This cake is my first attempt at using fondant and a 3-D design. It was made for my grandson's first birthday. I purchased pre-made fondant and simply rolled it out and cut and shaped it to my liking. This aquarium was a combination of pictures found online... and each fish is made of fondant, therefore edible.
The rocks on the bottom are hand made of fondant and colored using icing colorings. I started this cake by making the fish and letting them dry for about three days. Each was made and details hand painted. Before each was totally dry I inserted wooden skewers for making them stand off the cake. I used cake pillars for the corners and the top is simply an uncovered cake board, glued onto pillars by icing.
The cake itself is made from scratch (my first attempt at a homemade cake) I found a lemon pound cake recipe, as I needed a dense cake to support the decorations. This cake was transported an hour away and the top of the aquarium "glued" on at my grandson's home.
I hope you enjoy this homemade first birthday Finding Nemo cake as much as my grandson and his other grandparents did. Oh, by the way, my grandson had his own "Nemo" cake, also made by me using all star-piped icing, all to himself... chocolate... of course, so he could make a big mess!!!!
I made this Finding Nemo Birthday Cake for my niece's second birthday. I used a 12" double layer and an 8" double layer homemade white cake with cooked pineapple filling. The filling is just one can of undrained crushed pineapple, one cup of sugar and about 4 tablespoons of cornstarch (stir the cornstarch into the sugar before adding to the pineapple to keep it from clumping).
Add the sugar mixture to the pineapple and cook on medium-high heat, stirring often, until bubbly and thick. Let the filling cook completely before putting between cake layers. This is one of my favorite fillings for white or yellow cakes.
I used Royal frosting a few days earlier to make most of the decorations including her name in seaweed across the bottom. I used buttercream to frost the cake and make the purple plants and bubbles. The sand around the bottom is made from crushed graham crackers. I was able to find the Nemo and Dori figures at a little bake shop.
I got most of my inspiration from several cakes on this site. The birthday girl (but mostly her mom) were very happy with the results. This was a very fun cake to do!
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This was a Nemo cake that I made for a national competition. It was a hand sculpted cake covered in rolled fondant dyed orange. I used a small round cutter pressed into the fondant to achieve the scales look on the fish and the fins were rolled fondant that had been set out to dry and harden.
To finish the cake and achieve a wet look for the fish, I brushed the cake with watered down sugar pipping gel.
I made this Nemo cake after being inspired by this phenomenal site! The base is a football pan. The extra segments are cut from a frozen 8x8 cake pan. The fin in the center is a frosted graham cracker. The eye is a junior mint.
I covered a cutting board with blue cellophane wrap for the effect of water.