This is the first time I've made a cake with multiple tiers, fondant cutouts, and Swiss meringue buttercream. I was beyond surprised and absolutely pleased everything came out without a hitch.
I've never made marshmallow fondant or a successful batch of Swiss meringue buttercream before. It was very nerve-wrecking when I started, but so thrilling when everything came together. I'll go over the recipes tomorrow because I just can't wait another day to share with you the fun part of building the cake!
First I started with chocolate cake layers.
Building it up one by one.
The top two layers are mint flavored, so I colored them green.
Cover the entire cake with plain frosting.
Then layer with colored frosting. Most of the cake represents the water, so there's a lot of blue. I think this could also be a good start for a Tiffany cake. Or a "It's a boy!" cake. Maybe some day. In the future :)
On the top tier, there is a patch of grass. For the fisherman to stand on, of course.
Seaweed lines the bottom of the sea.
And then it was time for some fun sea creatures. I wrecked my brain trying to come up with sea creatures that can be cut out with butter knifes. I came up with Goldfish, starfish, and seashells.
I started with a selection of marshmallow fondant I've colored with food coloring gel. They look like play-doh, don't they? My play-doh experience really helped me out here. The takeaway lesson is playtime is not just a waste of time. Remember that, future-me.
Roll them out and cut the sea creatures. Then I made this little man. It's constructed with a toothpick inserted down its core. All of my "research" on the food network came in handy. The takeaway lesson here is that TV is also not a waste of time. Go head, play with play-doh and while you watch TV, future kids!
The fishing pole is made with a toothpick and a piece of thread.
The little fisherman blew out the candles.