Recipe

Eight octopus

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 35 mins cooking
  • Serves 15
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Ingredients

Eight octopus
  • 2 x 340 gram packets buttercake mix
  • 30 centimetre x 48cm prepared rectangular board
  • 1/4 cup (35 grams) white chocolate melts, melted
  • 8 killer pythons
  • 85 gram packet blackcurrant jelly crystals
  • 1/4 cup (20 grams) desiccated coconut
  • purple colouring
  • 1 black liquorice strap
  • 3 white chocolate melts, extra
  • 2 green smarties
Butter cream frosting
  • 250 gram butter, softened
  • 3 cup (480 grams) icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoon milk
  • purple and aqua colouring

Method

Eight octopus
  • 1
    Preheat oven to moderate; grease and line two 20cm ring pans. Make cakes according to directions on packets, divide mixture between pans; bake in moderate oven about 35 minutes. Stand cakes in pans 5 minutes; turn onto wire racks to cool. Using serrated knife, level cake tops so they are the same height.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, trace two 3cm x 4cm eyes on a sheet of baking paper; turn paper over so outlines are underneath. Place melted chocolate in piping bag. Pipe eyes onto baking paper, as shown; refrigerate until set.
  • 3
    Make butter cream: In a small bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until as white as possible; beat in sifted icing sugar and milk in two batches.
  • 4
    Turn cakes cut-side down. Trim a shallow arc from one cake so the two cakes fit neatly together in a figure 8. Assemble cake pieces on prepared board, cut-side down; remaining cake.
  • 5
    Reserve about 1 tsp of butter cream. Tint half the remaining butter cream with purple colouring; spread over top and side of head. Tint remaining butter cream with aqua colouring; spread over top and side of remaining cake.
  • 6
    Position Pythons around octopus chin, pressing gently into butter cream.
  • 7
    Combine jelly crystals, coconut and purple colouring in small plastic bag; rub until mixture is evenly coloured. Sprinkle mixture over face and top of tentacles.
  • 8
    Cut liquorice into thin strips; outline mouth around hole in centre of head. Position extra Melts for teeth. Position eyes on head; position Smarties for pupils, using a little of the reserved butter cream.

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