In order to make the cake look "ocean-y," I hand-painted the blue at the bottom and then worked in the lighter blue color at the top using food coloring. I also hand-painted some of the "squigglies" (I don't know what they are called or what they are supposed to be! :) After the colors dried, I placed hand-shaped "squigglies" that I made out of fondant on top to give it some depth and layering.
Now onto the pineapple. This was by far the hardest part of the cake. It's quite challenging to take a 2-D cartoon and turn it into a 3-D figure and make it look like the cartoon. So I shaped the house out of rice krispies and then covered it in homemade marshmallow fondant. The trick here was making the pineapple lines look right because the cartoon pineapple doesn't look exactly like a real pineapple. I ended up having to cover, recover, and then recover the pineapple in order to get the lines just right. Phew! Then, I cut out the leaves at the top and let them dry in shape. I added the door, windows, and pipe out of the side and inserted the leaves into the top. Quite the challenge but so rewarding in the end.
Spongebob was so much fun to make. I shaped his body first, added some pants and inserted arms and legs. He's completely made out of marshmallow fondant, which is a bit tricker to shape and mold because it doesn't hold as easily as gumpaste or store bought fondant. However, I wanted to make him edible and delicious for Kennedy! I hope she loved it!