Entertain your friends and family with this cake inspired by the SyFy original movie, "Sharknado"!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I mean, in theory at least.
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.
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.
Insert toothpicks into your smaller fondant sharks and/or tails, and insert those into the tornado in random places.
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 the crumb coat is set, take the remaining blue-green frosting and frost the top and sides of your cake.
Put any additional fondant shark pieces you want swimming in the 'water' around the sharknado.