This Ariel The Little Mermaid cake was for my daughter's 3rd birthday. I didn't care much for the new Wilton Ariel cake pan, so I bought an old one on EBay. It came without the plastic insert of her face and body, but the pan was cheap.
I recently started making cakes for friends and family after I was given a nice set of decorator tips. This was my first time using fondant too. After baking the cake,(used two mixes to fill the pan to 2/3 full with batter, the directions only say one, but it's awfully thin that way.) And removing it from the pan, I used the pre-packaged Wilton fondant in plain white.
Tinting it peachy flesh color was surprisingly easy. After tinting, rolled it out to a little more than 1/8", using powdered sugar to keep it from sticking, then molded it onto the back of the cake pan, (also dusted with powdered sugar). I cut out two tiny teardrop shapes from white fondant for the whites of her eyes and a little moon shape for her teeth, then smoothed it on top of the peach fondant. Using a small paintbrush and Wilton food coloring gel, I painted the facial features and shading, then cut away the extra fondant leaving behind the part you can see in the small picture, (taken later because I didn't plan on documenting this while I was making it!)
I gave the whole cake a layer of blue buttercream frosting, then used decorator tip 16 for the hair and to star fill her lower body, leaving the top of her hair and the flowers. I then carefully peeled the fondant face and body off the cake pan, and placed it on the cake. Next I filled in the rest of the hair and details. For the tail fin and flowers I used tip #102.
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