Here's the big guy joining in on the fun. Notice the party horn in his mouth...not sure why it's backwards though...
Steve cut and served everything but the head - they took that home in a to-go box. Kinda creepy, huh? Actually, after Adam and I got the fish loaded in the car, I looked back to check on it. He was just lying there looking at me with that big black eye and gaping mouth...creeped me out for a second!
I started by sketching the fish in the full size I wanted the cake to be. Then, I cut out the shape of the body and placed it over the cake. I carved the cake using the body sketch as a template. Then, I rounded the edges a bit, crumb coated it with buttercream, and covered it with white fondant.
To create the light blue spots, I placed paper holes (from a regular paper punch) on the fish and soaked them with a little clear alcohol. The alcohol held the paper circles in place while I airbrushed the body. To avoid airbrusing the entire cake board too, I covered the board in wax paper so only the fish body was exposed. After I aibrushed the body, I removed the paper circles and painted the underlying white spots with light blue food coloring.
Next, I cut the fins out of gum paste. Again, I used my original sketch as the template for all of the fins. The fins were then airbrushed, allowed to dry, and attached to the cake.
I didn't want the fins to just lie there lifeless so I supported them with uncooked spaghetti noodles. If you put enough noodles, they'll easily hold up the weight of the gum paste.
For finishing touches, I added royal icing teeth and a fondant eye. Simple as that!