This Nemo Birthday Cake Idea was for my son’s first birthday. He loved fish so this was perfect. It was my first attempt and freehand artwork on a cake I did. I was very pleased with the results. I had just gotten a pastry tip set and could not wait to try them out on this cake design. I used so much gel color and got crazy with all the underwater coral colors. It was a lot of fun.
The shape was from a standard cake pan and when I made a second cake it kinda just free formed itself which is why its a odd shape, but I made it work. I used buttercream frosting and colored it myself with the gel coloring tubs. Little color went a long way. I was very new to coolest cakes.com at the time and viewed a lot of Nemo cakes on the site to get some ideas (which I now view so often).
I used different tips for all the shapes and grass for under water sea life. I used the small tip and outlined Nemo, then filled him in and spread it all around. It took 2 tries for his flipper. It looked easier than it was. I loved making the underwatrer scene. I used Rock candy for the sea rock in diffrent colors. I got it at a bulk candy shop in NYC.
I used crushed graham craker crumbs for the sand on the cake. The tray is lined with blue tissue paper with clear plastic to look like water underneath. It was a huge hit. Even though he was only one he sure loved eating it!