Last week, I threw a wall-eyed hissy fit. Yep. Completely lost it. Why?
Well, for the last month, I’ve been planning a mermaid cake. I had NO idea how I was going to do it. I just knew I had the picture in front of me and somehow, I had to figure out how to make a mermaid.
I hung out at Pinterest. I did searches at Cake Central. I surfed the web for photos depicting those female fish-like creatures. I sketched and gathered up my equipment…coloring pastes of assorted shades of blue, sea shell molds, starfish molds, pearl candy of all sizes, gumpaste, fondant….I even bought a tutorial from Pink Cake Box on “How to make fondant figures”. Well worth the money, by the way.
So there I sat with some flesh-colored gumpaste wadded up in my hand. Talk about a blank canvas. But pretty soon I had something that looked a torso with a neck, then a head took shape. And pretty soon, the head had a nose, mouth and blue eyes…that fit the torso perfectly, give or take a pinch here and a pinch there.
Finally, I sat back and there before my unbelieving eyes, sat a not-too-bad mermaid.
48 hours later, I had Miss Mermaid done, give or take a dab of color here and another strand of blonde hair.
Whew! What a relief! She was completed and drying. So I checked my email. And Facebook. Yahoo told me that someone had just offered me a tutorial on making fondant mermaids. Facebook yielded a contest from a cake decorator who was awarding her fans with a drawing for….you guessed it, 3 mermaid toppers. You know…like I had just finished my mermaid with no help from anybody thankyouverymuch.
And two other sites displayed instructions for making…wait for it…mermaid cakes. Excuse me while I stick my head in an oven….
You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!! Could I have any worse timing?! Likely not. But. I got ‘er done in spite of it all. And everyone, it seems, on the internet is doing mermaid cakes. Maybe it’s the time of year. Maybe someone did a special report on 60 Minutes about mermaid sightings. I could understand this if Disney had just released The Little Mermaid. Whatever. I didn’t start a trend but jumped in the middle of it at best.
Oh, and while I’m sweating bullets over Miss Mermaid, the birthday girl’s big sister waltzes through and informs me that she’s decided on an Indian theme for her December cake. I was thinking penguins. Ice cubes. Icicles. Must think about this a bit.