This Homemade Hula Girl Luau Birthday Cake was for my daughter's 1st birthday party, a big luau. The water is made out of blue tinted piping gel, the middle tier is surrounded by pirouettes, the sand is graham cracker crumbs, the seashells, letters and flowers are all made out of chocolate.
The bottom tier is cinnamon cake with cream cheese filling, the middle tier is double chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate filling, and the top tier is yellow cake. This cake was heavy!
The bottom tier is a 3 layer 16 inch, the middle tier is a 2 layer 12 inch, and the top is the doll cake pan. I made the mini doll cakes to go along with the big cake, along with the baby cake. I have looked at many different luau cakes, and combined a few of the ideas to create my own.
The doll cake was a must, and of course the water and sand. I loved how the pirouettes looked on another cake I saw, and was very happy with how this turned out. I also painted some luster dust on the seashells to give them more color and a glimmery look.
I made this Hula Girl birthday cake for a friend's daughter's 10th birthday!
I used a 12 inch round cake pan for the bottom layer and the Wilton wonder mold cake pan for the hula skirt. I covered the round cake with white icing and then I positioned the hula skirt cake to the edge of the round cake, leaving more room in the front. I then inserted the doll pick into the top of the hula skirt cake.
I tinted Wilton decorators icing for the colors used on the hula girl. I used tip 233 for the grass skirt. I used tip 16 for the bra, bracelet, and around the waist of the hula girl.
I used fondant to make all the flowers and the border flowers. I bought white fondant and tinted it to the colors I wanted. I made them the night before and I used the Wilton Nature Fondant and Gum Paste Mold to make the flowers.
I then wrote Happy Birthday and the name on the cake with tip 4.
For the base of the Hula Girl Birthday Cake I used a 10" round cake pan. I doubled the layers of cake on the base, with butter cream icing to separate the layers. For the Hula skirt I baked the cake in a 2 quart Pyrex bowl @ 350 degrees for 50 minutes. I made sure the cakes were completely cool before I began to put it together.
I used homemade butter cream icing for decorating the cake. I completely decorated the base of the cake first, then added the skirt and simply pushed Barbie down in the center ( with the bottom half of Barbie wrapped in plastic wrap). After the barbie was placed in, I decorated the hula skirt using a standard writing tip. I had pre-made all of the flowers using homemade Royal icing.
After the whole cake was completely decorated, I then placed all of the Royal icing flowers on the cake. This was a real hit for our 6 year old's Luau Birthday party.