I made this Barbie Mariposa cake for a friend's daughter. She is really into Barbie and Mariposa had just come out at the time. I used a fairy Barbie instead of the Mariposa Barbie because of the size of the wings on the Mariposa Barbie.
I used the Wilton doll mold for this cake. I then put a crumb layer of homemade buttercream on the cake. I put a base layer of white fondant over the entire cake before I started with the "petals" of the dress. I dyed the fondant a light pink with gel color. I covered Barbie's legs in plastic wrap and after making a small hole to keep the cake from cracking, I pushed her down into the cake. Then I hand carved each one of the petals and placed them on the skirt of the cake.
I freehand carved the bodice for the Barbie. After I applied all the fondant, I went over all the pink fondant with a pink luster dust to make it sparkle, it did also make the pink darker. Then I piped the black trim around the skirt petals using buttercream. I placed pre-made butterfly picks in the cake skirt for a little extra color.
When I delivered the cake, the little girl thought the cake was under the Barbie cover (she didn't think that it was edible). That was the biggest compliment I could get! It was worth all the effort! I used my idea for the style of the cake from the dress that this Barbie wears.
My gorgeous daughter Madelina requested a "mermaid party" for her 4th birthday. Every year we make the birthday cake together - which is just the standard "cake in a box" mix! I used 2 x standard Betty Crocker cake mixes for this cake. Bake in the oven as per the instructions. I used a Dolly Varden cake tin.
To assemble the cake, I cut a small hole in the top to insert the Barbie (legs removed!!) and then did a crumb coating and stuck the mermaid tail on at this stage - using tiny marshmallow which we 'flattened' and cut into smaller pieces to resemble scales. We then let this "set" in the fridge for an hour or so.
I really wanted the "ocean" to be an ombre effect - but unfortunately - it proved too hard when I was mixing all the blue food coloring into 3 different bowls. I didn't get the desired affect, but I'm the only person who was aware of this. I just had blue food coloring everywhere and added the coloring it too quickly. I used brown sugar on the top to make 'sand' and then I piped the waves using butter cream in piping bags.
This was a little time consuming and certainly VERY messy - but worth every second when my daughter saw her cake and all her friends.... now they all want mermaid parties!