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Follow these clear step by step instructions and beautiful images to make your very own Bewitching Mermaids cake…..
Deep, dark oceans hold many secrets, none more captivating than tales of beautiful mermaids. This is how I imagine they would be, playing happily with the sea creatures.
Cakes & Board
- Colour 1.17kg (2lb 5.5oz) of sugarpaste (rolled fondant) mid-green. Roll out 500g (1b) and cover the cake board completely. To create a rippled effect, press the rolling pin into the surface and gently roll. Trim any excess away from around the edges. Model some flattened pebbles of different sizes using some of the trimmings and stick to these around the cake board edge. Put the cake board aside to dry.
- Cut the cake as shown in the cutting diagram. Cut the corners from each cake, then trim to round off. Stack them on top of one another in height order to ensure that they sit evenly and are balanced. Then take them apart again to cover with sugarpaste. Spread the surface of each cake with a layer of buttercream. Roll out 280g (9oz) of mid-green sugarpaste and cover the large cake completely, smoothing around the shape and tucking the sugarpaste underneath. Position on the centre of the cake board.
- Colour 45g (1.5oz) of sugarpaste pale blue. In order to vary the shade of the cake from green at the base to blue at the top, knead a small amount of blue food colouring paste into the remaining mid-green each time one of the cakes is covered. Stack the cakes up again turning ach slightly and making sure that each one is well balanced. Once you have done this, secure them in place using sugar glue. Carefully push the plastic dowelling own through the top of the cake to provide extra support for your ocean scene.
The Mermaid’s Body
- Next, model the mermaids that are swimming around the cake. Colour 140g (4.5 oz) of modelling paste cream. To make a mermaid’s body, roll 30g (1 oz) into a tapering sausage, twisting the tail to a point. One third of the way from the rounded end, press in all the way around to shape the waist line and round off the chest, then smooth up a neck at the top. Lay the mermaid down and smooth her stomach flat. Press gently at the top to help flatten her back. Indent the scales on her tail by repeatedly pressing the no.4 plain piping tube tip in at an angle over the surface.
The Mermaid’s Face
- Roll 7g of cream modelling paste into a teardrop shaped head. For the top mermaid, use a sugar stick or length of raw spaghetti to support the head by pushing gently into her neck, moistening the base with sugar glue, then pressing on the head. Stick a small ball in the centre to make a nose. Indent a smile with a no.4 plain piping tube pressed in at an angle and dimple each corner with the tip of a cocktail stick.
The Mermaid’s Fins
- Colour 3g (1oz) of modelling paste pale mauve. Using 7g split in half, shape the two fins, marking in lines with a cocktail stick. Model two small teardrop shapes, flatten slightly, then mark lines with a cocktail stick to produce the shell-shaped top. Flatten two very small oval shapes of pale mauve paste and stick in place for the shoulder straps.
The Mermaids Arms
- To make the arms, split just under 7g of the cream modelling paste in half. Roll a sausage shape, rounding it off at one end. Press the rounded end slightly flat, then cut the thumb on one side. Cut the fingers across the top, keeping them straight. Gently twist each finger to lengthen. Halfway up the arm, press in to form the elbow, then pinch out at the back. Make two more mermaids following these steps.
The mermaid’s Hair
- Split 30g 91oz) of modelling paste into three pieces. Colour one golden brown, one mid golden brown and the last piece dark golden brown. Thinly roll out 7g of each and fold around the mermaid’s head, twisting up at the end to form the base for the hair. You will add the rest of her hair in step 12.
- Colour 22kg of modelling paste dark green. Roll long, thin tapering sausage shapes and stick them into place twisting up over the cake. Colour 30g (1oz) of modelling paste orange and 15g dark mauve. Put aside half of the orange paste, then using the step photograph as a guide, make the different sized pieces of seaweed, twisting the orange paste into spirals and smoothing the mauve seaweed into points.
The Octopus and Fish
- To make the octopus, first colour 60g (2oz) of modelling paste yellow. Using the photograph below as a guide, shape 45g (1.5oz) of it into an oval, indenting around the centre. Cut eight legs, twisting each until long and thin, and curl up at each end. Dampen your fingers slightly if the legs become dry before you have finished. Indent a smile as you did in step 5 with the mermaids. To make the fish, form teardrop shapes with the remaining yellow paste, marking smiles as before. Decorate each fish with tiny thin strips of orange modelling paste and miniature teardrop shapes for fins.
- Colour 15g of modelling paste pink. To make a starfish, thickly roll out and cut a star. Pinch at each point twisting up at the ends, then pinch a small ridge along the top. Make more starfish, varying the colours by kneading in a small amount of orange modelling paste. Place them around the base of the cake.
- With the remaining white paste, make shells and the eyes for the octopus. Stick the silver dragees over the cake. To finish the mermaid’s hair, roll out some golden brown paste. Cut thin strips, twisting each into a spiral and stick in place. When the cake is dry, paint little dots for eyes with the fine paintbrush, using black food colouring paste diluted with a drop of water.
- Dust the cake with sparkle powder (petal dust/blossom tint). Then dust the cake randomly with mauve lustre powder, the mermaid’s tail with mauve and silver powder and the edge of the board with green powder.