Kissing Ulua's Ocean Cake
This ocean cake was requested by a bride and groom who loves fishing, all they really wanted was two ulua fishes kissing on the cake and this is what I came up with.
This four layer cake had four different flavors, the first layer was a vanilla cake with a lilikoi (passion fruit) filling, the second layer was a chocolate cake with a mocha buttercream filling, the third layer was a strawberry cake with a guava filling and the top layer was a yellow cake with a pineapple apricot filling.
This cake had to travel about 70 miles so I had to really secure this cake well, I used wooden dowels in each layer to hold up the weight of each layer and I stacked three of the layers at home.
I used a dowel through the three layers to make sure it would not move while being transported. I stacked the last layer at the party venue and attached the kissing fishes.
I used fondant to frost the cake and made the shells out of fondant and the coral and fishes were made out of royal icing. (I found that using a food dehydrator for the royal icing pieces worked really well.)
I started with a layer of buttercream under the fondant to keep the cake moist and the fondant in place. I used a cornflower blue gel paste color and just decreased the amount on each layer.
I used molds to make the shells and sprayed them with cooking spay to give them a really nice shine, and they release from the mold easily.
The bride and groom loved the cake and were happy that I was able to give them two kissing ulua's on the top of their cake.
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