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Sand and Sea Beach Cupcakes

I’m usually not one to do themed cupcakes unless they are really easy, and these are. I made lemon flavored cupcakes just by using store bought cake mix and then a simple homemade buttercream. You don’t even need a pastry bag to frost the cupcakes, this recipe only requires a butter knife. I first saw these cupcakes on Martha Stewart, and instantly fell in love with them. This isn’t the same recipe as on the Martha site, but they look very similar. For the shark fins, I thought my son had some darker blue or grey colored construction paper, but all I found was this light blue. I thought it was cute, but a darker color for the fins would have been more striking.

Don’t forget to bring the kids in the kitchen for these easy cupcakes. They can cut out the shark fins, add the little umbrellas and dip the frosted cupcakes in the brown sugar.

Sand and Sea Beach Cupcakes {Lemon Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting}

Ingredients

For the cupcakes
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant lemon pudding mix
all other ingredients according to package directions on cake box, including one extra egg

For the frosting

1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 lb powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 – 3 tablespoons milk

Other ingredients

blue food coloring
brown sugar
blue construction paper
paper umbrellas

Method

1. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions on cake mix box, adding lemon pudding mix and one additional egg.

2. Add butter, shortening and sugar to stand mixer. Mix until well blended. Add vanilla and milk and mix on high until light and fluffy.

3. Frost half of cupcakes with this frosting, Add about 1 cup brown sugar to a bowl and dip frosted cupcakes in to coat. Garnish with umbrella.

4. Take the remaining half of the frosting and add blue food coloring. Mix on high until well blended.

5. Frost the other half of the cupcakes and use a butter knife to make a wave pattern in frosting. Cut shark fins out with construction paper and insert into blue frosted cupcakes.

I got the inspiration for this post from this Martha Stewart recipe.

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