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Giant Squid Cupcakes | A Beach Party Dessert Idea

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  • Author: Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


We have quick and easy giant squid cupcakes for your next beach party. Eight adorable legs, two giant eyes, and a fluffy head make this octopus dessert one easy food craft for the kids.


  • 6 Prepared Cupcakes, unfrosted
  • 1 Can Blue Frosting
  • 1 pkg. Twizzlers Pull N’ Peel Licorice in fruit punch flavor
  • 6 Large Marshmallows
  • 8 oz. Chocolate Melts, Purple or Red (we used purple)
  • 12 Edible Candy Eyes


  1. In a small bowl, melt the purple chocolate per package directions.
  2. Poke a toothpick into a marshmallow and dip into the chocolate until fully covered. This will make your head.
  3. Set the marshmallow down on a parchment lined baking sheet and remove the toothpick. Repeat this for all the heads/marshmallows.
  4. Press two edible eyeballs on the front of each marshmallow before the chocolate hardens. Leave these set until the chocolate is hard and the eyes are set.
  5. Frost each cupcake with the blue frosting making sure to put extra in the middle so the frosting slopes downward a little. Take a butter knife, touch it all around the frosting, and gently pull up so the frosting will look like water waves.
  6. Take a rope of the licorice and cut into 4 pieces. Unwind the strings so you will have all the purple pieces separated. You will need 48 of these pieces for the squid legs.
  7. Lay 8 licorice legs over the top of each cupcake so they drape down over the frosting hanging off the edges a bit.
  8. Set an squid head on top of each cupcake right in the center over the tops of the legs. Press them down a bit so they stay on the cupcake and so it looks like the head is attached to the legs.
  9. These fun little cupcakes are easy to make and would be fun at any summer party!

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