Fishes for three

A fun and fishy cake that is perfect for a three year old's birthday party.

  • 45 mins cooking
  • Makes 1 Item
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Fishes for three
  • 2 x 340g packets butter cake mix
  • 2 store-bought butter cream
  • blue food colouring
  • 2 teaspoon white (granulated) sugar
  • 4 apricot fruit roll-ups
  • 36 blue smarties
  • 1 black licorice strap
  • 4 mentos
  • red glossy decorating gel
  • 5 ice-cream wafers
  • 1 tablespoon orange sprinkles


Fishes for three
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease cake pan; line base with baking paper.
  • 2
    Make cakes according to directions on packets; pour mixture into pan. Bake about 45 minutes. Stand in pan 5 minutes before turning top-side up onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 3
    Using a serrated knife, level cake top; place cake, cut-side down, on cake board, securing with a little butter cream.
  • 4
    Tint one-third of the butter cream pale blue; tint remaining butter cream a darker blue. Using the picture as a guide, spread pale blue butter cream over both ends of the cake. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the darker blue butter cream; spread remainder over the rest of the cake.
  • 5
    Place sugar and blue colouring in a small plastic bag; rub until sugar is evenly coloured. Sprinkle over pale blue butter cream.
  • 6
    Cut two Roll-Ups into four fin-shaped pieces. Form two fins by joining pieces together with a little water, trim if needed. Place fins at the start of the dark blue section on each end. Cut two 5cm x 9cm (2-inch x 3¾-inch) triangles from Roll-Ups; join together with a little water, place on cake at centre of the figure for a tail. Cut four 1cm x 6cm (½-inch x 2½-inch) strips from remaining Roll-Ups, shape one end into a curve; join two pieces with a little water. Place on cake as mouths.
  • 7
    Position Smarties on dark blue butter cream for scales. Cut licorice strap into thin strips; position on cake to outline fins, tails and mouths. Place Mentos on heads for eyes, pipe with red decorating gel.
  • 8
    Cut wafers in half on the diagonal; position two pieces for heads and eight pieces for spines. Spread reserved butter cream on wafers; cover with orange sprinkles.


If you are unable to buy apricot Roll-Ups use your favourite flavour.

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