This Finding Nemo Birthday Cake was for a little girl turning 3. She was a big fan of Finding Nemo the movie. A few days before the party, I mixed up some royal icing in bright colors and I piped out the corals and seaweed shapes onto wax paper and let them fully dry.
I used many different types of tips to make the corals and seaweed. I just experimented, the star tips and the leaf tips worked very well. I covered the cake in bright blue butter cream icing with a white border and piped the Birthday girl's name in the middle with white. I tried to make the icing look like waves by lifting up as I spread the icing onto the cake. I then sprinkled blue sugar sprinkles around to add a shiny effect.
I found the Finding Nemo plastic characters at the Disney Store in the mall. I placed the royal icing corals and seaweed on the cake first and then filled in the rest of the space with the character figurines.
I made two 12" cake layers with vanilla buttercream frosting for this Finding Nemo Birthday Cake. Everything on the cake is edible.
The characters are made out of fondant. The seashells are made in candy molds with colored candy melt chocolate. The fish are made of sugar (purchased from The Party Works) and I made the coral and seaweed out of piped royal icing.
After frosting the cake, I piped a small wavey look at the base then used Wilton Color Mist food coloring blue spray for an ocean look. The crumbles around the base for the sand are the Wilton turtle crunch sprinkles.
When making the seaweed and coral, after the royal icing was hard, I spray painted the colors( Wilton Color Mist spray), then glued them to the cake with additional frosting. The name plaque was also a candy mold with melted candy melt vanilla candy then piped the writing with the blue icing.
I got some of the ideas by pulling up pictures of the movie on the internet.
The Nemo Cake is a white cake with buttercream icing, all covered in blue fondant. The bottom cake is a 10 inch round and the top cake is a 6 inch round. Cakes are filled with buttercream icing. Cakes are covered in marshmallow fondant and all items are edible. The buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant were both made from scratch.
Both the Nemo and Dorey on the cakes are hand sculpted from fondant. The fish, turtles and other creatures were all hand sculpted as well. To save time, I made some of the fondant figures a week ahead of time and kept them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. The smash cake is a white cake with buttercream filling and fondant covering it.
I made this for my nephew’s second birthday and it was a hit!! This was my first attempt at a fondant cake. It was so simple. If I can do it, then anybody can do it.
I made this Nemo 2nd Birthday Cake for my two year old who loved fish and Nemo. The sand is crushed Biscoff biscuits, which I thought really looked like sand. The rocks are candy rocks and Cold Stone Creamery style Jelly Belly jelly beans. The fish are both candy gummy fish and fruit treats in a Nemo theme from the grocery store (much cheaper than the big, fancy gummy fish from the candy store). My husband drew Nemo and I used sixlets for the bubbles and wrote "Max is Two".
The seaweed is green apple fruit roll up type snacks, and my tip is to cut them wavy on both sides. It looks more like seaweed that way. I also used sour straws to make some other type of seaweed. I had more plans, but I was afraid that the cake was going to look too busy if I went through with them!