My daughter wanted a Barbie cake for her 4th bday so after looking online at some pics I thought...I can do that! Mind you... the only cakes I had ever made before were simple regular cakes with the icing straight out of the can. I used the pampered chef large batter bowl for the skirt and baked it at 300 for about an hour. (Note: I ended up inserting 2 metal spoons in the center and that really helped get the heat through the center. I should have bought a heating rod thing at the store...but I didn't. However the spoons worked just as well) The flowers were from the craft section like for scrapbooking and I used mnm's for the center...just a little icing on the back. I also bought whipped white icing and colored it with food coloring. Whipped icing made it easier to spread the color more evenly. The cake itself is white cake and strawberry cake and I just swirled the batter together for a marbled effect. Worked great. I also baked a round 9 inch cake and slid it under the skirt to add height. She still stuck up a little out of the top of the cake but the icing covered it nicely. Considering this was my first real baking experience I thought it came out great! I would suggest sketching out what your idea for the finished cake would be...helps when it comes to actually decorating!
My grand daughter wanted a Thumbelina cake for her 4th birthday and she loves Chrysella. I purchased pieces to go on the cake from the toy section that she could play with after. The topper is solar powered so it moved when it was on the cake which was cool. My daughter wanted the cake in Green, orange, purple and pink. I used two 10 inch and two 8 inch round cakes. Frosted them with our favorite buttercream tinted in a green. I used 5 dowl rods in the bottom cake, dusted the center with coconut to prevent seperater plate from sticking before adding. Once the plate was in place I built a little knowl for Chrysella to sit on which was actually a block of green playdoh. I covered the playdoy with green leaves using a leaf tip and added drop flowers before sitting the doll in place. I decorated the top tier with a leaf boarder, drop flowers and roses. I then added the top tier before putting the Thumbelina garden in place, once again dusting the top where the garden would sit with cocunut. I used a leaf border on the top and bottom of both cakes and filled in the rest of the cake with a mixture of Roses, rose buds and drop flower which were dusted with edible glitter before they set. Once I was finished I dusted the entire cake with additional edible glitter.
I always wanted a Birthday Barbie Cake when I was little, but never got one. I figured that since it was my 35th birthday, I'd make one for myself!
I used my Pampered Chef Batter bowl with one cake mix. I baked it at 350 degree for about 1.5 hours. I felt like the cake wasn't tall enough so I baked a 6 inch round cake to add more height. I trimmed both cakes so they would lay flat, and put buttercream frosting in between the layers.
To keep the layers from slipping, I inserted 4 wooden skewers all the way into the cake. (Just cut the skewers to length) Then I put a thick layer of buttercream over the entire cake.
I made some yellow marshmallow fondant to cover the cake and used Wilton fondant cutters to cut out the flower decorations. The Barbie is also a Wilton half-Barbie that is in the baking aisle.