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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?


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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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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StevetheDawg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely genius, but a few pirate friends of mine would freak out though.
Samborskiy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
metamorphcat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
interesting XD
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!
confuzzledMia Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
haha... such a nice idea..
behappy1990 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
What an original idea! It made me laugh! LOL
oolaaylasienn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist
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littlepleasureslife Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh noooooooooo
littlepleasureslife Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
congrats for the third place!!!
BeautifulDamned Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
That is so messed up... I love it! Lol.
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