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Shave Ice Cupcakes

**I’m proud to announce that my Shave Ice Cupcakes were featured on the cover of the June 2012 issue of Food Network Magazine!

First birthdays are HUGE in Hawaii, they’re practically as planned and as big as weddings. My friend Cheryl wanted a Luau themed first birthday party in the height of summer. When heat is that bad, how can you keep Hawaiian Shave Ice from melting? Make Shave Ice Cupcakes!

I came up with this idea when I saw sanding sugar in traditional Hawaiian shave ice rainbow colors: red, yellow and blue. They fine sugar sparkles in the sun and looks exactly like real shave ice. Lined up, they make a great addition to any summer dessert table. Best of all, they’ll never melt!

Shave Ice Cupcakes

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Shave Ice Cupcakes


frosted cupcakes
red sanding sugar
blue sanding sugar
yellow sanding sugar
4 oz styrofoam cups
red cocktail straws
wooden spoons


The key to making these look like shave ice is to go with the typical ‘rainbow’ shave ice colors.

Start by sprinkling the yellow sanding sugar carefully down the middle of the cupcake.

Then add the red on one side and the blue on the other.

To make these look realistic, once the cupcakes are frosted and sugared place them in 4 oz Styrofoam cups. Add a thin red cocktail straw and a wooden spoon.

Shave Ice Cupcakes prep

27 Responses to “Shave Ice Cupcakes”

  1. Tonya says:

    wow so cute!

  2. Dina says:

    Genius! I’ve said it about you before and I’ll say it again! GENIUS!!! You are my cupcake genius!

  3. Maile says:

    I love this idea = )

  4. rachel says:

    That is awesome!

  5. HC says:

    Making this one for sure! Thanks!

  6. AWESOME!!! These came out better than I could imagine! Genius!!! – mary

  7. Margaret says:

    What a great presentation of cuppys. Kids would love these.

  8. eula says:

    FUN!! What a great idea. I love the colors.

  9. Lora says:

    These are just fabulous.

  10. Maile says:

    I love this idea!

  11. Val says:

    Thanks – making these for our party next month!

  12. Char says:

    I just love how you can take a simple idea/concept, and transfer that in what I say is culinary genius. Amazing! “Chicken Skin” amazing!

  13. Dot says:

    These are such a great idea! I have them headlining today’s cupcake ideas post over at Foodwhirl: http://foodwhirl.com/sweet-treats/shaved-ice-cupcakes-and-more-cupcake-ideas

    Thanks for sharing :)

  14. kiani says:

    shave ice, my fave! cute idea.

  15. ELHAM says:

    I like that!
    thank you!!!!

  16. lyndsay says:

    how did i not see these??? so kawaii awesome!!

    i wrote a little post about foods of hawaii and shave ice:


  17. Sarah says:

    So adorable! What a great idea, will be making these on Saturday for my son’s “Carnival” themed birthday party :)

  18. Susan says:

    These are just super cool!

  19. These are absolutely amazing! I’ve suddenly found the perfect answer to “what kind of cupcake decoration” I’ll be using in a few weeks for my daughter’s 1st birthday party! THANK YOU!

  20. Joanna says:

    I love this concept! It’s a “cool” treat. I am going to give it a try for my son’s 1st bday luau in August.

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  22. Mary Ellen says:

    Did Food Network take this off of your website or do you work for them? It is an exact match! I was wondering where to get the cool wooden spoons!

  23. phyllis says:

    i love this .. am going to make it for my friends at the convelescent center.. they will love it. where can i buy the sticks?

  24. Jenn says:

    Hello from another 2-n Jenn!

    It may be a silly question because I am sure the wooden spoons are a harder find, but where did you find the perfect sized Styrofoam cups? I am an avid Food Network mag reader; congrats on being featured, these are just too cute!

  25. Sarah says:

    I am also curious on where you found the Styrofoam cups!!

  26. justJENN says:

    I got the small styrofoam cups at Smart and Final and the wooden spoons from a fabulous online store called The Webstaurant store!

  27. KrisMac says:

    You container of sanding sugar looks pretty big. How much do you actually use for 24 cupcakes? Just trying to figure out how much I should buy. Thanks!

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