How do I achieve life-like fish scales on a cake???

Decorating By Juny1980 Updated 15 Mar 2010 , 4:27pm by Rosie2

Juny1980 Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 5:44pm
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Hello fellow cakesters or cakers....not sure what we're called (LOL!)

I have a cake due this coming Saturday...the person wants a cake that resembles a fish. I want to go all out and surprise them. I've attached a pic of what I'd like to replicate, but I'm stuck on how to achieve the scales......any ideas??? Also, I don't have an airbrush machine, but I do have a Preval sprayer I am thinking of using to get a similar effect with the color.

I appreciate your help and feedback!!!

~ Pedro

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JustToEatCake Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 7:04pm
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I don't know how to do those scales but it looks like they are "stamped" in with something like the end of a tool. I have seen fish scales "stamped" in with the back in of a piping tip though. I'll be watching this thread to see what others say.

icer101 Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 7:23pm
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i have the stamp for fish scales. just haven,t used it. yes, i see demos of them using the big end of the piping tip and press this into the fondant. makes lovely fish scales. i am sure you will get other answers also. hth i love this fish . it looks so real. i got my scale stamp from jeanette pholman at the ices conveniton. she does great work.

valerieInga Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 7:38pm
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I've made a fish cake and to make the scales, I rolled out the fondant then cut many circles with the back end (round) of any decorating tube. Then you layer them on and overlap at the edge where one side touches the cake. You start at the bottom and work to the head. HTH, but it does look different than that pic.

Cakeonista Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 7:53pm
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I have a fish cake in my photos and Iused the wide end of a tip and it looked great especially after all the dusting powder colors are on.

KathysCC Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 8:23pm
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I made my fish scales with the end of a decorating tip but that fish in the pictures almost looks like it is covered in buttercream. Look closely at his tail. I think that effect would be hard to do with fondant.

I just added an additional photo of my tackle box cake so you could see my fish close up. I had a lot of trouble with the scales and they aren't the greatest, but this is what you can do with fondant and an icing tip.

I still think the fish in your photo might be done in buttercream. If it is, then his scales are some really fancy spatula work.

melmar02 Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 8:35pm
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The portion of the fish closest to the head almost looks like bubble wrap was used to imprint on the icing... icon_confused.gif

KathysCC Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 8:37pm
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It's a mystery. Wish we had a closer picture. Do you know who made this cake? Is it from CC?

tesso Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 8:41pm
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i found a really easy, inexpensive way to get scales. I just used an onion bag. (onions removed of course icon_lol.gif

brincess_b Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 8:43pm
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looks like bc to me, and the end of a knife to give the scale pattern.

KathysCC Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 8:51pm
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Originally Posted by tesso

i found a really easy, inexpensive way to get scales. I just used an onion bag. (onions removed of course icon_lol.gif

Do you have a photo? I'd like to see this effect.

Juny1980 Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 8:53pm
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YES!!! melmar and tesso....that's exactly what I was thinking....a potato bag or bubble wrap!!!! LOL!!!! I think I'm going to give it a try. Thanks guys!!!!!!!!!

tesso Posted 8 Mar 2010 , 9:06pm
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I dont have pics. because i was just playing around. It never dawned on me to take pics of my play work. I think i might take some in the future, just for this purpose. sorry i dont have any visual for you. but i really suggest you give it a try. its is a lot of fun to experiment with the design. Make sure you do some practice first.

oh... i almost forgot. i used dowel rods at each end of the bag to maintain the shape i wanted. just slide them through the holes and it is much easier to control the bag.

PennieK Posted 9 Mar 2010 , 5:44pm
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I used an allen wrench for the scales on this cake:

Juny1980 Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 1:16pm
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Hey everybody! Thanks for your tips, ideas, suggestions and support!

The cake came out great and it was a HUGE hit!!!!

Tesso, I followed through with the potato bag idea. The design came out PERFECT!!!! I couldn't have asked for anything better. I only wish my camera was better cuz I don't think the pic gives it justice, but check it out for yourselves below. Hope you all like.

Have a great week!!!!!

KathysCC Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 2:56pm
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OH! He looks great! You did a wonderful job on him. His scales are great and I like your veggies too! icon_smile.gif

Rosie2 Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 4:27pm
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Your fish came out soooo cute, congratulations!!! can you share what kind of cake you used? and how did you make the head??
Ok thank you!

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