Ocean Cake Recipe
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Ocean Cake Recipe

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Whether it's for a pool or birthday party, this fish-themed cake will snag smiles from kids of all ages! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 2-2/3 cups canned vanilla frosting
  • Blue and green Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Fish candies
  • Black shoestring licorice
  • Candy stick


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. Spread 1-2/3 cups frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Using the back of a spoon, make waves on the top of cake with remaining frosting.
  3. Cut wave shapes out of Fruit Roll-Ups; gently press along bottom of cake. Arrange additional wave shapes and fish candies on top of cake as desired. Tie licorice on one end of candy stick to create a fishing pole. Yield: 12 servings.
How-To: To create ocean waves, smooth frosting first. Then use the back of a spoon to make a small twisting motion in one direction. Next, move spoon over slightly and make another twist the opposite way. Repeat. See making ocean waves»
Cut the Fruit Roll-Ups in half vertically. Then fold in half, keeping the plastic sides together. Cut into wave shapes. See cutting Fruit Roll-Ups»
Originally published as Ocean Cake in Simple & Delicious March/April 2010, p53

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pierstar User ID: 7709707 171342
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"I made a variation of this for my son's 6th birthday shark party. Instead of gummy fish, I used sharks. I went to three different grocery stores looking for blue and green fruit roll ups for the waves, and I couldn't find them in my area, so I used blue fruit by the foot instead. I didn't find them until the third grocery store though. If I had known that further in advance, I would've bought them online. Overall, it was easy to do and turned out great. Everyone loved it."

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