This Great Cake Contest entry was submitted by sharynmcbride from Henderson, Kentucky: When my grandchild Maggie asked for a Sea Anemone with a fish family, I knew I had a job on my hands. Wow, but anything for Maggie. All made from cake.
I always line bottom of my pans with wax paper. Fill 2 med. round pans and 2 smaller cake pans with cake batter (about 1/2 full). Also put a small amount of batter in a bowl with a rounded bottom. (This forms the sea anemone) I found fish cookie cutters and place on cookie sheet and filled with batter to form fish. Bake at 375 for about 40-45 minutes. The cookie cutter fish do not take as long to cook. Cool on rack and remove from pans.
Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with mixer. (I use cream cheese frosting because it is my favorite, but any butter cream frosting recipe can be substituted.) Separate frosting into bowls by amount needed and add food coloring as desired. I used blue, green, purple, yellow, orange and black. Assemble and frost med rounds with small rounds to one side on top.
Place cake from rounded bowl against top tier. Frost fish and place on cake. Pipe the center of the sea anemone with a star tip and the tentacles with a large round tip and just keep layering tentacles until built up. Pipe tiny shells around base of cake, add sea weed, shells and sea horses around bottom tier. Spread a very thin layer of frosting around base of cake and sprinkle with brown sugar to resemble sand."