Unicorns, fairies, princesses and mermaids… my inner “girly girl” is coming out at last!
While I love throwing my little man dinosaur and monster themed birthday parties, I have to say that it is so fun to have two little girls now to throw “girly themed” parties for! My twins just turned two about a month ago, and I threw them a mermaid themed birthday party. It was so fun picking the colors, finding matching mermaid party decorations, and designing the cupcakes and food for the party. It was a hit and the girls LOVED the glittery mermaid tail cupcakes!
This mermaid craze (for me at least) all started back in September when I was shopping at Target and stumbled upon their adorable Mermaid Party Collection. It was so cute that I bought it right on the spot, thus a mermaid themed birthday party! The girls have always loved the movie The Little Mermaid, so it was a perfect fit.
I honestly went pretty low key for the decorations and activities for the party, since the girls are pretty young and really only care about the food and wrapping paper. Are your kids like this? We really could (and sometimes do) wrap empty boxes just so they can unwrap them. They think it’s the best thing in the world!
So knowing that the food was going to be the star of the show, I wanted to make something really fun and memorable. And boy were these chocolate mermaid tail cupcakes just that! The girls still ask for “mermaid tails” every day since the party haha.
Now I knew that I wanted some “bling” on the cupcakes along with the tails, and so of course I choose some of Sprinkle Pop’s gorgeous bespoke sprinkles! I decided to do a mix of a few of their solid sprinkle colors and went with their Coral, Aqua and Gold. I was delighted with how perfectly they paired with the mermaid décor! Just look how pretty they are:
Don’t be intimidated – putting together these cupcakes is actually pretty easy!
Here are the items you will need for these adorable Chocolate Mermaid Tail Cupcakes:
The only tricky part is making sure to start the mermaid tails a few days in advance. It really depends on the tail mold that you decide to go with, but the one I used only fit one tail at a time, and each tail takes 2-3 hours to set up. So if you’re making a lot you will definitely want to start a few days in advance. They do sell molds (I believe) with more than one tail, but I could see that being a little tricky to remove after they set up, without breaking one of them, since you have to bend the silicone to remove it from the mold.
To assemble the cupcakes, frost with desired frosting (I use either a 2D or 1M tip) in a circular motion starting on the outside and working your way to the center, overlapping bit to give it height.
Push your mermaid tail down in the center of the cupcake (for the larger tails, you may need to use a toothpick in the back to hold it up). Arrange the seashells to your liking, and then comes the fun part. The sprinkles! I added about a third of each of Sprinkle Pops solid sprinkle mixes to a bowl to create my own personal “Mermaid” themed sprinkle mix. Place the larger sprinkles where you would like them, and then just sprinkle the rest (smaller sprinkles) over the cupcakes.
Now I did have some left over white chocolate from the mermaid tails that I was trying to figure out what to do with, and my son asked if we could make chocolate covered popcorn, so why not, right? Let. Me. Tell. You. This Magical Mermaid Popcorn was amazing! Everyone at the party asked for the recipe! So I’m sharing it is just for you friends.
This Magical Mermaid Popcorn is a fun and delicious combination of sweet and salty, perfect for your next mermaid themed party!
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