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Adorable and Delicious Octopus Cupcakes Recipe

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This Octopus Cupcakes Recipe is perfect for Octopus fans! Perfect for a sea themed or an ocean themed birthday party celebration as well! Love cupcakes? Check out our other easy cupcakes recipes, too!

This recipe for cupcakes is quick and easy and great for so many theme parties and ideas! Have the kids join in on the decorating fun as well to make their own octopus treat!

octopus cupcakes for an ocean animals unit study

These cupcakes are too cute to eat – almost. I’ll never pass up on a cupcake, no matter how tempted I might be. These easy octopus cupcakes are so much fun to make and taste great, too! Pair these up with our Underwater Octopus Rice Krispie Treats and you’ve got quite the treat!

Octopus Cupcakes Recipe

Everyone loves themed treats. I especially love the blue frosting that I generously apply to the tops. There has to be enough water for the Octopus, right? And then using Twizzlers for the legs? Literally the cutest cupcake idea, ever. Have then long and dangly and hanging down from the center of the cupcake.

Even though my kids aren’t really kids anymore, they still get a kick out of this cupcake recipe. I love to surprise them every once in a while with this fun treat, and they show their appreciation by gobbling them all up!

candy melts dipped marshmallows make this easy octopus

What else can you use for cupcake toppings?

Since these cupcakes are supposed to look like an octopus, think in those terms. Gummy worms would be another really fun way to make the legs for this sweet treat OR you could always just pipe on some extra frosting as legs as well.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Adorable Cupcake Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Must Have Resources:

When making Octopus Cupcakes at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.



Make it a Meal:

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Vegetable Side: Easy Grilled Vegetable Recipes

Starch Side: 25+ Sweet Potato Recipes

Refreshing Drink: Fun and Delicious Ocean Water Floats

blue frosting cupcakes

Best Cupcake Decorating Recipes:

Once you make this Ocean Themed Cupcake Recipe, you might be geared up and ready to decorate even more cupcakes. I totally get it – decorating cupcakes is a blast! Here are some other super cute ideas to make your cupcakes adorable and unique.

Check out this cute Adorable Unicorn Cupcakes Recipe!

I’ll never be too old to love these Owl Cupcakes!

These Grill Cupcakes are perfect for summer!

The kids are going to love these Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes.

I’m obsessed with these cute Narwhal Cupcakes!

I love these Melting Witch Cupcakes for Halloween fun!

These Adorable Cupids Bow Valentine Cupcakes are so easy to make!

easy octopus cupcakes

Can you vary up the color of the frosting?

If you can find blue food coloring, that is the best so that it looks like water. You can also add food coloring to the white frosting to make it turn blue, too.

More Marshmallow Recipes:

sea themed octopus cupcakes

Octopus Cupcakes Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This cupcake recipe is so much fun to decorate and eat!


  • 6 Baked Cupcakes - need to be unfrosted
  • 1 container of Blue Frosting
  • 1 package of Twizzlers Pull N’ Peel Licorice
  • 6 Marshmallows (large in size)
  • 8 ounces of candy melts, Purple
  • 12 Edible Candy Eyes


Melt the candy melts in a small bowl according to the directions on the package.

Put a toothpick into the middle of the marshmallow and dip it into the melted chocolate. Cover completely. Put it on parchment paper once done and take out the toothpick. Repeat with all marshmallows.

Add two candy eyes to the chocolate marshmallow before it hardens.

Put blue frosting on top of the cupcakes with more in the middle to cause a sloped look. Use a knife to make swirls that look like water.

Cut a piece of licorice into 4 pieces. You'll need 48 strands of the pull-n-peel for this recipe.

Lay the licorice legs on the top of the cupcakes so that they drape a bit.

Put the marshmallow "head" on top in the center and press down.

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Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Tuesday 25th of May 2021

These are so adorable. Kids will love them. Thanks for sharing such creative and fun cupcakes. #HomeMattersParty

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