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Mermaid Cake

Mermaid cake

We made this cake for my sister-in-law’s birthday – L had Emma pick the theme. I made thick buttercream frosting, just like for Emma’s birthday cake and molded it into shape. The mermaid frosting has more powdered sugar in it than the water. We put drops of food coloring directly onto the cake to create more texture in the waves and on the mermaid’s tail. The shells are well-washed sea shells from Gramma’s collection.

little cooks

Emma and Johnny conducted many taste tests. Johnny’s hand isn’t hurt; he just wanted a band-aid. Can you spot the green bear he carried throughout our trip? And look how tidy my children’s hair is in that dry Nevada air!

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

18 thoughts on “Mermaid Cake”

    1. Thanks! I think your linky is a great idea! And the mermaid doll you made is adorable!!!

  1. @Erica- Just Call Me Cheap:

    For making frosting, I just guessed this time around out of sheer laziness, but I’ve used this recipe in the past with great success:


    I sometimes add almond extract instead of the vanilla for a slightly different flavor. And I make it thick enough to mold by adding extra powdered sugar until I get the consistency I need.

    I hope your frosting turns out great!

  2. Is there anything you CAN’T make? Sheesh, you making the rest of us look bad☺ Will NOT be showing this to ER, she’s going back and forth between princesses and mermaids for her birthday and if she picks the latter I know I cannot recreate that! Great job☺
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Sprinkler Fun =-.

  3. Looks great! I would love to know what recipe you use for buttercream frosting- it seems like every one that I find online is different and I’m scared whatever recipe I choose won’t taste good!

  4. This cake looks awesome. I can tell that they were eager testers :)
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..We Play With Legos =-.

  5. Elisa | blissfulE

    The cake is magnificent! You are so talented!

    Your sister-in-law is quite privileged to benefit from such a high level of quality control carefully conducted by the kiddo taste testers. :)
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..reading =-.

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