Octopus Party!

Okay, I’ve seen so many cute octopus pictures on kids’ clothes lately that I wanted to hop on the octopus bandwagon!  Since I didn’t try out many new techniques in this cake (9″/6″ buttercream frosted tiers), I thought I’d give you a quick tutorial in pictures rather than a video.  Let’s get started….


8 fondant legs(mixed with tylose)!  Flatten the end of the leg that will go on top of the tier, so the head can lay flat.  Taper and curl the end of the legs for movement.  Any legs that hang over the edge can be propped up with something until dry–I used a clothespin.

I also inserted a bubble tea straw into the center of the top tier.  Something has to support this big noggin!…

Hello Octopus!  This octopus head  is a Rice Cereal Treat—actually, about 6 of them.  Measures approximately 3 1/2″ tall.  Covered the Rice Krispie ball just as I do in my Teddy Bear Birthday video (coat with sugar glue, then cover with fondant.)

Here’s the underside…

Time to assemble!

You can add a little icing to secure the head to the legs.  Isn’t he cute?  The little suctions on the legs are royal icing.

Now for some cute little details.  I was really excited with how the clam turned out.  First, take some rolled gum paste (or fondant mixed with tylose), shape into an oval, and make lines with a toothpick…

Now, for the big secret! ……………..

Ice cream scoops make perfect clam shell molds.  Just remember to dust them with corn starch first.

Allow to dry several hours or overnight.  Once dry, it’s time  to place onto the cake!  Secure with a little icing….and don’t forget a fondant pearl!

I made seaweed, sea plants with various piping tips, including the tip 352 leaf tip and a crescent tip 81.  Also, my trusty round 4 tip for bubbles and misc. plants.  That’s the fun thing making sea plants–anything goes!  Reminds me of Dr. Seuss!

Now, time for sand.  Sometimes sand is whatever vanilla cookies are around the house.  Today, I pulverized Cheerios.  To make the sand cooperate, I first spread the board with a little buttercream tinted brown.

Then, press press press…..

And write the birthday boy’s name!  I used a dry paintbrush for this….

Drumroll please………………………………..

Hooray!!!   I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial.  I also want to welcome our newest members!

cjones85, carmentve, becklynn, and brandyb!!!   I hope that you all are having fun with the site so far.  So happy to have you all!

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  1. moffittchristine says: #1

    This is so adorable! I may try this for my son’s 1st birthday!

  2. Melissa Diamond says: #2

    Thanks!! Yes, I think it’s such a sweet cake for little boys (or little girls!) — I was so tempted to make a pink octopus!

  3. becklynn says: #3

    So cute!
    Thanks for the tutorial…I am loving My Cake School!!

  4. Melissa Diamond says: #4

    Thanks Becklynn–I’m glad that you are here!

  5. lorie says: #5

    do you do any pictures on cake let me know

  6. vinisha says: #6

    excellent..my sons first birthday is coming up.i may give this a try but if u do winnie pooh figurine please please let me know.thank you in anticipation

  7. Sarah says: #8

    Love this! How did you make the little hat? Also, would Marshmallow Fondant work instead of regular fondant?

  8. SweetS says: #9

    Sooooo cute, Melissa!

  9. zeliwe mwanza says: #10

    love your cakes

  10. Casie says: #11

    What is the board covered with?

  11. BeBe says: #12

    Hi Casie, This board was covered in green paper and clear cellophane (fruit baskets are wrapped in this) is over the green paper. If we were doing this today we would use a green plastic tablecloth to cover the cake base. Taping it onto the base or using a stapler to attach it. If you staple it to the cake base, be sure they are fully in the board so as not to scratch someone’s table.

  12. Stella says: #13

    Hi! How far in advance did you make the octopus head? I’m wondering how well it will store if I make it a week before…


  13. BeBe says: #14

    Hi Stella, You can definitely make the octopus head one or two weeks before the party. Just keep it out of direct sunlight or fluorescent lighting because the colors will fade. Also, do NOT keep it in an airtight box. A bakery box would be fine or any container that can be loosely covered.

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