Saturday, September 29, 2007

Under the Sea Cake!

Well, the big cupcake cake adventure from August started the idea wheel turning. How could I possibly celebrate Sj's 4th birthday with a flat sheet cake? Just like many other girls her age, Sj is incredibly consumed by all things princess. Currently, all things Ariel. I find solace in the Mermaid thing, because I can steer away from the Disney Ariel and more into the fantasy world of mermaids! Coming up with a theme for her birthday, we went with "under the sea". Themes, not so much our thing, but I went with it. Back to the cake.

This is what I started with. A total blank slate. Only an idea in my mind. I have to admit, I was inspired by the cake in Knocked Up, for the older daughter's princess birthday, towards the end of the movie. I know --you don't remember the cake, I guess you have to be a mom with an important birthday looming. I see inspiration in everything these days!

So basically, I thought large rectangle on the bottom blue/green sea feeling with a pink castle on top. Construction 101. Yikes. I know I watch too many episodes of Ace of Cakes (if I could have flown Duff out, I would've in a heartbeat)!!

The Final Result:

So here are the cake details:

1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 box of strawberry cake mix
1 box of vanilla cake mix
9 eggs, 1 cup of canola oil, almost 4 cups of water

I made 1 rectangle, 3 round layer pans, and one loaf pan..Had no idea what shapes I would need.

Frosting: 1 pound of butter, 2 pounds of confectioner's sugar, vanilla, meringue powder, and milk.

I am happy to report that I did not use all of the cake & frosting for the final work of art! It took about 4 hours to complete, after the cakes were baked. Was I delirious at one point, around 1145 pm? ooh yes..I think the sugar was seeping into my pores, and I was inhaling it making the frosting in the Kitchen Aid. HAHA!! Would I do it again?? Yes in a heartbeat!
If you need advice, just ask!!


  1. WOW! That is some impressive cake! BRAVO! Speaking of cake, we did venture to Cakelove in Arlington, since it opened last week. And it is VERY DELICIOUS. I especially love the buttercream frostings since they are not too sweet. My favorite cupcake we tried was the Amaretto crunch. Vanilla buttercream frosting with a hint of amaretto, toasted almonds and chocolate cupcake. Yummy!~ Melissa

  2. Wow, what a cake! No pressure for the rest of us on our cake making ventures!


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