Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Recipes

Sea Cupcakes

A few weeks ago, I made these nautical cupcakes to take to a little guy I was working with before he went on a summer vacation. Since summer seems to be winding down, I wanted to post these sea cupcakes before it was too late. I used my standard chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting recipe, with a few alterations.

Sea Cupcakes
sea scape
(For Cake)

2 1/2 cups flour
1 2/3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 package jello instant pudding (Chocolate flavour)
1 1/4 cup water
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons of milk
a few drops of blue dye12 gingersnap biscuits, finely ground (for sand)
100 g chocolate

star shaped molds

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line your cupcake pan. Melt your chocolate and temper it until it’s just slightly above room temperature. Pour in into your star shaped molds and set it in the refrigerator to cool. Combine all the cake ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Fill your cupcake tins 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Set them aside to cool.

Beat the butter until it is creamy.  Add the sugar a cup at a time.  Beat in extracts, salt and milk. Add more milk or powdered sugar until the frosting is the perfect consistency to pipe. Add blue food colouring until your frosting is the desired shade.

When your cupcakes are cool, frost them and top them with tiny piles of your gingersnap “sand” and your starfish chocolates.

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  • Oh my word. I need to make these! They are so cute!

  • These are adorable!

  • Super cute! I am jealous of your baking skills.

  • These look delicious – I love the blue, so vivid! x

    • Ha, thanks! I’ll never be able to replicate it- I have no idea the mixture of blue/green I did! x

  • Very cute! I’ve been baking more because your treats always make me crave sweets. Last night I made zucchini bread!

  • Claudz

    These are too cute!!

  • Mmmmk if those aren’t the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen then you can call me a pink monkey! I MEAN WOW!! I would have never thought to use to use gingersnaps as sand, so clever! LOVE IT!

  • Ashley Angle

    This such a great idea! Cute too!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • These are insanely cute!! I love it!

  • Aww! Most adorable cupcake award totally goes to these beauties.

  • Oh Amanda.. you make a mean looking cupcake…..!! I wish I could lend you my kitchen. It’s so big and I haven’t been using it to it’s full potential yet….!!

  • These are too cute! They would be perfect for a party.

  • Manisha

    Such pretty looking cupcakes! I wouldn’t want to eat something that looks so cute!

    Escaping through Ink

    • Ha no matter how cute it is, if it’s chocolate inside it won’t escape me for long! (And thank you) x

  • Look so cute and delicious! πŸ™‚


  • Robert @ablogbyrobert

    Love these! They look so cool πŸ™‚

  • These cupcakes are amazing! You’ve decorated them so beautifully! The icing is the prettiest colour of blue!

    • Thank you! I’ll never be able to duplicate that exact colour because I can’t remember my ratio of blue to green dyes! Oops! x

  • Much too pretty to eat!

  • So darling!! These cupcakes are picture perfect. Every time I try to make my frosting look good, it’s just this huge epic fail. I wish I had your skills!

    • Thank you so much Courtney! Some of my frosting skills are appalling since I’m self taught. There are a lot of things I can’t do. Like blasted roses. But I’m slowly getting better! x

  • These are so cute! You really are gifted with all of your baking–I can barely get out-of-the-box cupcakes to look decent. You give me hope!

    • Ha, thanks Natalie! Some of my frosting skills still aren’t great. It varies day to day! I guess that’s what happens when you have no formal training! x

  • Those look so cute! I love the decorating πŸ™‚

  • You could seriously go into the baking biz, Amanda. Really! Perhaps London needs some new bake shoppes or to get on the gourmet cupcake trend? Something to think about.
    Also, I like how you said “the end of summer baking season” because for me that means… my favorite… autumn baking season!!!

    • Haha thank you!!! And I do really like Autumn flavours and food….but…. I love being warm. I am truly a sun child and if it could be summer year round but with one snowy cold week at Christmastime, I’d be a happy camper! x

  • Haha, nothing wrong with a little Dr Oetker every now and then! xx

  • I know it’s a weird compliment, but your frosting is absolutely gorgeous! I need to give it a try!x

  • Thank you so much Sara! x

  • Miu

    Omg, they look so good! Such a great colour and the ‘sand’ looks so real!

  • These are seriously the cutest things ever. so in love with this idea, have to try something like this out, maybe a cookie version πŸ™‚

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

  • FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WOMAN. These look amazing. x