Hi everyone. I haven't posted much this week due to working on this ocean themed cake. A lot of planning and hours of hand sculpting went into making this cake. I challenged myself by hand drawing my own template for the beach chairs. I also hand painted fondant for the first time and am satisfied with how mixing two tones turned out.
Here are the majority of the decorations that I made for the cake. The clown fish were fun to make, but I decided not to include them in the final cake design since I wanted the beach chairs to be the main star of the cake. I used non toxic chalk pastels to color the coral reef and rocks. I love all of the bright colors of coral reef.
Once the cake was nice and chilled I applied the fondant and started to hand paint it. I had the most fun with this step in the cake decorating process. Once I got the hang of the brush strokes it felt like I was painting on canvas versus fondant. I used a dark blue and a teal color to create the colors in the ocean.
Here are a few close ups of some of the decorations that I hand sculpted for the cake. The sting ray was probably my favorite sea animal to sculpt. The seaweed was easily spiraled by using a drinking straw as the core.
The beach chairs took a while to figure out as far as how I was going to construct the individual pieces. I eventually used royal icing since it acts as a glue that sets up fast. I like the way that the beach chair turned out and I added the hearts for an extra special touch. The palm tree was also hand sculpted and I hand cut each leaf.
I hope that you all have enjoyed this blog post and that you have a great weekend. I am going to a big cake decorating competition tomorrow to observe so I will post pictures of some of the cakes that I saw next week.
Savor The Baking,