Splashy SpongeBob Fondant Cake How-To

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The kids will swim circles around this colorful Bikini Bottom cake, featured in our SpongeBob Party Ideas Guide! For more yummy cake ideas and themes, check out our Boys Birthday Cake Ideas Gallery and Girls Birthday Cake Ideas Gallery.

Ingredients:

  • 2 two-layer cakes, 6" and 10" in diameter
  • Buttercream icing mix
  • 3 boxes pre-rolled white fondant
  • Ready-made neon rolled fondant set
  • White decorator icing
  • Icing color in sky blue and violet (comes in set)
  • Icing color in golden yellow, rose and kelly green

Supplies:

  • Fondant roller
  • Fondant smoother
  • Pizza cutter or paring knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Tip #3 and #104 (in 25 pc. set)
  • Tip coupler (in 25 pc. set)
  • 12" round cardboard platter
  • SpongeBob birthday candle

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Instructions:

  1. Dive on in! To prepare your cake to be covered with fondant, ice it with a layer of buttercream icing.

  2. You'll be tinting white fondant two shades of blue. Begin with the contents of two boxes of white fondant, reserving a small amount of the white for starfish you'll make later. Knead until soft. Use a toothpick to dot sky blue icing color onto the fondant. Knead until the color is evenly distributed and the ball is light blue.

  3. Divide the light blue fondant into two portions and add more sky blue icing color to the larger portion until it's evenly mixed and bright blue in color.

  4. Roll out the darker fondant and cover the larger cake. Smooth the fondant with a fondant smoother and trim off excess with a pizza cutter or paring knife.

  5. Use the same technique to smooth the light blue fondant over the smaller cake. Center the smaller cake on top of the larger cake.

  6. To create the 3-D coral, roll out some ready-made pink and purple fondant from the fondant kit and use a knife to cut out rectangular shapes. Use the large end of a decorating tip as a "cookie cutter" to cut small holes. Dab water on the backs of each decoration and apply them to the tops and sides of the cake.

  7. The kids will love discovering starfish clinging to the edges of the cake! To make them, pinch off a small ball of white fondant, use a toothpick to add golden yellow icing color, and knead well until the color is evenly distributed. Roll out the fondant a bit thicker than usual. To make a star shape, use a star cookie cutter or hand-cut a star. Dot the surface of each starfish with a round icing tip to create indents that look sponge-y! To apply your little star "sponges" to the cake, dab a little water on the backs (or adhere with royal icing if necessary).

  8. To create some seaweed, use kelly green icing and tip #104 (leaf tip; comes in 25-piece set).

  9. To add colorful flowers the kids will recognize from the show, use a round #3 tip to pipe decorator icing tinted with icing colors in green, pink, yellow, purple and blue.

  10. We used brown sugar for sand... it looks real! Create little sandbars here and there on both cake levels. The kids will love it!

  11. Top off your cake with an official SpongeBob birthday candle and let the sea-lebration begin!