Year after year I've been making cakes for my Daughter's birthday and year after year I just want to make them better and better.
This year was her fifth birthday and I really wanted to do something special. So I decided to get my "Hands" wet and try to make a beautiful doll cake like the ones I had seen before.
This is the first time I used fondant. It was easier than I thought to use. It also dyes really easy so you can buy your basic white and dye it whatever color you want. Getting the right tools to use makes a world of difference in getting the job done. The right rolling pin, plenty of conf. sugar and a non-stick mat made fondant easy to use.
I used Pound Cake (store bought, boxed) on my Doll cake because the texture is thinker than other cake mixes and it works well when stacking on top of other layers. Also, be sure to use doweling rods to giver your layered cake extra support.
My husband helped me make this one and we had a lot of fun doing it. Two sets of hands are always better than one and it makes the process go a lot faster.
Seeing our daughter's face in the morning was well worth the time and effort put into this project. I can't wait to make the next one.
I have always wanted to create a doll cake so this year I had my chance for my niece's 5th birthday to make her a Little Mermaid Doll Cake.
I started with three glass mixing bowls that could bake in the oven: small, medium and large and then two butter flavored cake mixes. After the cakes were finished and cooled, I froze them for about 45 minutes and took each cake and carefully cut the top part so that they were more flat and would stack easier. Freezing them allows you to cut them with a lot less crumb mess.
After that I cut each one in half. I put the first layer down (big bowl cake) and then spread strawberry jam lightly over it and then layered the next half. I did this for the remaining cakes. Next, I put a crumb coat of icing on them. I got the recipe for a buttercream icing off of youtube- seriouscakes 4-21-08. This icing was to die for!
After about a day of drying, I tinted the icing to my liking and iced away. I added white Royal icing for the pearls. I went to www.disneyprincess.com for the dress colors and ideas. I was trying for more of a salmon color with the pink. I think for my first time, she turned out really cute.
I made these mini doll cakes for my friend's daughter's 7th birthday party. She wanted each girl to have her own cake. The cakes were baked in the Wilton mini wonder mold pan.
I frosted each 'dress' with buttercream frosting (I make my own). For the bodice, I used marshmallow fondant tinted the same color as the dress(I found the recipe online--very easy and actually tastes pretty good). I used a small bit for each doll and molded it around the doll to make a strapless bodice.
Then I stuck the pick into the dress and piped some accents on the dress (i.e. ruffles around the bottom and bodice of the dress, flowers, etc). The birthday girl wanted purple, turquoise, and pink dresses. I tried to make each color a little different (and we ended up with green too because my first turquoise attempt was a bit off).