The summer season might be winding down, but that doesn't mean that you can't bring a bit of summer to your house no matter what the season. These adorable cupcake creations feature all things summer - flip flops, tropical fish, beach balls, umbrellas, the sun, ocean and sand.
In this article, I will show you some of my favorite summer cupcake designs and give you some tips on how you can make these tasty little sweet treats at home. And if you are throwing a pool party or having a luau, or just looking for cupcake gift ideas, these cupcakes will whisk your guests away to the beach (even if it is a thousand miles away)!
Photo Courtesy of Adribattista on Flickr
The cool beach scene and shark fins is what makes these cupcakes special. Just mix up a batch of your favorite store-bought white cupcake mix and mix in some blue food coloring so you end up with ocean blue colored cupcakes. Pour the batter in a muffin pan lined with baking cups. Bake cupcakes according to package directions. Then cool the cupcakes on a wire rack. To make them even more fun, you could use bright blue wrappers to simulate the ocean water.
Buy 1 or 2 tubs of vanilla icing (I always use 2) and color 1/2 the icing blue and leave the other 1/2 of the icing white. This will allow you to make the beach area and the ocean water area on top each cupcake simply by frosting each half (one half white, one half blue). While the frosting is still "wet", sprinkle blue crystal sugar on the blue frosting. To create the sand, sprinkle the white frosting half with either brown sugar OR grind up some graham crackers to get fine crumbs.
Use 1/2 a piece of fruit stripe gum to create the beach chair, a gumball to create the "beach" ball, and a paper umbrella (you can buy these at party supply stores). And triangles of blue paper to tuck into the frosting to show your shark fins!
These cupcakes make great gourmet desserts for a pool party or unique beach favors for a luau. You can buy cake favor boxes and send each guest home with one of these tasty treats!
Another super easy-to-make cupcake for summer! These cupcakes are all about summer party favors. Simply bake up a batch of your favorite cupcake flavor. Cool the cupcakes and ice them with a tub of vanilla icing that has been tinted with a few drops of blue food coloring.
You can sprinkle them with blue granulated sugar to get a bit of depth and sparkle. To achieve the look in the photo, you can cut fruit roll-ups into 1 1/2" long pieces for the "beach towel" where you can lay teddy (teddy graham bear shaped snacks).
For the teddy life-preservers, you can use gummy lifesavers and tuck Teddy inside, then place him on the ocean frosting. You can also use fish-shaped crackers, Swedish or gummy fish, along with paper drink umbrellas for decorations.
Idea and photo from Betty Crocker
Photo Courtesy of DessertLover2010 at Flickr.