Step 6: Make the cake mix

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I used a box mix for the cake (strawberry) in a quarter sheet pan. To make the cake a little more dense to hold up to the weight of the fish I used the WASC (white almond sour cream) additions & instructions to make the cake.

They can be found here:

Once the cake was cooled I attached it to my foil-covered board with some buttercream icing.

Next I positioned the fish where I wanted it to be on the cake, marked the area, then removed the fish. I scooped out a little bit of cake in the areas so that the fish parts would be inset of the cake a little. I used thick straws (cut down to the height of the cake) as supports where I was to put the fish parts.

Then I piped some icing in the area and put the fish parts back in place.

The recipe I use for the icing is below:

2 cups Crisco
2 lb bag of powdered sugar
4 tbsp meringue powder
2 tsp clear vanilla extract/flavor
2 tsp clear butter flavor
1 tsp clear almond extract/flavor
1/2 tsp salt

Sift the powdered sugar and meringue powder together into a bowl.

In a small bowl or a measuring cup, put in all the flavorings/extracts and then add to that enough water to make the mix 1/2 cup. Add in the salt and stir until the salt is dissolved.

In the mixer bowl put the Crisco and water/extract mix. Beat on a medium-low speed for about 40 seconds, to just get it started mixing.

Next slowly start adding in your powdered sugar/meringue mix while mixing. Once it's all in there, mix on that same slow speed for about a minute.

Then just color the icing however you want. I used a little green, lots of royal blue and a little black.

Ok then, you have a big baking tin then! :)
quiltina24 years ago
AWESOME!!!!!!! how creative!
tchitwood (author)  quiltina24 years ago
Thank you! :)
Wow, you must have a very big oven and a big tin! It i great though!
tchitwood (author)  Michaelgoode4 years ago
I actually only have a single over, regular sized. The cake part itself isn't that large, although it looks bigger than it is. :) The cake part is only 13 inches by 9 inches. Then made the fish out of rice cereal marshmallow treats. :)