The top portion was created in a 9×13 cake pan. I freehanded a drawing from other Nemo cakes on this site. Cut the shape to fit and pieced together. Frosted orange and added white and black piping and used brown M&M’s for the eyes.
The bottom portion was prepared with two boxes of cake mix in a sheet cake pan, frosted blue crushed graham crackers were added for the ocean floor and gummy worms were used for the seaweed.
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We had an underwater themed birthday party for our son’s second birthday and got some ideas for Nemo cakes from this site. I hadn’t used fondant before so I didn’t want to try coloring it myself. I just bought the colored fondant from the craft store. I’m not much of a sculptor so I found Nemo sand toys at the store and washed and used the Nemo sand mold to make the cake topper. I sprayed it with cooking spray, rolled out orange fondant very thinly and fit and pressed it into the mold. I filled the rest with less expensive white fondant to help it hold its shape but I think I would use pieces of cake pressed into the mold next time – it used up a lot of fondant! Then I flipped it over and it came right out.
I used a bit of white fondant for the eyes and stripes and a black edible food marker for the black details. For the seaweed I cut shapes out of some rolled green fondant and pressed different colors of fondant into shell-shaped candy molds for the shells on the sides (again using cooking spray.) I also cut the letters out of fondant using mini letter cutters. For the sand I used crushed graham crackers and the stars were purchased cake sprinkles from a craft store. The cake itself was actually ordered from the bakery with a plain blue airbrushed color so that I could focus on all the decorating.
I made all the pieces ahead of time so on the day of the party it only took me about 15-20 minutes to put it all together. I had so much fun making this cake and would definitely work with fondant again.
This is a 12×18 two layer cake for the base that I made to look like the ocean. The Nemo body is made from the Wilton football pan (two put together on their sides). The fins are made from sugar cookie dough. I thought making Nemo cakes would be easy but even though this was a fun, it was difficult and time consuming.
I froze the football cakes and carved the face to shape. I had a little trouble getting the fins to stay in place without splitting the two football cakes apart. I had to use a lot of wooden dowel rods and toothpicks. All of the icing is buttercream. I got the idea for this cake from many other Nemos on this site and used the ones that I thought would work best for me.