The Nemo cake was for my little girl, who turned 3. She loves the movie “Finding Nemo” and she loves visiting aquariums. Hence, the Nemo themed party for her 3rd birthday. (Take a look at all the Finding Nemo cake sections on this site).
The cake was made with two rectangle cake tins and decorated with a combination of buttercream and fondant. The tails and fins on the side and top of Nemo were made with fondant.
The eyes were made with a combination of ingredients. The white bit of Nemo’s eyes was buttercream. The orange bit was fondant and the black bit was painted on with black food colouring and a brush. The white bit to show the reflection of light in Nemo’s eyes was made with tiny bits of marshmallow.
Nemo’s body was all buttercream. I first did all of Nemo’s body with orange butter cream. I made sure the orange buttercream colour matched the orange fondant I used for his tail and fins.
The white stripes on Nemo were piped on with white buttercream and flattened and smoothed with a frosting knife. I painted the black bits on Nemo’s body and his fins and tail with black food colour and a brush.
My daughter loved the Finding Nemo cake! And her friends who joined her to celebrate her 3rd birthday loved it too!
Coolest Nemo Birthday Cake for a 3 Year Old Boy
I remember when I was little my mom had a stand up bear mold and she made that bear in to so many different things for my sister and I. It was always the best part of my birthday, and I wanted my kids to have the same kind of memories.
First let me say I have no training of any kind. My mom knows how to do a few different piping techniques of butter cream and has shown me a few of those, but other than that I am a complete novice.
Every year I have my kids tell me what type of cake they want, and then I head to the internet for inspiration (and directions!!). My youngest son had been obsessed with Nemo for months and months, so I knew that was the cake I had to do.
The Pre-Cake Preparation
The key to having time to make this cake was to do all of the fondant work the week before. Normally I make all of my fondant from scratch, but with the sheer number of colors I wanted to use and the very small amount of each color I needed, I cheated this time and bought one of the four pack of colors from Michaels and then just made the light blue fondant myself (marshmallow fondant from a recipe I found on the internet). Using cakes I found on this website and scenes from the movie as a reference point, I made lots of coral, sea cucumbers, seaweed, etc. and supplemented more coral with rock candy. Most of it was just hand molded, because the beauty of them is they don’t need to be perfect, but I did get a fondant mold from Michael’s for the starfish. I let them all dry and put them in airtight containers for the week.
The Cake Assembly
The night of assembly, my mom brought over 8 cakes, and 24 cupcakes and white and blue butter cream icing (I mentioned I don’t cook, right….). I dirty iced each layer and covered with blue fondant. I then stacked the two cakes. I had an extra top layer that I hoped to use for the family party the next day, but after the hours and hours it took to place all of the coral and figures and sand, I said “no way am I doing that again” and made little squirt the turtles (that I used on my cupcakes – the instructions are on the Disney website Spoonful) and used that as the cake I cut at the first party. After stacking the cakes, I cut out a random wave pattern of the dark blue fondant. I then used graham crackers crushed with a mallet for the sand and created the top scene and other little scenes 360 degrees around the cake.
My son didn’t see it until the party and he just kept saying over and over “Come see my Finding Nemo cake! Come see my Nemo cake!” He was so excited! His favorite part actually ended up being all of the little coral and seaweed – he loved munching on it! Between Squirt the turtle and the coral pieces, the kids all had a blast!
Coolest Finding Nemo Clownfish Birthday Cake
For this Finding Nemo cake I made 4 sheet cakes and layered it with frosting in between. Then carved the body shape and frosted it. I then made a lot of rice crispy cereal treats and shaped them into the fins of the fish. I had to shape them around bowls and cups and let them harden for a while before they would retain the correct shape.
Once they were attached (using wooden skewers) I frosted them too. Then covered the whole fish with home made marshmallow fondant that was colored orange. I then rolled out white fondant for the stripes and mouth, and applied it to the cake. I used black food color gel and painted on the black stripes, etc. I used sea shell molds to make the shells out of candy melts. The coral is made with chocolate covered pretzels that I attached together with white frosting.
Coolest Homemade Squirt Birthday Cake
As my son loves turtles and I love Disney, I chose Squirt as a cake for his 6th birthday. I used a ball-pan to get the shape of the shell and two muffins to build the head. First I colored some fondant blue and then I kneaded it together with some white fondant until it looked marbled. That was put on the plate as an ocean.
The cake was covered with buttercream and then with one layer of tan fondant which I shoved under the cake too so it resembled the bottom of the turtle. I put another layer in reddish-brown on top of it which was folded to the inside and curled up a bit so it looked like a real shell. Then I cut the flappers and covered them with some odd-shaped dots. They went on top of the plate and on top of that came the shell. With a veiner, I carved the lines on the shell and I added some red fondant flowers which I colored with some edible iridescent yellow dust.
The head was quite difficult and I used two muffins stuck together and lots of buttercream and fondant. I created some kind of ball stuck the eyes onto it and covered it all with a thick stripe of green fondant. Then it took me ages to sculpt all the details at the eyes and cut the mouth which got another piece of black fondant on the inside. The head also got some brown dots and the eyes got brown and black pupils. I shoved the head under the shell and finally added some brown sugar as some kind of sand on the plate.
The cake was a huge success – it’s one of my favorite cakes and my boy and our guests really loved it!
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