I made this Octopus Birthday Cake for my nephew’s first birthday cake, which was an ocean/water theme.
I baked two 9 in cakes and stacked them (after trimming them down) with frosting in between. I frosted the cakes with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting and used Wilton dye for the aqua color.
For the octopus body, I made rice crispy treats and molded some to the right shape. I covered it with homemade marshmallow fondant (dyed purple) and made the legs out of the same thing. The eyes, smile, and little dots are also made of dyed fondant.
For the hat, I covered an ice cream cone with the same fondant and then put the 1 on with regular icing.
I actually used a pizza stone to set it on and sprinkled crushed graham crackers around it to look like sand.
I’m sure it’s not the most professional-looking cake, but it was fun to make and was a lot easier than expected. Homemade cakes make for great memories all around!