Shark Cake Tutorial

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Today I'm sharing a fun shark cake design with you! This cake would be a perfect birthday cake for kids who love sharks, or for beach themed cakes and pool parties!

We hope that you enjoy the video, and make sure to check out our other fun birthday cake designs!

Shark Cake Tutorial

Why we Love It

There are so many reasons to love this cute and simple Shark Cake! Here are just a few:

  • The fondant shark is such an easy decoration to create that looks great on single tier cakes, tiered cakes, and sheet cakes!
  • The little fish and sea life, coral, etc. are also so easy to create. You could experiment with colorful buttercream piping as well. Anything goes!
  • This cheerful shark cake is guaranteed to bring smiles. Makes a great birthday cake design for kids!

Materials for Shark Cake: 

For our Shark Cake design, we decorated 8 inch and 6 inch tiers with our Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.

Each tier was on it's own cake cardboard circle cut down to the size of the cake.

Our bottom tier. was about 4 inches tall and top tier was about 5 inches tall. The top tier was supported from beneath by 4 bubble tea straw supports cut to the height of the bottom tier.

Shark Template

Coloring Gels: Americolor Black, Super Red, Wilton Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow

Fondant (we added a little tylose powder to it)

Piping Tips: Tip 125 for waves/ruffles, 1M tip or any large tip for cutting out circles for fish, tip 10 or other small round piping tip for punching out holes in "coral"

Miscellaneous: Cake base or pedestal, small offset spatula for creating textured buttercream, disposable piping bags

More Beach Cakes

In addition to today's shark cake design, we have more fun beach themed cakes to share with you! Some of our favorites are our Mermaid Cake, Beach Cake, Fish Cupcake Cake, and Flamingo Cake!

You can also find lots of fun summertime cake designs and recipes in this roundup: Favorite Summer Cake Ideas

Cake Recipes

This shark cake design would be great no matter what size of cake or cake recipe you use! You could easily adapt it to sheet cakes or single tier cakes.

Make sure to check out our favorite cake recipes from scratch as well as our easy cake mix recipes! Find the full collection in our Cake Recipes section.

Some of our favorites are Vanilla Velvet Cake, Chocolate Cake from Scratch, Marble Cake, and Lemon Cake.

Thanks so much for stopping by! We have many, many more free cake decorating tutorials to share with you!

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