This Nemo Birthday Cake Idea was for my son's first birthday. He loved fish so this was perfect. It was my first attempt and freehand artwork on a cake I did. I was very pleased with the results. I had just gotten a pastry tip set and could not wait to try them out on this cake design. I used so much gel color and got crazy with all the underwater coral colors. It was a lot of fun.
The shape was from a standard cake pan and when I made a second cake it kinda just free formed itself which is why its a odd shape, but I made it work. I used buttercream frosting and colored it myself with the gel coloring tubs. Little color went a long way. I was very new to coolest cakes.com at the time and viewed a lot of Nemo cakes on the site to get some ideas (which I now view so often).
I used different tips for all the shapes and grass for under water sea life. I used the small tip and outlined Nemo, then filled him in and spread it all around. It took 2 tries for his flipper. It looked easier than it was. I loved making the underwatrer scene. I used Rock candy for the sea rock in diffrent colors. I got it at a bulk candy shop in NYC.
I used crushed graham craker crumbs for the sand on the cake. The tray is lined with blue tissue paper with clear plastic to look like water underneath. It was a huge hit. Even though he was only one he sure loved eating it!
I made this Nemo Birthday Cake for my 2 year old son for his birthday. I looked for a few months for a Nemo Cake topper or Nemo decorations and was unable to find anything. I decided that I would just make it myself. This was my first attempt at a cake other than just "plain" icing. I didn't like the taste of fondant and neither does my son, so I used cream cheese icing and icing dye.
I used fondant to make the seaweed and other "ocean" items. I also used it to cut out letters using stencils that I bought. I used Nemo bath toys for Nemo and Dory. I made two cakes, two different sizes so I could stack them. I made one chocolate and the other white so that everyone could have a preference. I made the seaweed buy using a toothpick and swirling it in the fondant to make a "hole". To make the seaweed, I took a flat piece, cut it into strips then gave it a little twist. I did notice that the fondant didn't stay up like I wanted it to but I probably needed to let it dry before I put it on the cake.
Either way, my son loved it and I was pretty proud of myself afterwards!
I only bake once a year: for my son's birthday (soon to be twice a year when my daughter arrives). Last year I made a cake of the Muppet's Swedish Chef, this year his favorite character is Nemo.
Nothing big as far as preparation: made from a regular chocolate Betty Crocker cake mix (cooled in the fridge about 45min), the icing is Betty Crocker whipped buttercream. Making this vanilla frosting orange was surprisingly taxing: probably nearly 40 DROPS each of yellow and red to get Nemo's deep orange rather than a pale, fleshy color. Frosted the cake then threw some icing in ziploc baggies, cut the tips, and used them to pipe in the details EXCEPT the black trim which was out of one of those cheez-whiz black frosting cans. Then added some detail to the fins with a toothpick.
No molds, just a 9x13 and a picture from the internet that I tried to mock. And everything is made from icing, though I could see using M&Ms or similar for the eyes.
Hope my boy likes this Nemo Birthday Cake Design! By the way, should mention I'm a Dad: Mom does plenty of baking throughout the year.