Dessert Food

Luau Cupcakes: Two Ways

Luau Cupcakes
Luau Cupcake

I was trying to figure out what to make for my a luau potluck when I came across Annie’s Eats’ “How to Make Dried Pineapple Sunflowers” post. After perusing Google Images for other Hawaiian-themed cupcakes, I saw many images of Teddy Grahams sunbathing on Fruit by the Foot or floating in their intertube Trolli Apple-O’s. Sara liked the sunflowers and Stephanie liked the Teddy Grahams, so the three of us made both! If you notice any drowning teddies or teddy orgies, you can thank Stephanie.

Both are very easy to do, especially if you go the cheaters route like we did and use a box cake. In our defense, the frosting is our beloved homemade buttercream frosting. The sunflowers do take quite a bit of time. Annie says hers took 30 minutes, but because ours were so thick it took well over an hour. Check out her post for more instructions. As for the Teddy Grahams, you can get as creative as you’d like with gummies and other children’s snacks and arrange as you see fit. I found a big box of umbrella toothpicks (or parasol picks as Walmart labels them) on the party aisle of Walmart. To get the ocean colored frosting we mixed blue and green food coloring.

What You Need


  • Blue and Green Food Coloring
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Trolli Sour Apple-O’s
  • Umbrella Toothpicks
  • A large pineapple

Teddy Graham Cupcakes

Luau Cupcake
Luau Cupcake
Luau Cupcake
Luau Cupcake

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Luau Cupcake

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  • Reply egbkid

    They are so cute, and look delicious!

    March 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Pegasuslegend

    oh my i feel like basking in the sun with one of these and a Mai Tai!

    March 17, 2011 at 1:10 am
  • Reply Amanda

    These are absolutely adorable, Kelsey!!

    March 18, 2011 at 6:37 am
  • Reply We Are Not Martha

    Um, these are basically the most adorable cupcakes I’ve ever seen!! The Teddy Grahams are sooo cute and these are perfect for summer 🙂


    March 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply whatsonjensplate

    Those teddy graham cupcakes are adorable! How creative! If I ever have a luau themed event I’ll have to remember these!

    March 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm
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