Ocean Themed Fondant Scenery Cake

Ocean Themed Fondant Scenery Cake

$220 - $260

Learn how to make an ocean themed cake with a yacht, dolphins and seagulls.

This is the first tutorial from what will be called our ‘fondant scenery’ series. A double barrel cake decorated with an ocean scene with foreground, middleground and distant waves topped with a sugar yacht. You will learn how to make a yacht, dolphins, seagulls and waves.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Ocean Themed Fondant Scenery Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains an actual size side view blueprint of the cake, as well as additional guides and templates for the boat, seagulls and dolphins.

The Concept
Tools & Materials
Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Seagull Wings
Making the Boat's Sails
Making the Boat
Making the Dolphins
Making the Seagulls
Assembling the Boat
Airbrushing the Birds & Dolphins
Coating the Cake
Adding Wave Texture
Adding Background Waves
Adding Middleground Waves
Adding Foreground Waves
Airbrushing the Waves
Adding Foam
Assembling the Cake
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Plastic Cutlery
Set of Knives Shop Online
Craft Knife Shop Online
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Tracing Wheel
Set of Brushes Shop Online
Edible Marker Pens Shop Online
Black, red, blue
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Water Spray Bottle
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Preferably with small holes.
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Needle or Pin
Serdar often uses a needle or a pin to remove air bubbles from underneath the fondant when coating a cake. They can also be used to pick up very small objects when decorating.
Cold Spray Shop Online
Cube of Sponge
Skewers Shop Online
Cellophane Shop Online
Styrofoam Block Shop Online
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
35cm Round
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Aluminium Wire Shop Online
(aka Craft Wire) - Thin
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Blue, red, yellow, black
Recipes & Ingredients


A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water and...[read more]


Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]

Round cake

20cm diametre,
17.5cm high, masked and ready to coat.

(styrafoam dummy cake used in tutorial)

White Chocolate Wikipedia

Used for gluing purposes.

Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground, often flavored, as with vanilla. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods.
Egg White Wikipedia

Used for gluing purposes.

Egg white is the common name for the clear liquid (also called the albumen or the glair/glaire) contained within an egg. In chickens it is formed from the layers of secretions of the anterior section of the hen's oviduct during the passage of the egg. It forms around fertilized or unfertilized egg yolks. The primary natural purpose of egg white is to protect the yolk and provide additional nutrition for the growth of the embryo (when fertilized). Egg white consists primarily of about 90% water into which is dissolved 10% proteins (including albumins, mucoproteins, and globulins). Unlike the yolk, which is high in lipids (fats), egg white contains almost no fat, and carbohydrate content is less than 1%. Egg whites contain just over 50% of the protein in the egg. Egg white has many uses in food (e.g. mousse) and also many other uses (e.g. in the preparation of vaccines such as those for influenza).


  1. Jenny Blinder says:

    I love this cake. Thank you for your beautiful tutorial. I want to make this cake, but i need for 30 people. Please, could you help me with advice. What size of the cake i have to use for 30 and should i change size of the accessories?

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Hi Jenny, the cake in that tutorial is 20cm H 20cm diameter. If you calculate 3x2x1 inch cuts it serves 48 portion but if you want to serve little more generous it will be just right.

      1. Jenny Blinder says:

        thank you.

  2. Cathy Lavelle says:

    I enjoyed making this cake. The instructions were very good. Could you please tell me how to colour the pastillage? I would like to make a coloured spinnaker the next time. Thank you ?

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      I always mix my Pastillage white and mixed with either gel colours or powder colours ( mixed few drops of water and mixed with a pallet knife on the marble top beforehand ) if I need to prepare deep colours.

  3. Marti Thew says:

    I’m not able to get the brand of fondant you use here in the US. Do you know any tricks to keep lesser brands of fondant soft and stretchy enough to accomplish the waves? Elephant skin wouldn’t be very beachy. 🙂 I want to make a display cake like this but I think I’ll cover my board in matching fondant and perhaps use our sugar beach sand around the very edges.

  4. KanchanaGolding says:

    Hi Yener 🙂
    I don’t have the air brush just yet, its possible to mixing blue and light blue and white fondant to get the colour like water in the ocean then use icing to make the waves at the end?
    Or just use sponge scrape blue colour like another technique that you make the farm with animal? Thank you 🙂

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Mixing the two blue colors is better than using sponge . Thanks

      1. KanchanaGolding says:

        Thank you 🙂

  5. AMEL says:

    As always you surprise us with your senses of creativity. Can’t wait to learn more and more from such as a talented chef .God bless you and all your family .thanks thanks thanks

  6. Sommer White-Cooper says:

    Wow i love this! I thank you so much for your great detail when teaching! I makes it easy for a beginner and techniques that even an advanced cake artist can still learn!

  7. Fabian says:

    Wow…that’s awesome!

  8. Manya Unusyan says:

    Amazing. Such a beautiful cake. I love Yener’s style, ideas and tutorials . Thank u so much for being an awesome teacher I appreciate that u get very detail oriented.

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Thanks Manya

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