Mermaids, seashells and starfish!
The starfish and seashell macarons can be found in my Creative Baking: Macarons book so you may refer to it if you need the templates and piping instructions. I was given a picture of the mermaid and made a template out of it.
I used the reduced sugar recipe for the macaron shells here. Both regular and reduced sugar recipes can be found here. You may refer to my Creative Baking: Macarons book for a systematic presentation of the basics and complex shaped macarons. You may refer to my video tutorials for macaron basics and piping of complex shapes on the blog too.
Piping the mermaids
Freshly baked shells. I baked this batch together with the pirate themed batch
Just to share some photos of the decorated shells. I decorated the shells with royal icing and edible marker. The rosy cheeks on the mermaids were added on using peach coloured lustre dust and a small soft brush.
I had a hard time trying to source for candy/chocolate balls that are just the right size for the pearls in the shells so I made my own instead. I followed the recipe for modelling white chocolate from here, using a ratio of 2:1 for white chocolate : light corn syrup.
Homemade modelling white chocolate
Let the balls of "pearls" dry and harden in the open a little before adding on a coat of pearlescent lustre dust.
Brushing on pearlescent lustre dust
I filled the shells with cookies n cream swiss meringue buttercream. The recipe can be found here.
Thank God these were very well received at the party both looks and taste wise :).