Shark Week Cupcakes Recipe - Ella Elizabeth
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Shark Week Cupcakes Recipe

beautiful shark themed cupcakes

Did you know it is shark week?!? I DID!! I absolutely love sharks which most people find kind of strange but to me they are sooo fascinating! Shark week is a celebration of all thing sharks on the Discovery Channel; there are lots of documentaries and stories which are so interesting. I wanted to celebrate the week with these cute cupcakes!! They would be perfect for a under the sea party or just to make to have a bit of fun! They are so easy to make there is no fussing with piping bags or complicated detail – this is a great beginner cupcake.

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100g unsalted butter (room temperature)
100g caster sugar
2 free range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
175g self raising flour
3-4 tablespoons milk
Butter cream icing
100g unsalted butter (room temperature)
250g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons milk


White fondant
Black gel food colouring
Navy blue food colouring
Blue Glitter (I used 2 different shades – ocean blue and navy)


1.Preheat the oven to 180c. Beat the soft butter until it is light and smooth and then gradually add the caster sugar and mix until light and fluffy.

2.Break the 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the butter and sugar, also add a few table spoons of your 175g self raising flour ( this will stop the mixture from curdling ).

3.Sift the rest of your self raising flour into the mixture and gently incorporate into the egg mixture.

4.Line Your muffin tin with cupcake liners and add a 1 ½ table of mixture to each cupcake liner. If there is any mixture left over top all the cupcakes up equally.

5.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and the cupcakes spring back when you gently press with your figure.

6.Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack

7.While your cakes are cooling you can start making the butter cream icing.

Butter Cream Icing

1.Beat the butter until it is creamy and pale in colour – an electric mixture makes this easier. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar. You want to mix until the mixture is very light and smooth. Then mix in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 3-4 tablespoons of milk.

2.Then add a few drops of blue gel food colouring and swirl into the butter cream. I over mix it slightly so I lost the swirl effect so the key is to not mix too much.

Shark Fins

1.Lay down a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface and sprinkle a bit of icing sugar on it.

2.Cut a bit of white fondant from the block and knead for a minute to soften it. (You might want to wear gloves for this next step) Next add a few dots of black gel food colouring to the fondant and knead. You may need to add more to get a darker colour it took a little while to get the right grey colour.

3.Roll out the fondant to 0.05cm thick and cut small triangles. Bend the top of the triangle slightly to create a fin shape. Let them dry for 5-10 minutes so they don’t bend when they sit upright on the cupcakes.


1.Use a about a table spoon of icing for each cupcake. I use a teaspoon to lightly move the icing around the cupcake to smooth the icing out.

2.Sprinkle the two types of glitter over the icing (I went a bit glitter crazy)😂.

3.Then place the shark fin in the middle of the cupcake and gently press it into the icing.

YOU’RE DONE!! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy your amazing bake!! 🍰

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  • Bec @ Love That Party

    July 4, 2016 at 12:01 pm Reply

    Shark week?! I had no idea. I may need tocreate some shark printables then! We have an awful lot of them over here in Australia!

    • EllaElizabeth

      July 4, 2016 at 8:33 pm Reply

      HAHA I know!! Sound like a fab ideas x

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