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Nautical Cake

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Nautical Cake
  • Prep Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12
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All aboard! This nautical creation celebrates your favorite skipper with adorable frosting decorations and a blue ombre cake that will really make waves at your next party.

Ingredients

Cake

1
box white cake mix with pudding
Water, oil and egg whites called for on the cake mix box
Blue gel food color

Frosting

1
container fluffy white whipped ready-to-spread frosting

Decorations

14
oz ready-to-use white fondant
Blue, red and golden yellow gel food color
Lemon juice, if desired
White sparkling sugar, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease or spray bottoms and sides of 3 (8-inch) round pans with cooking spray. Place 8-inch round piece of cooking parchment paper in bottom of each pan. Grease or spray paper.
  • 2 Make cake mix as directed on box using water, oil and egg whites. Divide batter evenly among 3 bowls (about 1 1/2 cups each). Add different amounts of blue food color to each to make different shades of blue. Stir each color until well blended. Pour 1 bowl of batter into each pan.
  • 3 Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Remove parchment paper. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Using serrated knife, cut rounded top off cakes to make a level surface. Place deepest color cake layer on cake plate, top side up. Spread frosting over top. Stack the next darkest color, top side down; spread top with frosting. Place lightest color on top, top side down. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Use metal spatula to give frosting a smooth look.
  • 5 To make the waves decoration, knead 4 oz of fondant to soften. Add blue food color. Knead fondant slightly to create marbleized streaks. If necessary, lightly sprinkle smooth surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll out fondant to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut parchment paper into wave pattern (see photo). Use wave template to make 12 waves from fondant. Brush lightly with lemon juice on one side of fondant waves and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Press waves lightly into sides of cake.
  • 6 To make rope, knead 8 oz fondant to soften. Add golden yellow food color. Knead to mix color into fondant. Divide fondant in half; roll out each half into 30-inch long rope. Place 2 rope pieces side by side; press together at one end. Holding the joined end, twist 2 pieces together. Cut 5 inches from end; set aside. Wrap remaining twisted rope around bottom edge of cake; press ends together to secure.
  • 7 Cur parchment paper into boat and buoy patterns. For top of cake, color the following portions of fondant as directed, roll out and use the patterns to make the boat and buoy. Color 2 oz fondant a deep blue color for the boat and sails. Color 1 oz fondant red for the stripes on the mast buoy. Use 1 oz white fondant for the life saver buoy. Place designs on top and side of cake as in photo. Place reserved yellow rope over boat.
Tips  

For a nautical theme party, look for decorations to match your cake at the craft store.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
(
Calories from Fat
120
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
21%
(
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
,
Trans Fat
2g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
310mg
13%
Potassium
50mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
79g
26%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
29g
)
Protein
2g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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