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.
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.
That has got to be the best orca cake I have ever seen. Congratulations on a great job.
It looks wonderful. Shamu is perfect!!!! K'ly
Thanks! I had knots in my stomach driving it to their house. I am already planning my next project!
It looks great - good job!!
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!
i think that looks awesome! how did you make shamu? GREEEEAT Job!
WOW! Especially for your first carving job, that's absolutely fantastic!
That looks great- Shamu is awesome! Keep up the great work!
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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.
Thanks again to all who replied and commented! It's very encouraging! I can't wait to try again....
Shamu pic should be ther now! Which BTW, looks excellent!
Looks awesome, you should be very proud!!
It looks great. I love how you have the water overflowing from the pool. Just like the real thing. It's beautiful.
I just love it!
Super job - very impressive!
Your cake looks great!
That is so incredible! Great job!
That is really cute.
AWesome job on ur first carving. I think evrything is beautiful. Congrat and keep up the good work.
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.
Very cute cake, sounds delicious too!
wow looks wonderful....great job!!
wow you did a very nice job. shamu looks great. can i just ask (probably a stupid question) what are the toothpicks for anyway?
Oops, I forgot to mention that 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
not a stupid question
That looks so cool! Great job
Thank you! I really learned a lot from the process!
Congratulations! This is just a great cake! You should be really proud. You did a great job!