recommended: Betty Crocker)
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 unfrosted cupcakes
2 (12-ounce) containers whipped white frosting (recommended: Betty Crocker Fluffy White)
2 large egg whites or 5 tablespoons meringue powder
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
Food coloring, if desired
Royal icing (in a squeeze bottle or piping bag)
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
20 store bought small snowflake shaped cookies
1 (7.5-ounce) bag square blue mint candies (for hat)
2 peppermint patties (for eyes)
2 blue jelly beans (for eyes)
1 orange gumdrops (for nose)
8 blue candy covered chocolates (for mouth)
3 round hard candies (for buttons)
1/4 cup color decorating sugar
1 foot long fruit roll-up (for scarf) (recommended: Fruit by the Foot)
1 giant blue peppermint stick (for broom stick)
6 large white gum drops (for hands)
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