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Anyone does an Ariel the Mermaid character cake?

Crazy Egg Feb 16, 2011 11:15 AM

It's my daughter's birthday coming up and I rarely indulge her that much, but she has been pestering me about getting an Ariel the Mermaid cake for her. Any bakeries in Watertown, Belmont, Waltham, Newton would do this? Many thanks for any suggestions.

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    Blumie Feb 17, 2011 06:09 PM

    Icing on the Cake in Newton certainly can do one. (After being customers at Party Favors for years, we switched to Icing on the Cake because we found their product to be better.)

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    1. re: Blumie
      Ralphie_in_Boston Feb 18, 2011 06:40 PM

      IOTC can make just about anything. They actually have artists doing the cakes, it's quite amazing. On any given day, one can look in their refrigerated case off to the side of the front counter to see all the finished cakes waiting to be picked up.

      It's pricey, but they do a fantastic job.

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      Crazy Egg Feb 17, 2011 07:56 AM

      Thanks so much for the responses and advice!! I will look into your suggestions.

      owen_meany, your daughter's cake looks really fabulous!! If you don't mind, can you let me know how many people was the cake for and pricing? We can do this offline, if you'd like. Thanks!

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      1. re: Crazy Egg
        owen_meany Feb 17, 2011 08:58 AM

        Crazy Egg,

        If this thread occurred a few weeks from now I would have a ready answer for you as we're heading to Lyndell's soon to order the cake for her 5th birthday...My best recommendation is to call them...I think the size we ordered is for ~20 people but it actually serves many more because a little Lyndells cake goes a long way. Also, my recommendation is to get the yellow cake not the chocolate...the chocolate is fine but the yellow is really much better.

        I would call and ask them how much an ariel cake is for X number of people. Sorry to not be more helpful!


        1. re: owen_meany
          Crazy Egg Feb 17, 2011 09:59 AM

          Thanks so much! You have given me very good info. I will call them and find out. Have fun getting your daughter's cake!

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            owen_meany Feb 27, 2011 11:32 AM

            Just updating with prices as I order my daughter's cake this AM.

            The 2 layer cake that they say serves 25 is $50 (IMHO it is definitely more than 25 servings). I think normally if you ask them for special decorations it is an additional $15 at this size but as I brought in the plastic pieces I want them to use and just need them to "create the scene" with icing they only charged me $8.

            I am super excited about the cake...I asked them to create a "Little House on the Prairie" theme and even brought them a plastic covered wagon :-) Will post a picture in a few weeks.

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              Crazy Egg Feb 28, 2011 11:51 AM

              Thanks so much for the update!! Can't wait to see your cake! I love 'Little House on the Prairie'! I remember watching the shows and reading the books when younger. :)

              After much back and forth with my husband, we decided to go with Danish Pastry House in Watertown for a cake. It's a filled cake with an Ariel motif made with marzipan. I have to say that I am not a big fan of marzipan as I usually find it too sweet here, but I have tried the DPH marzipan and it has a nice balance of sweetness and nuttiness for me. I called Lyndell's and it would have been $50 for the yellow cake, $10-$15 extra for a filled cake, and extra charge for the 'Ariel' motif. The cost was close to what I am paying for the cake at DPH ($85) that my husband did not want to schlep his way to Somerville. I would love to do a taste off of the cakes to see how they are, but alas...no. I will try to post a pic in a couple of weeks. Thanks for your help!!

              Danish Pastry House
              205 Arlington St, Watertown, MA 02472

              1. re: owen_meany
                owen_meany Mar 18, 2011 11:59 AM

                At long last here is the (not great) picture. The cake was super delicious.

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                  Crazy Egg Mar 18, 2011 12:36 PM

                  What a beautiful cake! I can see why you were excited about your decorations. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

                  I still haven't downloaded the pics, but DPH did an awesome job with my daughter's Ariel cake. Luscious pastry cream with raspberry jam sandwiched by light (almost as light as the Chinese 'chiffon' cakes from Chinatown) vanilla cake. Vanilla buttercream was 'glue' for a seascape created over the cake using marzipan and white chocolate seashells. Pics coming up soon. We bought an Ariel candle and princess pieces to decorate the cake. I got compliments from everyone about how awesome the cake looked and how tasty it was. We had about a third of a cake left over, though it was meant for 25 people. More like 35 people.

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          owen_meany Feb 17, 2011 02:39 AM

          Outside of the geographic region you specified but here's a picture of the Ariel cake Lyndell's bakery (Somerville) made for my daughter's birthday.

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          1. re: owen_meany
            chickendhansak Feb 17, 2011 07:25 AM

            I came here to recommend Lyndell's too based on just looking in the windows at all the kids' cakes. I think you could get there from that side of town without too much difficulty.

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              dulce de leche Feb 17, 2011 07:42 AM

              This is better than what I was picturing. Something along the lines of the trembling lip of my child at a friends' party when the mom sliced into the Elmo face shaped cake and everyone ate a piece of her beloved.

              A bit of unsolicited advice: you don't want the cake SHAPED like Ariel, just have her grace it.

            2. itaunas Feb 16, 2011 12:07 PM

              If I were to get an 'Ariel' cake I would order it from a Latin American bakery (literary reference).

              That said, there is a huge industry in Children's licensed cakes and most bakeries have a booklet of designs even ethnic bakeries (you could potentially order it from your favorite chinese bakery). They simply order the theme pieces from a distributor, make the cake to your specifications, and decorate it per the book. More recent ones are on hand, others need a bit of notice (Ariel might, but I have seen it in such a book). I have had decent luck with Royal Pastry in Cambridge for theme cakes and they have an outlet in Lexington at 2A and Waltham street so while outside your area not too much so it might be worth a call to see if its in their book. Its pretty basic sheet cake, with options like whipped cream frosting, but its not a high end custom cake place.

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              1. re: itaunas
                MC Slim JB Feb 16, 2011 01:43 PM

                I have a nephew who's sullen, ungrateful and ill-behaved. Where do I get him a Caliban cake?


                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  itaunas Feb 16, 2011 02:00 PM

                  A birthday party at Bohemian grove would probably be most appropriate...

                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                    chickendhansak Feb 17, 2011 07:22 AM

                    Sycorax Bakery in Somerville does a version, but frankly I think they should be bound into a tree for it -- it is something witch is really foul.

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                      Delhiwala Feb 17, 2011 08:31 AM

                      Bravo MC - you get the award for the best reply of the day!

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                    Kat Feb 16, 2011 11:30 AM

                    Party Favors in Brookline does great custom cakes, not only great looking but they are moist and taste good too. However, they are in Brookline (Coolidge Corner), if that is not too far for you.

                    Party Favors
                    1356 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

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                      Gordough Feb 16, 2011 12:29 PM

                      I second Party Favors. We just had them do a Curious George cake for our 4 year old and it came out beautifully. As Kat says, their cakes not only look good but they are some of the best tasting cakes around especially the cake itself (I have never been a huge fan of tons of frosting).

                      Party Favors
                      1356 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

                      1. re: Gordough
                        CookieLee Feb 16, 2011 05:54 PM

                        I'm a huge fan of tons of frosting, and Party Favors frosting is fabulous!

                        Party Favors
                        1356 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

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