Whale of a Bread

Stingrays or Whales?

Hmmmm, modern art? It was supposed to be a whale blowing water from its spout, but when arranged this way I see 2 stingrays smooching.

Loaf Whale Bread
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I picked the dark brown for the whale because we like the taste of cocoa in the bread.
Slices of Whale Bread

Instead of our usual butter, I topped these slices with left over frosting from my sons birthday cake. This frosting is so light and fluffy made with lemon curd, marscapone cheese and powdered sugar. I got the recipe from Judy’s Kitchen, tested first by my mom with great success. The cake was really yummy!

Slice of Bread

Recipe: Whale Bread


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • cocoa powder
  • blue food coloring


  1. Stir the warm water and yeast in the bread machine, wait 5 minutes for it to foam. Then add remaining ingredients (except the cocoa powder and green coloring). Set on dough setting. (If you don’t have a bread machine, make this like any other bread.. knead the dough, let rise in warm area.)
  2. Separate into 3 dough balls, the blue being much smaller. For the brown color, start with 1 dough ball, place in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Add a little cocoa powder and mix… repeat until you get the right color and dough is even (you can knead by hand to help). Wipe clean the mixer. Add the smallest dough ball to the mixer and add blue coloring, mix and knead until you get a light blue color. Divide that into 2 or 3, then make part of it darker by adding more coloring. I wanted 3 different shades of blue to make the water.
  3. Shape your bread! Use a rolling pin, pizza cutter or chopper if you have it. Place into a greased 9×5″ bread loaf pan. Cover with a towel. Let it rise for 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Slice and Enjoy. Store in a ziploc bag to retain freshness or it will get hard over night.

Preparation time: 1 hour(s) 40 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

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2 thoughts on “Whale of a Bread

  1. hi there, i was just wondering if you could make smiley face break and full of hearts bread or even polkadot ones.. would love to see them 🙂 anyway, your bread are awesome, especially the colors! looking forward to seeing more! 🙂

  2. Thank you for your comment, keepz! This is my first request from a viewer, so I will definitely try to make one of those suggestions if not all. Polka dot might be pretty simple so I will do that first. The smiley face (the classic yellow one that goes with Have a Nice Day) sounds simple but really that would be quite difficult because it needs to be symmetrical. The hearts might work but they won’t be perfectly shaped hearts. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a comment, makes my day!

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