Saturday, February 20, 2010

80th Birthday Bash

I have made this bass fishing cake design before, just not this big and not one that needed to include chocolate buttercream.

See Hollie had some of my yummy Hershey's chocolate buttercream icing on another cake and HAD to have more! So I came up with a two tiered cake that would allow for a "muddy bottom lake" effect! The whole bottom layer is iced in chocolate buttercream and I brought the water down on top of that for the wavy water effect.

What a wonderful and momentous birthday to celebrate! 80 years is an amazing life! "PaPa" must be an avid fisherman, so we gave him one he could CAN eat fish.....okay, one you can eat that tastes SWEET! Hee Hee!

The fish is actually molded from Rice Krispie Treats and covered in fondant/modeling chocolate and hand painted with food color paste. The "water splash" is made from modeling chocolate made the same color as the buttercream icing.

I put a fish hook with a worm and then made the fishing line spell out the birthday message to PaPa!(See the fish's tail sticking out at the bottom of the top tier? gotta love it!)

Here is the complete design. With buttercream and fondant accents and chocolate rocks!Congratulations on 80 years of life and here's to many more to come!


  1. Fabulous Cake! I love the peeping fish! and your buttercream frosting is sooo smooth! How do you do that! Amazing! I just don't know how to get my buttercream to that smooth effect.

  2. Thanks Faithy! Working to get my buttercream that smooth has taken practice. I'm sure you know about SugarEd productions...I don't own any of her videos, but you can see some of her techniques on YouTube. Also Tonedna1, has some really good tutorials on YouTube. I have also found that the consistency of your icing is a BIG factor, I used to work with an icing that was too "thin", I use less milk now and that really helps it hold it's shape. Hope that helps

  3. Thank you so much for the awesome cake Karen! It tasted just as good as it looked! Everyone at the party had to have your phone number.


  4. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun making it!

  5. Thanks for your advise! I've seen SugarEd & Tonedna1's videos but i think like you said, still need to practice. :)