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Coolest Swimming Pool Cake 34

by Cheryl T.
(Brentwood UK)

Homemade Swimming Pool Cake

Homemade Swimming Pool Cake

I made this swimming pool cake for our twin nieces who are competitive club swimmers and represent their area in the country.

Its made of 3 8" square cakes, two side by side with the third cut in half and butted alongside the two others. The cake should then measure approx 16" x 12".

I then filled the cake with blue buttercream and strawberry jam. Measuring a 2" border all the way round I then cut out the indentation for the pool, only approx 1" deep. (You don't want to cut in too far otherwise you'll interfere with the filling). Score the cake with a knife in the 'pool' area to ensure the cake can be lifted out easily - know you have the 'empty pool'!

I then coated the entire cake in apricot jam and used 1kg of white fondant icing, rolled out to cover the cake entirely. Ensuring the the pool indentation remains.

A week prior to making this cake I cut each tile individually using a small 1cm square cutter from rolled white fondant. To cover this size cake used approx 800 tiles. This, needless to say was somewhat time consuming and perhaps a little crazy!

The edge of the pool was covered in 'aqua' coloured tiles and glazed with confectioners glaze to achieve a 'wet' look. All tiles were fixed into position using royal icing.

I coloured several tiles blue and cut them smaller so that I could incorporate our nieces names into the tiling of the pool. One side says 'Happy 15th' and the other side stated their names. I thought this was a nice original way of including the birthday message - if again time consuming!

Once the cake had been tiled I then filled the edges with fondant to give a neater appearance.
Colouring some royal icing blue I then poured this into the pool indentation - before it sets make sure you have your lane ropes ready to put in!

The lane ropes were made from 'candy' necklaces, I selected the colours needed and re-threaded them onto string with each end secured into the cake into position using cocktail sticks.
You don't want to add the lane ropes after the 'water' has set as it will crack the surface.

The swimmers were little plastic models that I painted in different colours using acrylic paint. They were then set into fondant icing on the 'blocks' 4 'blocks' were made in total for the four lanes each measuring 2" in width.
I modelled the pool steps and handrail from fondant, also the sports bags, towels, flip-flops, life-ring, and kick-board floats and coloured where needed using food colouring and small brush.

Using blue tinted piping-gel I then poured onto the surface of the water and using a brush spread over it's entirety. This made the water look wet.
Finally, the whole cake was the given one coat of confectioners glaze.

The girls loved it! If you make one like this make sure you've got plenty of time on your hands!

Comments for Coolest Swimming Pool Cake 34

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Amazing cake!!
by: Anonymous

WOW, this cake is so cool. I love the way the names have been put in the tiles, such a great idea!

by: Anonymous

where did you find the plastic swimmer figurines

Time limit?
by: Anonymous

Hey, I might do this for class, do you think I would have ANY chance at all if I made it in 2 hours (an hour for baking and an hour for decorating) I wouldn't be able to do the tiles, but I think it would still look really effective?

Swimmer figures
by: Anonymous

I found male and female swimmers diving in off the blocks at FancyFlours-dot-com. Just search the site for male or female swimmer. They were $6.95 each but a really nice size and are made of resin.

The water
by: Anonymous

What is the water made out of, is it just icing and blue food colouring, it looks so good! :)

by: JoAnne

My niece is coming home from Guam and wants me to make a swimmer's cake as she competes...Can't seem to find the figurines...can you tell me where you got them?

Great cake!! Thanks for sharing..

swimming birthday cake
by: Diane

I have a swimming granddaughter who requested a birthday cake in the swimming theme but I cannot locate any swimmer figurines to use on it. As a grandma who always comes through with great birthday cakes, I hate to disappoint her. Any suggestions. I have tried fancyflours website but they do not carry anything like that.


Water and time
by: Anonymous

Ok hi love the cake long really would you say it would take if you didn't do the tiles can I get it finished in about 5 hours that includes actrully making the cake and putting it in the oven?

Thanks and also
What have you used to make the water?

by: Anonymous

im getting one of these made for my birthday , cant wait i swim every day and am a competitive swimmer

by: Anonymous

that is like the coolest cake. im gonna try to make it for a swimteam banquet we are having in a week. mine wont look nearly as good as this but im just 13

Model figurines
by: Kirsten

I have a client that wants a cake similar to this. Can you please tell me where you purchased the figurines ? For the life of me I cannot find anything like these online.


Thank you in advance for your help.

by: Anonymous

I love the cake. I also would like to know where to purchase the figurines. I cannot find them anywhere. Thank you

by: Christine

I am making a cake for an anniversary of our swimming club. Please can you tell me where I can find the figurines.
thank you

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