Coolest Barbie as Merliah the Mermaid Cake Idea 279
by Lauren K.
Homemade Barbie as Merliah the Mermaid Cake Idea
This Barbie as Merliah the Mermaid Cake Idea was made for a four year old little girl who loves the new Barbie Movie: A Mermaid Tale. I made a large round cake for the base, covered it in blue frosting and edged the sides with brown sugar to look like sand. Then I made a second cake using the Wilton Doll Dress Pan. I covered that in gray fondant and added it on top of the blue round cake to look like a rock coming out of the water.
I built a tail and the base of the body with pink fondant and laid it over the "rock" and then piped "scales" over it using tip #61. I took the head and bathing suit top from the actual Merliah Barbie doll and swapped it with the doll that comes with the Wilton Dress Kit, so it would look more like Merliah.
To make the dolphin I rolled out pink fondant, very thick and cut it out with a cookie cutter. I then rounded out the edges to make it look more 3-dimensional. I added some pink sugar to the top of the dolphin, as the dolphin in the movie sparkles. The final big touch was to make sea shells out of fondant. I mixed white fondant with a little brown and pink food coloring, but did not mix it all the way so it looked marbleized. I took that fondant and pushed it into a chocolate sea shell mold. It popped right out easily and looked very realistic.
I finished the cake off with a few swirls of blue for water and a couple of shells. I even made one sea anemone hiding in the rocks by using my grass decorating tip.
This Barbie birthday cake is a very easy cake to do! Base is a 12 x 12 and Barbie's skirt was baked in the Pampered Chef 2 qt batter bowl. I made the icing using the Snow white icing recipe from Wilton. The icing recipe calls for all shortening but I subbed 1 stick of unsalted butter softened and it turned out perfect.
I wrapped Barbie's legs up to her hips in plastic wrap before inserting her in the cake. I cut a hole through the center of the skirt layer and inserted Barbie. Because she was taller than the skirt I just pushed her gently into the base cake until she was the right height for the skirt.
I also used Popsicle sticks to secure the skirt to the base cake. Instead of making icing flowers I used silk flowers.
I made this Barbie Birthday Cake using the Wilton wonder mold. I used 1 3/4 box cake mixes in the mold and 2 cake mixes for the base layer cake. I iced the cake with Wilton ready to use frosting tinted pink to match Barbie's bodice.
I found the Barbie at Walmart with a leotard painted on her body. This made the cake super easy because I didn't have to worry about icing her body. I mixed different elements from cakes from this website to decorate. Being my first ever barbie cake, it truly was a trial and error experiment!