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These Beach Cupcakes are perfect for any summertime party! They’re easy to make, and the perfect way to celebrate a day at the beach.

I don’t know about you, but I love a beach-themed party, and what’s not to love about beach cupcakes? They’re fun and festive and perfect for any summertime celebration.

Cupcake decorated with fish and sitting on a net.

Why you should make these Beach Party Cupcakes

  • Easy to Make – So easy to make! You can whip these up in no time.
  • Unique – It’s not often that you see, or taste for that matter, beach cupcakes.
  • Great Summer Treat – Nothing says summertime than a tasty treat!
  • Fun – These beach-themed cupcakes let you celebrate summertime and all things beachy
  • Good for Kids – The best part about making these cupcakes is that kids love to help out!
  • Great for parties – These cupcakes make any party more festive

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy these Shark Week Snack Cups recipe.

What You Need To Make This Beach Cupcakes Recipe

  • Yellow cake mix and ingredients needed per box 
  • Gold and blue sanding sugar 
  • White and gold pearl sugar decorations
  • White and blue frosting 
  • Sugar shell decorations – Amazon or craft store
  • Ocean animal sugar decorations – Amazon or craft store
  • Paper drink/craft umbrellas
Yellow cake mix, Gold and blue sanding sugar, White and gold pearl sugar decorations, blue frosting, Sugar shell decorations, Ocean animal sugar decorations, and Paper drink umbrellas on a counter.

How to Make Beach Cupcakes

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

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 frosting on each cupcake.

vanilla cupcake topped with blue frosting.

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.

For beach only looks dip cupcake upside down in blue or gold sanding sugar.

cupcake topped with blue frosting and sea animals sugar decorations.

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. 

Place desired sugar decorations on top.

Add umbrella if desired.

Storage

Keep cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you have any frosting leftover, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Tips

  • Use your favorite cupcakes to make these. Or you can save time and use store-bought unfrosted cupcakes.
  • If you can’t find sanding sugar, you can use regular blue sprinkles.
  • You can also use different colors of frosting to match your party theme. Try pink for a pool party or green for a luau!

Substitutions and Variations

If you want to make sand on these cupcakes you can use crushed graham crackers.

Another way to top these cupcakes is by sticking a teddy graham into a peach gummy ring.

Swedish Fish also makes for a great Beach Cupcake idea. Just place them on top of the frosting before it sets and they will stick.

Beach Cupcakes FAQs

Can I freeze these cupcakes?

No, these cupcakes should not be frozen.

Can I make these cupcakes ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the cupcakes up to 24 hours ahead of time. Store in an airtight container.

How long will these cupcakes last?

These cupcakes should be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Cupcake decorated with fish and sitting on a net.
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Beach Cupcakes


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yields 24 Cupcakes
These Beach Cupcakes are simple to make and so cute. These tasty cupcakes are perfect for a beach themed party. Or just to celebrate summer!

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 box Yellow cake mix and ingredients needed per box
  • 1 can blue frosting
  • 1 can white frosting
  • Gold and blue sanding sugar
  • White and gold pearl sugar decorations
  • Sugar shell decorations – Amazon or craft store
  • Ocean animal sugar decorations – Amazon or craft store

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
  • Place desired sugar decorations on top
  • Add umbrella if desired
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 218kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 40g (13%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 6g (9%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 218mg (9%) Potassium: 21mg (1%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 30g (33%) Calcium: 46mg (5%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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