Santiago of the Seas cupcakes

Santiago Cupcakes

Been having *SO* much fun...

Been having SO much fun coming up with baking ideas related to Nickelodeon’s new show (premiering 10/9/20) Santiago of the Seas!
From Nickelodeon’s site - “Santiago of the Seas” - ‘This interactive animated series follows the adventures of 8-year-old Santiago Montes, and brave and kind-hearted pirate, and features a Spanish-language and Latino-Caribbean culture curriculum.

Two cupcake ideas below – one featuring on Santiago of the Seas and his ship and friends, the other featuring Lorelai the magical mermaid who can transform into a human and back again! Feel free to make or buy your cupcakes / frosting – no wrong approaches here!
Recipes + supply links and printables below!

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Santiago of the Seas Cupcakes

Inspired by Nickelodeon's 'Santiago of the Seas' - recipes and videos show you how to make these Santiago- and Lorelai- themed cupcakes!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Decorating time35 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lorelai Cupcakes, Santiago Cupcakes, Santiago of the Seas cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 495kcal




  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs (or ¾ cup egg whites if coloring your cupcakes)
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • Purple gel food coloring (Optional; I used purple gel color for the Lorelai cupcake set)

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting




  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F, and prepare 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • In a medium or stand mixer bowl, cream together butter and sugar until lightened. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk – the mix will look clumpy and strange at this stage. This is normal!
  • Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, then gently fold in your food coloring if using. Don’t overmix! The batter will be fairly thick.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

  • Beat together softened cream cheese and butter; slowly add in powdered sugar alternating with milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add vanilla and salt if needed and beat until well combined.
  • Remove 1 cup frosting into each of 3 small bowls and color red, yellow, and purple. Transfer to piping bags.
  • Decorate each cupcake with frosting - I used a mix of red, yellow, and white for the Santiago cupcakes and purple for the Lorelai cupcakes. But you can decorate however you'd like!

Cupcake toppers (Printable coloring pages)

  • I’ll attach the photos I used for toppers below, but if you want the PDFs I created for printing please feel free to email me! The PDF files weren’t playing nice with Wordpress. :/
  • Print your toppers out, have your kiddos cut them out, and tape them to toothpicks to make cute cupcake toppers! Eat your cupcakes while you enjoy the next episode of Santiago of the Seas!



Please note nutrition information is an estimate and may not be exactly accurate.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g

Coloring pages (printable)

If you'd like the PDFs I created for printing please feel free to email me! I tried to upload them below but the PDF files weren’t playing nice with Wordpress. :/

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