My model was this photo of a Western Australian Dhufish, from the Department of Fisheries website. This large fish is only found off the coast of Western Australia, and is a very popular eating fish here. The distinctive black stripe across its face made it a ideal model, as my dad recognised it straight away! Hoorah!
As per usual, I was running late getting the cake finished, so my photos aren't brilliant. As soon as it was finished I bolted outside with it to catch the last of the natural light (above).
But I've included a couple of night-time photos too (taken at the party), as I think they show the shadows and shiny highlights off better:
The fish was all cake, apart from the small bottom fin (near the head), which was solid RTR fondant. The cake itself was lemon cake, filled with lemon curd and lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It was covered in the same SMBC, and then in pale grey RTR fondant. I then made the scale pattern using three different sizes of little cutters (two leaves and a cloud, if you're interested!). Next came the colour & fishy pattern effect, which I achieved by
The Muffin made the eye, and was very proud of herself!
I must say I was Very Extremely Happy with how this cake turned out - it's always nice when things go according to plan! And Dad was thrilled, so that's the most important thing.