Sand and Sea Beach Cupcakes {Lemon Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting}


I first saw a version of these cupcakes on the Martha Stewart site and knew I had to do them this summer. They are really cute and too easy.

This recipe was created for Babble’s Family Kitchen.

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Yield: Serves 4

Sand and Sea Beach Cupcakes {Lemon Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting}

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For the cupcakes
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant lemon pudding mix
all other ingredients according to package directions on cake box, including one extra egg

For the frosting

1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 lb powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 – 3 tablespoons milk

Other ingredients

blue food coloring
brown sugar
blue construction paper
paper umbrellas


1. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions on cake mix box, adding lemon pudding mix and one additional egg.

2. Add butter, shortening and sugar to stand mixer. Mix until well blended. Add vanilla and milk and mix on high until light and fluffy.

3. Frost half of cupcakes with this frosting, Add about 1 cup brown sugar to a bowl and dip frosted cupcakes in to coat. Garnish with umbrella.

4. Take the remaining half of the frosting and add blue food coloring. Mix on high until well blended.

5. Frost the other half of the cupcakes and use a butter knife to make a wave pattern in frosting. Cut shark fins out with construction paper and insert into blue frosted cupcakes.

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