Cake serves 48.
Ice 2-layer round cake smooth. Cut and position 3 dowel rods where ball cake will go.
With knife, slice off rounded side on one half of ball cake so it sits level and place on a cake circle cut to fit. Position atop round and ice top smooth.
Add other half of ball. Push a sharpened dowel rod down through both cakes.
Lightly ice face area on ball. With toothpick, draw octopus face. Outline mouth with tip 3. Cover ball cake with tip 16 stars.
Pipe in tip 6 whites of eyes, dot pupils, nose, cheeks and tongue (shaped and flatten with finger dipped in cornstarch).
Add tip 3 dot irises to eyes. Pipe tip 6 elongated bead brows. Mark 8 legs on top of round cake. Figure pipe with tip 2 A. Trim with tip 3 dots.
Imprint message on side with message pattern press. Cover message with tip 3 dots. Outline number and name with tip 6.
Mark seaweed randomly on sides. Outline with tip 3 strings. For fish bodies: Pipe tip 6 beads randomly on sides. Trim with tip 1 dot eyes and tip 3 outline tails.
Add tip 3 tinted piping gel dot bubbles.
With tip 18 and spatula-striped icing, edge top of round cake with reverse shell borders; base with swirled shells. Push candles into legs.
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