I made this Nemo cake for my son's 2nd birthday because he loves Finding Nemo.
I baked three graduated tiers (two layers each) and cut them "mad hatter"-style and iced the top two tiers blue and the bottom tier tan before stacking them. I reinforced each tier with wooden dowels.
After stacking them and making sure they were secure, I added details such as the brown sugar around the bottom tier for the sand and green icing piped with a leaf tip for the seaweed.
I rolled out different colors of fondant and free-hand cut some fish and the crab. I mixed the blue and red fondant to make the octopus and white for the bubbles.
After adhering the sealife to the cake I topped it with a cheap pair of googles that I found on sale at my favorite "Falling Prices" mega-mart. (this was in January, so they must have them all the time!)
This Finding Nemo cake came out so great thanks to ideas from this site! I made it with an 11x15 inch rectangle for the base then a 10,8,6 inch rounds on top. Instead of tinting an entire batch of frosting blue, I used Wilton's spray food coloring to do the "all over" blue color.
I used royal blue food coloring to make the border color on each layer. I was able to order the Nemo and Dory squirt toys (cake kit) from my local bakery. I also bought the cake boards from them. The other little fish from the movie I found on E-Bay.
The bottom layer was chocolate with chocolate pudding filling and the top 3 round layers were white with vanilla pudding. I went to the Wilton website to learn how to stack the cakes.
I highly recommend checking out their site for ideas and techniques. Everyone loved this cake! My one year old was fascinated!
For my niece's 18 birthday, she wanted a Dori from Finding Nemo cake, she loves her! So I made a regular cake, outlined Dori and made seaweed on the bottom of the cake. I used a white icing background.
Piped Dori, free handed, in black. Filled her in with blue and teal green, and yellow icing. For the seaweed I used the blue, teal green, and yellow icing. She loved it! It really turned out nice. I only use the butter cream icing, and the Wilton icing color gels. I did use the Wilton black piping icing in the tube for the out line. That was the first time I used it and I loved it! I will never mix up black icing again just for piping!
I used the #16 tip from Wilton to fill in the details. Also the scallop tip for the cake edges, I used the left over icing for that. Enjoy!
My daughter Imogen, is in love with Nemo so I decided to have a go at making her a cake with her favorite fish! I made a chocolate cake in a 30cm round pan, iced it with Betty Crocker vanilla frosting (the ready to spread from the tub stuff!) that was coloured with blue food colouring.
Once that had hardened a bit, I copied a picture onto the cake, from a colouring page picture I found on the net. I then outlined Nemo's body with licorice thinly cut into strips. then coloured the different parts of Nemo with different colours (eg orange, white). I used a piping bag to put this on. Licorice was used for the eyeballs.
I used a piping bag with green icing to make the plant/seaweed stuff underneath Nemo! now I just have to make another one, as her birthday isn't for another 4 weeks! (wanted to do a trial!)