Courtney called me two weeks ago and asked if I would make our friend Wendy a birthday cake. "What kind of cake did you have in mind?" I asked. "A mermaid cake, I think," she answered. I thought about the idea for a while and came up with something that I thought might give the feeling of a mermaid cake without being quite so literal. (Maybe it could still be a just little extravagant.)
A sea blue (nearly Tiffany blue) cake covered with sea shells and sea things.
I started by hand-making the sea creatures out of gum paste. I left them to dry overnight, and the next day I hand-painted and decorated them. I love this part of the project! Making all these things out of my imagination, trying to make them beautiful and realistic at the same time. Oh, right, and edible too, haha!
Starfish, sea urchins, shells, sand dollars, oysters, sea weed, snails, and pearls! All made with gum paste or fondant, colored with edible pearl dust and royal icing to finish the details. Oh, and my first rule of cake making is that if it doesn't taste good, nothing else matters. Take your nasty cake and go home--this tasty cake got to go to the party. Midnight chocolate cake with mint chocolate ganache filling. Yes, please.
I think it turned out beautifully, don't you?
Even though the cake was for her birthday, Wendy kept joking that she was going to put it in the fridge for her upcoming wedding.
I think she liked it. Especially the "W" for Wendy on top.