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How to Decorate a Kayak Cake

Updated February 21, 2017

Speciality cakes truly make a celebration such as a wedding or birthday feel more unique and important. Speciality cakes allow you to truly zero in on an event or individual and celebrate the person's interests and hobbies. For a kayaking fanatic, a cake in the shape of a kayak not only impresses but truly honours that person and their individuality. Decorating such a cake should make it look as much like a real kayak as possible.

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  1. Procure a picture of a real kayak to use as your guide. For example, if this cake is to honour someone's birthday, a picture of the man of honor's actual kayak is appropriate. Otherwise, use a bright, festive coloured kayak from a book or magazine.

  2. Roll out fondant in the colour of the kayak in your picture. Using a rolling pin, roll the fondant out to about 1/8 inch thickness. Measure the length of your kayak. Your fondant should be an inch longer than this. Measure the width of the sides and the top of the kayak cake and add them up. The fondant width should be an inch wider than this.

  3. Gently peel off your fondant and lay it over you kayak cake, gently tucking in all the layers by gently lifting up the sides of the cake.

  4. Fill your icing bag with dark chocolate cream icing. The trim on most kayaks is black and the dark chocolate icing will represent that. Attach a fine tipped nozzle to the icing dispenser. Holding the bag shut with one hand and placing your other hand underneath the nozzle, study the picture of your kayak for a second. Note all the places where there is trim or other decorative details.

  5. Enhance the top of your kayak with these decorative details, making smooth motions with your bag of icing. Place a plastic kayaker with paddle in the seat of the kayak. The guest of honour can keep this figure as a memento.

  6. Add four drops of blue food colouring to a bowl of vanilla buttercream frosting. Mix the frosting well, adding more blue food colouring if you prefer a richer blue. Using a large spoon, evenly disperse the blue frosting around the kayak on the cake platter. This icing symbolises the water. Use the flat side of your spoon to make waves and peaks and valleys in the icing to represent the movement of the water.

  7. Tip

    In step four, feel free to use your choice of icing colour.

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Things You'll Need

  • Fondant icing
  • Rolling pin
  • Measuring tape
  • Icing bag
  • Fine tip nozzle
  • Dark chocolate buttercream frosting
  • Bowl
  • Plastic kayaker figure with paddle
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Blue food colouring
  • Spoon

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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