I saw $40+ barbie cakes at my local baker and thought, "Heck, I can make this Barbie Birthday Cake for much cheaper than that, and my daughters will just love it." I saw this website and read a lot of your submissions about Wilton and thought that I'd check the prices on Wilton products. Egads! $25 just for the Wilton dress pan?!?! I thought, "Okay, I can just use my bundt cake pan."
So I bought two $5 Barbie at Walmart (one for the cake AND later for my 4 year old and the other doll for my 5 year old) and set to baking. Unfortunately, I didn't make enough batter and the cake only went up to Barbie's knees. I baked a second cake only to find my 2 layer cake was still not close to Barbie's hips. I didn't dare toy with the notion of cutting off Barbie's legs, I knew my little 4 year old would have been heartbroken so onward, I baked a third layer.
After frosting the three layer "dress" for Barbie, I began rolling the fondant and designing her shoulder wrap and gown using white fondant and Strawberry flavored frosting. The effect was amazing but our guests got a true kick out of my 4 year old looking up at me while I was slicing the cake and asking, "mommy, do I have to eat my Barbie doll too?"
My daughter loves Barbie, so I thought I would surprise her with this Barbie Birthday Cake for her 4th birthday. For the skirt, I used a Dolly Varden cake tin, and a round tin for the bottom as the Dolly tin on it's own was not long enough to accommodate Barbie's long legs. I used packet cake mixes from the supermarket. The top half was buttercake and the bottom round cake was chocolate.
Barbie was wrapped in plastic wrap to keep her and her dress clean. I dug out the middle of the cake when cooled with a knife and spoon and stuck Barbie in carefully to avoid the cake cracking. I filled the space around Barbie with bits of cake that I had dug out, so she would stand straight.
I used pre made fudge icing, and coloured it two different pinks. I smoothed the icing on with the edge of a knife and piped stars over Barbie's chest. I stuck flowers made from icing around the bottom of the skirt and piped random stars all over.
I was very happy with how the cake turned out as this was my first attempt at such a cake and it was a big hit with my daughter and our guests.
I made this Barbie Birthday Cake for my daughter's 4th Birthday! It was so much fun to make . I had to snap off the legs because my cake was too short and I froze her into place to make it easier.
I used the Pampered Chef mixing bowl to bake the skirt. Added some fun sprinkles for glam and made frosting piles for candles. I will make this cake again, but next time I will use fondant and build up the skirt with a base round cake. Live and learn.