I was asked if I could make something for a birthday and his favorite thing was his fish. I tried to find what I wanted to do but no one had just what I was looking. So I made him his own fish bowl birthday cake for his birthday.
I first made a cake in one of the ball forms cake pans. With the two halves I cut off the tops to have a flat bottom and top for the bowl. I used one of the pieces I cut off and cut it again to make it the base of the bowl. I placed it together and frosted it with some frosting then put in the fridge to get it cold before I started on the rest. I did use three dowel supports in it.
After it chilled overnight, I then covered it in the blue fondant for the water and placed white fondant along the top. The top rim is fondant and I put piping gel on top to give it the water feel.
Along the bottom I piped in green frosting for the rock's to stick to and made the assorted grass. The rocks were Nerds candy, which these were the sour ones and people said the tasted great with the sweet cake. The fish I made with fondant and put some frosting accents in for the fins and eyes. The bubbles were just frosting dots.
This cake was a huge hit with the kids and the family.
We had an "under the sea" theme for my son's 1st birthday, complete with seafood menu and huge aquatic Mylar balloons as goodie bag give-aways for kids.
I took all the great ideas posted here in the fish bowl cake section. I made four 9-inch round cakes and used chocolate mousse to hold them together. Turn them on their side and cut the top/bottom for the fish bowl look and positioned it. Then I crumb coated the cake the night before for easy icing the next morning.
I used nerds for the gravel, fruit-by-the-foot for the grass and raspberries for sea life rocks. Silver balls for the bubbles and Wilton black food coloring for fish faces (dipped with the tip of a toothpick to paint the eyes & smile on fish). I used the same technique as a previous poster suggested and just cut the corner off a plastic bag and piped the rim of the fish bowl like that with the icing.
Our seafood menu included several types of fish dishes, ocean blue slushy punch, shellfish etc. The non-fish items were all served on fish-shaped platters and our favourite item- "octopus" hot dogs which were a huge hit....even the vegetarian kids wanted to eat them!
This fish bowl cake was easier than I thought. Start with two 8" round cakes and frost them together. Wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Cut a small section off the top and bottom of the cake. Put a dab of frosting on the bottom of the cake dish and "glue" the cake to the dish standing up. Frost carefully as to not knock the cake over. I used a variety of Swedish fish and painted eyes onto them with frosting.
I used Nerds candies for the "rocks" in the bottom of the tank. I cut fruit-by-the-foot into "seaweed" and twisted it as I pressed it into the cake and I used Chinese noodles in between that.
Small, flat, round sprinkles were used as "air bubbles" and I made a flag out of a toothpick and some paper to write the Happy Birthday message as to not disturb the rest of the cake.
The rim on top was piped on by just putting some frosting in a plastic bag and cutting the tip wide. All in all it was a time consuming but pretty easy cake.