Introduction: Sharknado Cake!
It's a shark -- it's a tornado -- it's a CAKE! It's a shark-containing tornado cake!
Entertain your friends and family with this cake inspired by the SyFy original movie, "Sharknado"!
To make this cake you will need:
6 tablespoons shortening
7 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups puffed rice cereal
2 boxes cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cans vanilla frosting
1 1/2 lb. white fondant
1/2 lb. black fondant
Black food coloring
Blue food coloring
Red food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Silver food color spray (optional)
Nonstick cooking spray
Fondant rolling pin
8-inch lollipop sticks or food-safe dowels
Food-safe decorating brush
2 round cake pans
First, you need to make your Rice Krispie treats. These will form the base of your terrifying sharknado!
Add your shortening to a medium pot over medium-low heat, and heat until melted. Pour in marshmallows and cook, stirring continuously, until marshmallow is completely melted. Remove pot from heat and stir in rice cereal, making sure that it's completely and evenly incorporated.
Now let it sit for 1-2 hours until it's cooled but still pliable.
Once your Rice Krispies are cooled, remove a large scoop and shape into a roundish ovally shape approx 7-8 inches at the widest/longest part. The size or shape of this is up to you, just give it some depth and build it up a little. This will be the very base of the sharknado.
Insert one lollipop stick or dowel into the center of the oval. Scoop Rice Krispie treats from the pot and press them around the stick/dowel to start forming the sharknado body. And yes, it looks ridiculously phallic, I know. I KNOW!
Now that you've built up the base, stick two more sticks/dowels into the sides sticking out, as shown. These will help support the thicker part of the sharknado. Keep building up more sharknado using Rice Krispies. How you want the tornado of sharks formed is up to you. Curved, straight up and down, etc. Use your imagination!
It's a sharknado, you really can't go wrong!
The total height will be anywhere from 6 to 8 inches, or more or less, depending on what you want.
Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix together one of your cake mixes, and pour it evenly into two, 8-inch round cake pans. Bake according to back of the box, then let cool completely.
Once your cakes are room temperature, remove from from the pans. Take a serrated knife and slice each cake layer roughly in half horizontally. Then, take your knife and cut each layer (you have 4 now, remember?) smaller. First layer cut 2 inches off the edges, then 2 1/2 inches, 3 inches, and 4 inches, so you have 4 layers of alternating size. Do NOT discard the extra cake.
Now frost the top stump of your Rice Krispie sharknado. Place the smallest cake circle on the frosted Krispie base, then frost the top of that, and repeat with the slightly larger cake circle. Repeat until all 4 circles are stacked.
Once your circles are stacked, frost the top circle and lay a small layer of cake (from the scraps) around the edges to form a lip to the sharknado top. Frost the entire sharknado structure, being careful not to tear the cake. Place in the refrigerator until cold, 1-2 hours.
Now we start working on the fondant.
Take your white fondant. Cut off a quarter of the white fondant, wrap tightly, and set aside. Cut the remaining white fondant in half.
Take 3 tablespoons of black fondant per halved section of white fondant. Knead the first half the white fondant with the 3 tablespoons of black fondant together until it becomes an even dark grey. Take the second halved section of white fondant and begin kneading with the remaining black fondant and knead until it comes together in grey/white striations.
Remove your cold sharknado from the fridge. On a greased work surface, roll out most of your striated fondant into a large circular shape, then carefully drape over your sharknado fixture (reserve a small ball of fondant). Take your reserved fondant and roll it out into a long oval. Cut the oval into strips and adhere to the sharknado, creating a kind of whirwind fondant effect.
I mean, in theory at least.
Now take your grey fondant and your white fondant and use it to make your sharks. Take a ball of white and a ball of grey and lay them side-by-side. Press together to a long oval. Now dig your thumb in the white section to form the shark's mouth. Poke two holes in the sides. Make two small balls of fondant and press them into the holes to make the eyes. Repeat to make as many sharks as you want, or as few. You should at least make one, or else it's just a tornado cake.
To make a large shark coming out of the sharknado, make sure to add a fin from grey fondant, attaching with a small amount of water. Alternately, you can make shark tails using plain grey fondant, as shown.
Insert the large shark into the top of the tornado (if using the large shark).
Take a small dollop of red food coloring and mix it with a splash of alcohol. Use the red food coloring to paint the inside of the fondant sharks' mouths, and to splotch as blood wherever you want it... these are bloody sharknado sharks, in a feeding frenzy! Blood it up!
Now pull off tiny pieces of white fondant to form shark teeth. Adhere them to the sharks mouths using small amounts of water. This is kind of tedious, but your shark need teeth! I also painted some blood on the teeth for added effect. Classy.
Mix some black food coloring with alcohol, and use a food-safe brush to paint it onto the tornado. Additionally, if you want to use it, take your silver spray coloring and spray it on the tornado for sparkly glitter effect.
Insert toothpicks into your smaller fondant sharks and/or tails, and insert those into the tornado in random places.
Preheat your oven to 350. Yes, again.
Make your remaining boxed cake, according to directions on the back of the box. Pour the batter evenly between two round cake pans, and bake. Remove cooked cakes from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
Once the cakes are cooled, take about a quarter cup of your vanilla frosting. Mix the remaining frosting with enough blue gel color to make it a deep ocean blue. I added a tiny bit of black and yellow -- a really tiny bit -- to make it a nice, dark, seafoam green color.
Once your cakes are completely cooled, flip one layer onto a cake board or serving tray. Spread a generous dollop of frosting atop the cake, then top with the second cake layer. At this point you can lightly frost the cake to create a crumb coating, or spray the cake with a crumb spray (Wilton makes one from coconut oil) and refrigerate. Either way, crumb coat that sucker.
Once the crumb coat is set, take the remaining blue-green frosting and frost the top and sides of your cake.
Place your Sharknado in the middle of the cake. Use frosting to soften the edges of the sharknado, like it's sucking up the 'water'. I added bits of white to the green to make it look frothy, but this decorating is up to you. Make it work!
Put any additional fondant shark pieces you want swimming in the 'water' around the sharknado.
And that's it, you're finished! You now have a terrifying and terrifyingly delicious Sharknado-themed cake to amuse your family and friends.