Super Cute & Easy Octopus Cupcakes

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These quick and easy octopus cupcakes are perfect for your next Finding Dory or Nemo party!  Cute party idea for any ocean, beach, or under the sea themed bash! 

IG Octopus CupcakeIn case you haven’t heard, the newest Pixar animated film, Finding Dory, is hitting movie theatres today, and my kids are beyond excited to see it! In this sequel to the hit film Finding Nemo, Dory goes on a quest to find her long lost family, and she meets many new and entertaining ocean characters along the way including my favorite, Hank the octopus.

In honor of the movie’s release, I whipped up these cute (and totally easy!) octopus cupcakes that will be the star of the show at your next Finding Dory (or Nemo!) party!

Ocean Blue Cupcakes with Neon Blue FrostingStart by baking your favorite vanilla cake (a boxed mix is completely fine, but if you prefer to bake from scratch, I love this vanilla cake recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen) and adding a few drops of blue food coloring to the mix. Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, ice them with an ample amount of bright blue frosting (I use this vanilla buttercream recipe from Sugar & Soul).

Gummi Candies for Octopus Cupcakes

For Each Easy Octopus Cupcake, You’ll Need:

(Note: If you want to pay homage to Hank from Finding Dory, you’ll only need 7 gummi worms since Hank is actually a septopus!) 

gummy candies for assembling octopus cupcakesUse a dab of frosting to adhere the eyes on to the gumdrops.

The red and blue gummi worms shown here are Trolli Brite Crawlers, and I think that they look more “tentacle-like” than the other colors, which were a store brand gummi.

Making Octopus Cupcakes for Finding Dory PartyArrange the 7-8 gummi worms in a circle to form the tentacles.

Gummi Worm Octopus CupcakesAdd a dollop of frosting to the bottom of the gumdrop, and top the tentacles with the gumdrop body. Draw on a smiley face by dipping a toothpick into melted chocolate.

Octopus Cupcake for Finding Dory Movie Party

Gummi Candy Octopus Cupcakes for Ocean Beach Finding Dory PartyTotally cute and super easy peasy!

Candy Gummi Octopus Cupcakes for Finding Dory Movie Premiere PartyThese adorable octopus cupcakes are sure to be a huge hit at your beach party, and they’re a cinch to make!

Cute and Easy Octopus Cupcakes for Under the Sea Beach Party

Be sure to check back next week when the #CreativeFoodies and I will be sharing even more cute beach and ocean themed foods! 

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Cute and Easy Octopus Cupcakes - perfect for a beach bash or Finding Dory party


  1. My daughter wanted an octopus cake/sea life themed birthday party. These octopus cupcakes are adorable and will be perfect to pair next to a larger, birthday cake. Thanks so much for the idea! It’s simple yet so cute!

  2. These are sooo cute! Thanks for the step by step directions – you make them look easy! 🙂 I hope mine turn out as adorable and perfect as yours.

  3. These are perfect for a Finding Dory themed occasion. Getting kids involved in this project would be a fun twist.

  4. Oh my goodness! I have been looking for the perfect treat to bring to my kids class for her birthday and I just know she and her classmates will love this as they just had a trip to see Finding Dory! This is perfect and your tutorial on it makes it seem so incredibly easy! Thanks for sharing! It is exactly what I was looking for!

  5. These are so cute and look delicious! Perfect for the occasion, too! Can’t wait to try these. Thanks so much for sharing the idea!

  6. These are so cute and timely Heidi! I want to make them and I want to see Dori and the Octopus in a theater!

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