Project Description

Shark Week wouldn’t be complete without gummy sharks.

It was serendipitous that one of the designers on Project Runway used gummy sharks for her dress’ collar a couple weeks ago.

It was meant to be.

So, once Shark Week rolled around, I went on the hunt. Luckily, we have a little hole in the wall candy store that sells all kinds of weird sweet treats, like gummy rats and bacon candy bars. I figured that if I was going to find gummy sharks anywhere in town, it would be this place.

My husband and I arrived and split up, figuring it would go faster if we separated. Ok, not really – he went in search of his own sweet snack while I made a beeline for the bagged gummy candy. I found a section of just gummy fish – I didn’t know there were so many kinds! But, no gummy sharks. My husband joined me with his own treat in hand and hadn’t had any luck either. Whether that was because he was busy picking out his candy remains to be seen.

Finally, I noticed some kind of blue gummy in the bulk candy section. But, it said gummy dolphins. Gummy dolphins simply won’t do.

Then, I took a closer look. Some of the gummies looked bluer than others. That’s when I noticed that the original label had been covered up…it had said “Gummy Sharks.” Dread set in…they mixed the gummy sharks with the gummy dolphins.


I told the young, sour-faced girl behind the counter that I would like a couple gummy sharks, but not the dolphins. She replied that they looked the same to her. Since, at that point, I did not trust her ability to distinguish sharks from dolphins, I had to watch carefully as she bagged them, correctly her as politely as I could when she grabbed a dolphin by mistake.

And that’s why the surly teenage girl at the candy store hates me.

But, I got my gummy sharks. That is all that matters.

These cupcakes are trouble…Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with B and that stands for blood! Sorry, too much?

Blood in the Water Cupcakes

Makes 12-16 cupcakes


  • Your favorite light colored cake batter (or a box cake mix). White and yellow cake recipes would work well.
  • 16 ounces canned, white frosting, or your favorite buttercream recipe
  • Red and blue paste or gel food coloring (violet is optional)
  • A pastry bag and a 1M tip
  • A small paintbrush
  • Cupcake liners (I used blue)
  • Gummy sharks, optional

1. Line your muffin pan with cupcake liners. Mix up your cake batter. Make sure you have everything you need, or you may end up 2 eggs short and have to use Pepsi Next instead. True story.

Set aside about 1/4 to 1/6 of the batter into a smaller bowl.

2. Dye the smaller amount of batter red. Dye the larger bowl of batter blue. I actually used a mixture of royal blue, electric blue, and a little bit of violet, but just blue will work too.

3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, put a small amount of blue batter in the bottom of the cupcake liner.

Add a little bit of red batter, making sure that it isn’t just one cohesive blob. You want it to look like “ribbons” of blood, so you want it to look a little something like this:

Add more blue batter until about 3/4 full. Using a butter knife, swirl the knife through the batter once or twice.

You don’t want to do this too much or your red batter will just mix with the blue, becoming purple! Less is more here.

Bake according to your individual recipe’s instructions.

4. While the cupcakes are cooling, dye your frosting blue. Feel free to be a lazy mixer – the marbled effect makes it look more realistic.

5. Place a pastry bag fitted with a 1M tip into a tall glass.

Put some red food coloring in a small bowl, or on a paper towel if none of your little bowls are clean. Not that I would know anything about that. **cough**

6. Take a small paintbrush and paint a couple stripes of red food color into the inside of the pastry bag (this is a great tip for pretty, candy cane meringues for Christmas!).

7. Spoon your blue frosting into the pastry bag. Frost cupcakes once they are cool. It will create a marbling effect, but keep in mind that it will be purplish, not a super red color. For a bright red, you may want to use two different colored frostings a la my star spangled cupcakes.

8. If you want to add a fun touch, cut off the tail of a gummy shark and place it directly in the middle of a frosted cupcake.