Fun Shark Fin Cupcakes + Shark Cookies

Looking for some fun shark treats for your shark themed party?  We have some simple and easy to recreate shark cookies and shark themed cupcakes to share. These treats will help take your party to a deeper level!  Ready to dive in?

Do you have a little one who LOVES sharks?  A shark party is a great theme for a summer party or for a shark week birthday.

Throwing a SHARK THEMED PARTY?
☑️ This Shark Party Kit is the perfect set to get your party planning headed in the right direction!

Delicious shark cookies and fun cupcakes are definitely a great start for planning any ocean themed party.

Alright…let’s talk desserts…

     

 

How to use Shark Desserts

Shark themed desserts are simple and a fun way to incorporate your theme throughout the party.  You can plan your decorations around fun themed shark cupcakes and shark cookies as they can truly be the centerpiece of the party. 

Be sure to check out the shark party containing these fun treats.  Also, here is a tutorial for making the Ombre Layer Cake.

Ideas for a Shark party

There are tons of ideas for throwing a shark party.  From delicious treats to adorable decor, here are some fin-tastic shark party ideas to check out to help you with your party planning.

Don’t forget to come back and make these fun cookies!

Shark Cupcakes Tutorial: STEP by STEP

Ready to bake some shark fin cupcakes?  These shark cupcakes are fairly simple.  You can start with a cupcake base of literally ANY flavor you want.  I made super moist chocolate cupcakes.  You can also grab some cupcakes from your local bakery if you want to save time.

What you need:

Step 1:

Prep your cupcakes.  Whether you bake them or buy them, you want them to be cooled completely before you start decorating. 

Step 2:

Color your fondant using the gel food coloring.  just a little black food coloring is sufficient to make the white fondant gray for the fins. 

Mix the food coloring into the fondant.

Step 3:

Roll out your fondant until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  Using a knife cut out shark fin shapes from the fondant. 

The easiest way to do this is to make a triangle, then cut a small triangle out of one of the sides. 

Finally, use your fingers to round out all the sharp edges.

Allow the fondant to completely harden.

Step 4:

Place a very thin layer of frosting onto the cupcakes with a knife.  Roll the cupcake tops into the brown sugar.  You can also put additional brown sugar on top of the cupcakes.  

Step 5:

Mix blue food coloring with the white frosting to the desired color. Using the frosting tips and bags, add blue frosting on top of the brown sugar.  

Place the fondant shark fin on top of the blue frosting.

For extra color and fun, place the cupcakes in cute ombre cupcake liners!

Shark Fin Cupcakes

Shark Fin Cupcakes
Shark Cupcakes Tutorial: STEP by STEP

Ready to bake some shark fin cupcakes?  These cupcakes are fairly simple.  You can start with a cupcake base of literally ANY flavor you want.  I made super moist chocolate cupcakes.  You can also grab some cupcakes from your local bakery if you want to save time.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes (Try this recipe)
  • Brown Sugar
  • White Frosting
  • Gel Food Coloring
  • Fondant
  • Knife
  • Frosting Bag and Tip

Instructions

Step 1:

Prep your cupcakes.  Whether you bake them or buy them, you want them to be cooled completely before you start decorating. 

Step 2:

Color your fondant using the gel food coloring.  just a little black food coloring is sufficient to make the white fondant gray for the fins. 

Mix the food coloring into the fondant.

Step 3:

Roll out your fondant until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  Using a knife cut out shark fin shapes from the fondant. 

The easiest way to do this is to make a triangle, then cut a small triangle out of one of the sides. 

Finally, use your fingers to round out all the sharp edges.

Allow the fondant to completely harden.

Step 4:

Place a very thin layer of frosting onto the cupcakes with a knife.  Roll the cupcake tops into the brown sugar.  You can also put additional brown sugar on top of the cupcakes.  

Step 5:

Mix blue food coloring with the white frosting to the desired color. Using the frosting tips and bags, add blue frosting on top of the brown sugar.  

Place the fondant shark fin on top of the blue frosting.

For extra color and fun, place the cupcakes in cute ombre cupcake liners!

Shark Cookies Tutorial: STEP by STEP

Making delicious royal iced sugar cookies is a great way to bake a fun and creative treat.  These cute little shark cookies are especially fun because they match the adorable tableware from Target. 

I have included three different designs in this tutorial to complement your party!

All three designs are made using my basic cut-out sugar cookie recipe and royal icing.

Ingredients:

Sharks

The first design is the shark shape cookie.  This cute little cookie is super versatile and a favorite of the kids.

Step 1:

Pick your favorite sugar cookie recipe and prep the dough.  I like to add a little extra flour to my dough right before I start cutting the cookies so they do not stick to the cutting surface.  I also like to liberally flour the surface I am cutting cookies onto.

Once your dough is ready to start cutting, roll it out to about ¼ inch thick.  Don’t be afraid of making thick cookies. I feel like the thicker cookies always bake better and decorate so much easier!

Preheat oven according to the recipe.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cut the dough using a shark shaped cookie cutter.  Bake the cookies according to the desired recipe.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.  I usually like to bake them the day before I decorate.

Step 2:

Using an edible marker, outline the belly of the shark.  This will help you to draw the icing in the right spot.

Prepare royal icing.  You will need mostly gray, with a smaller amount of white.  You can add the gel food coloring to the icing until you have the desired color.

Add small amounts of water to each container and mix until you get the frosting to the desired consistency. You will want the icing to be fill consistency (honey-like) icing.

Fill piping bags with royal icing.

 

Step 3:

Using the gray icing, outline the shark body and trace the top of the belly.  Fill the gray portion of the shark and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the gray to begin to dry before adding the white.

Using the white, outline the belly of the shark.  Fill the white portion and smooth out air bubbles. 

Allow the icing to completely harden.

Step 4:

Add the eyes and teeth with a black edible marker.  Easy peasy and done!

Party Sharks

These fun shark cookies are ready to party.  With playful party hats, they are cute and playful.

Step 1:

Pick your favorite sugar cookie recipe and prep the dough.  I like to add a little extra flour to my dough right before I start cutting the cookies so they do not stick to the cutting surface.  I also like to liberally flour the surface I am cutting cookies onto.

Once your dough is ready to start cutting, roll it out to about ¼ inch thick.  Don’t be afraid of making thick cookies. I feel like the thicker cookies always bake better and decorate so much easier!

Preheat oven according to the recipe.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cut the dough using a plaque shaped cookie cutter.  You can also freehand these with a knife or use a square or circle cutter.  Bake the cookies according to the desired recipe.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.  I usually like to bake them the day before I decorate.

Step 2:

Using an edible marker, outline the shark and the party hat.  This will help you to draw the icing in the right spot.

Prepare royal icing.  You will need mostly light blue and teal, with a little white and orange.  You can add the gel food coloring to the icing until you have the desired color.

Add small amounts of water to each container and mix until you get the frosting to the desired consistency. You will want the icing to be fill consistency (honey-like) icing.

Fill piping bags with royal icing.

Step 3:

Outline the shark shape with the teal icing. Fill the teal portion of the shark and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the teal to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the shark shape with the teal icing. Fill the teal portion of the shark and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the teal to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the outside of the cookie with the light blue icing. Fill the light blue portion of the cookie and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the light blue to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the white belly shape shape with the white icing. Fill the white portion of the shark and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Finally, fill the nat section with orange and smooth.

Allow the icing to completely dry.

Step 4:

Using an edible marker, draw the mouth, eyes, and hat lines.  These little sharks are ready to party!

Numbers

Celebrate your little one’s age with some cute ombre number cookies!!  Of course, these cookies have a little bite too!

Step 1:

Pick your favorite sugar cookie recipe and prep the dough.  I like to add a little extra flour to my dough right before I start cutting the cookies so they do not stick to the cutting surface.  I also like to liberally flour the surface I am cutting cookies onto.

Once your dough is ready to start cutting, roll it out to about ¼ inch thick.  Don’t be afraid of making thick cookies. I feel like the thicker cookies always bake better and decorate so much easier!

Preheat oven according to the recipe.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cut the dough using a number shaped cookie cutter.  To make the shark bite shape, either use a small flower cookie cutter or the edge of a spoon (making little cuts).  Bake the cookies according to the desired recipe.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.  I usually like to bake them the day before I decorate.

Step 2:

Using an edible marker, mark the spot on the cookies where you want to change icing.

Prepare royal icing.  You will need light blue, teal and white.  You can add the gel food coloring to the icing until you have the desired color.

Add small amounts of water to each container and mix until you get the frosting to the desired consistency. You will want the icing to be fill consistency (honey-like) icing.

Fill piping bags with royal icing.

Step 3:

Outline the bottom section of the cookie with the teal icing. Fill the teal portion of the cookie and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the teal to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the middle ection of the cookie with the light blue icing. Fill the light blue portion of the cookie and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the light blue to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the top section of the cookie with the white icing. Fill the light blue portion of the cookie and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  

Allow the frosting to harden.  They are ready to eat!

Shark Cookies

Shark Cookies
Shark Cookies Tutorial: STEP by STEP

Making delicious royal iced sugar cookies is a great way to bake a fun and creative treat.  These cute little shark cookies are especially fun because they match the adorable tableware from Target. 

I have included three different designs in this tutorial to complement your party!

All three designs are made using my basic cut-out sugar cookie recipe and royal icing.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • Gel Food Coloring
  • Edible Marker
  • Sugar Cookie Dough (here is my recipe)
  • Royal icing. You can buy that mix or here is a great royal icing recipe to use!!  If you are new to cookie decorating, you also need a piping bag, icing tip 1/2, coupler, and clip.  I recommend this piping tip set.  It’s reasonably priced and includes everything you need.
  • Parchment Paper
  • Shark Cookie Cutter
  • Number Cookie Cutter
  • Plaque Cookie Cutter (optional)
  • Small Flower Cookie Cutter (optional)

Instructions

Sharks

The first design is the shark shape cookie.  This cute little cookie is super versatile and a favorite of the kids.

Step 1:

Pick your favorite sugar cookie recipe and prep the dough.  I like to add a little extra flour to my dough right before I start cutting the cookies so they do not stick to the cutting surface.  I also like to liberally flour the surface I am cutting cookies onto.

Once your dough is ready to start cutting, roll it out to about ¼ inch thick.  Don’t be afraid of making thick cookies. I feel like the thicker cookies always bake better and decorate so much easier!

Preheat oven according to the recipe.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cut the dough using a shark shaped cookie cutter.  Bake the cookies according to the desired recipe.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.  I usually like to bake them the day before I decorate.

Step 2:

Using an edible marker, outline the belly of the shark.  This will help you to draw the icing in the right spot.

Prepare royal icing.  You will need mostly gray, with a smaller amount of white.  You can add the gel food coloring to the icing until you have the desired color.

Add small amounts of water to each container and mix until you get the frosting to the desired consistency. You will want the icing to be fill consistency (honey-like) icing.

Fill piping bags with royal icing.

 

Step 3:

Using the gray icing, outline the shark body and trace the top of the belly.  Fill the gray portion of the shark and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the gray to begin to dry before adding the white.

Using the white, outline the belly of the shark.  Fill the white portion and smooth out air bubbles. 

Allow the icing to completely harden.

Step 4:

Add the eyes and teeth with a black edible marker.  Easy peasy and done!

Party Sharks

These fun shark cookies are ready to party.  With playful party hats, they are cute and playful.

Step 1:

Pick your favorite sugar cookie recipe and prep the dough.  I like to add a little extra flour to my dough right before I start cutting the cookies so they do not stick to the cutting surface.  I also like to liberally flour the surface I am cutting cookies onto.

Once your dough is ready to start cutting, roll it out to about ¼ inch thick.  Don’t be afraid of making thick cookies. I feel like the thicker cookies always bake better and decorate so much easier!

Preheat oven according to the recipe.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cut the dough using a plaque shaped cookie cutter.  You can also freehand these with a knife or use a square or circle cutter.  Bake the cookies according to the desired recipe.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.  I usually like to bake them the day before I decorate.

Step 2:

Using an edible marker, outline the shark and the party hat.  This will help you to draw the icing in the right spot.

Prepare royal icing.  You will need mostly light blue and teal, with a little white and orange.  You can add the gel food coloring to the icing until you have the desired color.

Add small amounts of water to each container and mix until you get the frosting to the desired consistency. You will want the icing to be fill consistency (honey-like) icing.

Fill piping bags with royal icing.

Step 3:

Outline the shark shape with the teal icing. Fill the teal portion of the shark and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the teal to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the shark shape with the teal icing. Fill the teal portion of the shark and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the teal to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the outside of the cookie with the light blue icing. Fill the light blue portion of the cookie and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the light blue to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the white belly shape shape with the white icing. Fill the white portion of the shark and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Finally, fill the nat section with orange and smooth.

Allow the icing to completely dry.

Step 4:

Using an edible marker, draw the mouth, eyes, and hat lines.  These little sharks are ready to party!

Numbers

Celebrate your little one's age with some cute ombre number cookies!!  Of course, these cookies have a little bite too!

Step 1:

Pick your favorite sugar cookie recipe and prep the dough.  I like to add a little extra flour to my dough right before I start cutting the cookies so they do not stick to the cutting surface.  I also like to liberally flour the surface I am cutting cookies onto.

Once your dough is ready to start cutting, roll it out to about ¼ inch thick.  Don’t be afraid of making thick cookies. I feel like the thicker cookies always bake better and decorate so much easier!

Preheat oven according to the recipe.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cut the dough using a number shaped cookie cutter.  To make the shark bite shape, either use a small flower cookie cutter or the edge of a spoon (making little cuts).  Bake the cookies according to the desired recipe.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.  I usually like to bake them the day before I decorate.

Step 2:

Using an edible marker, mark the spot on the cookies where you want to change icing.

Prepare royal icing.  You will need light blue, teal and white.  You can add the gel food coloring to the icing until you have the desired color.

Add small amounts of water to each container and mix until you get the frosting to the desired consistency. You will want the icing to be fill consistency (honey-like) icing.

Fill piping bags with royal icing.

Step 3:

Outline the bottom section of the cookie with the teal icing. Fill the teal portion of the cookie and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the teal to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the middle ection of the cookie with the light blue icing. Fill the light blue portion of the cookie and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  Allow the light blue to begin to dry before adding the next color.

Outline the top section of the cookie with the white icing. Fill the light blue portion of the cookie and smooth out any air bubbles with a toothpick or fork prong.  

Allow the frosting to harden.  They are ready to eat!

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Throwing a shark party is honestly so much fun.  For more shark party ideas or ways to incorporate these treats, check out this Fin-tastic Shark Party!

 

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Looking for the party supplies used in this shark birthday?  

Here are some helpful links for styling this party for yourself:

Shark Tableware, Banner and Shark Balloon

Shark Tooth Candy Necklaces

Silver Paper Cups

Balloons

Cupcake Liners

Shark Candies

 

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Conclusion for Shark Cookies and Shark Cupcakes:

Simple shark themed cookies and cupcakes are great ways for celebrating a birthday with a shark theme. You will love these treats and enjoy making them for your party!

 

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