Gummy Worm Octopus Cupcakes

These Gummy Worm Octopus Cupcakes are sure to make a splash at any summer picnic, Under the Sea Birthday, or Octonauts Birthday!

octopus cupcakes

Fun Cupcakes to Make with Kids:

The other day when the kids and I were trying to think of a fun recipe to make, Jonathan remembered the Gummy Worm Octopus Cupcakes that we had spotted in a magazine a few weeks earlier. With a pool play-date planned for the following day I knew these fun cupcakes would be a fun treat for the kids after they went swimming. We already had most of the ingredients on hand but we did need to pick up gummy worms and gumdrops.

Gummy Worms never last long in our house, it’s not even because of the kids, my husband and I have a sweet spot for gummies, and as soon as the package is opened, they’re gone.

under the sea birthdayThese Gummy Worm Cupcakes are guaranteed to make any child smile.

I whipped up a batch of vanilla cupcakes and while they were cooling we headed to the store. I didn’t realize we had picked up the wrong kind of gumdrops until I started to make the gummy octopuses. The gumdrops were way too small and were not proportional with the legs so I dropped what we were doing, packed up the kids and headed back to the store. I’m glad my husband didn’t walk in at that time, the kitchen was a mess with gummy worms, frosting, and cupcakes scattered everywhere. This time we ended up at Walgreens and I was able to find larger gumdrops that worked out perfectly. So make sure to buy large gumdrops, not the small ones.

How to make Octopus Cupcakes:

What you will need:

  • Cupcakes
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Small tube of black frosting
  • Small tube of blue decorator gel
  • White sprinkles/nonpareils
  • Gummy worms
  • Large gumdrops

how to make octopus cupcakes

Directions:

  • Make cupcakes according to directions & allow to cool.

octopus cupcakes recipe

  • Cover cupcake with vanilla frosting.
  • Add a few dots of blue decorator gel, then use a butter knife to swirl it into the frosting. (To give a water effect)
  • Press 7-8 gummy worms around the edges, letting them hang over the sides, make sure to leave a space in the center for the head.
  • Use white and black frosting to make eyes and a mouth on the gumdrop, then press the gumdrop into center of the cupcake.
  • Top with white sprinkles/nonpareils.

These fun cupcakes would add the perfect touch to an under the sea party or beach birthday party.

Octopus Cupcake
Ingredients
  • Cupcakes
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Small tube of black frosting
  • Small tube of blue decorator gel
  • White sprinkles/nonpareils
  • Gummy worms
  • Large gumdrops
Instructions
  1. Make cupcakes & allow to cool.
  2. Cover cupcake with vanilla frosting. Add a few dots of blue decorator gel, then use a butter knife to swirl it into the frosting.
  3. Press 7-8 gummy worms around the edges, letting them hang over the sides, make sure to leave a space in the center for the head.
  4. Use white and black frosting to make eyes and a mouth on the gumdrop, then press the gumdrop into center of the cupcake.
  5. Sprinkle with white sprinkles/nonpareils.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have black food coloring or black frosting you can always use chocolate frosting for the eyes. I already had a tube of black frosting and put a Wilton #2 tip on it, which saved time and allowed me to make the eyes a lot quicker and easier. If you don't have any Wilton tips you can always put the frosting in a zip-lock bag and cut the tip.

You may also enjoy our sand pudding made with vanilla pudding and golden oreos. It can be served in a beach bucket for a fun decorative touch.

under the sea birthday cupcakes

 

Comments

  1. Betty Baez says:

    These are cute! I could even have the kids build their own!

  2. Jean says:

    These are adorable! My daughter loves the Little Mermaid and wants a themed party. I’ve been wondering what to do for gender neutral cupcakes that would still fit. These would work really well!

  3. Super cute cupcakes!

  4. Todd Lovessweeps says:

    How cute ! I will have to make some of these for halloween

  5. susana says:

    Super Awesome cupcakes!!!!! Thank God I found this recipe, should be making them tonight for Halloween for the family to enjoy. Thanks for the great recipe

  6. Richard Hicks says:

    I love these. So creative and I am sure kids would go nuts for them!

  7. Darlene says:

    Great recipe. This would be perfect to do with the kids at a Sea themed party or after a day at the beach.

  8. Maryann D. says:

    These are the cutest, colorful and also fun cupcakes to make or eat. My children would have enjoyed them so much when they were younger. I would love these for any party.

  9. Sherri says:

    How cute!!! I know these would be a hit with the kids.

  10. Mary Dailey says:

    The grandkids would love to help make these. What a fun treat!

  11. Julie Wood says:

    My nephew’s birthday is coming up and this is a great fun birthday Cupcakes to make for him! He loves gummies and I think these look so cute!

  12. Lara C. says:

    These are so cute! They’d be perfect for a mermaid or underwater birthday party!

  13. GrannyDi says:

    ……maybe a good addition to my Octonaut crazy grandson’s 3yo park party! Thanks.

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