Step 4: Stacking your layers & icing the cake.

Check your cakes.  Be sure that they're not still warm in the middle, and very carefully take them out of the pans and place on a clean, smooth surface (whatever it's going to remain on after it's finished, preferably).  You want your cake to look taller than 9x9 pans allow (if making three layers, this might not be a problem), so I stacked my cakes and took my chef knife to cut about an inch off all around.  It doesn't need to be perfect, because you want your cake to look a bit rough.  Just be sure they still look round, as you don't want a square cake!

Really, just look at a picture of the cake from the game and eyeball it.  It's a critical part in your cake, but if you go slowly you're most likely to do well.

Now, when you're stacking your cakes you want to place the bottom layer flat side down, and the top layer flat side up.  As you can see from my photos my cakes were a bit puffy in the middle, so I skimmed some cake off the top of my bottom layer.  This made my cake a bit lopsided after I was finished, so be careful if you attempt this.  The details are what is going to make your cake perfect!

Next take a spatula, scoop a golf-balled size of coconut filling and plop onto the center of your first layer.  Spread the filling to a thickness so that it won't squeeze out under the weight of the top layer, but that gives you a clear "filling" look when you stack the layers together.

When your cakes are stacked and evened out it's time to frost the cake!  Again, take a golf-ball sized dollop of frosting and carefully spread it on top of the cake with a spatula.  Work slowly and add more as you need it, moving to the sides after you finish the top.  Don't worry about a smooth surface.
My result: instead of cherries we used strawberries (because of allergies), and instead of the decor icing we used whipped cream. Very nice Instructable and it tastes delicious!<br> <br> P.S. A pity that the recipe did not include fish shaped candies !
Aww.. That's awesome looking! It was delicious. I'm definitely gonna have to make another soon. ^_^
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<p>Me and my fiancee are soo going to make this! he got me into the game and at first i was afriad of the cake, but then i knew that we had to make it! thanks for the recipe! we will definatly be posting pics!</p>
<p>Lol. The cake isn't scary! ^_^</p><p>You're welcome! I look forward to pics, and hope it goes well. :]</p>
Well, we're done! Here's the result: <br>http://imgur.com/a/c581C/ <br>I'm posting this to reddit, too. :D <br>Thank you very much for the help, without this receipt we wouldn't have been able to make this.
And with receipt I mean Recipe. ^^
Ahh, awesome! Looks great. ^_^ ...I *might* have to make another one this year for my boyfriend's birthday. It was so much fun. :] <br> <br>Glad it worked out!
Alright, I will be baking this cake (with help from an other friend) for a friend of mine who's celebrating his birthday this week. I DO have a question though, is it absolutely necessary to use &quot;Baking chocolate&quot; instead of normal chocolate? Because I don't see the difference. <br>Thank you for helping us help you help us all. <br>Will post results in a while.
I don't *think* it would make a difference. Possibly the texture of the shavings, but why not try it? ^_^ <br> <br>I'm excited to see the results!
I made the cake for my Dad's birthday, it was tasty. Thank you for making this!
Ahh, glad to hear it! And you're welcome! ^_^
I wish I would have found this about a month ago, my sister would have been so happy to have this as her birthday cake! Awesome instructable!
Ah, well plans for next year then! Thank you! ^_^
I don't like it when you lie to me....
This is a triumph. <br>I'm making a note here.<br>HUGE SUCCESS.<br>It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.
Aperture Science. We do what we must, because we can, <br>For the good of all of us, except the ones who are dead.
WOW Awesome job! It looks amazing!
Why thank you!! =D
This is a lie.
I would NEVER.<br><br>Also, I love your lego Portal gun. :]
Thnks :)
Why did I picture a bundt cake with blue or orange decoration before I clicked on this? Nice work.
hahah. Well, blue and orange are the colors of the Portal portals, so... maybe that? As for the bundt cake, I have no idea. rofl<br><br>Thank you!!
Yay! That sounds excellent, too - what with the coconut and all. :D
Agreed! The coconut is what made it for Jesse (birthday subject in photos).<br><br>Personally, the all the cream cheese icing is what does it for me. lol

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