mini "School of Fish" Cake
Updated: Aug 25, 2020
I was inspired by "Go Fishing Day" and the Food Network to make this "School of Fish" cake! I thought the "School of Fish" Cake on the Food Network was so cute! The body of the big fish is made of up of mini cupcakes.
I did a mini-version. In the version on the Food Network, they use normal-sized cupcakes for the body of the big fish. I planned to use a small ~1" hemisphere silicone mold I had for the little fish, which was about the size of mini muffin pan, but I had to make adjustments based on what happened. Haha! :) See below.
National Go Fishing Day
There is something zen about going fishing and just being there in nature. I'll have to try it again soon. I only caught a few tiny fish when we did it for fun when I was growing up, but I had a lot of fun.
National Go Fishing Day on June 18th each year encourages us to drop a line – in the nearest stream, pond, lake, or river. Taking a break from our daily routine to bait a hook and catch some fish can be a relaxing endeavor.
Some fun facts:
The earliest known English essay on recreational fishing was published in 1496.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, recreational fishing began to gain popularity. In 1653, Izaak Walton published a book titled, The Compleat Angler or Contemplative Man’s Recreation. Walton’s book is the definitive work championing the position of the angler who loves fishing just for the sake of it.
My plan was to make cake pop mixture and sculpt the head and tail of the big fish and then as noted above, use the small silicone mold which is about the size of a mini-muffin pan for the little fish, but then I had to make adjustment.
What I used:
- Cake mix
- Corn syrup (in place of eggs; was out of eggs)
- Melted Butter to coat silicone molds
(to try to help the cake pop out of the silicone mold after baking. I was running low on cooking spray and decided to experiment and see how melted butter worked. Preview: It doesn't. Haha! :) )
- Candy eyes
- Food coloring
- 1 white candy melt (eye of big fish)
- 1 brown M&M (pupil of eye of big fish)
- Fondant (for tails on little fish; left over from Cow Alien Abduction Cake see link and photo)
There is candy in the photo, but I didn't end up using it to decorate the fish.
I do have muffin pans and baking sheets, but I also decided to use my silicone molds for baking the cake for the big fish, which I planned to mash up into a cake pop mixture.
I baked the cake like I normally would -- except I used corn syrup in place of eggs
I coated the silicone molds with melted butter -- AND as I mentioned above, it didn't work. Now we know. The cake was stuck to the molds. Cooking spray does work. No biggie. I just used only the little muffin tops for the little fish instead of a whole mini-hemisphere.
Baking in silicone molds works fine (check out the post; silicone's melting point is about 572 degrees) which is higher than what you typically bake cake at -- 350 degrees or 400 degrees. Just use cooking spray to coat the molds. :)
I made a cake pop mixture (cake + frosting) to sculpt the head and tail of the big fish.
Then I placed the big fish head and tail and the mini fish in the middle before frosting and decorating. Already cute!
Making Fish Scales and Tails
A couple things I came up with for the fish, which you can use for your bigger fish cakes or fish cookies.
For the little fish, I frosted them all the same color and to make fish scales, I used a toothpick to make a little semi-circle scale all over the fish. This provided a nice texture and detail to the mini fish. I just sculpted some fondant into tails. Then I added a candy eye.
I frosted the big fish head and tail. To make the eye for the big fish, I used 1 white candy melt and 1 brown M&M. So cute!
That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this!