I'd never done a whale cake before, and the birthday boy specifically wanted a Shamu cake, so I did some research ahead of time. Even so, after sculpting the cake a bit, I ended up with a Moby Dick sort of whale, instead of the killer whale that Shamu is. After some further sculpting, my whale had morphed into a respectable Shamu!
Started out looking more like this . . .
But ended up looking like this:
Shamu the killer whale carved out of cake and rice krispy treats and covered in buttercream. Finished with an M&M eye!
I think the original design would have been really cool to work on, but I always have to take my clients' budget and needs into consideration, first and foremost. This was a fun cake to work on in any case!
Moby Dick cover image from Amazon.com