Octopus Royal Icing Transfers

Everywhere I go I see cute things that inspire cookie designs. The other day I saw the cutest ceramic figure of an octopus at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg and 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.com

I can’t wait to use them on a few cookies with some simple airbrushing that will help these little guys stand out. Did you know there has been a lot of debate over the plural word octopus? There are three words that have been used and they’re octopuses, octopi, or octopodes. You can watch this video and find out what you want to call them. I normally call them octopi, but octopuses is a fun way to say it.  What do you call them?

Supplies for Octopus Royal Icing Patterns:
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Royal Icing:
Free Patterns:
(I’ve updated the templates because the first ones I made were really rough! I hope you like the new patterns.)
Updated Patterns:
Original Patterns:
  • Wax Paper
  • Tape

Octopus Royal Icing Transfers The Bearfoot Baker

Once you print the templates, outline your octopus transfers 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 so I used them and added a black dot to each eye.

Octopus Royal Icing Transfer and Template thebearfootbaker.com

If 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.com

Here 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 won’t 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.

Bear hugs,