Fun and Easy Cake Ideas & Directions for an Ocean-Themed Party

Updated on May 2, 2017

Cake Decorating Ideas for an Ocean-Themed Party

Fish shaped cake and under the sea cupcakes for an ocean themed party.
Fish shaped cake and under the sea cupcakes for an ocean themed party. | Source

Cool Cake Ideas for an Ocean Themed Party

Since my youngest son requested an ocean-themed party for his birthday, I got the chance to create a fun fish-shaped cake and under-the-sea cupcakes. Both of these ideas were super easy to make and would make a big splash at any party. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, hosting a pool party, or any other ocean-inspired event, try out these desserts will make a great addition!

Below, you will find out the directions for making these tasty treats. So grab a couple of cake mixes, the baking pans, and get ready to make these delicious delights.

Fishy Cake

How to Make a Fish Shaped Cake

If you are thinking you need a special cake pan to make a fish shaped cake, you better think again. I rarely ever buy the special cake molds. I always find that I use them once and then they tend to collect dust in my cabinet. But if you feel you need one, I have highlighted some different pan options to the right.

To recreate our fish shaped cake, all you need to do is bake a cake in a standard 13x9 baking pan and follow these super easy directions below.

Ingredients:

  • One box of cake mix and the ingredients that it calls for

Directions:

  1. Mix and bake cake mix according to the instructions on the package in a 13x9 baking pan.
  2. Once completely cooled, carefully remove from baking pan onto a serving platter or piece of cardboard covered with wax paper.
  3. Using a knife, cut off the four corners of the cake. To help you decide how much to cut, make a 9 inch diameter circle out of paper and set on top of cake.
  4. Once the corners are cut, you will see the body of the fish. Decide which part is going to be the head and which part is going to be the tail.
  5. Arrange one of the corners on the top to act as a fin, another one on the bottom of the cake for the second fin, and a third one to be the tail. Keep in mind that fishes come in all shapes and sizes so play around with the shape of your fish if you desire to use all four corners on your cake.
  6. To attach the fins and tail to your fish shaped cake, add a layer of icing between the detached pieces and the body of the cake. Finish icing the rest of the cake. For our colorful fish, we used blue icing for the body, green for the head, and yellow for the fins and tail.
  7. For additional decoration, we used a Whopper (chocolate covered malted milk ball) for the eye of the fish, wrote happy birthday on the body, and added some bubbles made from icing above the head. Other great ideas for candy accents are to use M&M's for the scales of the fish or a piece of red licorice for the mouth.

Fish Shaped Cake

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Our finished fish shaped cake!Start with a 9 x 13 baked cake.Use a 9 inch diameter circle to help you cut off the corners of the cake.Cut off the four corners of the cake.Arrange the corners to make the fins and tail of the fish.
Our finished fish shaped cake!
Our finished fish shaped cake! | Source
Start with a 9 x 13 baked cake.
Start with a 9 x 13 baked cake. | Source
Use a 9 inch diameter circle to help you cut off the corners of the cake.
Use a 9 inch diameter circle to help you cut off the corners of the cake. | Source
Cut off the four corners of the cake.
Cut off the four corners of the cake. | Source
Arrange the corners to make the fins and tail of the fish.
Arrange the corners to make the fins and tail of the fish. | Source

Another Easy Way to Decorate a Fish Shaped Cake

Sea Cupcakes

How to Make Under-the-Sea Cupcakes

If you prefer cupcakes for your ocean-themed party, try these cute under-the-sea cupcakes. I used a chocolate cake mix to have another flavor of cake for the birthday party, but feel free to choose any kind of cake mix for your own batch. Here is a list of supplies you will need and directions to creating these ocean inspired cupcakes.

Supplies:

  • Blue food coloring
  • Icing decorator tool or plastic bag
  • Sea life water squirters
  • one box of cake mix and whatever ingredients the box calls for

Directions:

  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the package. Let cupcakes completely cool before adding icing.
  2. Make a batch of buttercream icing and add blue food coloring. I used Wilton royal blue icing color to achieve the color of blue you see in the pictures. You can use regular food coloring but the color may not look as vibrant.
  3. Using my decorating tool, I used a star shaped tip and swirled the blue icing around the cupcake to give the appearance of ocean waves.
  4. The final step is to gently press down the sea life water squirters on top of the blue icing. These particular sea life water squirters came six to a pack at the Dollar Tree, but I have also seen them available at Walmart and other such stores.

Under the Sea Cupcakes

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Our finished under the sea cupcakes!Supplies you will need to create under the sea cupcakes.A batch of cupcakes I made for my son's preschool class.Kids love these under the sea cupcakes and get to keep a fun water squirter when they are done!
Our finished under the sea cupcakes!
Our finished under the sea cupcakes! | Source
Supplies you will need to create under the sea cupcakes.
Supplies you will need to create under the sea cupcakes. | Source
A batch of cupcakes I made for my son's preschool class.
A batch of cupcakes I made for my son's preschool class. | Source
Kids love these under the sea cupcakes and get to keep a fun water squirter when they are done!
Kids love these under the sea cupcakes and get to keep a fun water squirter when they are done! | Source

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      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much John! I appreciate your kind words and for the vote up!

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much for all your kind words ishwaryaa22! I was pleased with the way the cakes turned out and my son loved them both. I really appreciate the votes and sharing!

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        John Sarkis 

        6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        Excellent hub alissaroberts! This hub is a must read for people with small children.

        Voted up

        John

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        Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

        6 years ago from Chennai, India

        An amazing and well-written sequel hub to the ocean themed birthday party hub! The fish cake look very pretty and the under the sea cupcakes look very cute! The directions and tips are precisely explained. Your little Aidan's wish has come true thanks to your creativity! Well-done!

        Thanks for SHARING. Useful and Awesome. Voted up and Socially Shared.

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        How sweet! Thanks so much for your kind comments prasetio30! Appreciate your visit and for the votes!

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        prasetio30 

        6 years ago from malang-indonesia

        You are very creative. I love this cake. It sound delicious and cute. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up and useful!

        Prasetio

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Aww thanks Julieonline! So happy to hear you liked it! Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up and pin!

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        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much Cara! There was so many more candy ideas I wanted to put on it (like the M&Ms scales) but my son just prefers cake and icing so I had to leave them off. Maybe next time :) Appreciate the visit and for the pin!

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        Julieonline 

        6 years ago

        Oh that is so addorable! Great to hear the kids loved it. I have pinned and voted up. Just had to, really caught my eye! Well Done :)

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        cardelean 

        6 years ago from Michigan

        Soooo much fun! What a great idea for a cake and super cute cupcakes to go along with it! Pinned!

      • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

        Alissa Roberts 

        6 years ago from Normandy, TN

        Thanks so much randomcreative! The party was a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed it. Appreciate you stopping by!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Your cake and cupcakes turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing. I hope that the party went well.

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