Bruce the Shark
This 9 inch double-tiered marble cake with chocolate filling, is Bruce the Shark from "Finding Nemo". My Sister-in-law wanted a realistic looking shark for my nephew's 2nd birthday. She found a character cake, and asked if I could reproduce something like it. She also requested buttercream instead of fondant. I have to admit that this was a bigger challenge than I expected! The reason I started making cakes with fondant was that I liked the 3D effect you can get with the product. With buttercream covered cakes, the images are very 2D, at least to me. I finally figured out how to make the shark have more character by shading the colors, and highlighting. I know that sounds really anal, but I am my biggest critic! After all the time I spent fretting about how he looked, I think it turned out pretty well.