How To Make Easy Pirate Cupcakes

Looking for quick and easy Pirate Birthday Party Cake ideas? Well, look no further because these Pirate themed cupcakes will not only impress any age bucaneer, but they're a cinch to make as well. Start with cupcakes baked in red cupcake liners, top them with icing, brown sugar "sand" and finish them with pirate hat rings and novelty palm trees...and boom! you're done. No special skills required and every party guests leaves with a pirate ring favor to boot.


You can use a box mix for this tutorial and store bought icing. However, if you want to up your game and go from scratch, we recommend our Vanilla Cake Recipe or Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe for the cupcakes and Brenda's Bakery Buttercream for the icing.


If you're feeling really ambitious, you can also check out our Pirate Skull Cake Tutorial for something a little more difficult, but definitely spectacular.

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Pirate Hat Cupcake Rings -Set of 12
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STEP 1: BAKE CUPCAKES IN RED CUPCAKE LINERS

Bake your cupcakes in red cupcake liners. A box mix will work just fine, or check out our Vanilla Cake Recipe or Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe if you're going from scratch.

Vanilla Cupcakes Baked in Red Baking Cups

STEP 2: TINT YOUR ICING AND COVER CUPCAKES

Use store bought icing or mix up a batch of our Brenda's Bakery Buttercream recipe. Then, tint the icing light blue, but DON'T COMPLETELY MIX THE COLOR IN. Leave it marbelized. This will make it look more like water.

Smear the icing roughly on the cupcakes to look like waves. Then, use a spoon to sprinkle brown sugar on half the cupcake to look like a sand.

Icing cupcakes in light blue to look like the ocean

Add brown sugar to cupcakes to make sand

STEP 3: ADD PIRATE HATS AND PALM TREES

Add a pirate hat ring and a novelty palm tree to each cupcake and aaarghhh!...you're done!

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