Beach Themed Cupcakes

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Themed Beach Cupcakes

For my daughter’s 10th birthday, we decided to throw her a Luau themed party. Since the party was a Luau theme I knew that I wanted the cupcakes to be bright, fun and super cute so I decided to make Beach Themed Cupcakes. This is a super simple recipe to make that you can have your kids help you with.

Beach Themed Cupcakes

For the Beach Themed Cupcakes you will only need a few ingredients. You will need cupcake mix, I purchased a box of cupcake mix that came with blue food coloring or you can purchase white cake mix and use your own blue food coloring. In addition, you will need graham crackers, blue cupcake liners, rainbow sour candy, teddy bear crackers, white icing and blue icing or you can purchase white icing and divide half of it and dye half of it blue. Lastly, you will need fun cocktail parasols and cool shark suckers that can be found at Oriental Trading Company.

Shark Cupcake Supplies

Like I said, Beach Themed Cupcakes are simple to make but they do take time. I recruited my daughter to help me and she did a great job and made the cupcake task much quicker.

How to Make Beach Themed Cupcakes

Amazing Beach Themed Cupcakes Perfect for Shark Week

Beach Themed Cupcakes


  • Cake Mix- I used a cake mix that had blue food coloring included. You can use a regular white cake mix and add blue food coloring yourself
  • Blue and White Frosting- You can purchase only white frosting and add blue food coloring to half of it for the water
  • 2 Graham Crackers
  • Rainbow Sour Candy
  • Teddy Bear Crackers
  • Parasols
  • Shark Cupcakes
  • Blue Cupcake Liners


  1. Prepare cake mix as directed- let cool
  2. Frost half of the cupcake with white frosting and the other half with blue frosting
  3. Crush your graham crackers in a plastic bag
  4. Sprinkle graham crackers over the white frosting
  5. Cut Rainbow Sour Candy into a little over 1-inch pieces- you can measure using the Teddy Bear Cracker. It should be bigger than the Teddy Bear Cracker
  6. Spread a dab of white frosting on one side of the Rainbow Candy
  7. Place Rainbow Sour Candy on the white frosting
  8. Spread a dab of white frosting on the back side of the Teddy Bear Cracker
  9. Place the Teddy Bear Cracker on the Rainbow Sour Candy
  10. Place the Parasol over the Teddy Bear's head
  11. Cut the stick of the Sharksucker short enough so that it can poke nicely into the cupcake
  12. Enjoy!
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The Beach Themed Cupcakes were a hit at my daughter’s party. Not only were they cute and adorable but they were bright and eye-catching! These are the perfect cupcakes for a Luau themed party or any type of Beach themed party.

Shark Cupcakes with Shark Suckers

If you love to celebrate Shark Week then you will want to make these Beach Themed Cupcakes. They are very easy and super awesome.


  1. Those Beach themed cupcakes turned out great. I wish I could throw a beach themed birthday for my girls (they are winter babies). May be will do it for their next birthday.

  2. Those are so darn adorable. i love the theme!

  3. Those are so cute! What a great idea, and they look easy to do as well. So fun

  4. What an amazing idea! These cupcakes looks so gorgeous. Kids would definitely love to do this. Will have to try this with my kids for sure. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe.

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    That shark looks adorable! Great job on making these!

  6. These cupcakes are adorable! I love the fun beach theme.

  7. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This is such a cute cupcake. I love the shark. I will have to try making these.

  8. This is so creative and colorful. My daughter and I would love to make these cupcakes

  9. those cupcakes are so filled with details! what a great way to start a fabulous summer
    you did amazing with this decorations

  10. Aw! Those are so cute! Definitely fun for a beach themed party!

  11. The shark cupcake is insanely cute, I love the little teddy bear in the waters above it as well; what a creative design!

  12. Adorable! I will definitely be pinning this one. We always have an occasion for beach-themed goodies in Florida.

  13. Such a beautiful cupcakes! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe 😀

  14. Oh my gosh, how fun are those cupcakes! The little sharks are too cute, as are the umbrellas. I’ve never had a beach-themed party and now I want to have one. I would totally use these cupcakes.

  15. Oh my word these are super cute! I’ve never seen such cute cupcakes! Adorable. My kids would love these!

  16. Those are so fun! I love the beach colors. They make them look even more appetizing!

  17. These are so adorable!! I just love the little shark head!

  18. These are absolutely adorable – such a cute idea!

  19. Yes, now these are my kind of cupcakes. We are planning a party for my God son and these would be perfect.

  20. These turned out so cute! Perfect for a start of summer/end of school party. A little beach fun!

  21. Love these. Very creative! I need to step my cupcake decorating skills up. My daughter has requested My Little Pony cupcakes for her birthday this year.

  22. Aww these make me want to go on vacation. They also make me think of Katy Perry. 😉

  23. What a super cute idea. I so need to make these for my kids for our beach vacation coming up.

  24. I absolutely love fun cupcakes! This one is so cute. That shark coming for the bear? I need to recreate this for a pool party!

  25. I love these! They are so cute. I am going to have to try them with my nephew 🙂

  26. How fun!! You did a fantastic job with these!

  27. Oh that poor bear! He’s going to be shark food very shortly!

  28. These are entirely too cute! I especially love the ‘sand’ crumbs and the parasols.

  29. Those are super cute beach theme cupcakes for summer. I think I’ll try this idea. I love making cute cupcakes. We like to make our own frosting so we can get just the right color.

  30. These turned out so cute! I have a colleague who makes cupcakes for parties. I’ll definitely be sharing this with her.

  31. These are awesome!! I love having theme parties bt never did a beach one. Ill have to keep these in mind for when I do, they are just too cute.

  32. My son would love the shark pops…. in fact, just top the cupcakes with them and hand it over! 🙂 I recently did a sand pudding cup that he loved, too!

  33. I LOVE beach themed parties! Those cupcakes are adorable and graham cracker crumbs always make the best sand. Those sharks coming up out of the “water” are too cute!

  34. These are the cutest cupcakes. I think I could have eaten all of the Teddy Grahams and none would be left to top the cupcake. Boy do I love Teddy Grahams.

  35. We made a version of these for my son’s class last year to celebrate summer vacation coming. The kids each made their own and it was so fun to see what they created.

  36. Oh my gosh these are so cute. I would never have been able to come up with that great idea.

  37. Love these! This would be perfect for my teenager’s obsession with sharknado, lol!

  38. These are waaaaaaay too cute! Those shark pops totally make these, that was a fantastical idea! Can’t wait to see the rest of the party details!

  39. Well, these are just adorable… and so creative. I heard the Jaws theme….. Seriously. I did. 🙂

  40. How cute are these ?!?!?!? I am adding these to the list for summer party cupcake ideas! I love all of the colorful decorations in the larger picture too! They might even make an appearance for a “Shark Week” party food!

  41. Very cool cupcake. We are actually headed to the beach with our kids and grandkids this summer for a week. Wouldn’t these cupcakes be a cute surprise for everyone?

  42. These beach themed cupcakes are such a cute idea. I love having themed birthday parties because they are a lot of fun to plan and to participate in.

  43. How fun! Those cupcakes came out really good, I’m sure they were a hit with the kids!! Good job mommy 🙂

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