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Mermaid, It's What's For Dinner (threadcakes 2012) by Sliceofcake Mermaid, It's What's For Dinner (threadcakes 2012) by Sliceofcake
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I've just submitted my entry for this year's "Threadcakes" competition! Check out all the pics right here!

Wish me luck! Anyone else submitting an entry this year?


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I've always wanted to join threadcakes since I first learnt about it 2 years ago but I always ended up forgetting about it until after the deadline. This year, I made a note of it in my calendar so I wouldn't forget!

After browsing through all the different available designs, I shortlisted about 20 for consideration. I wanted my cake to have the following criteria:

1. Able to be constructed mostly out of cake and fondant with as little non edible supports as possible.

2. Be visually interesting with a lot of detail.

3. Allow me to display my sculpting skills.

4. Allow for some slight interpretation of my own.

I finally decided on "Mermaid, It's What's For Dinner" as I really liked the quirkiness of it all (my friends call it morbid but all agree that it suits me well) and I could immediately see it in my mind in cake form.

I used a rich and dense chocolate fudge cake, layered with earl grey syrup and dark chocolate ganache. I started with the fat chef, carving the main body and head portion out of two 6" round cakes, which I then padded with cake pop mix(using the cake trimmings) to get the final shape.This was coated with ganache and then wrapped in a layer of marzipan, then followed by fondant. The details of the face were then sculpted on with fondant sculpting tools. All in all, the Chef uses 4 wooden chopsticks to support the fondant arms, 1 chopstick to support the hat, and 2 floral wires to support his mustache.

Next I started work on the mermaid table. Started with a 6" square cake and reshaped it into a rectangle. Covered it with marzipan and wood marbled fondant as well. The mermaid is hand molded entirely from fondant.

I added some of my own ideas to make the cake more interesting, my favorite was the cat getting ready for a feast! I delibrately made it a skinny cat to contrast with it's owner, the fat Chef.

Overall, the cake took about 15hrs over 2 days to complete. I invited some friends over to help me cut and eat the cake on the 3rd day, the leftover cake was packed up and distributed to appreciative friends and family.
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:iconhottestbrunette1:
Critique by hottestbrunette1 Jul 25, 2012, 11:32:49 AM
Hahaha this is genious, evrything about the cake is definatly original, I love how the mermaid is dead beat on the table all chopped up, not to mention she's blond and also how you made her blood yellow rather than red.( you avoided making it look creepy) I love the crazy fat chef even his fancy mustache, someone can mistaken him for being French or Italian, and of course the floor style, black and white pattern squares original!Theres even a mess on the floor of fish, shells and other scraps. Also the cat, is cute and funny looking, with his knife and fork ready to eat, fantastic work! :)
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:iconstevethedawg:
StevetheDawg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely genius, but a few pirate friends of mine would freak out though.
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:iconsamborskiy:
Samborskiy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Oooo_O!
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:iconmetamorphcat:
metamorphcat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
interesting XD
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Horrifying, beautiful, funny and amazing--you've hit all of my "like" buttons with this one! It would have been funnier to me if you had given her red hair like Ariel, but this cake is pure genius!
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:iconconfuzzledmia:
confuzzledMia Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
haha... such a nice idea..
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:iconbehappy1990:
behappy1990 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
What an original idea! It made me laugh! LOL
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:iconoolaaylasienn:
oolaaylasienn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist
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:iconlittlepleasureslife:
littlepleasureslife Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh noooooooooo
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:iconlittlepleasureslife:
littlepleasureslife Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
congrats for the third place!!!
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:iconbeautifuldamned:
BeautifulDamned Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
That is so messed up... I love it! Lol.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Hi there. I've featured your work as an example of food art at it's finest in an article over at #ArtHistoryProject. [link] :hug:
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:iconsliceofcake:
Sliceofcake Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the feature and the fine write up :)
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
My pleasure entirely. I could have featured so much of your work over many categories but I was trying to share it around haha. Your gallery is so varied and so gorgeous.
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:iconsliceofcake:
Sliceofcake Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww... Thank you :tighthug:
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:iconsuper-badass:
super-badass Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
This is awesome :D
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:icongertygetsgangster:
gertygetsgangster Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Outstanding!!! I love this to death! xXx
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:icontoughspirit:
ToughSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is demented and awesome at the same time, LOL.
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:iconwannagotoheaven:
WannaGoToHeaven Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahaha this is just hilarious, even more considering it's cake
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:iconconundrum44:
conundrum44 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!
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:iconburningthemoon:
burningthemoon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
this is AWESOME! Amazing piece of art!
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:iconwakeupatnoon:
wakeupatnoon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Morbidly amazing. :D
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:iconclutchkitten:
clutchkitten Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
AHHHHMAZING!
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:icondeaddancers:
DeadDancers Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome. And sick. It's Awesick.
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:iconmourningwake-press:
mourningwake-press Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
YES!!!!
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:iconanaspieinpoland:
AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, put 'Les Poissons' here.
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:iconrebeckington:
Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012   General Artist
Wow, this is incredible! I love the scene: it's different, fun, crazy, exciting and gory all in one! The step by step pictures I found really interesting - and helpful for me as a fairly amateur cake decorator myself :) The attention to detail is fantastic; your own little details like the cat, fish heads and crab stuck in the mermaid's hair adds a real air of frantic mess in the kitchen - and extra lunacy!

Love it, love it, love it all! :D
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:iconcorpse-queen:
Corpse-Queen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this design SO much! Everytime I look at it I see something I didn't see before. Its so clever, funny, and amazingly put together. Really great work!!
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:icongwendelyn:
Gwendelyn Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! that is... ahm... one special cake! ^^;
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Awesome stuff. :D I've always wanted to participate in that competition, but just never find the available time. This is so inspiring.
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:iconsliceofcake:
Sliceofcake Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's not too late! Get on it! :D
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Between my research project and the three cake orders I have, it's unlikely. I'm keeping it in the back of my mind for if the time arises. Meanwhile, I'm going to live vicariously through yours. I love it.

I just realised I didn't fave it. Must rectify that.
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:icondragondoodle:
dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa . . . that is amazing! :nod:
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:iconpenguinlover13:
PenguinLover13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is sad :( poop I didn't know u could eat mermaid lol jk
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:iconjustdoitmarshall:
JustDoItMarshall Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not very hungry anymore nor shall I ever be again.
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!!! Amazing cake. I just love every single thing about it. The detail is phenomenal. Only 15 hours????!!!!
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:iconmiyazu:
Miyazu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hmmmm yummmmmeeehh
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:iconfurryecho:
FurryEcho Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love this!
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:iconwondering-thought:
wondering-thought Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I love the expressions!
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:icongeobly:
geobly Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice and creative, good luck to you
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:iconthecraftmessmonster:
thecraftmessmonster Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist
I am both disturbed.....and amazed.
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:iconstuff-by-mjm:
STUFF-by-MJM Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
i love the look on the chef's face
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:iconzoro-swordsman:
zoro-swordsman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
:rofl: That is awesome! I love it~
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:iconlimskaya:
Limskaya Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The expression on the cooks face is amazing! Wow. I'm so impressed.
The cat is also really cute. The amount of detail in general is just impressive, I'm so jealous of your sculpting skills.

The whole concept really appeals to me, but that's prolly my morbid side ;-)
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:iconxxxsketch-of-doomxxx:
LOLS!
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:iconieattomatoes:
iEatTomatoes Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love it! In an odd, and creepy way :3
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:iconangelielle:
angelielle Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I love it!
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:iconminerva1210:
minerva1210 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'd love to see some photos of the process!! *_*
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:iconsliceofcake:
Sliceofcake Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Click on the link in the description!
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:iconshango-thunderstones:
Shango-ThunderStones Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a very interesting take on the slogan, "Beef... It's what for dinner!" Now this is scary and awesome! :wow: Thanks for sharing and showing what's involved in making cake sculpture. Maybe one day, I'll see you on TV on the Food Network Challenge doing your awesome cakes.
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Wow, that is really something!
This is both horrible and beautiful all at once, I saw the wip pictures on your entry and still don't understand how much work and talent went into this piece. It is beautiful and disgusting, lol :heart:
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