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    Under the Sea Cupcakes

    January 20, 2014 by Brandy Vencel

    [dropcap]O[/dropcap]nce upon a time, Friend R. and I were pregnant at the same time. My baby was due on Christmas day, and hers was due about a month later. Because my baby came late, and hers a bit early, our seven-year-old girls are only two weeks apart, which has been so nice. I love that they are growing up together.

    This past weekend, we celebrated a seventh birthday, and I was able to help R. with the cupcakes.

    I may make nice cakes, but R. has the ability to throw a nice, put-together party, something I don’t do. I make a cake and tell the children they can all play in the backyard. That is my version of a party. But R. always has pretty decorations and activities planned — her life is much more Pinterest-worthy than mine, if you know what I mean.

    Anyhow, since I’m sick today {and wallowing in my own misery}, I thought some details concerning the cupcakes were in order.

    Here’s the photo:

    This was great fun for me because I didn’t have to clean a house to prepare for a party. I didn’t even have to make the candy seashells, as R. did that during the week leading up to the party. All I had to do was show up with my frosting tips and bags and have a good time. This I could get used to!
    These turned out so nice, and yet they were superΒ simple. I used Wilton’s 2D tip with the large coupler. I tried to let the frosting flow sort of ruffly to get a water look. I’d never used this tip before, having bought it especially for this project, but I look forward to getting to know it better!
    To make the candy, R. simply used white candy melts poured into some simple seashell molds. The “pearls” are Wilton sugar pearls, which looked even better in real life than they do in this photo.

    If you want to completely duplicate this project, I noticed you can even get the blue dot baking cups on Amazon! I think this is my first cake project where literally everything was available online, which is nice because I know that not all of you have access to cake and craft shops.

    Because the candy and pearls were ready to go, and R. had basically made the frosting before I arrived, it only took us about an hour to tint the frosting, prep, and decorate them. I love projects like this, that are simple, yet pretty.

    Updated to add: If you are trying to muster the gumption to frost cupcakes this way for the first time, I highly suggest this simple photo tutorial from Wilton. Using the 2D tip simply gives it a softer look.

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    11 Comments

  • Reply The girl who painted trees January 23, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Beautiful!

  • Reply Brandy Vencel January 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for the well-wishes. I am already quite improved. I am grateful it was a short-lived virus! I’m still too hoarse to sing during Circle Time, but Things are Getting Done now, so we’re good. πŸ™‚

  • Reply rebecca January 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I am still laughing that you think my life is Pinterest worthy. Just don’t check my closets!

    You know I have always been hesitant to make my own cakes. It isn’t the baking that is the problem, but I have never wanted to decorate them. I think this was only the second time I have made the dessert for the birthday.

    Thanks again for all of your help. This was so fun and easy that I may just have to do it again. Not THIS year though… those birthday parties really take it out of me!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      You may laugh, but we both know who the better decorator is!

      I’m game whenever you want to do it again. It is nice to show up to pre-baked cakes and pre-made candy. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Ann-Marie January 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Those are gorgeous, Brandy! I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well and hope that you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing all the details too!

  • Reply Trisha January 21, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Lovely, Brandy! May you feel better very soon!

  • Reply Jeanne January 21, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I love it when you post things like this. So frivolous, and un-Brandylike, somehow. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Just trying to keep you on your toes, Jeanne. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply sara January 20, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Pretty elegant for a seven-year-old! Really nice.

    Feel better soon.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 20, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks! I’m working on the feeling better thing. It’s hard to stop working and rest, sometimes… πŸ™‚

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