Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Beach Cupcakes and the Oregon Coast!

I love the ocean! It is one of my very favorite places to be. I especially love the Oregon Coast! I made ocean cupcakes because I love the Ocean, and because my mom made these same cupcakes for me for not one, but two of my birthdays.

I am posting this with Foodie Friday.

You will need cupcakes, Zebra Stripe gum, gumballs, graham crackers, paper umbrellas, and blue food coloring.

 Make your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, or use the recipe I used.


2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1-1/3 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add butter, milk, and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape side of bowl with a spatula.Add eggs to the mixture. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape bowl again. Beat on high speed for 1 minute 30 seconds until well mixed. Spoon cupcake batter into paper liners until 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.

Now make your favorite frosting, or make my aunt Jackie's amazing frosting. To view my aunt's blog click here

In mixer combine 3/4 cup butter at room temperature, 4 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon clear vanilla, and 3-4 tablespoons water. Beat until fluffy. Add more water if needed one tablespoon at a time.

Take half of your frosting and put as many drops of blue food coloring to get the frosting to a color that you like.

Now for the decorating part:

Frost half your cupcake with the white frosting, and the other half with the blue frosting. Smash graham crackers with a rolling pin until finely crumbled in a zip lock bag. Sprinkle the white frosting side of the cupcake with some of the crumbs. Place a gumball somewhere on the white frosting side the cupcake. Place a paper umbrella on the same side. We bought the umbrellas at Party Express.

With the Zebra Stripe gum you can either make a chair out of it by cutting it in half and placing the sides one side down and one sticking up. Or you can cut it in half, and cut the two corners off of one half to make a surfboard. 

With all these steps done, you now have a beautiful beach cupcake to enjoy!

Some pictures of the Oregon Coast:

I loved these!!  I know their names, but I won't even atempt to spell it!=)
They were so funny, especially when they would squirt you with water!

Look at all those star fish!!!

We loved seeing the sea lions!


That's all of my post! I hope you enjoyed it. Happy Summer!=)


  1. Great post, Tati! I love the cupcakes - so cute! Really enjoyed your beach pictures too!

  2. Very creative on the beach cupcakes! Thanks for sharing.


  3. Your beach cupcakes are fantastic!!! We love the Oregon Coast as well and go as often as we can. We will definitely be making these cute cupcakes!!!


  4. Wonderful coastline photos! How perfect to walk the beach and come back to those delightful cupcakes.

  5. Neat cup cakes! Love your pics of the coast, how neat!

  6. Tati, These are such creative and fun cupcakes! They really do look like the beach! And your bonus photos are fabulous.
    Keep on cooking... when you are a famous chef I can say I visited your blog when you were starting out!
    Please stop over to my blog, I am having a giveaway. Join in!

  7. What lovely photographs! And the cupcakes look delicious!

  8. Tati, these are totally adorable! I love the Oregon coast, too. My special favorite has always been the tidepools.

    Your cupcakes look delicious. My Granddaughters would love them!

  9. Darling. I want to make those. Your beach pictures are so fun too. Yum!

  10. I wish I could be at the beach now! We are heading to the beach soon but no swimming for me since it is the middle of winter!

    Lovely pictures and great cake!

    Best wishes,

  11. Very fun for summer! You've inspired me to come up with my own...thanks!

  12. Wow! What a beautiful place! Love the cupcakes too! Very cute!
    Thanks so much for adding them to Cupcake Tuesday! I'd love for you to join me on my new blog too! It's A Blog Party!

  13. I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your Beach Cupcake! You are one creative individual=)
    I may make these for our next pool party!
    I became a follower today so that I can check in on all of your creations=)
    Lethea B

  14. These are adorable! I'm doing a beach themed table now and hope I can find time to make these...I'll link to you if I do and of course give you the credit. They are too cute!

  15. Love those cupcakes! They're adorable!
    Love your blog!


  16. I love the Oregon coast too. Love those "haystack" like rocks off the coast. I just looked though your blog and I am jealous of your talent! Keep it up!

  17. Those cup-cakes are amazing! I wish I had the patience to decorate cup-cakes like that... Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Your pictures of the Oregon Coast are great! I love exploring the rock pools when I go to the beach.

    I hope your day is sweet,

  18. Tati, where are you?? Aunt Jackie

  19. Hi Tati,

    I was awarded a Pure in Heart award and I tagged you! If you go to my blog you can read about the award. Please don't feel pressured to do anything - I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog.

    I hope your day is sweet,

  20. They're fantastic!! Thank you for sharing.

  21. Tati's sister :)April 27, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Tati, you are very good at blogging and I love how you take pictures they are like a pro cook and photographer. You are a great sister too! So keep on blogging, please don't stop.
    Your sister,