Mermaid cupcakes look like they could be served under the sea with ombre blue frosting. This recipe for vanilla cupcakes and buttercream frosting uses blue dye to create cupcakes fit for a mermaid!
Can you believe summer is within sight? I cannot wait. I’ve been laying out in Connecticut’s 60-degree spring weather yearning for summer. To really put me in the mood, I baked blue mermaid cupcakes.
So what makes these mermaid cupcakes? Well, it’s all the decoration. I topped these vanilla cupcakes with ombre blue frosting and nonpareil sprinkles, which remind me of pearls. These little guys look like they could be served under the sea!
These mermaid cupcakes started off as an experiment in the kitchen tbh. I was baking cupcakes for a baby shower and was curious how creating blue ombre frosting would look. So I started by making the buttercream frosting and slowly adding more and more blue food dye.
This process is really easy and gives a professional look to the cupcakes. Let me break it down for you.
After making the buttercream frosting per usual, I added one drop of blue food dye and mixed it in. The frosting turned a pale blue and I scooped about a quarter cup of frosting into a piping bag.
I added another drop of blue food dye to the bowl of frosting, mixed again and the frosting turned slightly more blue. I scooped out another quarter cup of frosting and added it to the piping bag.
I repeated this process until there was no more frosting in the bowl and by that time the frosting was the perfect ocean blue. See? A lot easier than you may think.
A key step I discovered was when I added the frosting to the piping bag each time, I had to press it down to the end of the bag near the tip. This way the different blues are layered in order of lightest to darkness. As you frost the cupcakes, the frosting will get darker and darker as you go.
I chose to make mini cupcakes as bite sized tend to do really well at parties. However, this recipe will work just as well for regular-sized cupcakes!
This is your chance to test your baking skills and try making this ombre blue frosting. Garnish each cupcake with white nonpareils, which look like pearls against the ocean blue frosting.
If you are aching for summer like I am, these mermaid cupcakes will most definitely get you in the mood.
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