I enjoy making and decorating cakes but until now they have just been plain 7" cakes with rolled out icing designs. I decided to make my niece a different type of cake for her 3rd birthday and came up with the idea of a Homemade Barbie Princess Birthday Cake.
I started by making two 7" plain sponge cakes and another plain sponge in a mixing bowl. When they were cool and ready to decorate I cut a hole in the middle of each cake with a biscuit cutter, this hole would be were I placed the doll. I filled inbetween each layer with raspberry jam and butter icing. I then wrapped the doll in cling film to protect her clothes and placed her in the precut hole, when the cake had been eaten my niece had a new, clean doll to play with.
I then covered the whole cake in plain butter icing and placed it in the freezer for 30 minutes so that it was set enough to put another layer on top. I then made another batch of butter icing, this time adding pink food colouring to it. I covered the whole cake again in another layer of icing, this time making swirling patterns with a spatula to make it look like material. I piped on the bodice of the dress and then added a few royal icing flowers and also piped all around the base of the cake to make it look like a hem.
My little niece was so pleased with her cake that I've promised to make her another.
I have always had an interest in cake decorating. I never really did it until my youngest daughter's birthday last November. Even then, it was just something simple.
This is just a round cake that I frosted, and put stars around the top and bottom. I used the candy letters to spell out happy birthday. All of the guests liked it, and thought it had been professionally made. This year for my oldest daughter's birthday, she wanted a Barbie theme. I wanted to surprise her with a 3D Birthday Barbie Cake, but I figured I should practice first, and she was always around. So, she knows what she will be getting.
Hopefully it will be nicer when I make it the second time. I think it came out good for a practice-run. I really wish I had followed the directions for the buttercream frosting, though, because it was starting to drip towards the end. I had already put it in the fridge a couple of times to prevent it from doing so. The directions did say to add a little extra milk, and I accidentally put a little TOO much in.
I had to use two regular cake mixes, and about a pound of fondant-give or take a little. This was my first time using it. It actually sort of dried out, but you live you learn, right? There is buttercream and royal icing mix that you can buy from the store, or you can make your own. Just Google a recipe. It is a lot of work, but definitely worth it!