I just love how my nieces Little Mermaid Cake turned out!
Below are some photo's of the Little Mermaid Cake. It's hard to see it but I did brush the bottom half of the cake in blue petal dust to create the illusion of depth since the ocean does get darker the deeper you go -it's like a subtle ombre effect. I also made the splashes around the tail fin by ruffling up some circles of fondant, lightly folding it in half then brushing the tips with white royal icing (brush embroidery method). I then dusted some white glitter along the tips of the fin and water splashes and added pearl dust around some of the decorations. The bubbles were painted on really lightly with white gel color diluted with vodka and the cutter used on the name were FMM Upper Case Tappit Cutters.
All the decorations were made using Wilton Fondant - A few months ago, I bought two, 5lb boxes at Michaels for really cheap and now wish I had bought more (they were on sale plus I had a coupon that was good on sale items - rare find). I can see why Lesley from the Royal Bakery uses it for her cake decorations - it dries up quickly but gives you time to work on it - kind of like a mix of fondant and gumpaste. I'm liking this stuff. I still like covering my cakes with Marshmallow Fondant (recipe can be found along the tab above) - it tastes better and works for me.
I must have watched, The Little Mermaid over a million times when it first came out on VHS (and how it ages me) and I loved Sebastian singing his songs. So for Sebastian (the little red, crab), I modeled him singing to Ariel in his catchy, big, deep voice...."Under the sea, Under the sea, Darling its better down where its wetter, take it from me"....
I made the Little Mermaid child-like since I figured it would fit better on a cake for a 3 year old. She loved it.....I do....and I hope you do too!