Fondant Fish Cake
|Madeira cake||1 (7 Inch Square Bought Or Homemade)|
|Smooth apricot jam||3 Tablespoon|
|Icing||3 1⁄2 Ounce (100 Gram)|
|Icing||1⁄2 Ounce (15 Gram)|
|Black food coloring||1 Teaspoon|
|Silver food coloring powder||1 Teaspoon|
1. Shape the fish by cutting the cake in half vertically and placing the pieces end to end on the work surface. Use a small, sharp knife to cut a fish body shape out of the cake. Ignore the mouth, fins and tail, which will be added later. Remember that the head end of the fish is much larger than the tail end. Transfer the fish shape to the board and spread the jam over the surface.
2. Dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out the blue icing to an oval, 35 x 15 cm (14 x 6 inches). Lift it over the fish. Smooth the icing around the sides of the cake and trim off the excess around the base.
3. Use the white icing to shape the tail, fins and mouth, adding tail and fin markings with the tip of a knife. Shape a small, round eye in white and black icing.
4. Thin a little pink food colouring with water or mix a little pink powder with water and use it to paint a thick band of colour down the centre of the fish and inside the mouth. Use the black food colouring and a fine paintbrush to paint the mouth and fins and a design on the back. Use a dry paintbrush to brush a little silver powder down the centre of the fish and over the mouth.