For my daughter's 4th birthday, she requested a Sleeping Beauty theme. I read about making a doll cake from the Pampered Chef glass mixing bowl, and thought I would give it a try and make her a princess doll cake! I used 2 cake mixes and baked one cake in the Pampered chef bowl, the other in an 8" pan.
TIP: Bake the cake in a greased/floured Pampered chef bowl for about 1 hour plus an additional 10 minutes on 325 degrees.
After the cakes were completely cooled, I cut off the excess cake to make them flat. I would recommend freezing them at this point. I inverted the dome cake and cut a round hole in the center- similar to a bundt cake, but wide enough to fit the doll. I then placed this cake on top of the 8" round cake.
I prepared the doll by wrapping the bottom half in plastic wrap, and securing it with a rubber band.
Once the cake was fully frozen, to prevent it from cracking, I placed the doll in the center, and filled in the "gap" with frosting. TIP: you may need to bend the legs a bit.
Next I added lace trim,secured with toothpicks, to make a "skirt". This also helped camouflage where the cakes meet. I then frosted and decorated the cake. I found it helpful that the cake was frozen to prevent crumbs.
After all the hard work, we did not eat the cake! But it was all worth it to see my daughter's eyes light up!
My daughter wanted a barbie cake so I decided to make her one after looking on this website and gathering lots of tips. I used a 10" square tin and a dome shaped tin due to the amount of people it needed to feed. I hired them both from the cake shop. My 10" cake didn't rise very well so I had to make another one and sandwich them together.
I used strawberry jam and some buttercream. I then had trouble getting the Barbie in the cake (when I made the holes for her to be pushed into, the cake split!!). Luckily, I had some bits of cake spare after leveling off the two 10" cakes. I used buttercream to cover the cake as I find noone really eats fondant icing so thought it would be a waste. Luckily the Barbie I used had a top on already so I didn't have to cover her top half.
I tinted the icing pale pink for the base cake and dark pink for the skirt. I enjoyed decorating the cake the best and used butterflies, flowers and lots of glitter. I had the decorations, flowers and letters made from a cake seller on eBay so it made it easier! My daughter was amazed with the 3rd birthday Barbie cake and was very happy! I too was very pleased at how it turned out and we had such lovely comments from all our guests.
It fed 12 children, 20 adults and we still have loads left over!