How to make mermaid tail cupcakes

Easy Mermaid Cupcakes

These crazy cute Mermaid Cupcakes are the viral party trend of the summer! Here's how to make them (the easy way) at home. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 400 kcal
Author Stacey aka the Soccer Mom


Mermaid Tails Ingredients:

Homemade Mermaid Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-5 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • pink and blue gel food coloring


How to Make Fondant Mermaid Tails

  1. Lightly powder your hands with cornstarch and knead the pink fondant until it becomes soft and malleable.
  2. Using one of the brushes, dip it into the cornstarch and lightly coat the silicon mold
  3. Tear off a tablespoon amount of fondant and press into the tail mold. Allow to setĀ for 5-10 minutes, then flip over the mold and carefully push out the fondant tail out of the mold.
  4. Once all tails have been molded, spray the top of each tail with gold spray cake spray.
  5. Allow to dry for about an hour.

How to Make Mermaid Frosting

  1. Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer on medium speed. You can also use a hand mixer with a large non-slip mixing bowl.
  2. If your frosting still seems powdery or chunky, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and continue to mix until you have creamy stiff peaks.
  3. Split frosting into two bowls.
  4. Add 2-3 drops of pink gel food coloring to one bowl and 2-3 drops of blue gel food coloring to the second bowl. Mix each frosting until you have a bright pink and bright blue.
  5. Scoop the pink frosting into a plastic piping bag and blue frosting into a second piping bag. For the pink frosting, you can simply trim an opening in the piping bag. For the blue frosting, we recommend a star tip.

Put it All Together:

  1. Prepare cupcakes according to directions on box.
  2. When cupcakes have cooled to room temperature, pipe a medium size dollop of pink frosting onto the top of each cupcake.
  3. Use a butter knife to spread the frosting to cover the top of cupcakes.
  4. Dip the top of the cupcake into the mermaid sprinkles, allowing excess sprinkles to drop back into bowl. Repeat as needed until most of the frosting is coated in sprinkles.
  5. Pipe a dollop of blue frosting on top of each cupcake, in the center. Gently press a fondant mermaid tail into the frosting so that it is secure.

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Recipe Notes

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Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Mermaid Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 277mg12%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.