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Ariel's Splashy Celebration Cake

Makes: Cake serves 63.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

Several days in advance: Make cookies. Prepare and roll out dough. Cut 5 fish using cutter. Bake and cool cookies. Decorate with royal icing on waxed paper-covered board. Ice smooth. Pipe tip 3 dot eye; add tip 3 dot pupil. Pipe tip 6 bead fins and lips. Let dry.

Step 2

Also: Use royal icing to pipe seascape details on waxed paper-covered boards. For coral, pipe tip 16 branches, 10 each violet and rose. Pipe 12 pieces of green seaweed, 3 1/2 to 14 in. high, using tip 112. Let dry. Use Thinned Royal Icing in cut parchment bag to pipe bubble groups (1/2, 3/4 and 1 in. dots); let dry overnight then dust edges with Pearl Dust. And: Attach seaweed, 6 coral pieces, fish and bubble groups to lollipop sticks with icing. Trim lollipop sticks as needed; for tallest, tape 2 sticks together for extra height. Let dry.

Step 3

And: Mold candy pieces. Tint portions of candy orange, pink and yellow using candy colors. Mold 4 solid starfish and 8 marbleized seashells. Mold Ariel candy plaque.

Step 4

Bake and cool 2-layer cake; prepare for Center Column Construction. Ice smooth and spray with Color Mist. Position on 18 in. base plate. Ice outer edge of plate and sprinkle on brown sugar. Pipe tip 6 bead bottom border. Pipe tip 3 message. Insert 2 plastic dowel rods where candy plaque will sit. Attach candy plaque to center column with melted candy. Use icing to attach coral and candy shells around bottom of cake; position remaining pieces of seascape. Tie curling ribbon around exposed lollipop sticks; secure with melted candy.

*Combine Violet with Rose for violet shown.

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Disney Princess Ariel Icing Color Set ((red, teal, Ariel skin tone))


Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Orange Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Brown Icing Color

Black Icing Color

2 packages White Candy Melts® Candy

2 packages Red Candy Melts® Candy

Blue Color Mist? Food Color Spray

Meringue Powder

granulated sugar




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14 x 2 in. Round Pan

Cookie Sheet

Cooling Grid

11 3/4 in. Lollipop Sticks

Tall Tier Cake Stand ((18 in. Footed Base,?6 1/2 in. Columns (2), Bottom Column Bolt))

Cake Boards

Waxed paper

80 inches Light blue curling ribbon


Add some richness to your boxed assortments by including some luxurious swirled colors.

Use pans as molds when making solid decorative plaques. If your pan has detail, it may be painted in desired colors as you would for any candy mold.

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Ariel's Splashy Celebration Cake is rated 4.5556 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this for my granddaughter's 6th birthday. It was a hit with the children as well as the parents. The chocolate plaque instructions leave one wondering what to do, especially if you don't want to invest in the plate with the column that goes through the center of the cake. I found the 2009 Wilton Yearbook to get better instructions. My daughter and I put our heads together and developed an alternate way to keep the plaque standing and it worked perfectly. The royal icing decorations were simple to make. We made enough cookies so that the children could take one home. I had some edible white pearls and sprinkled them around the cake.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recieved rave reviews from the moms that attended my daughters birthday party. It turned out really well. Of course, I couldn't get all the pieces that it called for, but I worked around that. The biggest problem I had was the candy plaque. The first one I made broke when I tried to get it out of the mold. I had to redo it because it was not fixable. The second time, I put a small amount of cake release all over the bottom of the pan, everywhere the candy was going to be. It came out like a charm. No problem at all. The rest of the cake was fun. It was fun to play with and place all the pieces on the cake to make it come to life.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Being new to cake decorating I decided to challenge myself by making this cake. Love it!!!! The Candy Aerial plague was challenging. However, I learned new cake tricks. The cookies for fish. Using the Wilton Sugar cookie recipe. The bubbles using royal icing and coloring gel for the their edges. . Again another medium I had never use before. Plus candy molds for the seashells The marbleling techinque. . I even experimented by using the Wilton spray for coloring the water/cake blue. Used a ton of Wilton melts. In the end trial and error paid off. My niece loved the cake. In turn I recieved alot of praise. It felt GREAT!!!!
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I attempted to make this cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday. All went well until the candy plaque came into play. First, I'll point out that I wasn't able to find the cake seperator plates or the cake corer (they don't make them anymore) so I tried to melt candy over pieces of dowel and then put that into the cake.. my cake was only 2 layers high so it really didn't work because the plaque was very heavy. The rest of the cake was easy to put together especially if you start a few days ahead of time. The candy plaque was intimidating at first, but it was incredibly easy to make. I really wish I had all the tools in my house to have been able to complete the cake. I ended up buying the Ariel Styling head and put it on the cake. Worked out great .. my daughter remembers her cake 6 months later when she plays with the toy.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my oldest daughter's 4th birthday. It was really a showstopper! The only complaint I have is that the coral broke fairly easily. Make sure you make a lot of extra pieces to allow for breakage. I really enjoy doing cakes with the candy plaques on top. They look really difficult, but are fairly easy to make and always look amazing!
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not know some of the techniques, but with the help of the Wilton website and yearbooks I was able to teach myself. I was unable to find the cake stand in suggested so I make a rectangular cake but everyone loved it. I starte the royal iceing coral a few weeks in advance and stored it so I could spread out the work.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I haven't made the candy plaque yet and was wondering if anyone could tell me the exact supplies to buy to make it. How many bags of what color or how to mix colors for things such as a the skin color? There seems to be a ton of people wondering the same thing, as well as proper instructions of assembly.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had to modify cake since I was unable to find Tall Tier Cake stand. Made the cake as a half sheet cake. I made a cutout in the back of the cake and used a display plate stand to hold up Ariel. Ariel came out great and everyone loved the cake. Was great that the entire cake was ediable.
Date published: 2011-05-13
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