David's 4th birthday (my nephew) was last weekend and I got to make his cake again this year. Since he had just gone to Sea World - we decided a shark cake was in order. It would have been Shamu except do you know how hard it is to make black frosting? It's hard - last time I tried it was when I made his Lightning McQueen cake... not really black and it tasted very bitter. So - let's do a shark instead. I added the fishy cupcakes and voila... birthday cake extravaganza!
I had seen the idea for this somewhere and then found it again on Parenting.com (go check it out - there are lots of other really cool kids cakes).
When I googled shark cake, I found this woman's site. She had the brilliant idea of making the shark cake out of red velvet so it looked bloody. Awesome! No red velvet on hand but that's ok - just put some red food coloring in a box of chocolate cake mix and, well, it looked kind of red.
That's what you'll need for the cake and cupcakes. There's frosting, graham cracker (shark fin), fruit roll up (shark mouth), marshmallows (shark teeth), Junior Mints (shark eyes), Goldfish crackers (shark bait) and extra bowls to tint the cake mix.
Mouth and teeth... done.
Swirled frosting for the waves.
For the cupcakes I had some white cake mix on hand and thought of making the cake batter look like the ocean (ala rainbow cake technique) so I mixed up a few different colors of batter and then swirled them in each cup.
Turned out kind of cool huh?
They were pretty tasty too.
So here's my super-duper-how-to-transport-frosted-cupcakes tip... the trick is to elevate the cupcake just a little from the pan so you don't have to stick your fingers in the frosting to get it out. Throw some mini marshmallows in each well of your cupcake pan to form a single layer then place the cupcake in and voila!
Cupcake on the left doesn't have a bed of marshmallows. Cupcake on the right does! Easy cupcake transport without having to ruin the frosting when you're ready to take them out of the pan. Don't say I never gave you anything :)