Saturday, June 21, 2008

Bikini Beach Bears

Bikini Beach Bear Cupcakes

Well, today is the first day of summer and what could be better than going to the beach? A beach cupcake! That way, I don’t even have to get into a bathing suit. (Not to mention, I’m not near the beach, so this will have to do.) Aren’t these little bears just too cute. And they’re pretty tasty, too. Here’s what I used:

  • Cupcakes and frosting (tinted blue)
  • Blue baking cups
  • Cocktail umbrellas
  • Bears – Honey Teddy Grahams and I just used a candy writer to draw their tiny little bathing suits on with a toothpick. For the faces, I used an edible ink pen. (I keep finding new uses for this thing. I love it.)
  • Inner tubes – Lifesavers Gummies
  • Towels and floats – Fruit Roll Ups
  • Beach Balls – small gumballs
  • Beach sand – Okay, this is difficult to look at. For the weak at heart, close your eyes. I’m sorry to say I had to sacrifice a few little teddy bears. They tried their best to escape…
“Please save us!”

A sweet sacrificeBikini Beach Bear Cupcakes

Check back tomorrow for part two of this sweet summer kickoff!

Thanks to the book, Hello, Cupcake! for inspiring me to use common candies in uncommon ways.

Bikini Beach Bear Cupcakes

Bikini Beach Bear Cupcakes

Kara said...

These are soo cute!!!!

June 21, 2008 03:37 AM
The Momster said...

That is just darned adorable!

June 21, 2008 03:38 AM
Anonymous said...

OMG, toooooo cute!

June 21, 2008 03:41 AM
Delaina said...

unreal! I love it!

June 21, 2008 03:53 AM
Mandy said...

is that a hot babe bear sunbathing at the upper left corner? :p

June 21, 2008 04:17 AM
The Fantastic Four said...

Too cute! Thanks for the inspiration…we are taking my DD to see the beach for the first time this Tuesday for her birthday. She just asked tonight what kind of cupcakes we were going to have for her birthday…these will be PERFECT !!! :)

June 21, 2008 04:22 AM
Brilynn said...

Those are ridiculously cute! You always come up with something that makes me smile!

June 21, 2008 04:30 AM
Anonymous said...

i just bought hello, cupcake too!

June 21, 2008 05:36 AM
Katie said...

So cute! :D

June 21, 2008 05:36 AM
Gina said...

Too stinkin’ cute! My girls would get such a kick out of this – a great idea! :)

June 21, 2008 05:39 AM
arundati said...

unbelievably cute!! love the detailing!!

June 21, 2008 05:42 AM
Rachelle said...

Too cute! Are you sharing these with someone?

June 21, 2008 07:08 AM
Cynthia Polen said...

LOVE it LOVE it LOVE it!

June 21, 2008 07:59 AM
morgana said...

They are so cute and fresh… With that view, who doesn’t want to go to the beach? (and take a lot of photos, yeah…) ;-))))

Your imagination is amazing.

June 21, 2008 09:29 AM
Jeanmarie said...

I have made these cupcakes too and I want to share a hint that I learned the hard way – you cannot refrigerate these to serve the next day – the Teddy Grahams get soft and mushy and will break off at the “float” – do not assemble until shortly before serving!

June 21, 2008 11:38 AM
Rosanne said...

How cute!

June 21, 2008 12:55 PM
Deshona said...

Oh how adorable!!!They are super cute!!!

June 21, 2008 01:07 PM
Anonymous said...

AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing bakerella and hope you have a great summer!!

June 21, 2008 02:14 PM
Sweet Petites said...

Frannie and I just LOVE these cupcakes. Last week we made our version of your cake pops. We had so many compliments on how they looked and the way they tasted. We are definitely trying these next!

June 21, 2008 02:30 PM
JillyRae said...

Bakerella you are just TOO much…oh how I laughed at these WONDERFUL cupcakes. The little bikini’s are just TOO cute. I LOVE these..definately have to try them in the future.
I made your fizzy cupcakes yesterday and once again a hit. I also made your chocolate cupcakes this week with another attempt at the transfers. I am going to go post them in my blog now, so check them out when you get a chance.
You’re the best..thanks again : )

June 21, 2008 02:49 PM
Loni said...

You are a creative genius! These are so adorable!

June 21, 2008 04:04 PM
Sarah said...

too cute!

June 21, 2008 04:18 PM
Stella said...

These are AWESOME!
I think I may save these for the end of the Summer and bring them in as a treat for when my kids go back to daycare!

June 21, 2008 04:53 PM
sharyl said...

omg, thats just way too adorable to eat…. but i would anyway… hahaha.

June 21, 2008 06:34 PM
jamie b said...

these are great! can I come live with you and eat all of your goodies?! :)

June 21, 2008 07:42 PM
Anonymous said...

Recently, two people have posted beach themed cupcakes (also using Teddy Grahams) on Flickr (Cupcakes Take the Cake photo pool). You may consider giving them some credit, too…

June 21, 2008 08:05 PM
emerzim said...

I did a beach themed cake a few weeks ago and I was just amazed at how many things you can do with Fruit roll ups. We rolled them into beach balls, cut bikinis out of them for the Teddy Grahams, made towels, a little beach chair…so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing yours, they’re adorable!

June 21, 2008 08:33 PM
Janelle said...

Very innovative. Great for a theme party. Super fun, as usual!

June 21, 2008 08:35 PM
Stephanie said...

That is so cute!

June 21, 2008 08:51 PM
sugarlens said...

Extremely creative! Thank you for your inspiration!

June 21, 2008 10:40 PM
The Roper's said...

You are amazing and do the cutest stuff!

June 21, 2008 10:47 PM
Clumbsy Cookie said...

Oh I was so sorry for the poor little felows in the food processor! But the cupcakes turned out so cute and adorable, love them!

June 21, 2008 11:13 PM
Anonymous said...

very cute! cant wait to see what you have in store for the 4th of July!

June 22, 2008 12:47 AM
Bakerella said...

Kara, The Momster, Anonymous, Delaina – thank you

Mandy – it sure is.

The Fantastic Four – that WILL be perfect.

Brilynn – that makes me smile to know.

Anonymous – it’s awesome, isn’t it.

Katie , Gina, arundati – thank you

Rachelle – my family is getting them.

Cynthia Polen – thank you. thank you. thank you.

morgana – thanks my friend.

Jeanmarie – thanks for the tip. It must be the absorption from the frosting.

Rosanne, Deshona, Anonymous – thanks!

Sweet Petites – I’m glad you like them!

JillyRae – Yeah, I was laughing too as I drew on the bikinis. I’ll come visit you to see your pics.

Loni – glad you like them.

Sarah – thanks

Stella – they’ll love it.

sharyl – it was actually kinda weird and fun biting off the bear heads.

jamie b – well, I do need some help at that sometimes.

Anonymous – I guess great minds think alike. I had not seen anyone’s before doing these, but now I’m curious. I’ll have to go look for them out there.

emerzim – Yeah, I’m finding a whole new world with candy accessories. Just too fun.

Janelle, Stephanie, sugarlens, The Roper’s – thank you guys!

Clumbsy Cookie – Yeah, they were a small price to pay for cuteness.

Anonymous – me too!

June 22, 2008 02:57 AM
katy said...

seriously . . . you are just *too* much. How flippin’ cute are these?!? Thanks for providing such great eye candy.

June 22, 2008 05:21 AM
The Flirty Girl said...

You are the most clever EVER! Am always looking forward to your next post!

June 22, 2008 06:39 AM
hope said...

Adorable, what a smile they bring to my face.

June 22, 2008 08:03 PM
Claudine said...

those are so cute! Hello Cupcake is a great book!

June 23, 2008 01:42 AM
Bakerella said...

katy – you are welcome

The Flirty Girl – thanks, for saying so.

hope – That makes me happy! I’m smiling too now!

Claudine – Yesssireee!

June 23, 2008 02:30 AM
Toni said...

My favorite part of the whole thing is how you assembled the cupcakes into a beach scene, with all the watery ones at the bottom, and the sandy ones with umbrellas at the top. Excellent presentation!

June 23, 2008 01:29 PM
Melissa said...

cutest cupcakes I’ve ever seen!!!

June 23, 2008 08:57 PM
Bakerella said...

Toni – Thanks – It was really fun assembling them.

Melissa – Wow! I’m flattered.

June 24, 2008 03:53 AM
annie said...

You are too clever…you always have the cutest ideas…you are an inspiration…keep up the cuteness! I love it!

June 24, 2008 04:55 AM
alice said...

these are tooo cute!

June 24, 2008 05:35 AM
Farah said...

ooh! niiiiice pops! You have such patience!

BTW…your new blog design looks stunning. Did you do it by yourself?

June 24, 2008 08:19 AM
Melissa said...

These are absolutely adorable! I can so see having this over cake at a birthday pool party!!! Awesome as usual!!

June 24, 2008 01:19 PM
julie said...

love the cupcakes! where did you find the awesome blue cupcake wrappers?!

June 24, 2008 07:02 PM
Shelly G & Hope P said...

I love these cuties… You are sooooo clever…

June 25, 2008 12:57 AM
Sticky Cakes said...

I wished I had thought of using the teddies when I did cupcakes for my niece’s baby shower…just too, too cute!!!

June 25, 2008 03:13 AM
Kerry said...

That is amazing! Such creativity!

June 25, 2008 05:55 PM
claudiamx said...

me encanta todo lo que haces, es increible, ya hice las lollipops y me salieron divinas
gracias por hacer cosas tan bonitas
love the cupcakes! thanks

saludos desde mexico

June 25, 2008 07:37 PM
Stephanie said...

What a fun recipe…and so easy too! Thanks for sharing this!

June 25, 2008 08:34 PM
Teanna said...

Wow those are the cutest things EVER! I love your new design, BTW!

June 25, 2008 11:18 PM
hoLLy said...

my kids would just love to help me make these. they are so adorable! i wish i was clever like you:) but until i become miraculously clever, i’ll just keep checking out your blog:)

June 26, 2008 02:33 AM
Bakerella said...

Teanna – thanks and I’m glad you like the new look.

hoLLy – Just make these and tell your kids you came up with it. I won’t say anything.

June 28, 2008 02:05 PM
colleen said...

wow…you never cease to amaze me!!! I want to go bake some right now!

July 1, 2008 01:44 AM
Anonymous said...

Some people are just so creative! Thanks for sharing. Another idea for sand (for those that can’t stand the thought of sacrificing delicious Teddy Grahams :) ) is using/creating graham cracker crumbs from regular/flavored graham crackers. I think you can buy them in crumbs already, too.

July 2, 2008 12:43 PM
Bakerella said...

colleen – well, get to it :)

Anonymous – I love graham crackers, don’t you!

July 3, 2008 12:40 AM
Hope said...

Does anyone know if you decorate the bears the day before will they get mushy? thanks.

July 4, 2008 10:30 PM
Bakerella said...

They will get a little mushy, so they are best to serve the same day. I guess they are absorbing moisture from the frosting. On the Bear pops, though, they didn’t get that mushy, since they were surrounded by candy coating

July 5, 2008 02:01 PM
Bobbie said...

I made these for my daughters 2nd birthday party – go here to check them out

link to

my sister ended up putting the cakes all together and doing a whole “beach” sand – breaking waves, blue water – she is so smart!

July 13, 2008 03:54 AM
Bakerella said...

They look fantastic!

July 14, 2008 11:09 PM
Nanette said...

These were so much fun to make! Check out the link to pictures below… I made them for my mommy group here in Virginia :) Thank you for your creativeness, my kids and I love your cupcakes!

link to

~Nanette :)

July 21, 2008 02:26 AM
Bakerella said...

Super cute Nanette!

July 21, 2008 04:04 AM
Jessica said...

These are the cutest little things ever ! :D

August 6, 2008 04:04 PM
Bakerella said...


August 6, 2008 11:18 PM
Sara said...

wow……So amazing! I am just in love with your blog now!

August 22, 2008 01:10 AM
Bakerella said...

Well, come back anytime, Sara

August 23, 2008 09:31 PM
joanh said...

omg these are sooo cute. i will have to buy an edible pen soon to try these out. i keep drooling over your candy pops but they seem like so much work! but this i might be able to do..

October 8, 2008 09:33 AM
Bakerella said...

joanh – the pens come in really handy for lots of uses. Hope you try them.

November 3, 2008 04:21 AM
LWK said...

These are the cutest! I had so much fun making them for my twin babies’ Hawaiian-themed-birthday party. Check out the picture at my blog: link to
Thank you so much for posting, everybody at the party loved the cupcakes!

March 7, 2009 02:57 PM
Bakerella said...

LWK – They look GREAT!

March 8, 2009 02:51 AM
Anonymous said...

I made these very same cupcakes too, but almost 2 years ago. Sometimes it’s easy to see something, be inspired by it, then forget where the inspiration came from. They are too very similar to my own to have not been inspired by mine (which were in turn inspired by someone else’s).

April 4, 2009 01:42 PM
Bakerella said...

Or just maybe people can have the same good ideas. I’d love to see your pics. I’ve seen lots of variations of these since I posted them.

April 7, 2009 02:14 AM
Julie said...


I love these! Do you mind if I ask if you’ve ever seen blue baking cups or the candy writers in a local store? I need to make these SOON, so I don’t have time to order online!

April 28, 2009 01:47 AM
Bakerella said...

I’ve only seen these blue ones from

But, I just saw some candy writers at Williams Sonoma this weekend.

Other than that, try cake supply stores or online

April 28, 2009 03:00 AM
day said...

Hi! I copied your wonderful idea, I hope you don’t mind! It’s my son’s third birthday, and I wanted to do something fun… and when I came across these I just couldn’t resist!

Pics: Here and here!

They don’t look as nice as yours, but I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out! Thank you for the inspiration!

May 15, 2009 07:40 PM
Bakerella said...

They do too look nice. Great job.


May 19, 2009 12:23 AM
Melissa said...

gonna make these cupcakes and celebrate the last day of school with my 2nd graders and the Bikini Beach Bears! We’re also gonna bring in beach towels and our favorite teddy bear for a picnic! thanks for your great idea!

May 21, 2009 02:26 AM
Allee:) said...

me and my sister emma are plaanign to make these to celebrate summer!!! tehya res os cute and really easy and fun to make:)
i can’t wait til I can get to a grocery store!!

June 2, 2009 03:51 PM
Allee:) said...

me and my sister emma are planning to make these to celebrate summer!!! these are so cute and really easy and fun to make:)
i can’t wait til I can get to a grocery store!!

June 2, 2009 03:52 PM
kate said...

So cute!! I just made them for my daughter's birthday.
link to

July 4, 2009 11:56 AM
N. said...

Hi – I'm the previously anonymous poster from a few comments back. I just found my cupcake photos on flickr (didn't renew my pro account so it took awhile to find the old pix…):

link to

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Of course, yours are much more polished looking than mine are, lol.

July 14, 2009 08:16 PM
jessel said...

Anonymous said…

I made these very same cupcakes too, but almost 2 years ago. Sometimes it’s easy to see something, be inspired by it, then forget where the inspiration came from. They are too very similar to my own to have not been inspired by mine (which were in turn inspired by someone else’s).

November 4, 2009 02:45 AM
bakerella said...

Jessel – you already commented on this post. (#73) back in April and I responded. I’m sure I didn’t see you photos, but you are absolutely right about seeing ideas and being influenced.

November 4, 2009 08:53 PM
cindy nguyen said...

i made them for my little sister jessica at her birthaday she fell head over tails!

March 25, 2010 06:33 PM
Maggie said...

hahahhahahaha awww nothing like bears in bikinis to get me in the mood for summer.

March 29, 2010 09:09 PM
ViKi said...

These are so amazing! Great idea!

May 13, 2010 10:39 PM
Steph said...

I just found your site … I came across these and couldn’t believe it. I’d made some very similar to these for our neighborhood pool party a couple years ago. I’d used crushed vanilla wafer cookies…my teddys weren’t as deocrated, but the kids LOVED them. Cute! Cute! Cute

May 18, 2010 10:02 PM
Rita said...

I made beach theme cupcakes that I just blogged about. The only difference was that mine had seashells! I love the little umbrellas, I wish I would of thought of that before I sent my order out!

June 16, 2010 09:28 AM
Brigitte said...

This is so cute! I think I might use some Teddy Grahams and the tools you used to make some ballet bear cupcakes for my daughter’s 3rd bday.

That drowning bear on one of the cupcakes is hilarious!

June 22, 2010 05:51 AM
Anonymous said...

That is soooooooooo cute

July 20, 2010 01:45 PM
Anonymous said...

What a creative and cute idea! i think they came out great :)

July 20, 2010 01:46 PM
Sprinkles said...

I LOVE the teddies trying to escape, so cute! and included it in our summer cupcake feature! Feel free to check it out link to

July 29, 2010 08:00 AM
kleigh said...

I came across these for my 3 and 1 year old kids birthday party (beach theme – we live by the beach). It turned out so cute and just for a lil more fun I bought some gummy sharks and put one off in a corner with a teddy graham making a scared face just to see if anyone noticed. I will be making a larger one this next weekend for the big party with lots of family and friends.

August 2, 2010 09:40 PM
Ella said...

I just made these! I didn’t use the buttercream frosting though, as I live in Australia and we rarely use that type of icing, I used basic icing sugar and water with food colouring. I realised halfway through the half sand/half water cupcakes that I should have used yellow icing underneath the sand, but I made some yellow icing for the full sand cupcakes and they look great! I also skipped the clothing, so its a nude beach, haha. I’m so pleased and even my boyfriend thinks they’re fair cool. Thankyou so much Bakerella! Next: your Red Velvet Cake :)

December 15, 2010 09:47 PM
Hayy said...

I absolutely love everything on this site.
I love baking & i know for a fact im going to use alot of stuff on this site!
Espiacelly for my birthday in afew weeks(:
But these cupcakes are simply the cutest!

March 3, 2011 07:30 PM
Kelli said...

I made these for my son’s beach themed party this weekend and they were a huge hit! Thanks for the inspiration!

June 5, 2011 09:51 PM
Jennifer said...

I need to make these and eat them everyday!

July 6, 2011 03:33 PM
Dani said...

LOVE this idea but as long as we’re anthropomorphizing bears why no bears of other races?? I will definitely be using chocolate and cinnamon teddy grahams as well. We need to support diversity even in our desserts!!! :)

May 25, 2012 01:55 PM
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