Little Mermaid Birthday Cake

Little Mermaid Birthday Cake

Well well well..I did it to myself again, went overboard on my little ones cake. Last year I made her the Sleeping Beauty Birthday Cake(my first decorated cake). So this year I told her I was going to make her cupcakes. Oh good lord, she hat a fit. She said she wanted “a pretty cake like when I was 3”. Oh great, did I create a cake snob??
When we went to the party store to pick out her party decorations, I really pushed hard for Hello Kitty. That would have been such a cute and easy cake to make. But nooooooo,
my little cake snob had to go with the Little Mermaid decorations. Grrrrrrr. I knew I had my work cut out for me.
I have never covered a cake in fondant before, and while I loved the cake, I obviously need a hell of a lot of practice. I marbled the fondant so it would look like “water” . All the sea life was also made from fondant. I actually thought that Flounder looked like a yellow sperm in a fish form!!LOL. Maybe someday I will get the time to take a cake decorating class.
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    tamilyn says:

    Snort! Flounder looks like sperm in fish form! I give you props-you don't want to see any cake I've attempted. Thank goodness the kids love me and don't judge me by my lack of cake decorating skills. I don't even think a class (or 50) will help me! Bravo!

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    Chow and Chatter says:

    this is awesome lucky girl

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    Vanessa says:

    Oh my gosh, my little princess would DIE over this cake! My friend made princess cupcakes for her this year (the ones out of Hello Cupcake) and she loved them, imagine if they had ARIEL on them!

    This is an amazing cake!!

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    O-M-G how cute is that????? I'll tell you how cute it is, DARN CUTE!!!!!! You think you need to take cake decorating classes? Are you kidding? That thing ROCKS!!! Seriously you did an awesome job!!! Now you just need to send me step but step instructions, because my 4 year old is telling me she "wants a cake JUST like this for her birthday!" Great job and Happy Birthday to Emma!

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    It came out great for it being your first fondant covered cake! Give yourself a pat on the back! I bet your daughter loved it. πŸ™‚

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    Prudence says:

    Awesome job! I got the same grrrr when I made my little ones cake. She wanted the "Little Mermaid", not the crazy thing I made! lol… Keep up the great work! Good luck on your show, woman!! Hats off to ya!!

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    cutie pie says:

    I don't think I've commented before but I am so impressed with this cake that I just had to. You did a great job. I can't believe you have never worked with fondant before. It looks way better than some professionally made cakes. It's is beautiful and I hope your little girl loved it. Way to go!

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    Leslie M. says:

    GOSH you are talented Les!!!

    This is Goregeous!!!!
    What a Beautiful Cake!!!
    I betcha it tasted just as Delish as it looks!!!

    YOU are amazing!
    The Other Les

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    Bridgett says:

    That is absolutely darling! I would be a cake snob too if you made this for me. Your little one has awesome taste as we love Ariel around here as well. You outdid yourself, Leslie. Beautiful job.

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    Okay, that is just too cute! What a lucky daughter you have…

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    Well I think it looks great and I have actually taught cake decorating classes! πŸ™‚

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    That is FANTASTIC!! You did a great job. There is no way I would ever be able to tackle and accomplish such a project. Thank goodness my four year old just asked for chocolate cake with blue frosting. I almost messed that up. LOL!

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    Donna-FFW says:

    You did a perfect job. It looks absolutely fantastic. I love it!!

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    Maybe someday you could TEACH a cake decorating class! Your cake is amazing! Seriously impressive. I think your daughter will keep having high expectations for her bday cakes! πŸ™‚

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    BEAUTIFUL!!!! You have got some serious talent girl!

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    hot garlic says:

    Shut up! Oh no you di'nt! I can't believe this. Do you have to possess every culinary skill?? You seem to not be specialized like the rest of us, you seem to possess every one. This is incredible, please do NOT show this to Laine, of who's birthday is on Saturday, and yeah, she's getting cupcakes…

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    Aw Leslie what a beautiful cake! Your so clever, I just chickened out and made a butterfly on my daughter's 4th birthday! xxx

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    It is beautiful! Great job!!

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    That is way cool and great job! Seriously, I won't even attempt a cake because I know it would have looked ridiculous! Have fun through the years with your "cake snob". πŸ˜‰

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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Leslie you did great. It looks so professional. I bet your little Emma was so happy. I had to make my dd a barie doll cake for her 4th bday, I thought it was a ok cake. But her face just lite up like a christmas tree when she saw it. Thats really all that matters. I have never attempted fondant but is so wanna try. Just think wonder what Emma will want next year LOL.

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    CookiePie says:

    That is a gorgeous cake! And how amazing that your daughter remembered that she had such a pretty cake last year too — now THAT'S memorable! πŸ™‚

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    BentoForKidlet says:

    It's so cute! I've always been a litle afraid to try fondant as well. You did a fantastic job!

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    pmsalazar91 says:

    It is absolutely adorable!! Publix couldn't come close!! You did a great job, and I'm sure it tasted fabulous! Just be warned….cake orders might start pouring in…(BTW just saw the sleeping beauty cake, and it was amazing.) Congrats and Happy Birthday Emma!!

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    Okay so last night I write you a nice long comment about this cake and the other one and of course the IE says its aborting! WHaaaa

    So now youjust get this one….nice job! πŸ™‚

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    Wow, what a cake! You have alot of years left to make your daughters cakes,so keep those creative juices flowing! πŸ™‚

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    That is a gorgeous cake! I can't believe you haven't taken a decorating class… you have a natural talent!

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    i'm MASSIVELY impressed by this, leslie! your gal deserves to be a cake snob–look at her mom's talent! πŸ™‚

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    Rose at The Bite Me Kitchen says:

    GREAT JOB! what a lucky little girl you have =)

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    Culinary Wannabe says:

    OMG!! Totally, ridiculously amazing! And I'm sure the cake snobbery is just a "like mother like daughter" kinda thing. πŸ™‚

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    The Morris Family says:

    Hello? My daughter's birthday is next week and she would LOVE this cake. Too bad her mom sucks and she is getting a crappy plain chocolate cake!

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    youngwivestales says:

    Hi! I absolutly love you're site! I just found it and I am hooked! Just a question, if you could tell me the camera you use to take all the pics of your food, I would really appreciate that! My camera never makes my food look very good… lol I swear it's my camera not my cooking!
    Thanks so much!

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    I'm so impressed! This is adorable!

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I actually think you have a natural talent for cake decorating! The cake is soooooooooo cute!

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    What an amazing cake!! Your daughter is very lucky! I can't believe this is your first time working with fondant, I'm completely impressed!

    And, the first thing I noticed was the cute Flounder πŸ™‚

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    OMG I am dying! Mother of the Year, all yours!

    I mean….you AND my mom :oP

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    Elizabeth says:

    You did a great job! Yes, I have also tried pushed a Hello Kitty cake on my daughter, but she has been saying she wanted a princess cake for a year now. So, Saturday I will be making a Snow White doll cake. Fun.

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    finsmom says:

    My daughter was just saying that she wants a Arial birthday… looks like I have my work cut out for me!


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    OMG! That looks amazing!

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    You did an awesome job, Leslie! You're daughter must have been so happy. But how are you going to top this next year?

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    burpandslurp says:

    I don't think you need a class! this looks perfect! Save the money to make MORe amazing cakes like this! oh my GOD!
    Ariel used to be my fav Disney character…I would have PAID you big bucks to make this for me! The lucky, lucky, girl!

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    I can not believe you made this. Wow. Did you know that wow upside down is Mom? Yeah that one took me a while. This is beautiful. I think you deserve a nice reward from the father of this little cake snob princess. Perhaps a new Mercedes. I suck at decorating. Really suck. I don't think flounder looks like sperm, but I love that you do. My birthday is in August so I am sending you my cake order now okay. Chocolate of course with chocolate curls, custard and cherries, rasberries or strawberries, or all 3 and decorated with real 100 dollar bills. Okay?

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    Coleen's Recipes says:

    What a great cake! I'm glad you used a real doll. I remember making one (with the Wilton half doll) years ago and the child was horrified when she pulled the doll out of the cake! lol

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    pigpigscorner says:

    awww you are such a great mum! It looks so pretty!

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    noble pig says:

    You are like the best Mom on the planet, I mean OMG this is beautiful! Wow, you are a professional without a profession! Awesome.

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    For someone who's never taken cake-decorating classes, this cake is INCREDIBLE!! Your daughter is a lucky, lucky girl =)

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    Alyssa Goodnight says:

    So cute! You did an awesome job! I've never used fondant myself. Watching those professional cake decorators on TV with those huge folds of fondant intimidates me. πŸ™‚

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    cookies and cups says:

    Gorgeous cake! I love the blue fondant..looks just like water!

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    Awww, such a gorgeous little Mermaid! And delicious too, I bet!

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    This is so cute! Everything looks perfect. I am amazed!

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    Kristen says:

    Are you kidding me? You made that amazing cake? Your little girl is so lucky! My kids would flip for a cake like that! Way to go πŸ™‚

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    Wow! I absolutely love it. Amazing πŸ™‚

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    Dhanggit says:

    You are one amazing mom!! This cake is splendid!! My little baby's birthday is soon and I cannot rival your cake my dear, I guess she will just have to settle for a pizza with a candle on it LOL!!!! kisses have a great day dear πŸ™‚

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    Cate O'Malley says:

    That is without a decorating class? That looks amazing, and I bet the kids were thrilled!

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    So impressive. I think you're certainly going to have a cake diva on your hands, haha.

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    I think you did a great job! I'm sure all the little girls loved it.

    PS Love the name Emma!

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    Great cake! My daughter had the same reaction when I asked if we could just buy her cake from the store this year! You would have thought I asked her to eat dirt!

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    LOVELY cake!!!!! Oh wow, it's truly adorable, your girl will NEVER forget this (it's good you took tons of photos, JIC!)
    You outdid yourself πŸ™‚

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    Foodycat says:

    You think that this needs work? Wow, I can see where the cake snob gets it from! I think this looks completely perfect!

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    How cute is that! Very Happy Birthday and the bestest wishes to your little one!

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    Chef Fresco says:

    WOW! I am so impressed! Your first decorated cake is even very impressive! I love making cakes, but haven't gotten near your level yet – maybe one of these days πŸ™‚

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    I could NEVER do this! I'm so impressed! Great work! Did the cake snob approve?

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    lol a girl that knows what she likes :)! This is quite the cake, very sweet. I'll never outgrow The Little Mermaid :).

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    Speedbump Kitchen says:

    OK, so I'm standing ON the table with the laptop so my girls can't see any more of your cake. They have princess homing beacons and caught a glimpse as the page was loading and are squealing with joy at my feet. I'm sensing Double Princess Joy redux in September! Great job!

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    Run DMT says:

    What a gorgeous cake! Love the sperm, too! LOL

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    Hi, I just came across your blog. Beautiful cakes! You obviously put so much work into them. And those are 2 of my favorite Disney movies too! I also run a food blog, although I don't have any children, I have a cute little kitten if you want to check it out sometime!


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    That cake looks awesome – I know my four year old would love it. She loves Ariel and has had Little Mermaid birthdays for her second, third, and fourth birthdays!

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    Anonymous says:

    Wow!!! SOOO beautyfull!!!! Gosh, you have a talent!

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    Snooky doodle says:

    wow this is awesome!

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    This cake is how i know i'll never in my life be as good of a baker as you are. Its incredible. Also I watched a couple of your tv segmants and i think Youre so beautiful! thanks for sharing your recipes

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    I was looking for ideas for my daughter's cake. Her name is Emma. She's turning 4 tomorrow! πŸ™‚ I think you made this just for her! Even your story made me laugh. Last year I did a "princess" cake – MY first attempt at fondant. Last year she started telling me she wanted little mermaid. She didn't forget! Thanks for the ideas!