Seashell Mermaid Sunset Cake
This Seashell Mermaid Sunset Cake was my Rhea's birthday cake. Here's more of the different elements on this cake; carving the cake, gumpaste coral and backdrop. An Ocean theme cake is perfect for any little girl celebrating her birthday.
This was my Rhea's Birthday Cake back in June ! I am way behind sharing some of my cakes with you. I loved making this one very much. My Rhea loves swimming and we often call her a mermaid. One of her favorite stories is Ariel the mermaid. So I picked this theme.
I was happy with how the cake turned out but not very happy with my mermaid's expression really. Wanted a sad look but instead I made her more surprised. Definitely need to practice my expressions.
Loved airbrushing the sunset for the backdrop. Love the gradation of colors.
Here's a little information for you - on how I made this cake
Cake Flavors and Carving.
Cake flavors - I used both chocolate and Vanilla sheet cake here. You already have my recipe for two flavors in one Vanilla Chocolate Sheet Cake.
I must apologize - I started off with this pile of cake. I was planning to show you how I carved it with a few more pictures. In the midst of figuring out myself. I completely forgot to take any pictures. It's not really difficult its just a train of thought - you start carving and the next thing you know - it's done.
How I made the gumpaste coral, seashells and fish.
If you remember long time ago I shared with you how I make my gumpaste Coral, seashells and fish. I used the same techniques I shared in that post. How to make Gumpaste Coral for an Ocean Theme Cake
See I have used almost all of the same gumpaste coral and ocean theme elements on this cake.
Here's a little start to my mermaid tail. It was my daughters birthday so...!! She was all over the cake and wanted to be completely involved in how and what I was doing on the cake. I definitely need to do a bit more practice work on my figures. I notice that when I practice my figures are better but when I do them for an actual cake I get more nervous so I end up screwing up.
My figure strategy for the future is that I will make the figures much ahead of the cake - that way I will not do them last minute! So I will not be nervous.
The backdrop is a piece of foam core board that is attached to the back of my cake board. You can see here I have attached it with another little strip of foam core in between the gap where the two meet. That helps make it more secure. That way I could move it around and not worry about the backdrop falling off.
I airbrushed the backdrop first then moved the fondant covered cake on the board before I continued with the cake.
As some of you always request in my post on timeline for decorating a cake - How long did I take for this cake. I'd say about 24 to 28 hour over four days
- Day Four - Make all the gumpaste elements for the cake much ahead of time so they dry and are ready.
These do take time it's best to get it out of the way - 6 hours.
Baked the cake in the morning - 3 hours
Prepared my buttercream, Ganache and homemade Fondant - 2 hours
- Day Three - Carved and Ganache the cake. Chilled the cake completely on it's temporary cake board. - 3 hours
Made the backdrop and main cake board ready - 1 hours
- Day Two - Airbrushed the backdrop and covered the cake in fondant - 4 hours
Added the different elements on the cake including royal icing the board, dusting and painting - 4 hours
- Day One /Delivery day - Made the mermaid -(Should have done this on day four!!) - 3 hours.
and added any final touches to the cake - 1 hours