Birthday cupcakes are my favorite. While I do enjoy a good birthday cake, cupcakes make serving and decorating so much easier. When you are busy and short on time, you can still wow the birthday boy or girl with something fun like these easy beach birthday cupcakes! Don’t have a birthday coming up? No problem! These beach themed cupcakes from would work so well to bring to your next pool party or other summer get together as well.
Materials for Beach Themed Birthday Cupcakes
You can make these cupcakes using colorful cupcake wrappers and drink umbrellas. Amazon has several fun options to choose from to make these cupcakes pop on any table! Have fun mixing and matching different liners or use all the same color and let the umbrellas offer a variation.
Wilton Bright Standard Cupcake Liners, 300-CountWilton Seasonal Cupcake Liners, 300-CountBakecups Blue Dots 75CtKingSeal 4 Inch Umbrella Parasol Cocktail Picks, Cupcake Toppers – 1 pack of 144 each, Assorted Colors and DesignsAmericolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, .75-Ounce, Sky Blue
How to Make Beach Cupcakes
You can use your favorite homemade vanilla cake recipe or go the easier route with a cake mix. There plenty of ways to make a box cake mix taste homemade. Freshly made buttercream frosting would be extra delicious but you can get by with a store bought tub frosting as well.
You’ll need to crush your graham crackers up finely. A rolling pin and a sealed baggie work great for this.
To make the cupcakes look like a beach, you’ll just need to spread your blue frosting over the top for the water. Then sprinkle your crushed graham cracker crumbs over the top for the sandy beach. (Vanilla wafer cookies would also work in place of graham crackers.)
Add an umbrella for a little colorful shade on your beach and that is all there is to it!
- 24 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes, baked and cooled
- 1 tub (16 oz) white frosting or two cups buttercream frosting
- blue food coloring
- 3 graham crackers
- small party umbrellas
- Place graham crackers into a resealable bag and crush with a rolling pin until you have fine crumbs.
- Add food coloring to white frosting to color it blue.
- Spread the frosting onto the cupcakes and sprinkle with a generous amount of crushed graham crackers onto one side of the frosting to create a sandy beach.
- Add an umbrella to the cupcake!
- Repeat until all of your cupcakes are frosted.
Have fun making these beach cupcakes. Thanks to Kari from Craft Create Cook for this sweet cupcake recipe.
Looking for more water themed party ideas? Check out all these mermaid birthday party ideas at Finding Zest!