I'm very new to cake making-decorating. I have only made 3 and that is in the last 8 months. First my own wedding cake, then my friend's wedding cake and now this one for my friend's son's first birthday party.
They love the book called The Rainbow Fish so wanted that included in the cake. Their party is going to be called a 'Splish Splash Fish Bash' with a water-sea theme so I came up with a design idea and gave them a picture of how I thought it might look. They seemed pleased and then I just had to make sure I could produce the goods!
I was really worried to say the least as I hoped I hadn't promised something I couldn't deliver and I don't mean by car! I took a day off my full time job to get started, bought all the materials and set to it. The detail I had promised was no easy feet I tell you! Ever regretted making promises!? Yep, me too at this point.
I mixed all the colors using sugar paste and edible inks to create the look I wanted for the waves and sea. I had an inspired idea to use demerera sugar for sand too - that worked out really well I thought!
It was certainly a labor of love. I spent around 20 hours in total making the shells and painting them, making the fish and using the inside of a garlic press to make the scales. I used green ready made piping icing for the seaweed and made larger seaweed from green colored sugar paste.
This cake was not hard to make at all, but it did require a lot of prep work. I saw a very similar homemade fish ocean birthday cake online and my son loved it. This is what I came up with.
1. I had to make a batch of sugar cookies cut out in the shape of a fish and stars. Then I iced them orange. Let the orange dry. Once it was dry, put a layer of white icing to create stripes and eyes. For the stars, I just dotted them with white icing to give the look of a star fish.
2. I made shark, stars, and turtle chocolates. If I had been better prepared, I would have had chocolate pellets in the right colors for them. Although, they did match the fish and starfish cookies so it actually looked good.
3. Crush up graham crackers to use as sand (you could also use brown sugar, but I thought that the graham crackers would go nicely with the chocolate cake).
4. Bake the cake - I baked half of it chocolate and half of it vanilla.
5. Make Buttercream icing tinting it a blue/green for water. Ice the cake giving it a wavy feel.
6. Add the cookies, chocolate, and I bought fish shaped candles too.
7. Put Graham crackers one side of the homemade fish ocean birthday cake. Again, I put it on the chocolate side. I then topped the graham crackers with sea shells made from sugar bought at the cake shop in town.