50th Birthday Cake
by Jo Frost
(Tarpon Springs, FL)
Scuba Diver Birthday Cake
This was a 50th birthday Cake I made for a friend who loves to scuba dive.
I used cake mixes for the cakes. The bottom was red velvet and the top was lemon.
I first filled the layers and put in the refrigerator to firm up. The top layer was then cut on an angle so when the diver was put on top it would look like he was diving down towards the treasure chest.
The layers were crumb coated and then covered in aqua blue tinted fondant. Fondant balls were put around the edge of each layer to finish off.
The fish and shells, as well as the head, feet, and tank of the diver were made of Starburst candies. When you put them in the microwave they soften up to a play dough consistency and you and mold them and shape into the figures you want. This is also true with Tootsie Rolls and I used them for the treasure chest and sign. This made it easy so I didn't have to tint a lot of different batches of fondant.
The rock was made of gray fondant, brushed with a little bit of black to add dimension to it. The red plants were red licorice which I cut and fanned out.
I covered the board with graham cracker crumbs so it would look like sand.
It was a lot of fun to make and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
From the editor:
What a fabulous 50th Birthday Cake. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions, especially the ones for modeling with Starburst and Tootsie Roll candies.
I know our readers will love this trick.
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