We aunties find that having a theme helps when it comes to thinking up activities for the dotes. If you have an idea of something they like to begin with, a quick think and an internet search can provide enough activity to get you through a rainy summer day.
The latest theme? Mermaids.
For a while now, Lil D has been obsessed with mermaids (encouraged greatly by the kids offerings on a certain on demand streaming service) so Bear came up with some under the sea craft ideas.
Somehow this morphed into making a mermaid cake because who doesn’t enjoy the chance to create a showstopper cake?
We began with a pinterest search, but surprisingly found little to inspire (mostly because we lacked fondant to make a fantastical mermaid topper and had only one colour to dye our icing…). But we weren’t about to let that stop us. Two round cakes, and a quick sketch later, we began the epic journey
from this ↓
To this ↓
A simple sponge covered in a pink buttercream and sprinkles gave our mermaid (tail) some fishy definition. And a batch of madeleines were whipped up to create some amazing shells.
Yes it was an all day kind of project, and yes, Papa struggled to get his head round the headless mermaid (he insisted it was just a fish tail) but it fed an army of people (and tasted good!)