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This Shark Week Cupcake dessert recipe is pretty popular right now with the event right around the corner. Did you know Shark Week is the most watched show in the 26-year history of the Discovery Channel? Make this easy dessert and surprise the kids with a special treat! Also great for summer pool parties and birthdays!
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Shark Week Cupcakes

Fun cupcakes for Shark Week!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time59 mins
Course: Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 316kcal


Cupcake Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temp
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ¼ cups sour cream room temp
  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 ½ cups confectioner sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 pkg Gummy Blue Sharks


Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl and place to the side.
  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until it's light and fluffy.
  • Begin to add the eggs one at a time, mix to combine after each one you add.
  • Add the vanilla, sour cream and almond extract, mixing until combined.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and stir in the flour by adding ½ cup at a time.
  • Stir in the last bit of flour with a spatula until just combined.
  • Fill the cupcake tins ⅔ of the way full.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 for 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 2 hours before frosting.

Frosting Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter, sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until combined.
  • Add cream, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
  • Separate frosting in thirds into three different bowls.
  • Add 3 drops of blue food coloring into one bowl of frosting.
  • Add 3 drops of teal food coloring into the second bowl of frosting
  • Leave the third bowl as white
  • Using a large frosting piping bag, add 1 scoop of teal
  • Add 1 scoop of Blue frosting into the same bag together with the Teal frosting
  • Add the white frosting last and begin to push all the frosting down to the bottom of the pastry bag where you begin to see frosting coming out of the tip.
  • Frost the cupcakes starting in a circle on the outer ring and begin to work your way in until you reach the center and form a peak.
  • Place a gummy shark on top of each cupcake.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg