Thursday, June 30, 2011

Beach Party Cupcake Toppers

For the last few years, I have been charged with creating my nephews' birthday cakes. It's always something fun and I love working with the boys to decide what they want! This past weekend we had a birthday party for my oldest nephew and it was at the river - a beach party theme. Lot's of swimming and splashing and... CUPCAKES!

I loved making him cupcakes. He has decided that he likes chocolate cake. His mommy does not. So usually, I don't make chocolate cake for him. When you do cupcakes, it's easy to do a variety. I made some vanilla cupcakes along with these chocolate beauties.

So they looked really yummy and I know he would have been happy with these, but...  he really wanted them decorated with some of his favorite sea creatures.  He had adorable pajamas on one morning that had crabs, sharks, and octopuses.  I snapped a photo of each creature with my iPhone and thought about how to make them.  Here's what I came up with...

I cannot believe how cute they turned out!  I used the pictures on my iPhone as a template for the designs.  I pulled up the photos on my phone and laid wax paper on top.  I then traced the basic design of each.  I used these outlines under the sheets of wax paper that I piped Royal Icing onto as guides for where to draw.  I just used the basic Wilton recipe for the icing.  I outlined the shape of each animal and immediately flooded each one and let them dry overnight.  The next day, after removing them from the wax paper, I piped on the white for the eyes, gills, and mouths.  I used a black food color pen to add the black dots to the eyes on each design.  The day before the party, I rolled out homemade marshmallow fondant and cut our the circles to mount them on.  I used a little of the leftover icing to secure the critters to the fondant and then I decided to add bubbles!  That always makes me think of Finding Nemo :)...

Here they are on the cupcakes -

And here's the Happy Birthday boy with his cupcakes!  He's a cutie!!!

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  1. You are just the bee's knees! This is so clever. and really adorable!! I wish I could put you in charge of my kids birthday treats... I am not an inspired kitchen person or a baker. :( boohoo) But back to you - wow! Very cool. :) I was thinking all week that you should tell us ahead of time what our 4th of July dessert should be, since I know whatever you make will be FAB... I might just do the margarita pie. It has been calling my name. :)

  2. Bethany, you are too kind! I would love to do birthday treats for your kiddos if were closer... I will be sharing a July 4th idea very soon! But I highly recommend the Margarita Pie, it's one of my faves!

  3. These are just fantastic...from one cupcake artist to another you are so very talented!! Love them and when I get to my lap top they will be pinned on my cupcake board on pinterest

  4. Awesome job! Those cupcake toppers turned out wonderfully! Thanks for sharing them.

  5. Thank you so much for the sweet comments about these! They were a labor of love!

  6. These look awesome! What a lucky little boy to have such a talented aunt! They look perfect! Your icing looks yummy too!

  7. Those are adorable. How clever of you to take the photo and make a wax paper template!

  8. GORGEOUS! I have to try these - my kids love naything remotely to do with the sea!

  9. So, so cute. The cupcakes, toppers and the little fellow :)

  10. Oh, I love them! They are so cute, perfect for summer parties. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  11. Thank you for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes.
    I hope to see you there!


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