This cake was made for Tristan's 4th birthday party on January 21, 2007. She is the daughter of my friends and colleagues, Shawna and Ryan Upp.

The cake is made from the famous "Chocolate Blackout Cake" recipe by Margaret Braun. The filling is a chocolate meringue buttercream and the icing is a basic decorator's buttercream.

Ariel, Flounder and the bubbles are made with royal icing from a technique called "color flow". I took an image from one of Tristan's Disney coloring books and enlarged it. Then taped the image onto a cookie sheet and overlayed it with a layer of parchment. Then I traced the image with stiff royal icing and let dry. Then filled in the traced outline with thinned royal icing (by adding water) and let dry for two days. I used food coloring pens to paint in the facial features (nose, eyes, mouth).