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Mermaids and Pirates Cupcakes

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Category: Cakes

 Ingredients List

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • For Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • food coloring (I used 4 drops of blue and 2 of green)
  • for the mermaid cupcakes:
  • blue candy melts (I used these ones)
  • pearl sprinkles (I used these ones)
  • seashell mold (I used this one)
  • for the pirate cupcakes:
  • toothpicks
  • pirate flags (I found one in the public domain and scaled it, which you can download here)
  • goldfish crackers
  • pearl sprinkles


Preheat oven to 325. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until blended. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk, and beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary to ensure the mixture is well blended. Scoop into prepared muffin tins, filling 1/2-2/3 full. Bake 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (I would start checking after 15 minutes). Let cool completely.

For Frosting:
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar, and beat well to combine. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Add additional milk if too thick. Beat in food coloring.

To make the mermaid cupcakes, place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for one minute at 50% power. Stir and then microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. Spoon or pipe into candy mold, underfilling slightly. Gently tap the mold on the counter to release air bubbles and level the candy. Place in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden, then pop out. Trim edges if necessary. Place on top of cupcakes and sprinkle with pearls.

To make the pirate cupcakes, print and cut out pirate flags. Fold the end of the flag around a toothpick and tape to hold in place (I used cute washi tape, but any tape will work). Stick into cupcakes and add swimming goldfish and pearl sprinkles.

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