I made this Cinderella birthday cake for my daughter's 4th birthday and it was a hit at the party.
I used Wilton's magic mold pan for the doll's skirt and the base was two 12-inch cakes. I cut a piece of cardboard the width of the doll's skirt so I could easily dissemble the cake later for cutting. The doll was a little too big for the skirt cake but I took advantage of this and cut a hole in the disc so the doll's feet would anchor into the base cake.
Next, for the dress. I used marshmallow fondant and tinted the main part of the dress with a touch of Wilton's delphinium blue and cornflower blue to get just the right color. For the lighter shade on the dress, I used just a touch of delphinium blue.
The base was tinted with pink and a touch of violet to take out the brightness of pink.
The mice (Jaq & Gus) I purchased pre-made fondant already colored and just shaped them using fondant tools and toothpicks. I did get the idea off of coolest cakes for the mice and also had my daughter's Cinderella story book beside me so I could match up the colors. Then I placed the candles in the dolls hands with a touch of fondant and place two more in the hats of the mice.
My nieces are very into the Disney Princesses. My niece Hannah wanted a Cinderella Birthday Cake. I have done other similar cakes, like Barbie using a special doll top that can be purchased at a craft store that is designed for use on a cake. They have as spike instead of legs. This would not work for the Cinderella cake because I could not find a cake topper that looked enough like Cinderella to pull it off. I knew it would have to be just right.
I found a Cinderella doll and removed her clothes and then shoved the doll into the cake up to her waist. The cake was baked in a large metal bowl. I made another four inch round cake to place on top of the bowl to give the necessary height to allow the doll to sink in all the way to the waist. Then I used butter cream frosting and a star tip to cover the cake and the doll so that it looked like her dress.
I used the Wilton doll cake pan along with a 9 inch round cake to give this Cinderella Birthday Cake extra height. The cake must be tall enough to give the doll room to stand. The doll was an actual Cinderella doll so I did not have to "ice" her body. I iced the skirt with blue icing and topped with cake sparkles.
The hardest part was the fondant decorating around her bodice that I used to hide where she entered the cake. I made her a white fondant belt. Then I used a small biscuit cutter to make a round piece and cut it in half. I placed this in the back on her belt with the curved side facing downward.
Where these two pieces met, I placed a heart shaped piece of fondant and a fondant bow. I decorated it all with white pearls on the edge. I added a white ruffle edge as shown.