Ariel Birthday Cake
The Story behind this Cake
This cake is for a five-year old girl, Alexandra!
There was a miscommunication regarding it where the mom gave me a date of July 8th, when the cake was actually due June 8th. Needless to say that a couple of days before actual due date, I got a call from the mom (who is the sweetest person) “checking” on the cake. Panic for a few minutes but then back on track. I had no time to model Ariel and Alexandra wanted her Barbie Ariel to be used. So had to think of preparing some decorations that won’t take a long time to make plus having them dry in this awful humid weather. So I decided to place them on the sides of the cake instead of on top because they will hold better this way. I also thought not to overwhelm the top of the cake to give more emphasis on Ariel.
Nothing on this cake is hard to make, the sea corals are super easy and I've included a tutorial for them. While I was adding the Royal Blue color to the fondant that will cover the cake, I realized that if I don’t mix it in too well, I get a marbled effect that will mimic the water. And that’s what I did and you can notice this in the picture.
The bubbles coming out from Flounder (the fish) are just different size small balls covered with pearl shine powder. All you have to do to get a uniform coating is put a small quantity of powder in a small container, place the rolled fondant balls inside, and shake to cover. The other bubbles are just round circles.
The tall green grass/algae is made by rolling a thin and long piece of fondant then roll it on a straw and leave it there to dry. I used a mold to make some of the decorations such as the ridge and the sea shells. I used edible glue as my “glue” on this cake which you can make by mixing some water with tylose powder, also called CMC.
This is a large cake, 12-in in diameter and 4.5-in high, with layers of dark chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream.
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