Under the Sea

tankAs mentioned in this post, I love Sharks. This weekend, while browsing Netflix in bed, I discovered that you can now steam Shark Week!! After watching enough episodes to make BaDing* want to never go in the ocean again, I decided we should get up and go see some real life sharks. There are a bunch of aquariums around, but my favorite one is too far away. We settled for a smaller aquarium that is closer to us, and here are some of my favorite parts:

Seal[Seals]Sting Rays[Sting rays and baby sharks]Sting RaysOceanGrumpy Fish[A grumpy fish that reminds me of BaDing in the morning]Jellies[Jellies!]shark[And finally, the shark tank]Shark[I was completely mesmerized]

Ruben finally got me away from the glass and to sit down at a reasonable distance, but after not nearly enough time, a class of about 50 children came in. It was ways too loud and crowded to stay. Maybe I should book an excursion to swim with the sharks for my next vacation. What do you think Krystle?

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Marshmallow Fondant

I love whipping up some fondant to add some extra oomph to my cake creations. Fondant always intimidated me until I found out how easy it was to make. I like marshmallow fondant better than regular fondant because I think it tastes better.

I have always loved shark week [Jaws was my favorite movie as a child], but I was away for the majority of it this year and there were only a few day in between Cali and Florida for me to watch. I made these in one of the few days I was home and brought them over to my parents house for our shark week party [and by party I mean me and my dad and BaDing watching all the shark week episodes my dad recorded for me while I was away].

For these shark week cupcakes that were inspired by this post, I decided to make a tiny bit of homemade fondant to make these shark fins. All you do is take equal parts marshmallow and powdered sugar [I used one cup of each since I only needed a little] and a tiny bit of water. Take the marshmallows and dump them in a bowl. Add a tiny bit of water- I used 1/2 teaspoon. Microwave in 30 second intervals, removing the bowl each time to stir. Continue until it is all melted. Remove from the microwave and add the powdered sugar and mix. Once it’s gets really sticky and difficult, lay a little more powdered sugar on a clean surface. Put the fondant mix down and knead  until it becomes smooth and loses its stickyness. If it’s too sticky add little bits of powdered sugar until you get the right consistency. If it’s too dry add a few drops of water.

Voila! Fondant. Add the food coloring of your choice and knead in until you get the perfect shade. I made classic vanilla cupcakes and blue frosting and cut the fondant into the dorsal fin shape. These were the perfect addition to our party. Add fondant to any of your cakes for a smooth looking finish, and it’s always fun to get creative with it. 🙂