Santa Cruz Sand Crabs

When I think of summer, I think of Santa Cruz weekends. My family beach house has been a constant vacation destination ever since I can remember. As a kid, I would spend my time playing on the beach, actually swimming in the freezing cold ocean, burying each other in the sand, and digging up as many sand crabs as we could find. These days I spend more time hanging out on the porch than with the sand crabs, but they will always bring back good memories. And that’s exactly why I had to make these ridiculously cute sand crab cupcakes for our most recent beach weekend.

Sand Crab Cupcakes

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Inspired by The Seven Year Cottage

  • Orange Slice Gummies
  • Peach Gummies
  • Edible Googly Eyes (sold here)
  • 24 Cupcakes
  • 1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Toothpicks
  • Frosting Tip

Bake your favorite flavor of cupcakes. Make some cream cheese frosting, or buy yourself a can. Smash some graham crackers to make “sand.”

Grab your peach gummies and your frosting tip. The frosting tip is useful for much more than just frosting! Use the wide part of the frosting tip to cut circles out of the peach gummies. With the leftover outer ring of the circle, take your knife and cut them into the shape of crab claws.

Take a sticky piece of the leftover gummy and place it on the back of your googly eye.  You could also use royal icing for this, but I opted to surpass this extra step since gummies are sticky enough!

Start sticking toothpicks into your orange slices. Push the eyes into the toothpicks. Split another toothpick in half to use for the crab claws.

Once you have made your crabs, start frosting your cupcakes. After they are frosted, dip them in graham cracker crumbs. Lastly, stick your crab cupcake toppers in the cupcakes.

And now you got yourself some crabby cupcakes!

I think I like the looks of these better than the real thing.

15 Responses

  1. I saw these and HAD to make them. My friend is moving out of state and so has been rather crabby lately. Understandable, selling a house, buying a house, packing everything up. One would get rather crabby. She loved these. Thank you for sharing.

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