Jacob....my future Gordon Ramsey chef (minus the head bobbing and near heart attack spasms), loves seafood. He makes a spicy broiled shrimp, rice, and vegetable dinner for us nearly every week. It is sooo nice getting a night off.
He couldn't decide what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday, so I offered to make him an Ocean theme one. I did that for two reasons... the obvious being that he loves seafood. The second is because I love a challenge. :) I wanted to see if I could form sea creatures from fondant.
Jacob gave me a list of the creatures he wanted included on his cake. They ranged from an octopus to a shark to an angler fish. I was so excited to get started. I looked them up in an Ocean book the kids have and pulled them up on the internet, as well, to get a better look. I didn't make everything on his list, but I added a few of my own.
The day of the party, I made a cake and used Wilton's Whipped Icing. It's the kind that comes in a box...you mix the powder with ice water and it is absolutely delicious. This cake was my first experience using it and I was definitely happy with the results. It is so light and fluffy...perfect for the ocean waves I wanted to create on the cake. I iced the cake and then sprayed it with blue icing spray. I left some parts white for the crests of the waves. Then I got to add the sea creatures.. I love that part.
The gulper eel started to slide before the party started... ugh! I was out of toothpicks, so I broke a prong off a plastic fork and stuck it in the cake to make him stay put. Unfortunately, I forgot to mention this to the guests and my sister-in-law ended up nearly eating it. She took it well :) She thought the fondant was especially crunchy all of the sudden.