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Mermaid Cupcakes

Servings: 24 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 21 mins
Total Time: 41 mins
Mermaid Cupcakes: Moist cupcakes decorated with fluffy buttercream and a mermaid tail. Gorgeous and easier than they look!


For the Mermaid Tails and Sea Shells

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 Box Triple Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk

For the Frosting & Decorations


For the Mermaid tails and Sea Shells

  • Lightly powder your hands with cornstarch ,and work the fondant until it becomes soft.
  • Using a food safe paint brush, coat the silicon mold with corn starch.
  • Tear off a tablespoon of fondant and place into the tail mold.
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes before flipping over the mold and carefully pushing out tails. Spray with silver cake spray. Allow to dry for one hour.
  • Repeat steps for the Seashells

For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F ,and line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter,  and milk, and mix until combined.
  • Using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners until about 3/4 of the way full. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes. Cool completely.

For the Frosting and Decorations

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar a little at a time. Add heavy cream as needed to reach your desired consistency.   
  • Reserve 1 cup of frosting and add a few drops of teal food coloring. Place teal frosting into a piping bag fitted with the star tip. 
  • Scoop some of the white frosting onto the cupcake and smooth out using an angled spatula.
  • Dip the cupcake into the brown sugar to make a sand effect.
  • Pipe a dollop of the teal frosting onto the center of the sand. Place the tail into the teal frosting. Place seashells around tail.
  • Randomly place the nonpareils around the tail and seashells.


Calories: 338kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 268mg, Potassium: 107mg, Sugar: 37g, Vitamin A: 8.6%, Calcium: 6.1%, Iron: 5.9%
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Birthday, DIY, Easy, Simple
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