Beach cupcakes are a fun and easy summer-themed dessert. In my opinion, the best cupcakes recipe to make for any summer party!
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I still can’t get over the unusually warm March we’re having here in northeastern Wisconsin. It’s been absolutely GORGEOUS! I keep thinking that because March came in like a lamb that there may be a late spring ice storm brewing up, but for now, I’m going to enjoy the sunshine. Enough so that I want to do some summer dreaming…making these beach cupcakes!
Check out this quick video tutorial to see how easy these beach cupcakes are to make! There’s a printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who is lovin’ the sunshine. A friend of mine requested summer-themed treats for a business meeting and I was oh, so happy to oblige. With creative license, I created a day at the beach…in cupcake form! Beach cupcakes really are a fun cupcakes recipe idea for any occasion, but especially during the summer.
Use my Meyer lemon cupcakes recipe if you like cupcakes from scratch, but even a boxed lemon cupcake mix works great. Next, add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract. I like my lemon cupcakes to have an extra burst of lemon flavor, and that’s exactly what the extract helps with.
After the cupcakes have cooled, spread a thin layer of frosting over the top of each one. I use a simple vanilla buttercream, using the tried and true Wilton recipe that you can find HERE.
For the sand, use crushed Meyer lemon cookies. You can find them at Trader Joes, or online. More lemon….more love. Oh yeahhhh…
Make the “ocean” using blue sugar sprinkles. Spoon them on so that they won’t get into the “sand” too much, then use the back of a spoon to press the sugar into the frosting a bit.
For the beach ball, I use Sixlet candies. Originally, I thought about using gumballs, but opted for something a bit smaller. Use whatever little round candies you enjoy or have on hand.
Making the beach chair for the beach cupcakes was my biggest challenge.
I looked everywhere for Fruit Stripe gum, but apparently, it can only be found at old time novelty candy stores, and I didn’t have time to order it online. So, I put on my detective cap and bolted for the dollar store to pour over the candy collection. That’s where I found sour candy strips. Thinking they would bend like a stick of gum, I shaped them to look like a beach chair, but. BOIIIIINGGG…. they snapped right out of shape. Even royal icing isn’t strong enough to hold the candy in place, but a toothpick works!! Poke the toothpick end of a cocktail umbrella through the candy strips to hold them into place. PERFECT!
Don’t you think these beach cupcakes look a big ol’ beach party?
I hope you’ll try making these Day at the Beach cupcakes, too. If you do, please share your photos with me!