The candy aisle of most grocery stores will have all the gummy candies needed to create these underwater friends, and you can snag candy eyes at stores or online.
Start by frosting your cupcakes. I used bright blue food coloring in my frosting. You can also use buttercream instead of canned frosting if you'd like.
To make the crab, place a candy cherry slice toward the front of a cupcake.
Using clean shears, cut off 2 ends of another cherry slice.
Cut a triangle out of each end to give you the crab claws.
Place the claws next to the crab's body.
Cut a red spice drop in half.
Press candy eyes into the cut side of each half.
Place the eyes above the crab's body, and you're done. Yep, it's that easy!
For the sea turtle, place a peach ring candy slightly to one side of center on the cupcake.
Cut off the small end of a spearmint leaf candy.
Use your scissors to expose a sticky spot on each side of the large end of a spearmint leaf, then press a candy eye onto each side.
Place the turtle head in front of the peach ring.
Cut another spearmint leaf in half, through the sides.
From each half, cut a curved shape.
Place the long curved pieces at the front of the peach ring for flippers.
Place the smaller oval pieces at the back of the peach ring for flippers.
Cut off the top of a red spice drop, and press the bottom, sticky side down, into the peach ring.
Repeat with the remaining cupcakes for a whole family of candy crabs and turtles.
These cute little sea creature cupcake toppers are quick and easy to make. If you are running low on red spice drops from your bag of candy, you can use orange ones for the turtle shells instead.
Prep time: 45 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 1 hour
For the crab cupcakes
For the turtle cupcakes
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