It's the season for colorful summer themed sweets and these ADORABLE Flip Flop Cupcakes!! These cuties always bring smiles and the best part is that they are so easy to make!
The cheerful color, design, & pattern options are endless, and the theme is perfect for so many events-- summertime birthdays for all ages, beach parties, pool parties...or just because they are too cute not to make at least once!
Reasons to Love cake decorating with Candy Coating
We're using one of my favorite decorating mediums today... candy coating! I LOVE candy coating (aka compound chocolate, chocolate bark, candy melts, etc.) because it is so easy to work with.
Candy coating can be easily melted in the microwave, piped, & applied to your cakes and cupcakes in minutes. No need to wait hours for decorations to firm up as with gum paste and fondant accents.
An added bonus is that candy coating cake decorations can be made in advance & will add depth to your design too!
You can find pre-colored candy coating (Wilton Candy Melts for example), but you can also tint white candy coating to all sorts of bright colors using (oil based) candy coloring. *Do not add regular frosting/fondant coloring gels to your chocolate as it will cause it to seize.
How to Make Flip Flop Cupcakes
Below, you can see my tinted white candy coating-- After melting the coating in the microwave, I tinted the pink & blue shades using Wilton Candy Coloring (**Make sure you're using oil based candy coloring rather than regular coloring gels when tinting candy coating or chocolate). The yellow was pre-colored Candy Melts (Wilton).
Flip flops are pretty simple to freehand, but you may like to use a template to ensure that everything is about the same size.
I slid my template beneath my waxed paper (on a cookie sheet)-- I piped the melted chocolate from a disposable piping bag with the tip snipped off. (If you'd rather use a piping tip, it would be about the equivalent of a Wilton 10.)
As an optional step, I also piped small little flowers, stars, & hearts using a piping bag with a small opening. These will be my accents for the flip flops later.
More piping...this time in blue. After piping my chocolate designs, I chilled them in the freezer for about 5 minutes until firm.
Time to start decorating! I flipped the chilled flip flops over so that the smooth sides were facing up. Then, I piped on the straps with buttercream (using a small round piping tip (3)) --You could do this step in candy coating also, but I thought that buttercream was a little faster.
I love these colors together!
The straps & dots are buttercream...everything else is candy coating. (Buttercream colors: Americolor Deep Pink coloring gel, Electric Pink, Lemon Yellow, & Sky Blue).
Decorating the Cupcakes
I tinted a crusting vanilla buttercream with Americolor Sky Blue & Americolor Ivory coloring gel. Some of my cupcakes were frosted entirely in ivory, but others like the one below were half and half for an ocean and sand look.
(Use your vanilla buttercream of choice. If you don't already have a favorite, we highly recommend our Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe!)
One of the most important parts of decorating these cupcakes with buttercream is remembering to pipe the two medium sized dots. (You can use a Wilton 10 or Wilton tip 12 -or just snip the end off of your disposable piping bag).
These buttercream dots will prop up our flip flops so that they lay at a nice angle. Of course, you could simplify things and lightly press the flip flops into classic 2D piping tip swirls of frosting also. Either way, you're going to have some CUTE cupcakes.
If working in advance, you can store these toppers in a cool room and then chill just before applying them to the cupcake so that they are easier to handle.
Finished! I love how these came out, so simple and cute! They would be perfect for summer birthdays, pool parties, luau birthdays, and more! If you give these a try, we'd love to see!
**Looking for more beach cupcake fun? You may like our colorful Crab & Fish Beach Cupcake Tutorial!:
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