This is a Barbie doll cake I made for my daughter’s 5th birthday. I used three 9” spring form pans for the skirt. I added icing to each layer then covered it in plastic and it went in the freezer overnight.
The next day I carved the shape with a knife and used tongs to scoop out just enough to fit the Barbie in. Cover the doll with plastic and then foil on the bottom so she does not get dirty. I also lifted her hands into the air and covered both of them with plastic wrap until the decorating was complete.
The flowers were bought at a cake shop and the pearls were left over from my wedding stuff 10 yrs ago. I’m not that good with piping icing so I found a doll whose dress has the same color as the colored sugars available at the bulk barn. After she was iced with white icing I held her over the sink and put handfuls on until I got what you see.
More Barbie Doll Cakes
Barbie cake by Jennifer B., Toronto ON Canada
This is the first Barbie doll cake I ever attempted. I pre-made all the roses and yellow flowers and hardened them in the fridge overnight. I had to keep the cake on a cookie sheet because I realized I didn’t have any plates large enough to serve the cake on once I finished decorating it!
Barbie cake by Jennifer M., Coralville, IA
I just used cake mixes and homemade butter frosting for the Barbie doll cake. I baked one cake in a 9″ round silicone pan and one cake in an oven safe mixing bowl. I froze the cakes stacked them up with a layer of frosting in-between then cut a Barbie sized hole down the middle of both.
I didn’t have a paper-towel roll so I used a toilet paper roll to protect the Barbie doll as much as possible (my daughter wanted me to use one she actually plays with). Unfortunately my 9″ round cake didn’t raise enough so the Barbie was too tall and stuck out. I had to bake another round cake as a base. I cut that 9″ cake in 4 quarters then scooted each section out to make a larger base cut pieces from the center and placed them in the missing spaces (I wish I had had a 11-12″ round pan!)
I braided her hair, put it in a zip-lock sandwich bag with a paper clip while I frosted the cake. When I was done I didn’t like the thickness of the frosting around her waistline so I scraped some out and tried to make her seem elongated through there.
What I would do differently: Make sure my pan heights are going to work for sure. Using the same pan I would have doubled the recipe so it would have been the full height of the pan. Use store-bought frosting. Mine was too thin and showed too many errors plus the lines would have been more defined with thicker frosting. Remind myself throughout how quickly my labor will get gobbled up. It took me about 2 hours I think. This was the first one I made and it was fun.
Barbie cake by Jyoti R., Atlanta, GA
Thanks every one for helping me with this. I got inspiration by going through this coolest birthday cake site. This is my first time baking and decorating a cake. My 2yr old daughter loved the cake and was singing happy birthday all the way till I finished decorating it.
I used two boxes of Duncan Hines strawberry mix with same butter cream icing. It was a big hit at the party and many did not believe I made it. I love this now and will start baking more. Thanks for those who post pictures of their cakes so people like us can try…
Barbie cake by Karen R., Star City, AR
For my daughter’s 4th birthday she wanted Barbie, Magic of Pegasus themed party. A friend from work, who used to make cakes let me borrow her Wilton dome pan along with her tips and bags.
I purchased a very inexpensive Barbie at a department store. Once my friend explained to me how to use the Wilton pan I set out to learn how to decorate a “Barbie doll cake”. This was the first site I came across. I looked and read about every Barbie cake that was listed on this site. The idea to place the Barbie on a base of a heart shaped cake came from this site.
Because I needed more cake than what the “dome” cake would provide I felt that making a base cake would help elevate the “Barbie” and give me more cake as well. The cakes pictured on this site were so beautiful I was so afraid I would not be able to pull it off. The week before the party I baked the cakes inserted Barbie in the dome shaped cake and placed in the freezer. (I read somewhere that it was much easier to work with a frozen cake when decorating.)
I wish I could give you step by step directions but I have no idea what tips I used or how I did it. I just put a tip on, tested it on wax paper, if I like the results I used, it if not I would pick another tip. Not very professional I know but this is the first cake I’ve ever done. In my mind I knew what I wanted the cake to look like and I just did whatever to achieve the look.
The best tip I can give is to look and read about these cakes here on this site. They were so helpful. I did purchase silver ribbon to tie around her waist and her hair. I have borrowed her bags and tips again this year to make a “Barbie and her horse” cake. Again I looked at horse cakes on this site and read about all the different tips.
Barbie cake by Chris H., Marcus, WA
My grand daughter Jaira and I surfed the net looking for instructions to bake a Barbie doll cake for her 8th birthday. We found everything we needed to know right here on this site.
We used 2 cake mixes and baked them in 2 – 9″ round 1- 9″ pie plate and Pyrex bowl. I froze the layers for a couple of hours and then assembled them in the order given with store bought frosting between the layers and frosted the outside all around with the same.
My grand daughter did the decorating. I found the polka dots at “The Dollar Store” in the candy section. We made some butter cream icing and tinted it pink for the added fun.
The shawl came with the doll which was also purchased at “The Dollar store.” She is sitting on the lazy Susan from my spice cupboard which made it easier to decorate and when showing her off at the party.
This Barbie doll cake was very simple and a lot of fun to do. Also it was very rewarding for us both because of all the compliments we received. Thank you for this great website.
Barbie cake by Renea A., Westmoreland, TN
I used a pampered chef Bunt cake pan, a silicone bunt cake pan and the small pampered chef mixing bowl. It takes approximately 3 boxed cake mixes. I used dental floss to cut the cake bottoms so they would sit level on each other. I frosted them with cream cheese icing to smooth them a little.
I used one package of rolled fondant and some pink food coloring. You just kneed it until it’s all even. I rolled it out approx. 22 inches in diameter and laid it over the Barbie doll cake. Be sure to use powdered sugar when rolling so it doesn’t stick to the surface.
To make the bodice of her dress I took Barbie’s dress off and cut the back into to make a pattern for the Fondant. I used some little non eatable stick on flowers for the daisies.
This was the practice run for her birthday in 2 weeks so I think I may use some fresh daisies or some more of the little fake ones around the bottom. They were only 97 cents a pack. I hope this helps a little! It was so much fun to make!
Barbie cake by Vanessa C., Okinawa, Japan
I took 3 classes from the Wilton and saved all the flowers. The frosting is Royal Icing. The Barbie doll dress is a chocolate cake mix and the base is a Wedding cake mix.
In the chocolate dress I made a hole to put the Barbie inside and then put the cake back to the hole to give support to the Barbie.
Barbie cake by Tanya D., Gauteng
My daughter had begged me for a Barbie doll cake and as I was never much of a baker this was quite a challenge! The hunt was on for the perfect shape tin. I found one that I imported from the UK.
I used a basic Madeira mix for the cake itself. I used double quantity. It took about 2 hours to bake. Once the cake was cooled I dug out a small hole in the top of the cake, just for the Barbie doll to fit in. I removed the legs and pushed her in.
I then rolled out a circle of fondant icing about 5mm thick. I cut a hole in the centre. Very carefully I lifted the “skirt” over the Barbie doll and cake and just let it drape naturally. The hole does stretch a bit over the Barbie but I smoothed that down later.
I then cut a triangle template and used that to cut the accents on the skirt. I colored the fondant icing using red food color (I used a toothpick so as to not use too much) and brushed on pink edible glitter. I slightly moistened the skirt and put them in position. The silver balls on the ends are just for decoration.
I cut the bodice using a frill tool that I have. I slightly moistened the Barbie doll and stuck the bodice to the doll and the top part of the skirt which now has the accents on. The frill on the bottom I cut using the same frill tool and used a toothpick to make the frill look frilly.
The icing flowers were store bought. I stuck these on using a bit of water. I was very pleased with the overall effect of the Barbie doll cake.
Barbie cake by Jennifer M., Philadelphia, PA
This is the second time I’ve made this Barbie doll cake. I made two 9″ cakes and 1 cake in the Classic batter bowl from Pampered Chef. Don’t forget to lower the temperature about 20 degrees but increase bake time by about 15 minutes. Insert your cake tester to make sure it’s done in the middle. Don’t forget to let it cool COMPLETELY because if you are using a real Barbie doll it will split right down the middle. I used a craft store doll that resembled my daughter (brown hair eyes.)
Last time I used fondant, but it is not as tasty as real icing so this time I made my own butter cream icing and added just a drop of red food coloring to it. I made the top of Barbie’s dress out of pink and fuchsia ribbon and bought curly ribbon for the back of her hair. I used a hot glue gun to attach the dress to Barbie.
I then iced the cake from the bottom up adding Barbie last. I sprinkled on iridescent and white non-perils and finished the bottom of Barbie’s dress with the same fuchsia ribbon.
She is sitting on top of a Wilton ribbon plate for decoration. I’m not a confection chef and my cake may not look as nice as the others submitted but people rave about my designs. I made one for my sister’s wedding shower. It’s pretty easy once you’ve done it. I burned my very first cake so if it’s your first time buy extra cake or get ready to make one from scratch! Enjoy.
Barbie cake by Robin G., Richmond, VA
I made a bowl cake using a regular Pyrex bowl for my Barbie doll cake. I also made an 8in round cake. I let them thoroughly cool. I cut the top (not the dome) off the round cake until even and placed it on top of the 8in cake with butter cream icing in between to keep it steady.
I cut out the middle of the dome (the rounded part) just enough not too wide to allow for the doll to sit inside. I iced the entire cake with butter cream and allowed it to set. Then I took a Barbie doll and pulled her legs behind her with a pony tail holder and covered her with plastic wrap. I then took a star tipped pastry bag with the colored icing and beaded her “body” until the entire cake was covered.
Barbie cake by Debbie S-C., Edinburg, TX
Believe it or not this is a birthday cake I was practicing on for my daughter. Now my daughter is not going to be 5 or 6 years old, she is going to be 26 years old; but she is insisting on a Barbie Doll cake; I guess some of us never grow up :). I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off or not but decided to give it a try.
I first went to the store and bought one of the Cheapest “My First Barbie” doll. Since my daughter wanted something in pink, the doll was perfect with the pink bodice and skirt she had on. She was just great for what I had in mind. I brought her home and sawed her legs off leaving only about 3 inches from her hips attached. I then wrapped them in plastic wrap.
I sprayed a 2-quart Pyrex bowl with spray oil with flour. I then filled it with one prepared white cake mix as directed on the box. I baked it at 325 degrees for 70 minutes. I then let it cool for 20 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack. After the cake cooled completely I wrapped it in plastic wrap and froze it for 2 hours.
I then took it out and cut out a small wedge just big enough to stick the Barbie Doll down into the cake; this will prevent the cake from breaking. I prepared 3 cups of regular butter cream frosting using 2 cups of it to color in pink and the rest in white. I used a #21 star tip for the dress and #104 tip for the ruffle in front and around the dress.
I piped small hearts on the dress with a #2 tip and small rose buds with a #102 tip. I put her on a covered 10” round cake board and here as you can see were my results. I can hardly wait to make the real one for her party!