Octopus Royal Icing Transfers

I can’t go anywhere without seeing cute things I want to make into a cookie. I saw the cutest ceramic figure of an octopus at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. I knew it was the perfect inspiration for an octopus cookie or better yet, octopus royal icing transfers.

Octopus Royal Icing Transfers with www.thebearfootbaker.comI can’t wait to use them on cupcakes. Did you know there has been a lot of debate over the plural word octopus? There are three words that have been used. They are octopuses, octopi, or octopodes. I watched this video and learned it is alright to call them octopuses. I normally call them octopi but, octopuses is fun to say. What do you call them?

Supplies for Octopus Royal Icing Transfers:

Pink 15 Second Icing
Red 15 Second Icing
Royal Icing Eye Transfers
Small Octopus Royal Icing Transfers & Template
Medium Octopus Royal Icing Transfers & Template
Large Octopus Royal Icing Transfers & Template
Extra Large Octopus Royal Icing Transfers & Template
Wax Paper

Octopus Royal Icing Transfers The Bearfoot BakerOnce you print the templates, outline your octopus royal icing transfer with the pink icing.
Then, flood the middle section and let it dry for about 20 minutes.
Next, flood the legs and head. While the head is still wet, add the red dots and the royal icing eyes.  Let it dry overnight.

I ran out of royal icing eyes while working on these but, I had some white royal icing dots. I used them and added a black dot to each eye. I prefer the RI eyes but, these will work in a pinch.

Octopus Royal Icing Transfer and Template thebearfootbaker.comIf you want to airbrush the edges  to give it a little more detail you can. It is easy. With the airbrush gun tip about a half inch from the octopus, spray with AmeriColor Airbrush Color Electric Pink. I had the airbrush machine set on medium while I went around the edges and sprayed the neck.

Octopus Royal Icing Transfer & Template thebearfootbaker.comHere they are airbrushed with their little eyes. Once they dry, peel them off the wax paper and store them in an airtight container in a cool dry place where the sun wont shine on them. I am working on a tutorial to show you how I store my transfers. I will share it soon.

In the meantime, here are a few more beach themed cookies and royal icing transfers for you to enjoy.
Starfish Royal Icing Transfers
Starfish Cookies
Goldfish Royal Icing Transfers
Lobster Cookies
Jellyfish Cookies

Bear hugs,



  1. I like octopi – especially little cute ones like these! I actually took a little Latin in high school…I think that is why I like the “i” plural form :)

  2. Okay. Those are officially the cutest octopuseseses ever! Now I want to see the cookies, cupcakes or cake those are going on!

  3. Loretta says:

    You come up with the cutest thing! I just love your blog

  4. These octopi are so adorable. When you put them on cupcakes, does the transfer color bleed onto the cupcake icing since the cupcake icing is moist? Do you have any tricks to combat the bleeding? When I’ve made RI transfers for cupcakes I’ve only put them on chocolate frosted cupcakes to camoflauge any potential bleeding.

  5. These are so stinkin’ cute…love them!

  6. These are absolutely adorable. The spots really add to the cuteness! Pinning.

  7. These are just too cute!

  8. Oh Lisa – these little guys have to be one of the cutest sea creatures to date!

  9. These are just precious!! Your designs just keep getting better and better!

  10. I think real octopi are kind of creepy … your octopuses are too cute … fun to say and fun to look at :)

  11. Haha I always say octopi. Octopuses just sounds awkward to me.

    I love that you find inspiration everywhere! I can totally picture these cute little guys on some cupcakes with ocean blue frosting!

  12. So funny and cute!

  13. Honeycat Cookies says:

    They’re gorgeous, and you can call them whatever you like!

    (But the annoying pedantic bit in my head which won’t shut up is making me type – Octopus isn’t Latin, so a whole plateful can’t be Octopi! Pus is Greek for foot, podes is the plural, but it’s not all Greek either because Octo is Latin for eight of course; it’s just a modern English word, so it can have a modern English ending. Octopuses!)

    Sorry. I’ll shut up now :-)

  14. So stinking cute. I actually have an octopus pendant I bought in Lillehammer, Norway.

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