Aug 08


Chocolate Seashell Cupcakes

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Not much says summer more than seashells and sand.  In this case, the ‘sand’ is brown sugar and the ‘shells’ made of white and milk chocolate.

I’d been waiting for summer to make these and am finally able to post them.  Vanilla cupcakes covered in light blue vanilla buttercream and topped with white and milk chocolate sea shells.  The recipes are at the end of this post if you’d like to try making them.

How to Make Chocolate Seashells

Easy peasy to make.

  • Melt chocolate wafers in two of these chocolate melting pots; one for white chocolate and one for the milk chocolate.  If you don’t have the melting pots you could easily use a double-boiler.
  • Spoon the chocolate into a squeeze bottle; alternating layers of white and milk chocolate.
  • Squeeze the melted chocolate into your chosen moulds.  I used this silicone shell-shaped ice cube tray, this chocolate mould as well as a few moulds my friend lent me to make the chocolate sea shells (She couldn’t remember where she got them, but if I find out on my own I’ll come back and post the info. here!).
  • Scrape the excess chocolate off the back of the mould with a pastry scraper.
  • Place your molds in the freezer for approximately several hours or overnight to be completely safe.
  • When you take them out, turn the mould over a cutting board or plate.  The chocolates should come out easily, but if they are stuck, gently tap or bend the mold to help them out.
  • Enjoy!

I used these gold stripe baking cupsto make the cupcakes in and piped the icing with a large star tip.

Thank you to Holly’s Sweets & Eats for these fantastic cake stands! She always has the prettiest and most unique stand, platters and gift items.  It’s no wonder she recognized me when I finally introduced myself.


Another big thanks to Rowell Photography for taking these fresh summer photos!

This crown is another item from Holly’s Sweets & Eats.  Couldn’t you see a frog-princess type cupcake sitting in it?

If you’d like to try these cupcakes, below are the recipes I used and here’s a video on making the icing swirl.

Happy baking!




Vanilla Cupcakes {from Martha Stewart’s site}


Makes about 3 dozen

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until well blended. Mix in vanilla.
  3. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with milk in two batches, beating until combined after each. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.


Vanilla Buttercream {from Martha Stewart’s site}


Makes 5 cups

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Combine sugar and egg whites in mixer bowl. Place bowl over pot of simmering water; whisk until hot and sugar is completely dissolved, 3 minutes. Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat mixture on high until cooled, about 15 minutes.
  2. Using paddle attachment, add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until completely incorporated. Stir in vanilla. If not using immediately, refrigerate in airtight container up to a week, or freeze up to a month. Bring to room temperature, and rebeat or stir vigorously before using.
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  1. May 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,
    I recently tried to use chocolate wafers (Merkens) brand to dip my cheese cake pops. The chocolate was too thick and goupy. I usually use lindt regular chocolate to dip strawberries and works great. I cannot figure out what did I do wrong?

  2. marian
    May 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Asmita: Did any water get mixed in there? Even steam or any type of humidity? That can make chocolate clump.

    If that’s not it, two experts in chocolate I can steer you towards:
    Katreece of
    Niner of

  3. estefania
    July 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    these look very pretty ♥ i want to make them for my little nephews but i dont want to serve them raw eggs whites. is there a temp. they need to reach??

    • marian
      July 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

      Hi Estefania,
      I would use a recipe without raw egg whites if you’re making them for young children, and you are concerned. There are more recipes in my recipe section at the top of the blog, which you can choose from. Have fun baking!

  4. March 24, 2015 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and
    will often come back at some point. I want to
    encourage you to definitely continue your great work, have a nice holiday

  5. December 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the
    -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each
    time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the exact same comment.

    There has to be a means you are able to remove me from that service?


    • marian
      December 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink


      If you go to where you would leave a reply, look just above the box and it will say “manage the subscriptions of this post”… Click on that and change your settings. All the best!

  6. Rae
    July 25, 2018 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Hi, can a cake be covered in this buttercream a few days in advance and still be good to eat and maintain it’s appearance? Would you store in fridge or room temp? Many thanks

    • marian
      July 25, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      Hi Rae,
      Yes a cake can be covered a few days in advance and stored in the fridge. Take it out to soften a bit before you serve it. How long you take it out for will depend on how hot it is in your area. All the best!

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