Coolest Pillsbury Doughboy Cake

First I have to say that this was my VERY first time making a cake! My mom is a professional cake decorator. She’s made many wedding cakes. Over the years I’ve watched her decorate cakes and for her 52nd birthday I decided to give it a try to surprise her. :) So here are my step-by-step instructions on how to make the cake I made …..

I started off by buying a 1974 Wilton Pillsbury Doughboy cake pan mold on-line, which measures 14″X8″. I coated the inside of the doughboy cake can with “Crisco Spray, with Pillsbury Flour”. It was amazing! The cake never stuck.

I bought 1 box of Pillsbury Moist Supreme Devil’s Food cake mix and baked it according to the directions on the box. I let the cake cool completely.


3/4 cup shortening

2 lbs. powered sugar

2 cap fulls of butter flavoring

2 cap fulls of almond flavoring

1/2 cup water

Cut shortening into pieces in mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar and beat (you may want to place a towel around the bowl so powered sugar doesn’t go everywhere). Add butter and almond flavoring. While mixing, slowly add water. Mix well on high until creamy. NOTE: Keep the frosting covered with Saran Wrap while frosting the cake so that it won’t dry out.

After making the frosting I dipped out two small bowls of frosting. To these bowls I added the Wiltons food coloring. I bought all my cake decorating supplies at Wal-Mart. For the brown outline I bought Wiltons Brown Icing Color. For the doughboy blue color I bought Wiltons Royal Blue Icing Color. For the decorating part I bought a box of Wiltons 12 inch Disposable Decorating Bags. My cake icing tips were: for outlining in brown, a #5 Round tip / for starring in white and blue, a #21 Open Star tip. I also bought some couplers (to hold the tip unto the bags).

After filling the bags I outlined doughboy’s features in the brown frosting with the #5 Round tip first. After that I star tipped all of the white areas with the #21 Open Star tip. For his hat band I used the same #21 Open Star tip, but I just did stripes instead of stars. After I was done with the white color, I washed the #21 Open Star tip and stuck it on the blue bag. Then I filled in all the blue areas of the doughboy. For the knot on his neck tie, and just did a round swirl, making it look like a knot (I did the same thing for his nose, except in white). For his eyes and button on his hat I squeezed out a LARGE star from the same #21 Open Star tip. And ~VOILA~ you have a cute Pillsbury Doughboy cake! ;)

TIP: If you plan on decorating the cake the day before, I wouldn’t add the blue frosting until hours before the party because it will bleed blue coloring onto the white frosting.

Coolest Pillsbury Doughboy Cake

Coolest Pillsbury Doughboy Cake

6 thoughts on “Coolest Pillsbury Doughboy Cake”

  1. What a great job you did!!! And your first cake?! I’m impressed! I love it!! I just want to poke that little guy’s belly! :-)

  2. I just bought this pan off eBay for a birthday cake for someone. I was wondering how I was going to outline it. Thanks for posting your pictures, you did a really great job. I am going to follow your pattern.

  3. looking forward to following your directions and tips! I was also pleased that my cake came right out of this pan! I bought a huge lot of Wilton pans, and this was one of the only ones that didn’t have directions. Your visuals are fabulous for someone else’s first time! (like me!!)

    Cheers, from Ontario Canada

  4. Our first Pillsbury Bake-Off Party was in 2010 and our second one is this weekend (March 24th, 2012). The only place that I was able to find the Pillsbury Cake Pan was thru e-bay, which I purchased 2 years ago (winning bid was around $30 plus shipping). My daughter will decorate the cake again for me (I don’t have that kind of patience). This time I want to try another cake mix…Ultimate Fudge, Premium Brownie Mix with Hershey’s. The directors state that you can add more liguids to make it more cake-like. I will bake the cake at least a day prior in case I encounter any problems.

    Overall, everyone had fun being part of making the cake two years ago and the guests thought it was a hoot. And, seeing the reaction from the grandchildren made my day.


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