Mermaid Sitting on a Rock Cake
A friend of ours is returning to the U.S. after attending university and working part time in Heidelberg. Her colleagues wanted to through a going-away party and the guest of honor is nuts for all things Mermaid. Ok. That’s a good jumping off point.
After taking a look around the internet regarding mermaids and cake, I had a basic understanding of what I wanted to make and an idea of how I wanted the end-product to be.
I wanted a strong base. Our friend really loves lemon cake and raspberries, so the lemon cake is an ideal structure for supporting the mermaid and land components. I baked a 12″ round and used the baking core for even distribution of heat. It worked beautifully and I was happy with the results.
The land was formed from a 6″ round and the top half of the Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan. I baked the cakes on Thursday and put them in the cake fridge overnight. When I woke up this morning, I realized I didn’t want to pop the mermaid in on top of the land; instead I carved out a small base on the side of the land. This way, we avoid the doll/dress/cake look.
|I added two dowels to the land formation as an added measure of securing all pieces in place.|
Since this cake didn’t come with instructions, I was constantly figuring out the best order of operations for putting this cake together. Just before taking one step, I had to think ahead a couple more procedures. It was a big puzzle. And I really really love puzzles.
|The right tools make a difference; had to use both sizes of off-set icing spatulas.|
|I’m thinking these swirls look like waves. And, I added multiple colors of blue for a water effect.|
|Again, I added supports for the additional weight.|
I’m happy with the results. It still has an amateur look. But that’s ok. It’s who I am. I’m a home baker who finds joy in cupcake and cake decorating. Almost everything is better with a little buttercream.
|Yes, this was the first time I piped a swimsuit top onto a doll with taped up hair. That’s how we roll in the Test Kitchen.|
|I traced an outline of where I wanted the fin to rest.|
|“Now I need to lift her arm in order to get the scales on the right way.”|
|“…and time for some rocks.”|