Fish Head Cupcakes

Bored with the usual kids’ party cake? Perhaps your child wishes to have an ocean-themed party, but you don’t even enough money for those expensive customized cakes. Have no fear, because we will be tapping into the inner kid in all of us and harnessing the creativity to create a fish-shaped cake out of a round cake and cupcakes! Here are the supplies that you would need:

  • 6” round cake
  • 12 cupcakes
  • A knife
  • Different-colored food coloring
  • Different-colored fondant
  • Buttercream
  • Paper Towels

Nozzle-Decorating-Sugar-Tool-1Begin by cutting a fish-shaped cardboard. This will help us outline the whole shape of the cake. Afterward, take the 6” round cake and cut it into two halves, which should form two semi-circles. These two semi-circles will serve as the head of the fish, and the tail of the fish. Position them like so, and then arrange the cupcakes to form the body of the fish. It should look a little something like this:

On the semi-circle that creates the tail, cut a triangle shape in the middle of the flat side to form the fins. You are free to eat this piece that you have cut off.

Now begins the fun part: decorating the fish with colors! First, it is important to start the frosting off by frosting the sides. Create your frosting with the buttercream and you can choose any color. For starters, we can use the yellow coloring to cover the sides of the fin in yellow frosting. Afterward, we can move on to the head and cover it with the same frosting. You can recreate ridges for the fins by using a spatula. Afterward, place them in the fridge for the frosting to harden.

fish-head-cupcakesNext up are the cupcakes. You can use different colored frosting for each of the cupcakes so you would have a very colorful fish, with various cupcakes for kids to choose from. After all of the sections have been placed in the fridge for quite some time, it is now time to take them out and begin the arrangement.

To make sure that the sections of the cake do not slip off the cardboard, it is necessary to apply a bit of buttercream to the bottom of each piece so make sure that the cake sticks to the cardboard. For the cupcakes, however, it is only necessary to apply buttercream to the out ones, since they would hold the ones located inside in place. You are free to add other props to the fish, such as fins, eyes, and lips. These can be created using different colored fondant. The design of the fish is entirely up to you, but it should look something like this.

Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard Makes Art Out of Fish Heads

“Making the most out of everything” – the art that Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard creates perfectly revolves around that saying.  An artist by heart, Anne-Catherine uses fresh fish heads to create her masterpieces. The so-called “Fish-head Art” is composed of decapitated fish heads placed on top of doll-like bodies whilst recreating miniature scenes. As the concept of playing dress-up with your pets and having them pose has been around, fish-head art certainly is a fresh (pun intended) take on art.

fish-head-art_01Anne-Catherine’s masterpieces sometimes take about a month to complete a single one. The art focuses on so much detail that she has to do a lot of work into the creation of her set, backgrounds, and props. She works in her flat in Germany, but she gets her supply of fish locally. As soon as she gets her fish, she takes the decapitated heads and places them as the main subject of her masterpieces while the rest of the fishes’ bodies are cooked directly in the kitchen. But being true to the saying of “making the most out of everything”, Anne-Catherine cooks the fish heads after each masterpiece has finished, so nothing is wasted.

Anne-Catherine’s affinity with her art comes from an unusual childhood. Contrary to what she uses now, she was not fond of playing with dolls as a child. She did have a strong interest in animals, so strong that it had transcended the barrier of life itself. She was fond of playing with animals, both living and the dead. She had kept rats as pets, and dressed them up with clothes that her mother made. Just like a good majority of girls, she still did like to play dress-up. Her interest with fish was brought up when she took an apprenticeship in fishing alongside Normandy fishermen. It was after that apprenticeship that she started playing with the fish, and incorporating them into “dress-up” time.

fish-head-art_02The masterpieces that Anne-Catherine creates revolve around her “fish-head dolls” recreating scenes of everyday human life. She would create props and sets that would portray an assembly line of workers, scientists observing fish as a specimen, surgeons currently engaged in an operation, fancy characters in TV interviews, and so much more. Her work reflects the social and political issues experience in the world, with an added sense of humor. While her art may be considered bizarre to some, it opens up the eyes of many towards the unending imagination and creativity of the Human mind.