My baby girl turned 3 last week - June 27th. Weeks before, I said, what do you want for your cake? She yelled "Aweeall!" So, the search for a good pattern of an Ariel Little Mermaid Birthday Cake was on. I have a hard time doing hands so I tried to find one without hands but showed her as much as possible. I finally resolved myself to just getting the pan from Michaels and doing the headshot of her as the pan depicts.
BUT, then, a week before her birthday, I just decided that it wasn't enough of a challenge so insanely, I looked for more pictures.
I found one that I could do and to hide the hands (I saw a similar one online). I tried to blow up the pic but my printer wouldn't do it right, so I sketched out the body to pretty much the same scale as the head. I baked the head from the cake pan as directed and then baked a 11x15 sheet cake and cut out the body.
On the day before her party, I mixed all the colors (I make the BC frosting a day or two before I frost) according to the head directions and then made light teal and darker teal for the body. That night, I began to frost the head - it used mostly a round tip (3) and star tip (16) so it went fast.
When I got to the body, I realized that I placed it backwards so I had to refreeze the cake and flip it the next morning to finish. The day of the party, I thinly frosted it with white and then I sketched the body out with a toothpick so I knew where to put my lines - this was good since I had to re-smooth a few times to get the lines right. Once that was done, I outlined her body with the #3 tip, then filled in the other areas with #16 star tip. I was a bit hurried but it came out fine (as did the rest of the party prep).
Once that was done, I used a purple color mist on the sides, which conveniently turned blue like water (I really wanted blue color mist but the store was out so I thought, well, she likes purple - who knew it would turn blue??).
To finish, I had a lot of the flesh color left over so I did seashell border (tip 18) around the entire thing. The effect looked like sand with the "water" falling off of her. Everyone thought it was cool looking.
I think it came out beautiful and my girl squealed when she saw it. I know she loved it and that is all that mattered.
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