Princess is officially out of preschool for the summer. I’ll be glad to see her around the house more, but I also need to make sure she’s occupied. For her end of the year party, she begged me to make cupcakes. I do sort of have my hands full, but she only is in preschool once so I gladly whipped up two dozen.
I wanted them to be festive for her party. I stumbled upon this post of Shark and Beach Cupcakes from Martha Stewart. I thought they were super cute. Visit her page for specific instructions and to view my inspiration. I couldn’t find shark fins at the store, though, so I made mine simply sand and water cupcakes.
I promise these are easy enough for any baker. I’m not much of one, and I was able to whip them up in the middle of triplets. Make your cupcakes according to how you normally would- box mix, from scratch, etc. To create the sand effect, dip iced cupcakes into graham cracker crumbs. Use drink umbrellas as your beach umbrellas. I had to order mine from eBay.
Here are a few tips that I discovered to shorten my time in the kitchen even more:
- Pillsbury now has colored icing. One of the colors is a festive ocean blue. Use this as the water icing for that batch of cupcakes to save from having to dye your own.
- When Martha says to decorate the cupcakes right before serving, she’s serious. I dipped mine in the graham crackers the night before, and they lost some of the freshness overnight. The cupcakes were still good, just not as “fresh” sand looking.
Happy beach party!