I made this cake of my dad fishing in his kayak for his birthday. My dad has always liked fishing, that's actually some of my favorite memories growing up, fishing with my dad. So, a few months or so before I made this cake he was fishing and he saw someone with a kayak going out to fish. They got to talking and before you knew it my dad bought a kayak to go out fishing in. He really enjoyed it, so I decided that would make a nice cake for him. [The story about the sign on the cake will come later in the post. :) ]
I baked two 8-inch rounds for this cake. I wanted the cake to look like you were seeing a cross-section of the water and you could see under the water at the fish being caught. So, I cut a little space out of the edge of the cake, big enough to have a fish in. [If I were doing this cake over again, I would design things a little bit differently to show what I wanted, but it worked out well this way, and my dad got what I was trying to do right away. :) ]
I crumb coated the cake and let it set. I iced the cake with green and blue buttercream. I piped along the edge of the water and the bottom of the cake with green buttercream using a grass tip.
|This is how the kayak looked by itself.|
I made my dad figurine out of fondant. I gave him a hat like the one he always wears when he goes fishing (it's one of those outback type hats). Some details on him are done with fondant and others are painted with food coloring. I decided to give him a nose this time :) (see the Building Your Birthday Cake post).
I painted toothpicks brown to use for fishing poles and put a bit of fondant at the end to secure the fishing line to the pole. I made the fish, little bobber, rocks, dragonfly, frog, and sign all out of fondant and painted details with food coloring. The cattails are made with toothpicks I painted with green food coloring and wrapped with a little bit of brown fondant at the top.
So, now for the story behind the sign. My dad was telling me about a conversation he had recently had with his brother. They live in different states and were talking about getting together. His brother was saying that they should go do something really cool. I think skydiving came up and things of that sort. So, somehow kayaking comes up, which my dad was doing now and his brother had done down a river with rapids before. I guess my dad mentioned that he had been out on open saltwater before, and his brother was surprised that he would go out like that instead of just going on rivers and things like that. So, my dad starts telling him about this Extreme Kayak Shark Fishing he'd heard about, like they should go do that for their thing. Okay so, evidentially people go out in a kayak and fish for sharks... in a kayak... for sharks... did I mention the kayak and the sharks!!! CRAZY! Then (if they manage to not be eaten) when they catch the shark they just tow it in behind them or put it up across their kayak, like on their legs, and paddle back in!!! [You know to advertise to all the other sharks where lunch is. :) ] His brother was like, I don't know about that, you'd have to be nuts! (And he's right.) Now, my dad wouldn't really seriously do it, he was just trying to shock him, but after his story my mom and I let him know that we were not-for-that, just incase. :) So, when I made him the cake I thought it would be funny to add a different version of a 'NO FISHING' sign. :)
My dad really liked the cake :) , and when the party was over he and my mom took home the fondant dad and kayak. When I was over their house sometime after that I was looking at the figure on the counter, and much to my horror I realized that I had forgotten to put my dad's tattoos on! UGH! Now, no one had noticed and no one would have cared (especially now)... but... it bugged - ME. So, after that on one of my trips over their house I finally remembered to bring my green food coloring so I could complete it. :) And here it is...
|Ah, that's much better :)|