A few months back, I got an order for a Sweet Little Mermaid Cake and I have to tell ya - I couldn't have been more excited! As much as I love doing the big, dramatic cakes, sometimes the small simple ones are the best 🙂
I had just taken Corrie Rasmussen's Perfect Birthday Cakes Craftsy Class and I was itching to do one of the little 2-D layered characters or decorations. This was a perfect opportunity! P.S. For a limited time, get Corrie's class FREE when you buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle that will be available by Flash Sale next week... sign up for notification here!
Anyway, let me tell you a few details about this cake. It was an 8" round vanilla cake covered in vanilla buttercream. I used teal gel coloring for the buttercream (I prefer Americolor colors) and the scales/waves.
I used homemade marshmallow fondant for the ombre fondant waves and they were cut out with these scale cutters from Not Just Cakes by Annie. I used just a tiny brush of water on the back of each scale to attach them to the buttercream and it worked beautifully.
Oh and I used white Sixlets for the "bubbles"... aren't they cute?
For the little mermaid on top, I found a generic coloring sheet mermaid online, then used it as a template to cut out the pieces with a scalpel (my new favorite cake tool!). I used homemade marshmallow fondant for all of her except her red body/tail and bikini top. Those were done with Satin Ice red fondant.
When I finished her - I felt like she needed a little more... something. So I added texture to all the red fondant with one of these texture mats and that really seemed to do the trick. I know she's not perfect, but I was happy with the outcome.
And that's it... I just loved doing this little cake and was thrilled with the final product. The customer loved it too - that always makes for a happy ending!
Do you have any questions about this cake? Leave me a comment! Also check out these other mermaid and water-themed cakes below...