This recipe is beyond adorable and totally Instagram worthy! But, the best part is these cute cupcakes are not difficult to make.
Technique tip: Make the cupcakes "rainbow" by dividing the cake batter into 3-4 colors alternating colors as you fill the cones.
Swap option: Swap out water in the cake batter for orange juice, pineapple juice or lemonade to give the cake a citrusy flavor.
Special equipment: Mermaid tail silicone mold (available at baking supply stores or Amazon).
For the buttercream frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or a bowl using a hand mixer) beat together butter, powdered sugar and salt on low until blended. Then, increase speed to medium and beat for 3-4 minutes. Add vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk or heavy cream and beat on high for 1 minute. Add more milk or heavy cream for desired consistency.
For the cupcakes:1.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 12 ice cream cones upright into a muffin tin.2.
Whisk eggs and oil together in a bowl. Add cake mix, vanilla extract and water, and mix until there are no lumps. Fold in blueberries to create a swirl.3.
Pour half of the cake batter into a bowl and tint with blue gel food coloring. Fill cones with batter alternating between the tinted and non-tinted batter until about half of the way full.4.
Bake in the oven for 14-16 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
For the mermaid tails:
Melt candy melts using a double boiler method, or heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then continue heating for 5-10 seconds at a time and stirring until smooth.
Pour melted candy into silicone mold and place in freezer for 6-8 minutes to set (create a watercolor look by pouring different colors into molds and swirling them together). Continue this process until you've created as many mermaid tails as desired.
Once cupcakes are cool, frost cupcakes with buttercream and press mermaid tail into center of cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles and luster dust, if using. Place in refrigerator for a few minutes to set up frosting.