DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Fish Birthday Cake
You can use this cake for fish or ocean themed birthday parties.
This makes a nice BIG cake! It would serve 15 to 20 children.
But, if you feel like you won't have enough, you can make some cupcakes,
frost them blue and put them near the fish as "bubbles".
This also gives you the opportunity to make the
cupcakes in a different flavour from the main cake so your guests have an option.
Click here for more photos of the process.
- something to set the cake on -- we make our own cake boards by duct taping
sheets of thick cardboard together (we usually use box lids from computer
paper for this) -- this was
daddy's part of the process. We then covered with Aluminum foil (you could
also cover with a waxy or shiny gift wrap). We've also covered large
cutting boards with gift wrap on occasion to act as a cake
- Two round cake pans.
- 1 cake mix (whatever flavour/recipe you prefer).
- 3 containers of white icing. You'll likely have icing left over, but I like to make
sure I have enough.
- Food colouring - you can make your fish any colour you like!
Doing it all a single colour is easier than using a different colour
for the fins and tail. If you're new to cake making, I
recommend a single colour if you're new to cake making!
- An oreo cookie OR a large marshmallow and a dark coloured
jellybean (for the eye)
- Bake your cake according to package directions
Kimberly adds the following tip: "P.S. I found it
easier to remove the cake in one piece from the pan when I buttered the bottom of the pan
and sprinkled on flour before putting the batter in."
- This isn't a very difficult cake, but if you're nervous, put the
cakes into the freezer for a few hours. They shouldn't be frozen
solid, but 3 or 4 hours in the freezer make cutting and frosting the
cakes a bit easier.
- If your cake has a bulging center, trim it a bit so it's flat on top (I
usually have to trim the round cakes.).
- Turn the cake out onto a piece of Aluminum foil.
- Make sure you run a knife around the edges first so there's nothing
- Print out the template pieces from this website (or you can just
estimate it if you prefer) -- depending on your printer, the size of
the template may not match exactly with the cake but it will be close
enough to cut out the shapes.
- Cut out the template pieces.
- Cut a small mouth shaped wedge from the first cake (there's a
picture on the template that you can just lay on the cake and use to
- Other than the mouth, lay all the template pieces onto the second
- Cut out the tail first, then cut out the bottom fin and top fin from
the wedge left over from the tail.
- All of the "grey pieces" from the template are left over cake.
- Arrange the pieces to form a fish with a tail, top fin and bottom fin.
- Add food colouring to your icing -- I like to colour ALL of it at
once as I find it difficult to match the colour if I run out of icing.
If you're using two colours, make two jars of icing your main colour and
the third jar your fin/tail colour.
- Ice the cake with the coloured icing.
- You can use the icing to fill in any gaps there may be between the
cakes if you didn't get your lines perfectly straight.
- Take a large marshmallow and cut it in half. Use a rolling to
flatten it a little bit and place it on your fish as an eye. Cut a
jellybean or gummy candy in half and place it on the marshmallow as an
- Place an oreo cookie on the fish as an eye.
- Use white icing to draw an eye and add a small candy for the center
of the eye.
- You can pipe on stripes or dots, add candies or
jellybeans in "rainbow fish" patterns or use "fruit by the
foot" to make stripes.
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