Giant Octopus Cake - Highland Bakery, Atlanta

On the surface, it's 200 pounds of a tentacled, sleepy-looking sea creature. Yet for those who dare approach it with a spatula, it turns out this beast is actually a delicious buttercream cake! This giant octopus creation wowed online photo communities, but was hardly a career high point for Highland Bakery's Karen Portaleo, who's known for inventive, lifelike specialty desserts. She's designed cakes to look like sumo wrestlers, a wombat, a rhino and even a Louis Vuitton handbag with the prerequisite mini pooch peeking out.

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