destini377 Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 8:18pm
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Ok, outside of my husband and my children I have not made a cake for someone else's occasion before. My sister-in-law wanted a shamu cake for a bday party for my two nephews. This was my first carved cake as well. They seem to have liked it. I only wish I would have put teeth on shamu. (Ignore the toothpicks, I forgot to take them out before I took the picture). Shamu is an almond sour cream pound cake covered in fondant. The bottom is a white scratch cake with butter cream icing. Seaweed, anemones, starfish and lettering are royal icing.


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JoanneK Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 8:21pm
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How fun! I remember how nervous I was when I did my first cake for someone other then family. But after seeing the reaction it made me want to do more and more.

playingwithsugar Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 8:25pm
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That has got to be the best orca cake I have ever seen. Congratulations on a great job.

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KlyKat Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 8:31pm
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It looks wonderful. Shamu is perfect!!!! K'ly

destini377 Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 8:32pm
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Thanks! I had knots in my stomach driving it to their house. I am already planning my next project!

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AmyKay Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 8:36pm
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It looks great - good job!!

tiptop57 Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 8:41pm
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Great cake......I was wondering what Shamu was until I opened your pics - oh yeah then I got it. Some days I am so slow......

You should be very proud it is a wonderful cake!

pickles777 Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 9:50pm
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i think that looks awesome! how did you make shamu? GREEEEAT Job!

Titansgold Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 9:57pm
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WOW! Especially for your first carving job, that's absolutely fantastic!

emnjakesmom Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 10:03pm

That looks great- Shamu is awesome! Keep up the great work! thumbs_up.gif

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destini377 Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 10:04pm

I baked the cake in a loaf pan and then turned it on it's side to carve it. That allowed me to make it more vertical than horizontal. Got the basic body shape done then cut the mouth. I had to make that a little wider than I wanted to allow space for the fondant. the Dorsal fin and tail are fondant.

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destini377 Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 10:15pm

Thanks again to all who replied and commented! It's very encouraging! I can't wait to try again....


MrsMissey Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 11:33pm

Shamu pic should be ther now! Which BTW, looks excellent! icon_smile.gif

susanscakebabies Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 11:40pm

Looks awesome, you should be very proud!!

dolphins256 Posted 14 Nov 2006 , 11:47pm

It looks great. I love how you have the water overflowing from the pool. Just like the real thing. It's beautiful.

mxdiva Posted 15 Nov 2006 , 12:23am

I just love it! icon_smile.gif

SweetResults Posted 15 Nov 2006 , 4:57am

Super job - very impressive!

Vanaya Posted 15 Nov 2006 , 3:24pm


Your cake looks great!

mgdqueen Posted 15 Nov 2006 , 3:30pm

adorable cake!

elmkb Posted 15 Nov 2006 , 3:40pm

That is so incredible! Great job!

justsweet Posted 15 Nov 2006 , 3:49pm

That is really cute.

chaniliz Posted 15 Nov 2006 , 8:43pm

AWesome job on ur first carving. I think evrything is beautiful. Congrat and keep up the good work.

kakedecorator Posted 16 Nov 2006 , 3:31pm

Incredible, Super job and you even made the whale out of cake. I thought it was fondant until I read your description. Keep up the good work.

tyty Posted 16 Nov 2006 , 3:40pm

Very cute cake, sounds delicious too!

Moviechick00 Posted 16 Nov 2006 , 3:43pm

wow looks wonderful....great job!!


debbie2881 Posted 16 Nov 2006 , 4:22pm

wow you did a very nice job. shamu looks great. can i just ask (probably a stupid question) what are the toothpicks for anyway?

destini377 Posted 16 Nov 2006 , 9:05pm

Oops, I forgot to mention that icon_redface.gif geez... sorry, I had saran wrap over it in my fridge just before I was getting ready to leave and deliver it. I didn't have a box it would fit in. They were keeping it off my icing and from putting pressure on his tail. In my rush I forgot to take them out before snapping the picture icon_rolleyes.gif

not a stupid question icon_smile.gif

Jenn1978 Posted 16 Nov 2006 , 9:07pm

That looks so cool! Great job icon_smile.gif

destini377 Posted 16 Nov 2006 , 9:18pm

Thank you! I really learned a lot from the process!

bonniesido Posted 17 Nov 2006 , 3:17am

Congratulations! This is just a great cake! You should be really proud. You did a great job!

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