Mermaid Tail Cupcakes recipe
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Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcakes, Mermaid Tail Cupcakes


Mermaid Tails and Seashells:

  • 1 mermaid Silicone fondant mold
  • 1 Seashell Silicone fondant mold
  • 1 Tube of Pink fondant Purchased from Michaels
  • 1 Tube of Lilac fondant Purchased from Michaels
  • 1 C of corn starch
  • 1 food safe paint brush Wilton sells a set of 5 at Michaels
  • 1 tube of gold luster dust


  • 1 box of french vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C whole milk
  • cupcake liners
  • cupcake pan
  • blue pink, purple and green gel food coloring

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 2 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • Blue and pink gel food coloring
  • 1 disposable piping bag
  • 1 disposable piping bag with a star tip
  • 1 bag of Wilton White Jumbo Nonpareils Sprinkles
  • 1 bag of each Wilton Purple green, Blue, orange Jumbo Nonpareils Sprinkles



  • Lightly powder your hands with the cornstarch and start to work the fondant until it becomes soft and easy to work with.
  • Using one of the brushes, dip it into the cornstarch and lightly coat the silicon mold
  • Tear off a tablespoon amount of fondant and mold it into the tail mold.
  • Once that is done, let it sit for 5-10 minutes before flipped over the mold and carefully push out the fondant tail out of the mold.
  • Once all tails have been molded, lightly dip the tip of a paint brush into the gold dust and brush the tail with it
  • Let the mold dry for 1 hour.
  • Repeat steps for the Seashells
  • Makes 18 Cupcakes

Directions for cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the liners
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk, and mix until combined
  • Divide the batter into 4 small bowls
  • Add a few drops of the food coloring to a bowl. One color to one bowl
  • Mix until combined and the colors are bright and vibrant to your liking
  • Using a spoon, start spooning 1 color of batter into the cupcake liners
  • Repeat step with other colors until 3/4th full
  • Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes
  • Pull out and place on the side to cool
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  • Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed
  • If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream
  • Mix until you see creamy stiffed peaks
  • Once the frosting is made, scoop about 1 C of frosting into the 3 bowls
  • Add a few drops of the blue food coloring into one bowl
  • Add a few drops of pink into the second bowl
  • Leave the third bowl white
  • Scoop blue frosting into the piping bag with no tip
  • Frost the cupcakes
  • Dip the frosting into the sprinkles
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  • Using the piping bag with the star tip, scoop pink frosting onto one side of the piping bag
  • Scoop white frosting onto the other side
  • Pipe a medium dollop of frosting into the middle of the blue
  • Push the mermaid tail into the pink and white frosting
  • Place a shell piece onto the side of the frosting
  • Enjoy!