I made this homemade tiered Finding Nemo cake for my daughter's third birthday. I love tiered cakes, as you can easily add or subtract layers depending on your individual needs. There's just something majestic about a tiered cake, in my opinion!
This cake is chocolate and vanilla, with cookies & cream buttercream filling. Decorated with buttercream frosting and chocolate, plus a little edible glitter serving as "sand."
The chocolate method used is one I have been exploring based on the recent purchase of the Whimsical Bakehouse book- or as I like to call it, my new cake bible!
Once past the initial difficulties of working with fast-hardening chocolates, and learning how to work the images in reverse, the sky is the limit! You simply place wax paper over your image, pipe the outline, then fill with desired colors. Once dried, peel them off and attach them to the cake with frosting.
Something else I love is that you can do the chocolate work in advance, which takes a lot of the pressure off when working on a deadline. The "wow factor" is pretty high, and kids absolutely LOVE eating the chocolate designs!
I made this Nemo Scene Birthday Cake mostly of Fondant. Since the fondant is a little bland, I put a little bit of vanilla flavoring in. All the coral, Nemo and Dora are handmade. It took about 2 days to craft all the coral,Nemo and Dora.
I let them air dry for about 2 days as well, just so the fondant would not be sticky when I started to paint them. When working with Fondant you need to work quickly,it tends to get sticky when its warm. The base of the cake is a regular store bought box cake mix, just follow the directions for mixing. I crumbled up a package of cinnamon flavored graham crackers for the sand. I choose cinnamon because it had that little shimmer to it.
To make Nemo and Dora look like they are floating , I placed them on sucker sticks with green Fondant seaweed all around (the seaweed covers up the sticks).
I really had fun making this cake. And the Birthday Boy was very happy.
I made this Nemo Birthday Cake Idea for my son’s 4th birthday. I made 2 rectangular cakes using 2 packets of Betty Crocker’s Mudcake cake mix. I put one on top of the other using chocolate frosting in the middle. I found a picture of Nemo online and enlarged it to use as a template to cut out the shape.
I then covered the whole cake in buttercream icing tinted orange using a blend of yellow and red powder colours. Using a mix of whipped cream and icing sugar I added the white stripes and then used a tube of black gel icing to do the details. I also used a fork to add the look of a tail and top fin. I covered my cake board with aqua coloured tissue paper and added starfish and weeds using coloured buttercream.
I was really happy with one as it was a last minute change of plan (when I started making a train cake my son says “No Mum, I want Nemo!”)