A Nautical Themed 60th Birthday

Hello all! This week’s cake was a challenge, but a lot of fun.

Nautical Cake

I wanted to try and do something a little different with this cake, and since so many people ask me how I ice my cakes, I decided to take my GoPro and record myself icing the cakes for this project. Honestly I was going to try and show the whole thing: icing, stacking, decorating…but the camera died on me. Lesson learned. Next time I will be sure to account for that. Here is the video in fast forward:

As for the cake itself, I think it turned out really great. The icing gave me quite an early morning workout. It takes a lot of red to get a red that dark, and a lot of blue and black back and forth for the navy blue.

Icing colors

For the red, I recommend using a whole container of Wilton No-Taste Red and the tiniest, and I mean tiniest bit of black. Too much and you’re screwed. Just always remember, you can always add more but you cannot take away.

For the blue, I used Wilton’s Royal Blue first and got it to a really nice deep royal blue, then I started to add the black bit by bit until I got it to the navy blue that I was looking for. It’s important to remember here that most of the Wilton colors will darken as they sit.

Fondant Anchor Closeup

Here is a closeup of the fondant anchor. I formed it in Americolor gold and then mixed vodka with gold luster dust to paint on top. This cake was outside and the gold shined really pretty. This image doesn’t capture that.

The entire set-up of this party was on point and gorgeous. It’s always such a great feeling when the cake you make fits into the scene flawlessly.

Nautical Cake

Nautical Cake

Thank you Christen for asking me to make this cake for your dad. It was a test for me and I can say I am very proud of this one.