How to Make Beach Cupcakes: A Perfect Summer Treat

How to Make Beach Cupcakes: A Perfect Summer Treat

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy summer treat, look no further than beach cupcakes! These delicious cupcakes are perfect for any party or get-together, and they’re sure to be a hit with your guests. In this blog post, we will show you how to make beach cupcakes using simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!

How to Make Beach Cupcakes: A Perfect Summer Treat

Maybe it is because I live in Wisconsin, but with a long winter season, we tend to enjoy a mid-cold season break with something like a beach party! This is pretty common in elementary schools around here – especially in the younger grades.

What is a beach party?

Beach parties are a lot of fun. They usually involve games, music, and dancing. Teachers usually have faux Hawaiian leis for the kids, and everyone is decked out in their tropical gear, flip-flops, and sunglasses.

It is stinkin’ adorable!

They usually dance the limbo and even storytime is wrapped around the theme with kids’ books. You can even create a little beach-themed fun with just a few pages of my kid’s All About The Life Cycle of a Jellyfish Free printable set.

Of course, no beach party is complete without food! And what better way to enjoy the summer-themed festivities than with some delicious cupcakes?

How do I make these adorable cupcakes?

The yellow cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

Standard cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

How to Make Beach Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, matcha, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

How to Make Beach Party Cupcakes

I am going to show you how to make them from a boxed cake mix, but also talk about how to use the recipe above for the base of this Beach Cupcakes Recipe.

What you need for Beach Cupcakes:

What you need for Beach Cupcakes

Beach cupcake tutorial

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Take your cake mix and add the ingredients it asks for. Fill your muffin tips cups 2/3 full of batter and bake per the box instructions.

Let them cool completely.

Frosting Your Beach Cupcakes

Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the vanilla frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.

Add a 1 mm star tip to your gray bag.

If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.

Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely

Gently and lightly mix blue and white frosting together to create an ocean water look.

frosting your beach cupcakes

Pipe a thin base of white frosting on each cupcake

For beach only looks dip cupcake upside down in blue or gold sanding sugar and then place the desired sugar decorations on top

sand only beach cupcake

Add umbrella if desired…I think that really adds to it!

sand on the beach cupcake

For ½ beach ½ ocean looks dip only half of the cupcake in sanding sugar

How to make beach cupcakes with water

Next, add a dollop of blue & white ocean frosting to the other half of the cupcake

Use a small round flat instrument ( I used a decorating knife but a butter knife is perfect as well ) to create waves in the frosting. Then add a little of the blue glitter and mini pearls.

How to make beach cupcakes with umblrella and shell

Place desired sugar decorations on top and add an umbrella if desired. 


Easy Melted Snowman Cupcakes

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix.

How do you store Melted Snowman Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. The longer you wait to eat them, the higher the chances that your colors for scarves and buttons will run/bleed into your melted snow.

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