Monday, April 19, 2010

Shark Cake

This weekend was Boston's birthday. He wanted a shark cake. A shark cake?I thought. Hmmmmm. Well I found one someone had made online and tried my best to somewhat copy their idea. So here it is.

shark cake:

1 red velvet cake mix (prepared as directed)
1 white cake mix (prepared as directed)
candy corns

1. First bake your white cake as directed on box in a 9x13 greased AND floured cake pan, and your red velvet cake in a large greased AND floured loaf pan until toothpick inserted into it comes out clean.

2. Let cool for 15 minutes and then turn cakes out of pans onto rack to cool completely. Carve the red velvet loaf with a serrated knife until somewhat resembles the body of a shark coming out of the water. Use a piece of the loaf you remove to cut a fin and attach it to the body of the shark with a couple of toothpicks. Remember pointed nose, rounded sides & that it doesn't need to be perfect because icing is a miracle worker :) This is what mine looked like:
3. Next because there will be a lot of "crumby" sides on your shark, do a crumb coating with icing. A crumb coating is when you use a little bit of icing to ice your cake with a really thin coating of icing to seal all of the crumbs in and then place your cake in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to let it harden and then you can resume icing the cake without worrying about all the red crumbs pulling up and appearing in your icing.

4. Use grey (tiny bit of black food coloring paste) on the body of the shark, pink in the mouth (or you could just leave the red cake exposed), a white gum line and then cut off the bottom white tips of your candy corns and apply them with tweezers to your sharks mouth.
5. Then put the blue icing on for your water and then add the sharks fins on top of the water, 2 eyes and some gills. It did take some time & was far from perfect, but if you've got a shark lover at your house like I do, this cake will be a winner! When you cut into the shark, the red velvet cake acts as "blood" instant hit with Boston!