I made these easy to make Candy Crab Cupcakes a few years ago for a party. I hosted this Crab Shack Party and made these adorable crab cupcakes using a crab ice cube tray I found at a dollar store. These Candy Crab Cupcakes are great for any beach/nautical party theme! I love them for an Under the Sea party too. They were easy to make and so cute!
When pressed for time, I find it easier to decorate store bought cupcakes. Don’t you love a good theme party? Give these a try for your next beach or pool party!
I have a few more beachy themed desserts at the bottom of this page…don’t miss them!
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POST UPDATE: This crab candy mold is no longer available. I know I am sad too…
The instructions below should still apply.
Cupcakes can be store bought or use a mix to make your own.
I used red candy melts and a silicone ice cube tray. Other options on Amazon.
Melt the candy melts in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish. I like to melt the candy melts in 20-second increments and stir in between until smooth. You don’t want to overcook them. Then spoon into the tray. Give the tray a shake to settle the chocolate in the mold. Then place the ice cube tray in the freezer. I left the trays in for a couple of hours, but they just need to be hardened. I then removed them from the freezer and let the ice cube trays warm to room temperature. Turn the tray over and the chocolates pop out – you may need to work it a little!
I kept the chocolate crabs in the refrigerator until I was ready to serve the cupcakes. They became a little soft with the warmer temperatures. A tube of Wilton black icing worked well for creating the eyes. Brown sugar sprinkled on top of the icing, made perfect “sand” underneath the crabs. And it’s edible of course!