Under the Sea

Octopus Cupcakes/Brownies@The Seven Year Cottage

How positively playful are these edible octopi…

With their bubble gum bodies and sweet ‘n sour appendages floating among colorful starfish?

As fun to make as they are to eat, ready-made items from the supermarket, and a little imagination, will have you assembling these silly sea creatures in no time!

You’ll need the following:

  • Two-bite brownies
  • Mini cupcake papers
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Blue food coloring
  • Gallon-size resealable bag
  • Gumballs (bulk candy bin)
  • Neon sour gummy worms
  • Edible eyes (Michael’s)
  • 1/2c. white chocolate chips
  • Star cake confetti

Insert two-bite brownies into paper liners and set aside… feel free to substitute miniature cupcakes.

In a small mixing bowl, add a few drops of blue food coloring to the vanilla frosting and stir until well-blended.  Spoon a small amount of frosting onto brownies and spread to the edges in a thin layer.

For octopus arms, carefully cut gummy worms in half to separate the two colors.  Arrange eight gummy worm halves of the same color on top of each iced brownie, allowing them to dangle over the sides.

To create faces, microwave white chocolate chips for 30-45 seconds until melted.  Dab chocolate onto the backs of candy eyeballs and quickly attach them to the gumballs (bubble gum will start to lose its color when held, gripping it with a napkin or paper towel will prevent this from happening).

Place decorated gumballs in the center of arms, using extra icing to secure if necessary.  Star-shaped cake confetti hides the seams where the body and arms meet… tweezers work great for precise placement.

Once complete, serve and enjoy!


44 responses to Under the Sea

  1. Kristine says:

    SUPER CUTE idea!! Found you via Craft Gossip’s FB page :)

    I would love it if you added this to our “Strut Your Stuff Sunday” link party!! And of course any other projects you’d like to share!! :) We appreciate it! Thanks for sharing!


  2. shelley says:

    This are adorable!!!! I love the little edible eyes. I think I’m going to go grab some to stick on a carrot since they make everything look so stinking cute! Maybe then I can get my kiddo to eat it :D

  3. Yummy and cute … the perfect combo!

    ♥ Cat brideblu

  4. Tasha says:

    These are darling!! I love them. I know my boys would think they are fabulous too

  5. Concetta says:

    Oh my goodness…I love these!!! My baby daughter was born on 08/08/08 and she weighed 8lbs. 8oz. – she was also my parents 8th grandchild and we were married 18 years when she was born!!! We collect 8-legged octopi!!! Thank you for sharing this darling treat – you can be assured they will be making an appearance in our home – SOON!
    I am following you now too – I couldn’t resist after this amazing post.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Amanda says:

    Positively adorable, so cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience. FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials. Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

  7. I Love This! It looks like something from a Martha Stewart magazine!

  8. rebecca says:

    My kids loved this picture! Fantastic!

  9. This is a fabulous cupcake! I love how vibrant the colors are! I want to invite you to join my new link party on my site!

  10. How awesome.. I love it…I’m following ya officially from Motivate Me Monday At Keeping It Simple.. Lovely blog you have here.Can’t wait to read more.. Hope you can stop by & visit me sometime / follow back.. TY So much.. Have a great week.Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com

  11. Nikki says:

    So cute! I am loving the octopus! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  12. Ruth says:

    Love these! Always looking for cool cupcake ideas!

  13. michelle says:

    adorable, my kids would love these!

  14. Jill says:

    What a fabulous idea! They look super tasty! and very cute.

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  16. Jamie says:

    So adorable. If you get a chance I would love you to link your recipe up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  17. Those are absolutely amazing! Such a cute cupcake.

    I’ve started my own linky party (Crazy Sweet Tuesdays) and would love if you would join sometime! The party is open from Tuesday through Thursday evening. Hope to see you!

  18. These are ADORABLE! Just seeing that little octopus makes me smile. My son is too little for bubble gum, but I’m pinning this so when he’s older we can make some!
    Thanks for sharing!


  19. Britney says:

    My favorite thing I have seen all day! They are adorable. Can’t wait to try them with my little fishies ;) Thanks for sharing and linking up!

  20. maria says:

    Those are sooo adorable. I love everything with the sea. These are cute and actually possible to make for a real person! Thanks for the inspiration! I started a link party at my blog and I’d love for you to link this up. I also have an awesome digital scrapbooking giveaway going on. If you’re interested it’s http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

  21. I can’t get over how cute he is! Thanks for sharing with Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

  22. You are SO creative with your treats Hollie! Super fun mom award right there! :) Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

  23. Stephanie says:

    That is such a cute idea! And your photography skills are fabulous!

  24. malia says:

    Hollie it’s so dang cute I wouldn’t let my kids eat it! ( -:

  25. Ali says:

    I wanted to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at Recipe Sharing Monday. Be sure to come back next Monday — there will be a little surprise for you there. :)

  26. Looking super kewl Octopus and very creative… Love this idea of Under the Sea..
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  27. Camille says:

    These are DARLING! You are so creative!! I love everything about them! The big bubble gum head is my favorite! Thanks so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff last weekend! We would LOVE to have you come back and link up more of your great projects tomorrow!
    Camille @

  28. Incredibly cute! I’m featuring this at today’s Craftastic Monday party, stop by & grab Featured On button. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  29. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Hollie,
    This little guy is just adorable! You are so talented I am always so excited to see your creations. Hope you will have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  30. Nikki says:

    Love them! They are so cute! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  31. Every week I think, “Now, THIS creation is my favorite.” Then, the next week rolls around and you come up with another sensational creation and I say, “Well, now THIS one is my favorite.” This week is no exception. I am absolutely head over heels for your league of octopi! Although people often think that I have a thing for birds because of my blog, my favorite animals are actually cephalopods, so I can’t really think of a more perfect treat than an octopus brownie bite! I’ve featured your post in this week’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…”!


  32. Macy says:

    Thanks for linking up to last week’s Tuesday Confessional on Confessions of a SAHM. You’ve been featured, so stop by and grab a brag button!

  33. Nicole says:

    Thank you so much for linking up on Whisking Wednesdays. I wanted to let you know you’ve been featured this week. Hope to see you back again this week!


  34. Thanks for linking up! We have featured your under the sea cupcakes, so come on over and grab our featured button!
    Heather & Rose

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