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Blue-ringed Octopus Cake by cakecrumbs Blue-ringed Octopus Cake by cakecrumbs
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.

Grab more photos, rambles and all the progress shots at the blog: cakecrumbs.me/2013/12/03/blue-…

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:icononyana:
Onyana Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! congrats!
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professor-theodosius Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Impressive attention to detail! I couldn't bear to eat such an amazing confection!
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WarriorCatLoverSC Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YOUR EATING THE MOST POISONUS ANIMAL IN THE WORLD!?!?!?!?!?! let me try! :3
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
This is magnificent! don't be afraid fo realism this is wonderful! Seeing this makes me think of lemon cake.
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Selmarkai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So Freakin Awesome!!!!
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:iconkodimarto:
Kodimarto Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014   Filmographer
Simply eatable and amazing! :)
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TheAncynt Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's octolicious...:D
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Tate27kh Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding amazing detail, beautifully done :)
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MaxxToron Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is the most incredible cake I have ever seen in my entire life. C'est magnifique!
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The-Heroine-fi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
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.
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PrincessofdarknessX6 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Well done. 
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thats a LOT of detail for a cake especially the suction cups.
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MirthaAmigurumis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's look so delicious! Nice work, I love the details :)
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pyro-helfier Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   General Artist
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!
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Vampire-Sacrifice Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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px41 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
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
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:iconkabanero:
Kabanero Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome and beautiful
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:iconlaivin:
Laivin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
This is perfect!:D
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S-A-Diamond Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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mamabot Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
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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argentinian-queen Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just amazing! I love it!
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Paddlin-Maddlin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These works of art must take endless patience. I'm truly and utterly gob-smacked by your work :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
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hyenacub Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't eat this thing!  It's too pretty!  LOL  What a fantastic thing to make out of...cake!  
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VarshaVijayan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is incredible!
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KarolineJuzanx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Amazing ! !!! :D lol
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:iconnobuyaki:
Nobuyaki Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O-O Fabulous.
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teakerrs Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Stunning!  And now I want cake.
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xTW15T3DxFAT3x Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Awesome! I can't believe its a cake!! :iconjawdroppingplz:
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter

wow! wow! wow! :jawdrop:  wow! give yourself a DD! P.

 

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DrewMiler Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
How could anybody eat such a masterpiece...
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
it's easy: they taste real good! ;)  (writing this 'cause you took/used my preferred  comment!...   )
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vinterbarnet Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really good! :D
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puppet-soul Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
aww i simple love octopus <3 
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:iconwilliamreinsch:
williamreinsch Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god...
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kingleon254 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I thank the cake is Poison
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!. 

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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!. 
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Amaido Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
I can`t believe it is really a cake XD
It looks so good... you`re a genius :D
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop: Incredible
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BEST USE OF DEGREE EVER.

I love this species :giggle:
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alexlibris999 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing work! 
I like it a lot!
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BornintheLight Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WAAAAAOOOO!!!!!!!! O.O totally love it!!!
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strawberryenigma Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
HOLY FONDANT BATMAN!!! I can't believe you think you're terrible at realism. THAT, my Aussie friend, is a beautiful work of art.
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thelovegeneration Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
WOW!!! That is incredible. Your cake surprise and amaze me every time!!! 
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HavocXIIICyra Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most amazing cake ever!

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DysfunctionalKid Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I wouldn't dare eat that thing, cause it's just way too amazing to cut into it.
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Wow is very realistic :O!
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atrotter719 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
GORGEOUS!!!!  I had to check out the blog to get the full scoop on how you made the arms and got it to look seamless.  You have amazing skill!!!
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JuuhachigouSama Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are so amazing!!!
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RoxiBeFox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wait... THIS IS A CAKE?!
This is brilliant. ... and now I'm hungry. :c
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fqtt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my goodness...
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