I felt a bit guilty about these octopus cake pops. They have only 5 legs. When I was making the legs out of modelling chocolate, my kids were saying, “that’s not an octopus, that’s a starfish!”
They changed their minds when they saw the finished product. But I still felt guilty. What was I teaching a bunch of four-year olds about the anatomy of an octopus?
There is a line between what’s technically correct and what’s practical. The more detailed a cake pop, the more expensive the price because the longer it would take to make. I try to walk that line, so that my pops look great and professional, and yet are only detailed enough to remain affordable to the masses. Putting 8 legs on an octopus, when most of the additional three legs would not be visible from the front, didn’t qualify.
On receipt, the mom said everything looked ‘amazing!’ and her daughter loved them. So it didn’t matter that they don’t have eight legs. Or so I tell myself.
I also made coral iced biscuits and crab cake pops for the same party.