The Octopus Cake

For my daughter’s 1st birthday, I made her an octopus cake. That was her nickname for the first half of her life. I saw Pink Cake Box’s and thought it was perfect for my little munchkin. I tweeked it a little. This was my first time carving cake. My (a LOT more artistic) dad helped me. The cake and octopus are covered in fondant. All the decorations are fondant and gumpaste. I had a difficult time getting the gumpaste to the right consistency. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it firm enough to work with, but moist enough so it doesn’t crack?

Before the bow was attached. The base was white cake with raspberry buttercream and the octopus is white cake with pistachio buttercream:

The finished cake:

(I also made these again- how does she get them to look so good?)

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