How to Decorate Cupcakes With a Beach Theme

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How to Decorate Cupcakes With a Beach Theme
Tint icing blue to create water-coloured icing for beach cupcakes. (blue icing for cookies image by Elke Dennis from

Creating beach-themed cupcakes is an affordable and delicious way to add a bit of whimsy to your next birthday party, bridal shower, birthday or picnic. Using store-bought cake mix keeps it simple, and the addition of a few creative, decorative embellishments turns them from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Things you need

  • Cupcake mix
  • Blue cupcake or muffin liners
  • Blue food colouring
  • White icing
  • Brown sugar
  • Cocktail umbrellas
  • Edible flip-flop and surfboard cake-toppers

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  1. 1

    Bake cupcakes in blue cupcake liners and cool completely.

  2. 2

    Add 2 drops of blue food colouring to 1 cup of white icing and mix well. Add more colour if you want the water-coloured icing a brighter shade of blue.

  3. 3

    Ice the top half of the cupcakes with blue-tinted frosting and the other half with white frosting. Add a layer of brown sugar to the white icing to resemble sand.

  4. 4

    Decorate the cupcakes with edible flip-flop and surfboard toppers, available at Add the flip-flops to the beach half and surfboard toppers on the blue-iced water half.

  5. 5

    Embellish each cupcake with a cocktail umbrella inserted on an angle on the beach half of the cake.

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