Mermaid Cake

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Skill Level: Beginner
HD Lessons: 16
Decoration Time: 1 Day

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  • 10” Square by 3” deep chocolate cake


  • 2.5kg dark chocolate ganache

Cake Card and Drums

  • 12” round cake drum
  • 6” round cake card


  • 800g white sugarpaste
  • 200g Saracino modelling paste
  • 40g Poinsettia red sugarpaste
  • 40g Massa Ticino red

Paints and Dusts

  • Sugarflair Dusts:
  • Radiant gold
  • Gold sparkle
  • Frosty Holly
  • Glacier Blue
  • Sunflower Sugar Art:
  • Watermelon
  • Snow drift
  • Black
  • White
  • Brown


  • Icing sugar
  • Caster sugar
  • Spaghetti
  • Cocktail sticks
  • CMC
  • High percentage alcohol
  • Baileys


  • Palette knife
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Serrated knife


  • Calyx cutter medium and small


  • Size 0 paintbrush

Modelling Tools

  • PME Modelling tools

Cakey Tools

  • Large and small rolling pin
  • Metal scraper
  • Acetate smoothers
  • Pebble texture matt

In this tutorial, we see Paul teach Jenna how to make her first cake. Let that sink in...her first ever cake!

Jenna's mum, Sue, was instrumental in the setting up of the business back in 2002 and has been on the receiving end of a number of Paul's cakes since. Now for her eighteenth birthday, Paul has brought her into the studio to teach her how to make her very own mermaid cake, which is I'm sure you'll agree was a huge success. Jenna is now off to University to study medicine with a pretty good sideline in cakes if she needs it!

If you have ever doubted your ability to make a model or use an airbrush or even just carve and cover a cake then this tutorial is for you. Before your very eyes you will see a complete beginner create a fantastic cake from scratch.

This cake is perfect for birthday parties and of course, lovers of mermaids.

Follow this cake tutorial with Paul and Jenna to pick up some new skills and techniques which include:

  • Stacking and carving cake
  • Working with ganache
  • Covering awkward shapes
  • Simple Airbrushing
  • Modelling
  • Edible painting

And much more

This tutorial is perfect for a beginner cake designer looking to try something new.

We'd love to see your take on the Mermaid Cake - so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

You can also use our recently updated cake calculator to work out portions, ganache, sugarpaste and more.

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 185,000+ students.  
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