There is a family tradition around this cake, my grandmother used to make it for my mum when she was a little girl. My mum made it for me and my brother makes it for his daughter. Growing up in Australia we used to call this a Dolly Varden cake, but now days it's more popularly known as a Barbie Birthday Cake.
My daughter just turned one and I decided to continue the tradition. However, she is dairy intolerant so I had to come up with a cake recipe that would work and that was dairy free.
After experimenting a couple of times I came up with a dairy free chocolate cake to fit the tin: 350g self raising flour, 300g caster sugar, 50g cocoa, 350g dairy-free margarine, 6 eggs, 2tsp vanilla extract: mix all together until smooth and pour into tin which has been buttered and floured - bake in 180 degree (celcius) oven for approximately 80 minutes or until cooked.
For vanilla cake replace the 50g of cocoa with self raising flour. I iced it in white and mauve icing in keeping with the theme of her party which was butterflies. I made the wings out of net and felt.
This Barbie Birthday Cake is a very easy cake just very time consuming. I made this cake for my friend's daughter for her 5th birthday. I used 2 cake mixes for the bottom of the dress and one cake mix for the upper portion.
After baking the cakes and allowing for them to cool-I put icing on the bottom portion and set the other cake on top of the other cake. I then cut a small hole in the top of the cake to place the barbie into the cake. After placing the Barbie in the hole I placed the cake that was cut from the hole back into the hole to make sure the Barbie did not move.
I then colored icing and began to icing her,the dress had three layers with plenty of details,especially the ripples. Even her necklace and the top portion of her dress was icing. I LOVED decorating this cake-so EASY & FUN!
This Homemade Barbie Birthday Cake was made for my niece's sixth birthday.
I used two boxes of cake mix: one strawberry and one vanilla. I made a vanilla buttermilk icing mixed with chocolate chips. I stacked the two layers of cake, with the vanilla layer on the bottom as the base. The narrower top was a 6" round strawberry cake.
To decorate, I started with the bottom, covering it in white fondant to make it look like a slip under the pink dress. The pink fondant went on after, starting from the top. I just let it drop so it would give the illusion of fabric. I then added the doll. The top of the dress was made of fondant which was applied directly onto the body of the doll. I made a hat and added details like the flower arrangement and ruffles out of regular buttercream icing.
I made this Homemade Barbie Birthday Cake for my daughter's seventh birthday party. The cake itself was a white chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream, colored with Wilton Icing Dye that did not dilute the frosting.
The cake consisted of three 9" rounds, stacked on top of each other, with strawberry buttercream spread between the layers. The top round layer was baked in a large, glass oven-safe bowl.
Finally, I used a big knife to cut a small circle, between all the layers, in which to insert the Barbie.
After inserting the Barbie, I used the remaining buttercream to decorate her.