(Terrell, TX USA)
A friend wanted Squirt from Finding Nemo for her birthday, so I made this little Squirt turtle cake for her.
First I made a small chocolate round cake with a glass bowl so I could have the shell shape. I then formed a head out of rice krispie treats. I made my own fondant out of marshmallows.
My recipe fondant is: one small bag mini marshmallows, 1 tsp vanilla, and 2 tsp water. You melt these all together until smooth, then mix in 3 cups powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
You need a large stand mixer with a bread kneading hook to make it because it is like a sugar dough. Then you let it sit covered until it cools and you can roll it out.
I made green, white and brown, black, yellow and orange fondant. I cut out the flowers with cookie cutters, and cut out the spots with a small leaf cutter. I put the fondant on the turtle cake after I thinly iced it with buttercream.
I used a butter knife to indent the fondant to look like a shell, and I put on the flower cut outs. I rolled some thin ropes of black to outline the indents. I then made white balls, and smaller flat rounds of brown, and black and white dots for the eyes.
I then rolled out flat green pieces for the fins. After that, looking at a picture of Squirt to get the shape, I cut some fins on paper then placed it on the fondant and cut it out with my butter knife.
Then I randomly placed the dots on the fins and head. I then used some of the black rope fondant for a mouth.