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Mermaid Cupcake Tutorial PDF File
Mermaid Cupcake Recipe + Tail Topper DIY
What You Need
  • 1 box white or vanilla cake mix
  • PLUS ingredients called for on box
  • Food dyes of choice we used pink, teal, blue and purple
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3-4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons cream
  • Mermaid sprinkle mix
  • 1 cup pink candy melts
  • 1 cup blue candy melts
  • 1 cup teal candy melts
  • 1 cup purple candy melts
  • Edible silver glitter
Instructions
  1. Melt the candy melts one at a time - microwave for 35 seconds, stir, and reheat as needed.
  2. Portion about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the melts into the mermaid silicone mold and let set at least 2 hours.
  3. Prepare the cupcake batter according to package directions.
  4. Portion into cupcake liners, about 1/4 cup of batter per liner.
  5. Bake until the tops are set and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. To make the frosting, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.
  7. Add the cream until you reach your desired consistency.
  8. Portion out into 4 bowls. Dye each bowl a different color using the food dye.
  9. Portion half of each color into a piping bag with a star tip.
  10. Use an offset spatula to smooth 2 Tablespoons of frosting onto each cupcake, then dip into the sprinkle medley.
  11. Swirl a different color of frosting on top of each cupcake so you have two contrasting colors of frosting on each cupcake.
  12. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sprinkles over the the top.
  13. Brush some edible silver glitter over each mermaid tail and then insert into the cupcakes. You may need to use a skewer or toothpick to keep them upright at room temperature.