I used to make cakes all the time. But they are stressful to make. Between baking, leveling, smoothing, and decorating, they take a lot of time and a lot can go awry. Now I mostly focus on cupcakes. Every one in a while, however, someone will request cake. Sometimes I oblige. This time, my little cousin requested a mermaid cake (a simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream). I decided to keep it simple and focus on the tail of the mermaid and surround her with blue water and star fish.