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Coolest Princess Belle Birthday Cake 39

by Melanie
(Canberra, Australia)

Homemade Princess Belle Birthday Cake

Homemade Princess Belle Birthday Cake

Homemade Princess Belle Birthday Cake
Homemade Princess Belle Birthday Cake

This is Homemade Princess Belle Birthday Cake as requested by my 3 year old daughter for her third birthday. It is only the second cake I have attempted, so please forgive my primitive methods. I baked the cake 3 days beforehand using a Dolly Varden cake tin that I hired. I froze it that night and started work on it later on the next day. It was quite firm and easy to trim.

I assumed my little girl would want to keep the doll, so I used a real Disney Belle doll. The legs did not come off, so I had to build the cake up a little higher by adding a plain round shaped cake underneath. I cut out enough cake in the middle to fit a plastic wrapped Belle inside and then put her to the side again.

I placed the cake on the tray I was going to serve the finished cake on and put 4 strips of baking paper under the edges of the cake to keep the surface clean and protected. They were easy to slide out later.

I used "ready made" fondant icing that just needed to be colored and rolled. By adding the yellow color it required a lot of kneading and was therefore, quite easy to roll, as long as lots of icing sugar was used to avoid sticking.

I made the frills by cutting out circles in white rolled icing using a round fluted pastry cutter and then cutting the middle of the circle out with a smaller cutter. This left a ring. I used a skewer to flatten triangular shapes all around the ring. I was given this idea from a YouTube video called "how to make fondant frills".

It was trial and error, but after the circle is cut and straightened out a little, the frills looked fabulous and quite convincing. I roughly covered the cake with butter icing and stuck each row of frills on, starting from the bottom and making sure they overlapped each other. With my left over frills I lined them up all around the base of the cake. I assumed I would never get the yellow icing to cover the entire cake (I am prone to disasters), and thought it wouldn't hurt to have a little frill showing at the bottom of the dress if worst came to worst.

I then cut up some kitchen paper to see what sort of shape I needed my icing to be to drape over the cake in an effort to leave the frills visible. I rolled the icing out roughly into that shape, and with the rolling pin, (and my husband for moral support) I picked the entire thing up, and placed it over the butter iced cake. It fitted quite well, but I didn't regret my frilly petticoat idea, as one little bit was exposed.

I cut out a hole for Belle. With left over yellow icing, I rolled a bodice sized piece and gently wrapped it around Belle. I had to make her some straps as well. There were a few imperfections when applying the straps and trying to blend them, but her hair and some decorations covered them.

I placed Belle into the cake and made a yellow "belt" to put around her to hide the join. I decorated her the next night after my daughter was in bed. I used a new pair of tiny tweezers and sat down for about 2 hours, carefully placing tiny silver balls in selected areas. I used watered down white fondant as a "glue" for each ball, although, I'm quite sure you can purchase an edible glue. I placed red flowers around the dress using the glue again. I even put a little silver ball on her ring finger and placed some edible silver ball earrings as well.

Finally, I showered the whole dress with a yellow edible glitter. Then I slept for about 12 hours.

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