To the concept (I believe the original design is by Beck Willard – check out her awesome cake photostream!):
To the cake:
Happy 40th Tavis!!!!
A little about the making of this tropical ocean/coral reef snorkeler cake:
The coral was created by taking a coral-shaped piece of fondant and marking it repeatedly with a paring knife until the desired texture was created.
The shells were created using a silicon mold. I learned quickly that the secret to prevent things from sticking was to dust the mold with cornstarch! Once they were molded, they were airbrushed lightly with a hues of brown, orange and purple. Then to add the final detail and realism, I took a wet brush and dabbed each shell to create contrast and definition in the colours.
I didn’t have a fish mold so I had to come up with a way to make multiple fish of similar size. I hope to post some photo tutorials on this method one day, but so far here is a explanation of how the fish were made:
- Roll out a rope of fondant
- Pinch the sides of the rope to make a the shape of a fish
- Freeze the rope just until hard to the touch
- Cut the fondant rope into 2mm segments, which will result in multiple fish shapes
- Cut out more fins on each segment using a paring or craft knife. Adjust the shape if needed.
- Mark the gills using a round #10 piping tip
- Paint the fish. In this case, they were lightly airbrushed with yellow, blue or black, then the final details – such as the eyes and fins – were hand-painted using a fine-tipped paint brush.