I decided to do a Nemo Underwater theme for my son's 2nd birthday. One thing I knew for sure is I wanted to make every on the Nemo birthday cake edible. Therefore, I did my son's favorite characters; Nemo, Dori, Bruce, Turtle, and the Sting Ray (teacher).
I started with a rectangle cake, and 2 - 8 in circle cakes. I cut one circle cake to add to the rectangle cake for more room to tier Nemo and is home, then cut the other 8 in to create Nemo's home. I added blue coloring to the cake batter to keep with the underwater theme.
The characters are made from marshmallow fondant, and yes it took forever; the hardest being Dori due to the different colors. You can not see Dori here as she is on the back side of the cake. I wanted to make the cake fun on all sides. I have done fondant characters before just not to this extent.
The cake was a hit with all the kids and parents, and my son and daughter opened the fridge the night before the party about a 100 times to view Nemo. It was worth the time! Note if you are trying fondant characters take your time, and wear gloves. I suggest tons and tons of shortening to help with sticky marshmallows. I used Wilton's food coloring to color all the cake. I also stopped by a cake supply store to get the sea shells and crabs so I did not have to make candy molds and therefore could spend more time on the characters. Thanks! Loving Mom!
My idea for this Nemo and Friends Birthday Cake came from a little boy that was turning 3 and really wanted a Nemo cake for this birthday. I just used a box cake and I just bought white frosting at the store. I had problems finding Nemo characters. So I found a box of Nemo gummies and cut out Nemo and Squirt and typed them to a stick.
I had problems finding plants and rocks that would be good so I used forest plants and cut them down so they would work in the cake. I found rock candy for the rocks. Blue frosting for the waves. I found fish candles to add more fish and to have cool candles for the cake. I just used a piece of cardboard for the base so that I would write Happy 3rd birthday Dallas. I did not want to write it on the cake because it would have been too much for the cake. I really had to use my imagination for this since I found out that in 2010 Nemo is really not that popular anymore.
Just have fun and find things at the store that you think will work and go with it. The birthday person will be happy with what ever you make because you made it for them.
I made this cake for my Son's first birthday. We used 10 inch, 8 inch, and 6 inch pans, Layering them using cardboard support.
We used store bought vanilla frosting and colored it with coloring gel. After icing the cake we used toothpicks to swirl the frost. Making it look like water. we used chocolate rock candies for the bottom. And I made shells with chocolate and molds.
I also made the under water plants by piping colored chocolate onto wax paper. After letting all the chocolate cool, peel from the wax paper and gently stick into the frosting.
We finished the cake by sprinkling colored sugar over the top.