Baking

Octavius

oc tavius
1 Item
40M

Ingredients

Butter cream
Decorations

Method

1.Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease 20cm x 30cm lamington pan; line base and long sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm over sides.
2.Make one cake according to directions on packet. Spread mixture into pan; bake about 35 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
3.Meanwhile, line 5 x 12-hole (1-tablespoon/20ml) mini muffin pans with 60 mini muffin paper cases (26 green, 20 yellow, 14 orange).
4.Make remaining cake according to directions on packet. Drop 2 level teaspoons of the mixture into each paper case; bake about 15 minutes. Stand cakes in pans 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
5.To make butter cream, beat butter until white as possible, gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar then milk, then remaining icing sugar. Beat until smooth.
6.Level top of large cake; turn cake cut-side down. Using picture as a guide, cut out head for octopus from cake. Position head on 50cm-square prepared cake board, cut-side down; secure with a little butter cream. Discard remaining cake.
7.Tint two-thirds of the butter cream green. Divide remaining butter cream equally into two small bowls; tint one bowl orange and the other yellow.
8.Spread two-thirds of the green butter cream all over top and sides of head; spread remaining green butter cream over the tops of 26 cakes in green cases.
9.Spread yellow butter cream over the tops of 20 cakes in yellow cases. Spread orange butter cream over the tops of remaining cakes.
10.Using picture as a guide, position cakes on prepared board to make tentacles; secure to board with a little butter cream.
11.Position colour-matched fruit rings on tops of small cakes.
12.Use jelly beans to outline the head. Position 2 red fruit rings for eyes; using a little butter cream secure mini M&M’s onto peppermints, place on top of fruit rings. Position sour worms for mouth.

We used 42 green jelly beans to outline the head of the octopus. Stand cake mixture at room temperature while you bake the cakes in batches. You will have 1 cup of cake mixture left over, enough for another 24 mini cakes. You could add these to the cake to make longer tentacles.

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