This Adorable Narwhal Cake Makes a Big Splash at Parties

No fancy fondant skills or cupboards full of cake decorating tools are required for this narwhal. And that cute whale shape? It’s your favorite snack cake hiding under there. Let’s make some cake magic!

Narwhal Cake

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Two round cakes (use any recipe you want)
  • White buttercream (Swiss Meringue or American buttercream work well)
  • Offset spatula
  • White fondant (buy it or make your own)
  • Round piping tip
  • Small round piping tip
  • Food color gel
  • Blue candy melts
  • White candy melts
  • Snack cake, like Twinkies
  • Blue and white sprinkles
  • Wax paper
  • Toothpick
  • Piping bags
  • Scissors
  • Food-safe paintbrush
  • Small sharp knife
  • Pretzel stick
  • White sanding sugar
  • Beige/light brown sanding sugar
  • Green fruit roll-up
  • Food color mist/spray
  • Turntable (optional)
  • Piping bag stand (optional)
  • Icing smoother (optional)
  • Instructions

    1. Prep

    Bake two round cakes according to the recipe’s instructions. Mix together a batch of buttercream. When the cake has baked and cooled, stack and frost it. Save the leftover buttercream.

    2. Make the Narwhal’s Body

    Melt the blue candy melts and place the snack cake on wax paper. Pour the melts over the snack cake so it’s covered and insert a toothpick at the top of one end — this is a placeholder for the narwhal’s tusk.

    Top the cake with blue and white sprinkles and set it aside to dry.

    3. Shape the Fins

    Fill a piping bag with the leftover blue candy melts and cut a tiny hole in the tip. Pipe and fill a tall triangle on the waxed paper, then pipe four large dots.

    Use a paintbrush to smooth the triangle and fan out one edge of each circle. Cover the triangle with sprinkles and set aside to dry on the wax paper.

    4. Make the Tusk

    Shape the tusk by carving the tip of a pretzel stick with a small sharp knife so it’s slightly pointy. Melt white candy melts and spoon it over the pretzel stick so it’s completely covered.

    Once the snack cake is dry, dip the bottom into the white candy melts. Let dry.

    5. Assemble the Narwhal

    When all pieces have dried completely, carefully remove the triangle and circles from the wax paper. Pipe a small dot of blue candy melts in the tip of the triangle and press two circles onto it to secure them, fanned-sides out.

    Pipe a small dot of blue candy melts on either side of the snack cake and add the two other circles. These are going to be fins, so the round base should be attached to the cake and the fanned point should face out.

    Pipe a striped design onto the pretzel stick. Remove the toothpick and insert the pretzel stick in its place.

    6. Add the Eyes

    Separate a small amount of buttercream and color it black. Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round tip and pipe two eyes onto the narwhal.

    7. Roll the Bubbles

    Use your fingers to roll pieces of white fondant into spheres. Dip each into a small bowl of sanding sugar until they’re well covered.

    8. Twist the Seaweed

    Cut a green fruit roll-up into strips and twist them to make seaweed.

    9. Place the Narwhal

    Spray the white cake with blue food color mist. Don’t worry about making an even coat — this should just be splashes of color.

    Using a small knife, cut off the end of the narwhal cake at a diagonal. Place this cut edge against the cake, using the buttercream to secure it in place. Then place the tail into the cake a few centimeters behind the body; the straight edge of the triangle should be against the cake. The narwhal should look like it’s rising up from the surf.

    10. Decorate

    Place the twisted fruit roll-ups around the sides of the cake.

    Mix blue food color gel with buttercream (make more if needed) until you have a pastel color. Fill a piping bag fitted with a medium round tip and pipe kisses around the narwhal’s body and tail to make waves.

    Pipe light blue around the bottom edge of the cake and add the fondant bubbles. Spoon a bit of brown or beige sanding sugar along the bottom edge and you’ve got a whale of a cake!

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