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Mermaid Party Cupcakes and Cookies!

By Brenda Ponnay

This is the first installment of our Mermaid-themed Party series.  Here are the mermaid cupcakes and octopus tentacle cookies we served and how you can make your own if you’re throwing your own party. Come back this week to see the rest of the posts in our Mermaid-themed Party series.  

All summer long we’ve been deep in the throes of a full-blown mermaid obsession at our house. We’ve made mermaid icebox cookies and mermaid-colored pancakes. We’ve brushed our hair with dinglehoppers and painted our nails with mermaid scales. We acquired real mermaid tails with mono fins and splashed under the moonlight. It was the great mermaid summer!

Mermaid Party: Cupcake Toppers by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com So naturally at the end of the summer we threw a great mermaid-themed bash at our local pool with all the requisite mermaid treats, decor and more. Treats that included mermaid cupcakes and octopus tentacle cookies, of course.

Mermaid Party: Octopus Tentacle Cookies by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

How to Make Octopus Tentacle Cookies

Baking and decorating your own octopus tentacle cookies are not for the faint of heart but if you like a little cookie decorating fun, they might be just the cookie for you and your friends.

1) We used our favorite sugar cookie recipe to make the dough, leaving out the baking soda so that the cookies didn’t rise too much and lose their shape. We colored it red with food coloring because we like red octopi.

Mermaid Party: Octopus Tentacle Cookies (how-to) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

2) We rolled out the dough to the usual quarter-inch thickness but instead of using cookie cutters, we cut long spindly octopus arm shapes with a knife.

3) Then we baked them on a cookie sheet.

4) After they cooled we iced them with light pink (royal icing) suction cups.

Mermaid Party: Octopus Tentacle Cookies (pool party) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Side of tentacles anyone? Mermaid Party: Cupcake Toppers (printable) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Mermaid Cupcakes

For the cupcakes we made special cupcake toppers that we would love to share with you. These are designed to fit a 1.5 inch punch but you can cut them out with scissors too.

Click here to print out your mermaid cupcake toppers!

Mermaid Party: Cupcake Toppers (printable cut-outs) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

In fact, we kind of like the hand-cut ones better because then the mermaids look like they are swimming in blue waves of icing!

Mermaid Party: Cupcake Toppers (printable how-to) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Just attach toothpicks to the back with tape and you are ready to decorate your cupcakes!

Mermaid Party: Cupcake Toppers (party!) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Perhaps you can make aqua blue cupcakes with “blue ocean wave” icing. Perfect for poolside enjoyment! Tails and fins not necessary.

Come back this week to see the rest of the posts in our Mermaid-themed Party series here.  

Brenda Ponnay
About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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