Although we believe cupcakes are a timeless treat, these summery sweets really take the cake!
Are you spending a weekend at the beach? Let your surroundings inspire your cupcake creations and try our shark- and beach-themed treats!
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These miniature desserts are dressed up with a refreshingly delicious scoop of gelato.
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With cupcakes as cute as these, you can feel good about bugs taking over your celebration. Gumdrop heads and licorice antennae transform innocent cakes into surprising insect creations!
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Whimsical butterflies take flight with the help of pretzel wings. Blue buttercream bodies, licorice antennae, and candy-coated-chocolate heads give these cupcakes the final flourish.
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Graham crackercrumbs create edible sand to dust over frosted cupcakes. A starfish made out of marzipan completes the beachy feel.
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Whether or not it's Father's Day, he's sure to love these whimsical treats.
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This cupcake capitalizes on summer's quintessential farm-stand find: corn! Use jelly beans to create these creative confections.
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Summer spoils us with an abundance of sweet berries and fruits. Use your farmer's market finds as toppings for all of your warm-weather treats!
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Bold sprinkles and lollipops brighten up these tasty treats for summer celebrations.
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Huckleberries are a Montana summer staple and a perfect topping for sweet cream-covered cupcakes.
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Mimic your spectacular summer garden with an array of colorful flower cupcakes. Arrange them on a cake stand decorated in green crepe paper leaves for a bountiful bouquet.
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These petite cakes would make a perfect addition to afternoon tea. Each almond cake is baked with a whole cherry inside -- stem, pit, and all. Be sure to warn guests!
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Make any outdoor party more memorable with this mighty cake in the shape of a sunflower. A small round cake topped with berries sits at the center. Radiating outward are petals consisting of mini cupcakes in three sunny shades of yellow.
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Create a garden of roses -- no green thumb required. All you need is a steady hand to pipe these pretty pink roses; after they've chilled, carefully transfer each onto a frosted cupcake.
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Celebrate Fourth of July with tiers of frosted white cupcakes nestled in blue paper liners and topped with bright red raspberries.
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Let the seashore inspire your cupcake decorations. For a beachy theme, pipe pretty shells and strands of pearls onto each cupcake using Swiss meringue buttercream.
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Has your garden produced a surplus of zucchini? Grate one into this batter to create moist and tender cupcakes. Top with cream cheese frosting.
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Sweet and juicy nectarines add fresh fruit flavor to these cupcakes, which are simply frosted with whipped cream. Other stone fruits, such as peaches, plums, or apricots, work just as well.
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Teatime wouldn't be complete without these small cakes, studded with fresh raspberries and pistachios. Bake them in mini muffin tins to make them that much daintier.
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This cupcake is actually a rosy hued meringue baked in a paper-lined muffin tin. Each billowy cake is cut in half crosswise and filled with raspberry curd, fresh raspberries, and creme fraiche.
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