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Beach Cupcakes

5 from 7 votes
Beach Cupcakes are the perfect little treat to serve when you want to bask in the summer sun. Whether it is summer and you are by the pool or just wish you were these whimsical cupcakes will delight and inspire all who see them. Additionally, they are so yummy and really easy to create.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Decorating Time: 10 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Beach Cupcakes are the perfect little treat to serve when you want to bask in the summer sun. Whether it is summer and you are by the pool or just wish you were, these whimsical cupcakes will delight and inspire all who see them. Additionally, they are so yummy and really easy to create.

closeup of a beach cupcake on a wood table with a net behind it

These beach cupcakes look like they came out of a high end bakery or created by a pinterest star. However, these creative cupcakes are so simple to bake and decorate you won’t believe how truly easy they are to make. Once you know how to do the basics you can allow your imagination to run wild.


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What We Love About This Recipe

If you are looking for a cupcake that is fun and creative, this is the recipe for you. No difficult or complicated steps, just fun and cool cupcakes you will be proud to say that you made yourself.

  • 30 Minutes: Quick to create with a store bought cake mix.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: They are fun to look at and to eat.
  • Adaptable: Can make with a lower calorie mix or gluten free.
closeup of a beach cupcake on a net on a wood table

Ingredient Notes for Ocean and Beach Cupcakes

  • Cake Mix: Really you can use your favorite, however for this recipe we used a Yellow Box cake mix, and you will need the ingredients required to make it.
  • Gold and blue sanding sugar – Use the gold for the sand and the blue for the ocean.
  • White and gold pearl sugar decorations
  • White and blue frosting- Buy premade or make your own.
  • Sugar shell decorations – Amazon cute ones are linked here for you.
  • Ocean animal sugar decorations – Make your own from molds or use premade sugar ones.
  • Paper drink/craft umbrellas– These umbrellas are so cute and are great for more than just drinks.
ingredients needed to make beach cupcakes

Equipment Needed

How to Make Beach Cupcakes

These are the basic steps for making beach cupcakes. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

a collage of 2 images showing the ingredients and a frosted cupcake for how to make beach cupcakes

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat oven and then prepare the cupcakes per the instructions on the box. Line your cupcake tray with paper liners and scoop the cake batter into the liners. Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely.

STEP 2: ICE

Gently and lightly mix blue and white frosting together to create an ocean water look. Next, pipe a thin base of white frosting on each cupcake. For beach only looks, dip cupcake upside down in blue or gold sanding sugar.

a decorated beach cupcake on a wood table with a net behind it

STEP 3: DECORATE

Finally, place desired sugar decorations on top and lastly, add umbrella if desired.

Prep and Storage Tips for Beach Themed Cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

The cupcakes can be made a day or two ahead of time and kept in the fridge until ready to decorate.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store wrapped well in aluminum foil or plastic wrap or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

It is best to freeze these cupcakes unfrosted or undecorated so that the candy colors do not bleed into the frosting and create a mess. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then decorate as you like.

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE A BEACH AND OCEAN SCENE?


Fist, for the ½ beach ½ ocean looks dip only half of the cupcake in sanding sugar.
Next add a dollop of blue & white ocean frosting to the other half of the cupcake.
Then, 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 and finally, decorate with the animal figures.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CAKE FLAVORS?

Of course, use the flavors that you like, you can even use food dye to make a blue ocean theme for your cupcakes.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED?

Have a big party or a large class of kids to create these cupcakes for, you can make as many as you need by increasing the recipe.

HOW TO MAKE BOX CAKE MIX CUPCAKES MOIST?

There are several tricks that you can use to ensure that your cupcakes are super moist. For example: Add an extra egg. Replace oil with butter and replace the water with milk or half and half.

beach cupcake on a wood table with a net behind it

Expert Tips for Making This Tropical Cupcakes Recipe

  • Fun Liners: Use a fun liner that reflects the beach theme.
  • Add More fun Decorations: Sunglasses and beach balls are fun additions.
  • Variation tip: Fish, dolphins or sharks can be added to your cupcake design.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Feel free to use a fat free, low calorie or gluten free box cake mix to reflect your dietary needs.

What to Serve with Beach Themed Cupcakes

  • Swedish Fish
  • Tropical Drinks
  • Gummy Sharks

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Beach Cupcakes

5 from 7 votes
Beach Cupcakes are the perfect little treat to serve when you want to bask in the summer sun. Whether it is summer and you are by the pool or just wish you were these whimsical cupcakes will delight and inspire all who see them. Additionally, they are so yummy and really easy to create.
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Servings: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Decorating Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • Yellow cake mix and ingredients needed per box
  • sanding sugar Gold and blue
  • pearl sugar decorations White and gold
  • frosting White and blue

Instructions

  • Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely
  • Gently and lightly mix blue and white frosting together to create an ocean water look
  • Pipe a thin base of white frosting on each cupcake
  • For beach only looks dip cupcake upside down in blue or gold sanding sugar
  • Place desired sugar decorations on top
  • Add umbrella if desired
  • For ½ beach ½ ocean looks dip only half of the cupcake in sanding sugar
  • 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

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This recipe is my personal adaptation of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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Raquel

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

These are the cutest cupcakes ever! Making them for a pool party this weekend.

Cindy

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

So cute! We made these for a friend’s birthday with a beachy theme and everyone raved:)

Robin

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

These are so cute! I can't wait to try them.

laura

Friday 20th of May 2022

These are so SUPER CUTE!!

Andrea

Friday 20th of May 2022

These are so cute! What a fun idea for a pool party I'm having soon.