This is the most delicious smelling fish you’ll ever meet!
I was super excited to get this cake order. It’s not every day that a client has the budget for a structured sculptured cake. But when they do, let’s just say, Magic Happens!
The realms connect,
gravity is defied,
the laws of physics are guffawed and
In other words,
hardware is purchased.
Make the sculpted edible fish a day ahead of the cake itself, on a styrofoam cake dummy. Time management skills at work, and also because we dont want all that pressure and extra movement making a bigger hole in our soft delicious cake.
Fire up the glue gun and make it stay put . You could probably skip this step, but your hardware would spin around. Fish are notorious for being wiggly and flopping around and we don’t want that on top of our cake.
Side note: notice the giant pink stain on my kitchen counter. Food coloring. It’s finally gone now, but it was there for a while…. 😬
Cover the fish bones with aluminum foil. It’s an inexpensive, light weight, food safe way to build up the structure.
I know it looks gross here… don’t cry yet…. it gets better…
Cover the aluminum foil with melted marshmallow so the RKT actually sticks to its bones.
Melt more marshmallows than you think you’ll need.
(It’s kind of all a guessing game on amounts anyways. The guessing eventually turns into intuition the more you get to make cooler stuff.)
Reference some pictures of real fish jumping out of the water- a lot. This one was a large mouth bass.
Cover with RKT (Rice Krispie treats- but not the traditional recipe from the box- crush them up and skip the butter).
Cover that whole structure with ganache.
I dont have any pics of the next few steps cause I was
And That Place is AMAZING.
But this is what I was doing while i was listening to my jams and NOT snapping pics:
Make a batch of white modeling chocolate the day or so before you need it.
Save some of the modeling chocolate for the fins- you need the modeling capabilities of the chocolate to hold their shape.
Mix the rest of modeling choc with fondant at a 1:1 ratio. The idea is to hide that ugly skeleton, covering it all up, and turn it into a fish.
Reference and re-reference the fish pics. We wanted it realistic and not cartoonish.
The details are where it’s at! The eyeball and fins are SUPER duper important!
I didnt have an airbrush yet when i did this guy, so it’s all hand painted. Mostly with Greens, browns, ivory and yellow, wilton gel colors mixed with Everclear (don’t even think about drinking that).
The cake itself is covered in a couple different shades of buttercream, blues, green and white, spatula’d on to emulate water.
Have you made a cake like this?! I wanna see it! Send me a picture and tag me!
🐟 Fishy face kisses!
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