For this homemade fish cake I started with a 9”x13” one layer cake. I enlarged a picture of a fish I found on the internet and traced the shape onto the cake, then cut it out. I rounded out the edges a bit and tapered the tail.
I applied a thin layer of buttercream and then covered the cake in gray fondant. I made the gill impressions with my small round fondant cutter, careful to lay it slightly on its side to make the crescent shape.
I cut fins out of fondant and attached them to the cake board and to the fish with royal glue (1tsp. meringue powder mixed with 1 tsp. water – this is my preferred method of attaching fondant to fondant).
I made the lines in the fins with my veining tool. I then painted the cake with luster dust (one that was silver with a slight greenish tint, I believe it was called “silver foliage”) mixed with vodka.
The mouth was made from a thin string of fondant. The eye is white fondant painted with black icing colour. The hook is gray fondant painted with luster dust. The worm is fondant as well.
I saw a fish cake like this in a cake decorating book. It was so simple to make and was perfect for my son's first birthday. I added to it by making the smaller fish so that he could have a "cake" all to himself and the gumdrop number 1 to mark the occasion.
I used a cake mix to bake two 9" round cakes which I stacked, and I saved enough batter to make a cupcake to make the smaller fish. I used neon green food coloring to tint the frosting and a butter knife to apply it in a scale pattern. Then I used orange candy wedges for the fins, mouth and tail. You need to stack them in layers to bring them up to the height of the cake. I cut a jumbo marshmallow into a thin circle for the eye with a circle of black icing for the pupil. For the small fish I used gumdrops which I cut in half with kitchen scissors. And the number 1 is just gumdrops.
This was my second attempt at fondant, a few days before this cake, I made a practice cake with fondant. I baked 2 different size round cakes and let cool. i frosted both cakes with butter cream and kept them separate. Using blue color I added it to the fondant and being that I wanted the fondant to look like water, I didn't have to mix the color completely in. I covered each cake with the blue fondant. I then used several colors to color white fondant. Using the fondant cutting tool and a couple cookie cutters, I cut out pieces of grass and fish. I applied the grass and fish to the cake with very small amounts of water. Using green frosting I trimmed up the bottom cake. Once at the party, I placed the smaller cake on top of the larger cake and using the green frosting i trimmed the bottom of the top cake and trimmed around the candles.
I made this Fish Cake for my stepdad's retirement. The head and tail are both cakes that I carved to shape and covered in white fondant. The tail fin is made from gumpaste.
I used an icing tip to form the scales by pressing it into the fondant. I then used the Wilton black and green spray to add the airbrushed affect to the fish. The mouth is covered with a pale pink colored fondant.
Before placing the fish on the cake I iced the waves with white buttercream frosting and then used Wilton's blue spray over the top. I love working with the spray because it seems to add so much depth and realistic features to my cakes. It also seems a lot easier than actually mixing the color right into the frosting as I can never seem to get the shades just right.
I don't have an airbrush but the spray cans work just fine for me.