Cakes of Interest: Mermaid Tail Pull-A-Part Cupcakes

Honestly, pull-a-part cupcakes are not my favorite projects to do, but I did have a lot of fun making this shimmery mermaid tail. Other than unicorns, mermaids are also popular at the bakery, mesmerizing guests with layers of tropical colors. In general, I love variegating oceanic blues and teals, and then adding pops of neon and dark colors to make the pieces stand out.

This is a grouping of 24 funfetti cupcakes. I do have a funfetti cupcake recipe in the works for the blog, but in the meantime, I do have a wonderful yellow cake recipe. To make this cake, I first covered the arranged cupcakes with a flat layer of white buttercream. Starting on the left hand side of the cake, I airbrushed a gradient that transitions from royal and Hawaiian blue to teal blue. The gradient is subtle in the photograph, but it’s still reminiscent of ocean waves. Toward the fin, I airbrushed the icing violet and rose pink.

Completed Cake!

As always, I had to work quickly, so I did not pipe the scales as neatly as I would have liked, but they still looked good against the airbrushed tail. I then I piped both solid and variegated rosettes and stars along the left side of the tail and the edges of the fins. I used an assortment of customized colors that I created using navy, rose pink, teal, neon purple, and violet. To finish the cake off, I sprayed pearl shimmer for that eye-catching metallic effect, and dusted the cake with edible glitter.

Overall, it was a wonderful success! I made a little girl very happy! I mentioned before that I have a weakness for ocean themed cakes. Next time I have an excuse to make a layered cake at home, will I’ll dabble with some seashell decorations.


  • DecoPac Premium Gel Colors
  • DecoPac Premium Airbrush Colors
  • DecoPac Premium Airbrush Pearl Shimmer
  • Bakery Crafts Star White Edible Glitter
  • Ateco 852 Tip or Wilton 2D Tip
  • Ateco #6 Tip or Wilton #6 Tip


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  1. So beautiful 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

    1. Thank you so much!

  2. You did an amazing job with this cake!!

    1. Thank you so much!

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