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Let's dive right into how to make mermaid tail cupcakes!  This mermaid tail design is super popular right now and pretty easy to make at home.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

First, you'll need to get a mermaid tail silicone mold which you can find here.  You'll also need fondant or gumpaste, toothpicks, food coloring, a paint brush, and I used a little powdered sugar to make sure the fondant didn't stick to my mold.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

Spoon a little powdered sugar into the mold then tap out of the excess.  Then press some fondant into the mold.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

These mold are flexible, so turn the mold over to carefully remove the mermaid tail.  I like to use a toothpick to make sure none of the fondant sticks.

Once all of your mermaid tails are turned out, gently insert a toothpick about half way up into each tail.  Then allow to dry for about 8 hours or overnight to harden up.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

Once the mermaid tails are firm and set, bust out your favorite food colors.  I used teal for the main body and gold for the fins.  I used a mixing palette to combine a drop of the food coloring with about 3 or 4 drops of vodka to create the "paint."  Then I used a clean food safe brush to apply the color.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

Because of the alcohol, the color dries pretty quickly (about 5 minutes.)  It's such a small amount of alcohol and it evaporates, but if you're worried about the kiddos consuming the fondant, you can also use plain water - it just won't dry as fast.

Now, to get your cupcakes ready!  Bake and completely cool your cupcakes before decorating.  I made vanilla cupcakes and decided to include these wrappers that I made with my Cricut Explore One™.  You can this project in the Mermaid Party cartridge which is included in the Cricut Access Standard.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

For the frosting, I used American buttercream, but you can use any light colored frosting you like.  I used the same teal food coloring to get my frosting this color.  I also used a star tip and piped in an up and down motion to get this look for the frosting.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

Now to add the mermaid tail!  Simply stick the toothpick into the center of the cupcake.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

I decided to also add my favorite custom sprinkles mix.  This is a combination of sanding sugars, non perils, and rock candy in a variety of sizes and colors.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

Use a spoon to add the sprinkles around the mermaid tail.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

And that's how to make mermaid tail cupcakes!

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

Just a heads up:  fondant does not do very well in the heat.   I highly suggest that these are made for an indoor party, or when it's not a super hot day outside.

Anyway, I love these cupcakes and they went perfectly with my mermaid tail cake.

These adorable mermaid tail cupcakes are easy to make with this tutorial and the perfect addition to your Under The Sea party.

Don't forget to check out the Under the Sea party banner made by my friend Anna, my lobster bruschetta recipe, and my DIY Mermaid Backdrop tutorial.  And come back for the full Under the Sea party I'll be posting this week.  Until then, mermaid kisses and best wishes!

9 comments on “How to Make Mermaid Tail Cupcakes”

  1. OK, these are absolutely gorgeous. My girls are big mermaid fans here and I just pinned to try for them when I can now. So, thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

  2. These are awesome! I had no idea they could be so easy. They look very intimidating!! I’m inspired and will have to try it one of these days!! Way to go lady! You nailed it.

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