When the movie "Barbie Island Princess" came out last year my daughter freaked out whenever she saw the singing Barbie at the store. I decided to buy the Barbie for her birthday and use it for her present and the Barbie Island Princess cake at the same time.
My sister brought down the cake mold for the dress. She bought it at Roberts craft. She made cakes in the past using full size Barbies and I didn't want to waste money on the ugly-cheap looking half Barbie you are supposed to use for this cake pan. We used three cake mixes and two 9-inch round cake pans for the bottom of the dress. The dress mold cake pan we filled 3/4 full and cooked separately from the two 9-inch cakes because it takes a lot longer to cook.
When the cakes were cool we undressed the Barbie, cut a little hole at the top of the cake and then shoved her in. The cake split a little on the sides, but we just filled it in with frosting. We then used frosting tips to make a cool design on her top half. We used the tubes of white frosting that costs around $1.20 each and used food coloring to color it blue and pink. We then sprinkled the sprinkles all over her dress.
My daughters are crazy about Barbies, Princesses and Mermaids. So one day, we started looking up pictures of Barbie cakes online. We were so inspired by the beautiful cakes at this website! My oldest daughter decided she wanted a mermaid cake. I let her pick out her own Barbie at the store, and for her 5th birthday we created this cake.
It tasted as good as it looked. I used butter cream frosting all over. The sand is a mixture of brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs and raw sugar. The seashells are white chocolate candy melts with apricot colored sparkle dust which I dipped in vanilla extract and painted onto the shells. The fish and crabs are various colored candy melts. I used pearl candies as accents, and the entire cake is dusted with edible "disco dust" shimmer.
All of the decorating was done between 9pm and 1am the day before the birthday party (the only way Moms can do this is when the kids are sleeping). She was so surprised. Her friends thought the candy seashells were the best part!
I used 2 cake mixes for this Barbie Island Princess Cake. One mix went into the Wilton Wonder Mold. The other into 2 eight inch round cake pans. Other cake photo instructions said to use nine inch round pans, but by the time I leveled the cake from the wonder mold after baking I discovered that the 8" pans were a better fit (my mix didn't raise completely to the top). I also made a horizontal cut across the middle of the wonder mold (to create a layer to add more buttercream frosting that everyone loves).
Before inserting the Barbie Island Princess, I wrapped her, from the waist down, snuggly with cling wrap to protect her dress from the cake and frosting. I used buttercream icing for the entire cake, and purchased sparkle frosting in a tube for the design on the skirt. I attached a Happy Birthday message to the doll's hands with a couple of zots. The finished cake, although not professional, was a huge hit and my 6 year old granddaughter absolutely loved it.