05 June 2013

Watch, Bake, Create - Mermaids


This is an activity link up where you can share your recipes and crafts based around a particular theme. This week focuses on Mermaids and we have made Mermaid CupcakesMermaid Handprint Pictures and watched The Little Mermaid movie.
You can grab the badge and link up your own Mermaid posts at the bottom.

Mermaid Cupcakes

Cupcakes are very versatile; you can decorate them to basically any theme that you like.
These delicious vanilla ones feature a coloured chocolate tail decoration and wavy vanilla icing to represent the sea!
For the cake
4oz self raising flour
4oz caster sugar
4oz butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence

For the frosting
250g icing sugar
80g butter
25ml milk
4 drops vanilla essence
2 drops blue food colouring (optional)

For the tails
150g white chocolate
3 drops green food colouring

  • Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
  • Combine the ingredients together to make the cake mixture
  • Divide the mixture between 12 cake cases in a baking tray
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until light brown
  • To make the tails, melt the white chocolate with a few drops of green food colouring and drizzle thinly onto greaseproof paper in the shape of mermaid tails (we made a stencil, around  2 inches in size, and placed it underneath the paper).
  • Allow to set in the fridge for a 10 minutes
  • To make the icing combine all of the ingredients and then pipe it onto of the cooled cupcakes.
  • Use a knife to create scales on the tails and then slot them on top of the icing
  • Scoff!

Mermaid Handprint Pictures

Using painted hands as the hair and tail this is a really fun yet simple activity to create an underwater scene.

Thick paper
Paint brush (not essential)
Sequins and glitter (not essential)
Cover one hand in paint and push down firmly on to the top of the paper to create the hair.
You can do this twice to make the hair appear thicker and more natural with fingers spread.
Add a head and body onto the picture using your fingers or a paintbrush
Paint the side of your hand and part of the lower arm.
Press firmly onto the paper from the body downwards, tilting the hand to one side to create half of the tail.
Repeat tilting the hand to the opposite side.
Add any glitter or sequins now to decorate and add a bikini and facial features using your fingers or a paint brush.
Allow to dry

The Little Mermaid Movie

Another Disney favourite of mine from way back in 1989 (that makes me feel old despite only being 4 then!). This tale is about a 16 year old princess mermaid named Ariel that wishes to become human.

She follows her heart, after spotting Eric in a shipwreck and saving him from drowning, and heads to Ursuala to make a deal. Ariel is transformed into a human for three days in exchange for her voice, which Ursula traps in a nautilus shell. Ariel must receive the "kiss of true love" from Eric within these three days or she will transform back into a mermaid and belong to Ursula forever.... will see do it in time?!


If you have any Mermaid themed posts you can link them up below.
You can grab the badge code here too if you wish.


Next week the theme will be Fairies.


  1. My niece loves mermaids! Well, I think every little girl does...:)

  2. I love the idea of watching a film and using it to inspire activities. We recently had a film themed weekend in our local town yet I'd never thought to do something like that at home. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I love this idea. Really busy at the mo but will def link up soon x

  4. Ohh fab!!
    I love your Mermaid Cupcakes!

  5. The Little Mermaid was the first ever Disney film I owned loL!

    I love the cakes! Such a brilliant idea!

    Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again this weekend

    Laura x x x

  6. The picture is great & the cakes look lovely

  7. Lovely cakey recipe! Yours look fab! Thanks for sharing!

  8. The way you made the mermaid tails is so creative.

  9. Love the cupcakes - Fabulous idea

  10. What a lovely recipe! Thank you for sharing! Bookmarked to try!

  11. These are so pretty ,lovely cakes.

  12. These are lovely. All girls love mermaids x

  13. Will need to try these with my daughter!

  14. What a brilliant idea, will have to try making these with my daughter, might be a good summer holidays activity :)

  15. aw they are so cute i must try these

  16. Not good at arty things, or baking - I thing the tails would defeat me, but will give them a go at the weekend :-)

  17. ah, love the idea of the little painting! x

  18. I'm a firm believer of getting kids involved with the cooking and baking - stood me in good stead when I left home to start college!

  19. This is a super idea! my daughter would love this

  20. Margaret Clarkson
    the cupcakes look really great, well done!

  21. What a clever idea for cupcakes

  22. How lovely. Our middle one adores mermaids and even has a mermaid swimming costume and leg fin.

  23. Definitely going to try making the cupcakes!

  24. mermaid cupcakes perfect i love them

  25. Those mermaid cupcakes look amazing 😊

  26. lovely ideas, especially the cupcakes

  27. Oh for someone mad on Little Mermaid a certain little girl will be making these!

  28. These would be great for my grandaughters birthday party x

  29. Love all the different ideas, my favourite is the mermaid cup cakes.

  30. lovely idea for a birthday party

  31. Oh these look brilliant - I love those mermaid tails!

  32. these cupcakes are delightful -how clever


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