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Blue-ringed Octopus Cake

This is a cake I was commissioned to do by one of my Uni friends. We did both our Zoology degrees together: I was on the terrestrial side of it, where she was marine biology focused. So I shouldn't have been surprised when she asked me for a marine-themed cake.

Straight up, I'm terrified of realism. I'm also terrible at it. And I hide from it a lot. So I was pretty terrified when she wanted a realistic animal cake, but at least it was a Cephalopod and not a horse or something.

So the cake is a Southern blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa). The golf-ball-sized species we're most familiar with. Needless to say, this cake is much much larger than the life-size octopus. Every Aussie kid grows up being told to never never never never go anywhere near one of these because you will die a horrible death. And while they are lethal, they are a really timid species. They carry enough venom to kill 26 adult humans, yet have only caused 2 fatalities. Ever. They will use their camouflage to hide or swim away when they can. It's usually only when someone picks one up that they get bitten. When hiding, they're usually a light yellow to dark brown. The vibrant yellow and magnificent blue rings appear only when they feel threatened and have no choice but to fight back. The blue rings are a warning of what is to come. I chose to colour it in this state of alarm as that is how it is most recognisable.

The cake is a chocolate mud cake. I carved the mantle and top half of the arms from it, then covered it in dark chocolate ganache, then covered it in fondant. The bottom half of the armas are fondant. I cut out hundreds of tiny little suckers, ranging from about 5mm at the top to 1mm or less at the ends. That part alone took about a day. I then painted it using dry powdered food colouring. Usually I would mix food colouring with alcohol, but doing so gives the 'paint' texture and I wanted it to look like skin, not like a painting. Painting it dry takes a lot more time, so what should have taken 1-2 hours took at least 10.

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Canon EOS 600D
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1/21 second
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33 mm
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Nov 10, 2013, 1:55:55 PM
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AnnaZLove's avatar
Amazing design! 
CloverWing's avatar
;o; omg it came out amazing..
Chlodulfa's avatar
Truly outstanding!  Thanks also for the natural history account of how poisonous the (non-cake) octopus is!
Onyana's avatar
Amazing work! congrats!
khvalis's avatar
Impressive attention to detail! I couldn't bear to eat such an amazing confection!
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LunaSheWolf's avatar
This is magnificent! don't be afraid fo realism this is wonderful! Seeing this makes me think of lemon cake.
Selmarkai's avatar
So Freakin Awesome!!!!
Kodimarto's avatar
Simply eatable and amazing! :)
TheAncynt's avatar
It's octolicious...:D
Tate27kh's avatar
Outstanding amazing detail, beautifully done :)
MaxxToron's avatar
That is the most incredible cake I have ever seen in my entire life. C'est magnifique!
The-Heroine-fi's avatar
Hello human PinkiePie may I please move in with you.

This is so amazing that before I read the title I thought it was real.
PrincessofdarknessX6's avatar
This is amazing! Well done. 
Cloud-Dragonz's avatar
Thats a LOT of detail for a cake especially the suction cups.
MirthaAmigurumis's avatar
That's look so delicious! Nice work, I love the details :)
pyro-helfier's avatar
Oh wow that's amazing!  Hard to believe it is cake!  I like how you painted the spots and added all the little suckers.  I don't like calamari but those tentacles... I would definitely eat!  If I could bring myself to cut up something so pretty that is. :)  Awesome job!
Vampire-Sacrifice's avatar
Oh man this cake is to die for!
And oh my gosh, I just got my Zoology degree ^^  I'm now working to get my Zoo Tech degree.
px41's avatar
Now watch closely as it changes it's form and texture. This is what octopuses do to hide from predators, although I think it's just making itself look more edible. O_O
Kabanero's avatar
Awesome and beautiful
Laivin's avatar
This is perfect!:D
S-A-Diamond's avatar
I think this cake could fool a real octopus into thinking it is one of its own kind - and octopi are incredibly smart. If this cake is as realistic as it looks then it would be a very deadly cake. My favourite part is the tiny suction cups you painstakingly added to each arm.
mamabot's avatar
Oh my word!   Look at all those incredible details!   It would break my heart to cut into this beautiful creature and piece of art work.  Congrats!
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