Dad's Big Fish

Author: Canadian Living

Re-create the “big one that got away” for Dad on his special day.

  • Portion size 16 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: July 2009


  • 1 Easy Chocolate Cake recipe
  • Easy Butter Icing recipe
  • food colouring (paste)
  • gummy candy semicircles
  • chocolate pieces
  • Gummy Fish


Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy Butter Icing

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Using dotted lines on diagram as guide, cut out cake pieces. Place base on large cake board.

Remove 1-3/4 cups (425 mL) of the white icing to small bowl. Remove 1-1/2 cups
(375 mL) of the icing to separate small bowl; tint teal green. Tint remaining icing sky blue.

Using a bit of white icing, stick pieces A and B to top and bottom of long edges of cake for fins. Stick piece C to piece D for tail; stick to end of fish. Cut small semicircle out of other end for mouth.

Spread 1 cup (250 mL) of the white icing over top and sides of cake to mask and seal in crumbs. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Spread 1 cup (250 mL) of the green icing over top and sides of body. Spread blue icing over top and sides of fins and tail.

Using piping bag fitted with basket weave tip, pipe remaining green icing in line around body to separate body from head. Pipe circle for eye; pipe line around mouth.

Overlap sugar-covered candies in rows from tail to gill to create scales.

Spread some of the remaining white icing in circle for eye; press candy-coated chocolate piece into centre. Stick on candy semicircle for mouth.

Using remaining white icing, stick gummy fish to cake board around cake. Chill cake until firm, about 30 minutes.

Nutritional facts Per each of 16 servings: about

  • Sodium 356 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 652.0
  • Total fat 33 g
  • Potassium 144 mg
  • Cholesterol 51 mg
  • Saturated fat 13 g
  • Total carbohydrate 90 g


  • Iron 12.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 23.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 16.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Dad's Big Fish