My youngest is turning seven tomorrow. Last year for her birthday party, she requested a Little Mermaid Princess party. I paid a hefty price for a sheet cake with a few Little Mermaid toys thrown on top. This year, I figured I could either buy her a cake for her birthday present or bake her a cake and buy her a bike with the money I save.
I found this cake at Family Fun. Well, that looks easy enough. So, I set out and bought three boxes of cake mix, because the recipe calls for five 8″ square cakes and seven cups (you heard me) of white icing.
After baking two of the boxes, I discovered another layer to the cake would be ridiculously high. So, the final cake will be three layers high, with two layers for the tower on top. A friend told me to ice the cake with a layer of icing and let it set for one hour. This is called the crumb layer. After that ice the cake and you won’t have any crumbs showing.
As you can see, it didn’t work well for me. I may have gotten the wrong information about the “crumb layer”, so I won’t tell you Chocolatechic who shared this with me.
I finally got all the layers together and even after fighting all the crumbs, that were not suppose to show, I got the tower put on too. Icing the sugar cones became a chore and I found out after the first cone, that it was easier to spread the icing with my fingers after I licked my fingers. 😀 Just kidding; spread icing with clean fingers. Then I sprinkled the pink sugar all over. Below is the final cake. Try not to notice the crumbs that CC said would not be there.
I did not use the toothpicks with the flags on the end for a couple of reasons. I didn’t have any toothpicks, all tape to attach flags to toothpicks had been consumed by my second daughter, and I was sick of working on the cake.
It turns out that my daughter loved the cake and helped me put the Good&Plenty candies on. She didn’t even mind that there were crumbs, that CC said would not be there.
I am pretty sure that if I was asked to make this cake again, I would say, “Let’s not and say we did.”