Hello, and Happy Shark Week! Discovery’s week-long shark fest began on July 28th and runs through August 4th. I’m sure by now you’ve noticed some shark-themed treats swimming through your social media feeds, and I’m adding one more! I’m so excited to share this special cake I made for Food Network in honor of the event.
I loved the idea of making a shark habitat cake, which led me to propose a three tier cake with shark silhouettes on one side, and a cutaway of a shark’s habitat on the other side – diorama style!
The cake begins with three ganached tiers. When the ganache firms it makes the cake extra-sturdy.
After the tiers are stacked, a good-sized portion of one side of the cake is carved away for the shark’s habitat. All the cake scraps can be saved for cake pops, so there’s no waste!
On the other side of the cake, stencils made with parchment paper are placed on the cake and frosted over with blue icing. When the stencils are pulled away with a toothpick, the shark silhouette is revealed.
This was such a fun cake to make! You simply MUST check out the full video here. It shows all of the assembly and little marshmallow fondant details. Also, the step-by-step tutorial with lots of pictures can be found here!
PS. Check out last year’s Shark Week Cake right here!