This fish cake was created by our creative design team Paige Parker, Josh Mortenson & Shana Mortenson from Provo, UT. It was for our brother-in-law Keoni's 29th birthday.
First it was created by using two egg shaped cake pans. Once baked and cooled, we trimmed down the edges to give it that fishy shape. Frosted it with cream cheese frosting, and then layered fondant on top. Finally we gave it a finished look by painting the fish with orange, black and brown food coloring and topped it off with edible silver shimmer dust!!
The fins were also made of fondant, in order to give them a 3D effect we pinned toothpicks underneath the fins. The lettuce and tomatoes around the fish were also made out of fondant. My son has a play-dough kit with a tomato shape mold, so that became very handy with this project. The lettuce was rolled out very thin and I scrunched them in my hands to give it that wrinkled look. Then I pinched it, so that it would create lines through the lettuce.
The cake underneath the fish was a 9x13 cake designed to look like a patter holding the fish. That part we served to the guests, since we didn't want to hack the poor little fishy up so soon. Wah la! Fish Cake!
I made a promise to myself to learn to bake, so that I can bake for my kids. I watched many YouTube videos and experimented so many times in the kitchen. I've lost count of the number of failed cakes I've made! At my daughter's 3rd birthday this year, I finally managed a cake that everyone loved, and I am so happy!
Our theme was "Going to the Sea" and she specifically requested for a cake in the shape of a fish. As chocolate cake is her favourite, I decided to make a 2-layer chocolate fudge cake, and simply cut out a slice to make a mouth, and placed the slice at the end to make a tail. The cake was then decorated with Peanut Butter Cups, and some long wafers. The fish-eye was made with a Peanut Butter Cup with a heart-shaped sprinkle on it. I added roasted cashews around the cake just to make it look more finished.
The cake was obviously not perfect but I did get a number of compliments not just about how it looks but also how it tastes.
This fish cake was made for my uncle who loves to fish and who my children named "Fishing George" instead of Great Uncle George. I used a cake mix and made 2- 8" cakes. I cut a small curve off of one cake to make the tail fit better. I then cut the tail and attached with icing.
I did not need a very large cake, so instead of using the rest of the discarded tail portion for the fins, I used my computer to write the message on card stock and laminated it before sliding it into the cake.
I used a large googly eye and Skittles to decorate the fish. In order to keep my silver pan from shining for pictures, I used blue food coloring and made blue coconut to represent water. The mouth and tail markings were made using my decorating tip and bag.
It is much easier to freeze the cakes before carving them. Also, briefly refreeze before icing the cakes to prevent crumbs from appearing where you don't want them!