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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bears at the Beach {w/ cupcakes}

Well, summer is in full swing at the w/ household.
Next week I will be enjoying the sun, swimming, and wakeboarding while on a houseboat trip in Northern California.

I made these fun cupcakes a few weeks ago for a barbeque I hosted. There were some little ones running around and I wanted something festive, but not too time consuming to make. I found this idea in 101 Cupcake, Cookie, and Brownie Recipes, a cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. This book has tons of fun recipes and decorating ideas. They are all pretty simple but the taste is anything but.

I decided to make chocolate cupcakes because
a) its always a crowd pleaser and b) I had a box of mix on hand.


I made a simple buttercream (2 sticks softened butter, about 4 cups powdered sugar, and 1 t vanilla) and separated it into two bowls. Using Wilton icing colors, I created an ocean blue and yellow (sand). If you have yellow sanding sugar you could sprinkle it on top to get a true sand effect.



I used a ruffle decorating tip (#406 from Wilton) to create the wave effect with the blue frosting. I tried a couple different techniques. On some of them I rotated the cupcake so the frosting went around in a circle, like standard frosting but with the ruffle tip. On others I started at one end (the front) and layered the frosting in a back and forth technique until it reached the back. The latter seemed to work best.


I added peach ring candies to serve as water floaties and cut strips of sour belt candies as beach towels.


I saw the same idea on a few other websites, such as Bakerella, where the bears were dressed with icing bikinis and board shorts. I guess my bears were at a swimsuit optional beach.


Overall, a simple way to dress up cupcakes for any summer event.


12 comments:

  1. Oh these are so cute! I have seen that book on stores. I might need to pick it up now.

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  2. These are SO cute! I am totally pinning this :)

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  3. These are absolutely adorable!

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  4. Yay, I found you through the Blog Hop. These cupcakes are adorable! Thanks for sharing. :) -Mia

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  5. Thank you for joining our blog hop. Consider me a new follower through Google connect.

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    1. Thanks Ellen! this is my first blog hop. I'm so happy to have found some great new blogs.

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  6. These are soooo cute! Following you on Pinterest ;)

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  7. These are so adorable!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  8. Totally posted this on my facebook page! Anytime gummy candy is involved with baked good.... I'm in! One store here sells "Kids Doughnuts" and it has gummy worms on top! YUM! Anywho, these are stinking adorable, and I love anytime something is cute without nasty fondant involved. Bravo! Found you just like you me, via the BLOG HOP! <3 your newest follower

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    1. Thanks Aimee.Yes to cute and tasty. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. OMG, these are TOO CUTE!! love the peach rings!

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