Yet again, the cake sunk. I now have a deep-seated fury against my oven, although I probably should redirect my anger at the floor. The oven shakes when anyone walks anywhere near it (which in my apartment, is anywhere period) and I'm pretty sure that that's what's disturbing the process. Easy fix in this instance. I used the crumbs from trimming the cake and stuffed the middle hole with them.
Again, don't fill gooey stuff with crunchy stuff, freeze, defrost and expect everything to retain its original texture.
Tried an ombre look for the sides of the cake -- lighter blue at the top, darker at the bottom -- just like the ocean!
And some white frosting thrown in at the end to reflect the foaming waves (and the thrashing fish.)
Okay, everyone, here's where it gets exciting. You would not believe the amount of research I did for this cake. I checked out the most common trophy fish in the Keys, and found a ton of photos to use for reference when sculpting.
Do you know what fish this is? Looks kind of generic right now. . .
Crazy how just adding some color to the mouth makes it so much more realistic!
And a little more color. . .
And there it is! It's a Mahi, for those who (like me) aren't so into fish. Luckily this one's scales didn't freak me out as much as the real thing. For all of you who are wondering where it's tail is. . . patience, it will appear.
Gotta have something to take the goods home.
And here is the best part -- seriously. . .
Feet first. . .
Some dental floss for the line.
And how about those flip flops?
He's starting to come together!
Hahahaha, look at his expression! I love it.
Oh boy, he has no idea what he's in for!
Wow, that's going to be one heck of a battle! On our trip, my husband had to fight one fish for 15 minutes -- this looks like it's going to be a much, much longer effort!
Spoiler alert -- he gets the fish. And we get the cake!