I made this Homemade Barbie Birthday Cake for my daughter who was turning 5. I want my kids to have cool cakes without it costing me a fortune to order them so I decided to try it myself. I am very pleased with how it came out.
The bottom portion is a half sheet cake. Three layers of chocolate cake with raspberry puree filling and covered is Swiss meringue and the flowers are done in traditional butter cream made to look like hydrangeas (shortening butter combo). I find it easier to make flowers with this than Swiss meringue.
The Barbie portion of the cake is done with a doll pick but the skirt is vanilla cake 2 layers I did in a metal mixing bowl - when done this way you have to bake at a lower temp and for longer and an 8" cake pan and covered in Swiss meringue and the bodice of the dress is piped with a star tip. The cake also has basket weave piped around the cake in vanilla whip cream. The best tip I have for making this cake is make sure your cakes are cold it makes it much easier to handle them and move them around without having crumb issues.
I made this cake the night before her birthday I was finally finished at 2am as it was a surprise for my daughter and it sat in the fridge for 12hrs then I let it sit at room temp for about an hour as to let the buttercream soften a little. All of the cake was done from scratch nothing from a box.
My daughter wanted a homemade Barbie birthday cake for her 5th birthday. This was my first foray into working with fondant icing. I used a Wilton Wonder pan, which made a very nice skirt shape and comes with a rod for even baking (just used vanilla cake mix).
I crumb coated with buttercream icing and rolled out some fondant which I had tinted pink. This was laid over the skirt cake, leaving some folds, which I later used a star tip to highlight and used butterfly shaped sprinkles to decorate.
Together, my daughter and I made fondant butterflies using tiny cookie cutters. These I let dry draped over a "v" of aluminum foil to make the wings stick out. The butterflies were adhered when dry with dabs of buttercream. I made the bodice out of some rolled fondant, and covered Barbie's legs and hair with some cling film.
To make the present she's holding, I formed the box shape with a bit of fondant and cut out thin strips, looping them around to make the bow. To make Barbie hold the present, I used a clear plastic elastic around her wrists, then pulled her hands apart to place the gift in her hands. The elastic pulled her hands back together around the present holding it firmly.
I used a star tip and some silver dragees to add a few more decorations to the skirt. This was one of the most fun cakes to make, and my daughter loved that she got to keep the Barbie doll!