Shark Week Cupcakes

I am aware that not everyone is fortunate enough to know what Shark Week is.  For those unfortunate souls, it is a series of shark shows that goes on for a week on the Discovery Channel towards the end of each summer.  Since Shark Week is this week*, I decided to make some cupcakes inspired by this wonderful television program.  Needless to say, I’m addicted and wish that it came around more than once a year.

Shark Fin Cupcakes

What you’ll need:
Cupcake mix (I used chocolate)
Fluffy white or vanilla frosting
Blue food color spray (available at most craft stores)
White fondant (available at most craft stores)

What to do:
1. Make cupcakes as you normally would.
2. While cupcakes are baking, roll out fondant until less than 1/4 inch thick.  On a piece of paper, draw a stencil of a shark fin and cut it out.  Place stencil over fondant and create enough fins for each cupcake (as a future teacher, I have learned to create more than needed- you never know when you’re going to mess up!).  Once the fins are cut out, spray each side with the food color spray and set in freezer so they stay solid when placed in the cupcake.
3. Once the cupcake is completely cooled, pipe on frosting in a spiral shape.  Lightly spray with blue food color spray (this is supposed to be sort of like water… cheesy, I know).
4. Place stiffened shark fins in the middle of the cupcake.

*Originally written August 2, 2011