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How To Make Edible Seashells
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How To Make Edible Seashells

If you are looking for a fun idea for a beach-themed party, you will want to know how to make edible seashells. Edible seashells make for a fun and cute decoration for cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies. They are a great way to make any beach-themed or summer party more festive.
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Make Edible Seashells
Servings: 18 - 24
Author: cakedecorist.com



For Edible Seashells Made from Candy Melts

  • 12- ounce bag of candy melts any color
  • Edible color mist

For Edible Seashells Made with Sugar

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon extract optional
  • Gel-paste food coloring


Candy Melt Seashells

  • Melt the Candy Melts - In a microwave-safe bowl, melt your candy melts. Microwave them in 30-second intervals at 50% power until fully melted and smooth. Avoid overheating the candy melts.
  • Pour Candy Melts Into Mold - Using a spoon, carefully pour your candy melts into the seashell mold. Alternatively, you can use pour the melted candy melts into a piping bag and pipe the candy melts into the molds. If desired, you can swirl different colors of candy melts together.
  • Gently smack the filled mold a couple of times on the counter to ensure the candy is smooth. Place the molds in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to allow them to set.
  • Decorate With Color Mist - Once the melts have hardened, carefully take them out of the seashell mold. Lay them out on paper towels and use color mist to give them a shiny finish. Place the finished shells on your cake.

Sugar Seashells

  • Boil the Sugar, Water, and Corn Syrup - In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a boil over medium-high heat. Heat the sugar mixture until it reaches 300 degrees Farenheit. Use a candy thermometer to regularly check the temperature.
  • Add the Extract - Remove the sugar mixture from the heat. Add the cinnamon extract and mix well. You can also use vanilla, orange, or almond extract.
  • Add the Food Coloring - Add 2-4 drops of food coloring to the sugar mixture. Use a rubber spatula to thoroughly mix in the food coloring.
  • Transfer Mixture to a Liquid Measuring Cup - Carefully pour the sugar mixture from the small saucepan into a liquid measuring cup. Allow the bubbles to settle for about 15 seconds. Use caution when transferring, as the sugar mixture will be hot.
  • Transfer the Sugar Mixture to the Mold - Carefully pour the sugar mixture into the molds.
  • Allow the Sugar to Harden - Allow the sugar to harden at room temperature for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Once hardened, carefully remove the sugar seashells from the candy molds. If desired,  spray the seashells with color mist and add to your desserts.


When using candy melts or sugar, you can use any color you want or use multiple colors as well. If you want, you can even swirl colors together. You may also use milk or dark chocolate as well to make the seashells.
The seashells, both candy melts or sugar, can be kept at room temperature for up to one week. Avoid keeping the edible seashells somewhere warm or in direct sunlight. Heat can cause them to melt and ruin their shapes.
To make your seashell cake have a beach theme, you can use light blue frosting. Brown sugar works wonderfully to imitate sand. Sprinkle some brown sugar on your cake, cupcakes, or brownies, and then add your seashells for a beachy look.
In addition to brown sugar, crumbling vanilla wafer cookies can also work for sand. You can also use graham crackers crumbs as well.
Color mist is a great way to add a shiny coating to your candies. It comes in many different colors and adds a nice, professional finish to your shells.
For a more textured look, you can add coarse sugar. In addition, edible glitter can be a wonderful touch to your shells as well. Sugar pearls also add a nice touch when you are decorating your baked goods with seashells.
In addition to using a piping bag to fill the mold with candy melts, you can also use a squeeze bottle as well. This will help you have more control over the melts when you add them to the molds.
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