Fishbowl Cake



  • 1 recipe Creamy White Frosting (see recipe below)

  • Peach liquid or paste food coloring

  • Blue liquid or paste food coloring

  • 1 recipe White Confetti Cake (see recipe below)

  • 1 cup small pebblelike candies, such as Nerds candy

  • 1 purchased tube blue piping gel

Creamy White Frosting

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoon milk

White Confetti Cake

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter or margarine

  • 1 ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 4 egg whites

  • 1 ⅓ cup buttermilk or sourmilk*

  • ¼ cup multicolored nonpareils


  1. Bake cakes; cool. Set aside about 1/3 cup frosting; use food coloring to tint that frosting peach. Use food coloring to tint remaining frosting light blue.

  2. Place one cake layer flat side up on a work surface; spread 1/2 cup blue frosting on the top. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Cut a 1-inch slice from one edge of cake to form the bottom of fishbowl. Cut a thin slice on opposite edge of cake to form top of fishbowl. Carefully set cake, with bottom of fishbowl down on a serving plate. Spread blue frosting over cake. While frosting is still wet, press pebblelike candies into frosting around bottom of cake.

  3. Place peach frosting in decorating bag fitted with a medium rose tip. Pipe an oval shape for each fish body. Make little ruffles for fish tails and fins. Place remaining blue frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe a border at top of fishbowl. If desired, add a small round tip and pipe stripes on fish. Use blue piping gel to pipe bubbles above fish. Serves 12.

Creamy White Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

White Confetti Cake

White Confetti Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour two 8x1-1/2-inch round baking pans; set pans aside. Stir together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, beat butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each. Add flour mixture and buttermilk or sour milk* alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Stir in multicolored nonpareils. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans; cool completely on racks. Makes 12 servings.


If you don't have buttermilk on hand, substitute sour milk in the same amount. For the 1-1/3 cup of sour milk needed, place 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1-1/3 cup total liquid; stir. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes before using it in a recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

656 Calories
25g Fat
103g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 656
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 103g 37%
Total Sugars 87g
Protein 4g
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 92mg 2%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.