Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake

My co-worker wanted to give her niece a doll cake on her 2nd birthday to surprise her. She asked me if I could do it for her as a favor.

To minimize cost and time, the cake is made of chocolate cake mix I bought from the store. I made buttercream icing to dirty ice the cake and homemade fondant which was made of marshmallow. For the cupcakes, I used boiled icing. The doll and the cupcake topper are all from our local dollar chain store.

Since I want the doll’s dress to look like a modern Victorian Style gown, I used one of my stainless steel mixing bowls to bake my cake into more of a curvy shape rather than an A-line. I baked a few lemon cupcakes to go with the doll.

The night before, I baked the cake as directed and prepared my marshmallow fondant for the next morning. I never freeze my cake. The original dress of the doll was removed and I washed it and wrapped in a plastic wrap and put in the middle of the cake.

The process begins by dirty icing the cake, and while waiting for the frosting to harden I knead my fondant until pliable, and then cut some letters and tiny flowers for decorations. That’s a lot of mess, believe me! But at the end, I am happy with the results and much happier to learn that Keshia’s eyes got bigger and knowing of the wow’s and ooh’s from their guest were inspiring.

Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
cupcakes to go with the doll
Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
the other side
Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
and the front image
Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
the side view
Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
the details of the dress at the back and the hair which I love
Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
cut letters and numbers
Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
a tiny bow on the waistline to give a detail and of the dress and an accent to it
Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
Here, I used clothesline clips to hold the dolls hair so that it wont touch the icing and also for a nice hairdo
Classic Homemade Victorian Doll Cake
Dirty ice the cake and cupcakes ready for frosting