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How To Make Cute Crab Cupcakes For A Beach Party!

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Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

I made these adorable crab cupcakes to celebrate the end of the school year and the kickoff to Summer vacation! What could be more appropriate than crab themed cupcakes to celebrate the upcoming warm weather and trips to the beach? I am so excited for Summer and I’m thrilled to have my kids on Summer vacation! Bring on the sun!

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

To create these easy crab cupcakes you’ll needย Twizzlers PULL ‘n’ PEEL licorice, Hershey’s mini chips, frosting (I just used store bought but feel free to make homemade), red no taste gel food color, graham cracker crumbs and cupcakes (I made a box mix).

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

To start place your cupcake in a red cupcake liner. Then cut yourย Twizzlers PULL ‘n’ PEEL licorice into “leg” sized pieces. Insert them into your cupcake so they are touching the plate.

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

You want them to have a little bend in them so they look like they are walking.

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

Next dye your frosting using your red gel food color until you have achieved a red color. Be sure to set aside some white frosting to use for the eyes. Then spread the red frosting over the top of the cupcake, covering the licorice.

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

Next put some white frosting in a piping bag or a zip top bag with the corner cut off and then pipe on two eyes for each cupcake.

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

Now push two Hershey’s mini chips into the white frosting to complete the eyes.

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

Then pour graham cracker crumbs on a tray to serve as your “sand”. If you don’t have graham cracker crumbs you can also use brown sugar.

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

I also added some real seashells for added effect! They turned out so cute and the kids absolutely loved them! It was the perfect way to get in the mood for Summer!

Crab Cupcakes dessert idea for a beach party or summer dessert idea! Would be great for an ocean themed party too!

Need more inspiration for fun Summer activities and recipes? Hershey wants to help inspire you too so they have created a site devoted to crafts and recipes that you can create with your children! Visit Celebrate With Hershey’s to see all their fun ideas!

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37 Comments

  1. These are absolutely adorable and perfect for our Maryland summer parties! Visiting from i should be mopping the floors and pinning. Have a happy Monday and a great week!

  2. That is too cute! I can see why kids adored them. I will use your idea for my granddaughter’s beach-themed birthday party! Thanks for the idea! Found you on Totally Talented Tuesday and hope you’ll come link up with us on Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop, we would love to have you! It goes live on Wednesdays at 9 pm EST. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sarah, these are so adorable that they made me smile!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!
    Karen
    Pinning!

  4. Could these be any more adorable?! It just so happens my oldest will be having a sea creature themed birthday party next weekend and this would be a great hands-on activity for the kids.

  5. This is such a cute cup cake idea. My sister is a June baby so this would be perfect for her birthday.

  6. I love these cup cakes. I am going to have to try making these. I hope they turn out as good as yours.

  7. Haha, I knew those were Twizzlers as soon as I saw them! These are so adorable- great for our ocean themed ‘unbirthday’ party each year!

  8. Soooo cute! Love these! What a perfect treat for a pool or beach party! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

  9. My gosh – this is so cute – I wish we had known about this idea when I was a Conference Center Exec – this is great for a kids group – and I would have enjoyed tasting it and watching others ooh and ahh over it!

  10. These are to adorable. I can see making these for a pool party. Thanks for linking up this week on the #HomeMattersParty. Hope you will come back and link up again next week.

  11. These cupcakes are so adorable and fun to make. I know that my niece and nephew would have fun making these cupcakes and more fun eating them. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. These crabs(a.k.a crab cupcakes) are adorable. Thank you for sharing it with us @ #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

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