A Fish Out of Water

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Skill Level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 12
Decoration Time: 1 Day

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  • 6” Dome chocolate cake


  • 1.2kg Dark chocolate ganache


  • 1kg white sugarpaste
  • 400g white flower paste

Paints and Dusts


  • Magic Colours:
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Green
  • White
  • Rainbow Dusts:
  • Orange
  • Baby blue
  • Brown
  • Sugarflair: Edible lustre dusts
  • Bronze splendour
  • Gold Sparkle
  • Royal Gold
  • Gold rush







  • 6” Dome polystyrene dummy
  • 12” Square polystyrene dummy
  • Plastic dowel
  • 0.5mm florist wire
  • Icing sugar
  • Flower former
  • Edible glue
  • 100g royal icing
  • High percentage alcohol


  • Serrated knife
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Palette knife


  • Small paintbrush to apply glue

Modelling Tools

  • PME modelling tools

Cakey Tools


  • Pasta roller
  • Airbrush

In this tutorial, Paul has made great use of Dawn Butler's Cake Frame to create for us a fantastic floating puffer fish cake. Yes, he has literally made a fish cake!!

On top of learning how you can make a floating structure for your cakes. This lesson will also be fantastic practice in learning how to cover complicated shapes.

This cake is perfect for large celebrations and for lovers of sea creatures. It is brilliant for events, and of course, with the techniques and skills learn you can create and interpret all sorts of gravity defying designs. The techniques learned in this tutorial could also be of particular use to you if you have a big fan of fishing or a little fan of Finding Nemo fan in your life?

Follow this cake tutorial with Paul to pick up some new skills and techniques which include:

  • Creating a floating structure
  • Making a sphere cake
  • Covering difficult shapes
  • Creating delicate decorations
  • Airbrush work and edible paintwork

This tutorial is perfect for an intermediate cake designer looking for their next challenge.

We'd love to see your take on A Fish Out of Water - so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

You can also use our recently updated cake calculator to work out portions, ganache, sugarpaste and more.

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 185,000+ students.  
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