This Great Cake Contest entry was submitted by Cinderina2 from Twinsburg, Ohio: Ariel with friends Flounder and Sebastian sending birthday wishes.
In advance, make two-tone candy sea shells, pink royal icing coral and green royal icing seaweed. Roll green tinted fondant thin and shape into a fin with slight bends.
Bake base cake in 9x13 pan. Bake 2 mixes separately in a oven proof batter bowl for the rock/mound. Trim bowls cakes to fit the length of the doll. Insert 3-4 dowel rods and cake board to support rock/mound. Wrap doll in plastic wrap from the waist down. Insert doll into cake at a slight angle.
Ice 9x13 cake in blue buttercream. Ice rock/mound in variations of grey. Outline shape of the mermaids tail with a toothpick. Use tip 12 to pipe mound of icing for tail. Cover with tip 101 for scales. Insert fondant fin.
Add tip 225 drop flowers with a tip 2 center and tip 233 for sea grass on the rock/mound. Highlight the water with blue and green food spray. Sprinkle with edible sparkles. Place candy seashells around perimeter. Finish with a light coat of piping gel on remaining visible cake board. Sprinkle brown sugar for sand. Add any additional characters as desired.
See one happy little birthday girl!