I donated a Barbie Cake to my office Holiday Charity Auction, and my coworker won, so he asked me to make a cake for his niece’s birthday. She requested a chocolate cake with strawberry icing, and she’s in a major princess phase, so Belle from Beauty and the Beast is her current favorite. It was my first time working with fondant, so I was v. pleased with how she turned out!
I also took the time to take step-by-step photos of the barbie cake process… enjoy!
Step 1: Bake two cakes: one in a Wilton Wonder Pan, one in a nine inch round. When cool, slice into layers about 2 inches thick. Use a glass to cut out the center of the cake, as I am against the amputation of Barbie’s legs so you need to make room for her!
Step 2: Start frosting the different layers of cake.
Step 3: Once all the layers are frosted, start adding a layer of frosting to the outside of the cake. This will form a seal when you decorate with the fondant.
Step 4: Once fully coated in frosting, place in refrigerator so frosting can set.
Step 5: In the meantime dust your board and rolling pin with powdered sugar, and start kneading your fondant and add the food coloring.
Step 6: Once the color is all mixed in, roll out the fondant till it’s about 1/4 inch thick.
Step 7: Take your cake from the fridge and drape the frosting over the top.
Step 8: Start smoothing the fondant against the cake. Pick a side that will be the front of the cake and try to tuck any pleats or folds towards the back. Use a knife to cut off any extra, but be sure to keep these pieces as you’ll need them in a minute.
Step 9: Cut a small hole in the top of the fondant and insert the Barbie. I wrap the lower half of her body and clothes w/ cling film so she’s less messy.
Step 10: Re-knead the remaining fondant, cut into three pieces, roll out each piece, sprinkle with yellow sugar and re-roll so it sticks, and then drape these pieces around the doll to create the ruffles in her skirt.
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Now I like to use two 8 inch cake and fill the wonder pan with less batter as it bakes better that way. Also, make sure you double or triple whatever recipe you are using as this uses a lot of batter!