Slap some frosting on a cupcake. Don't worry about getting it perfectly even.
Smush the cupcake into the pulverized teddy grahams, and the 'sand' distributes fairly evenly and sticks without a problem.
Seriously, once the sand was on there, it didn't come off. Not even in transit to work the next day. This technique worked really well.
To make the bears' swimsuits, I used candy decorating pens from Wilton. Simply heat the pens up in hot water, and draw on the bears. This step was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. Those bears are small, and those pens aren't the best at precision decorating. Originally, I had envisioned a beach full of 50 or so decorated bears. I stopped at 12. It was just too time-consuming.
Another funny tidbit: can you read the mug? It's that Maxine character from Hallmark, and she's saying "It's my body, I'll have pie if I want to." Anyone who knows me in real life knows that this is absolutely true. I don't think I've ever said no to pie. Ever.
So that's how I made the beach cupcakes. Sand = easy, swimsuits on teddy grahams = hard.
Tomorrow, making the shark cupcakes. Sharks have never been so tasty!