I recently bought my son the movie Finding Nemo, which he has watched endlessly and now recites! So when it came to his birthday a couple of weeks ago there was no contest about what to make him.
The whole thing took 2.5 hours from the time I remembered I had to make him a homemade Nemo jellyfish cake, and was made with things I had in the pantry. Under this Finding Nemo scene there is a cake – honest. I just did a 20 cm square Madeira cake, turned it upside down and trimmed the edges.
The jelly fish are just mini muffins which have sank (just under cooked), which I coloured pink. I put them in patty pans and then removed them to give a bit of texture.
Dory and Marlin are made of the white icing normally reserved for Christmas Cakes. I rolled it out to about 5 mm, cut out the shapes of the fish, and then coloured them in with a paint brush and food colouring. I used a photo I found on the net as a guide (enlarged to the right size, printed out and then cut out).
Paint the lighter colours first, leave black till last. This is a bit tricky to make as a colour, but mostly use green and red.
The sea is a cream cheese icing coloured blue (2 parts cream cheese, 3 parts icing sugar). The tentacles are also made of the white icing rolled out and pinched at the ends. The seaweed is the white icing coloured green. I then melted white chocolate and added features to the jelly fish, and scattered bits all over the cake. Make the chocolate quite runny then dip in a knife and scatter backwards and forwards.
This Homemade Under the Sea Ocean Floor Nemo Cake was inspired by the early scenes in "Finding Nemo" and was made for two and five year old sisters who shared a birthday party. This 12 inch round two layer cake is decorated 360 degrees. It is entirely edible (except for the skewers holding up the coral reef, the toothpicks attached to the fish, and the lollipop sticks on the large candy animals). It served around 40 people.
The coral reef is made of cake scraps held together with two long skewers. The rocks are also cake scraps. All fish and shells are made from candy molds. After the little fish hardened I attached toothpicks to the backs using a paint brush dipped in melted candy melts so I could place them easily. The larger animals (Nemo, Dorry, Bruce, and a sea star, sea turtle, and seahorse that are on the back side of the cake) were made from a Wilton lollipop mold. I poured the fish mold twice and didn't fill the fins all the way the second time to make Dorry look more like Dorry (and different than Nemo!)
The coral was made with melted almond bark that was piped onto wax paper using a candy squeeze bottle with a toothpick base attached with the almond bark. I let it dry well in the fridge then very carefully rolled the wax paper off the edge of the countertop, peeling as I rolled. I made lots extra because it was very fragile. I broke several pieces as I decorated the cake, but it was fine once it was placed.
I placed extra candy shell pieces around the sides of the cake.
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