My 4 year old son is obsessed with Nemo and when it came to making his cake I had no worries when deciding what cake to make.
This Nemo cake turned out better than I thought as this was my my first novelty cake I had ever made. It is very easy to make, just bake 2 round cakes, cut the edge off one of the cakes, about 5cm wide (like a moon shape) then cut this into 3 equal pieces, then cut a triangle shape out of the same cake but cut the top of the triangle.
This is the tail, with the other cake trim up the bottom of the cake to make it a bit more of a fish body shape , then put the tail in place and with the other 3 pieces of cake. Take one of the corners and place it at the bottom of the cake as a fin then take the other corner and place it on top of the cake as a top front fin and then place the middle piece just behind it on the top as another fin, then cover with white fondant.
Colour some fondant orange and place stripes of orange fondant over the top where required and for the black stripes and eye I used liqourice strips, then place small silver sugar balls in rows over the tail and 1 silver ball in the eye and then you have a great Nemo cake.
For my daughter's 2 year birthday party she wanted Nemo. She really liked the part when Nemo went to school. So I thought that a homemade Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo birthday cake would be best.
I used an 11x15 inch Wilton cake pan. This pan holds 2 cake mixes. I used a yellow mix and a chocolate mix then added chocolate chips. I cut out the pattern for the sting ray and placed it on top of the cake. Then I cut the cut to the pattern.
The cake had a chocolate buttercream filling and was crumb coated with the same buttercream. Then I rolled out 2 sections of fondant. One I left white to be the underside and the white that comes through for the dots. I then tinted the other section of fondant with Wilton's tinting gel. I used black and royal blue.
Then I made 2 round balls of white fondant for the eyes and placed them on the head then covered the cake with the black fondant. I cut the eyes out and then painted the black part of the eye with more tinting gel. To get the dots on the cake I used a straw to form the circles. The figurines I found at the Disney Store.
I used three cake mixes and a 12" and 8" rounds for this Nemo cake. I bought the food coloring at the grocery store in the neon colors and the fluffy white frosting by Betty Crocker (I think) and believe it or not that's how I got that blue color.
I went to the Disney store and bought the Nemo figurine package for the characters. Those are the only inedible objects. The little fish were the baby goldfish crackers (they are smaller than the regular ones) multi-colored strands of fruit rollup for the seaweed and the rocks are jelly-bean brand jelly beans. I used the speckled ones because the look most like rocks.
I got the inspiration just by looking online and putting my own twist on things.
I made this cake for my sons 2nd birthday. It was my first try at really decorating a birthday cake and not buying one from a store. It was really easy and fun. I bought the Nemo and friends figures online through ebay.