Thursday, April 28, 2011

Princess Cake Secrets!!! Shhhh don't tell.

Ok I am kidding. You can tell.

So not to toot my own horn, but my princess cakes are pretty much awesome and I am about to tell you my little secret as to why.

I cut the cake.

So often when we go to make a princess cake we bake the cake in the wonder mold pan or bowl and then we end up with something that looks kinda like this.

I know I know, I am totally posting topless pictures on my blog again.  Anyway.  This is the result when using a Wilton's Classic Wonder Mold and a double batch of cake.  So what do you do?  Pull her legs off?  Well if you do the the result will be not so good looking.  Her legs will be too short and then the dress will be sticking straight out at her hips.

So cut the cake!

As you can see here I have gone around the cake cutting off some of the bulk and then replacing it at the top. You will have some leftover cake, but it should still easily feed like 20 people.

Then whip up some buttercream.  I like 2 sicks of butter, 1 cup of shortening, a dash of wilton's butter extract stuff, a dash of vanilla, a generous dash of almond extract (I use imitation almond extract if I am not sure if someone might have a nut allergy.) and 2 pounds of powder sugar.  Whip it up a ton, adding milk as needed. (about 4-5 TBSP)

For this cake and cupcakes I tinted it lavender.

Then crumb coat (frost) the cake.
At this point I transfered her over to the plate I wanted her on, but if lifting a cake off something and putting it on something else makes you too nervous you can always start out on the plate (or whatever you want it on) and then just make sure you wipe all the extra frosting off it. Or not it is your cake.  You can do whatever you want.
Ok so don't hate me, but I kinda forgot to take pictures of the next few steps. But I will do my best to tell you how the rest is done.
So you see where the skirt kinda rolls.  To create those you roll "logs" of fondant that slightly taper as they go up the skirt.  Then you roll out the fondant for the skirt.   You roll out the fondant in a circle.  You want it to be as wide as the measurement of up one side of the skirt and down the other side.  Don't roll it too thin.
Let the fondant dry a little so it is a little stiffer.  From the center cut a line so you can get it on the doll.   For this cake I first put a strip of darker purple fondant down the front.  Then I put the circle of fondant on so the spot I cut is in the front and arranged it until I liked the way it looked.  You can use scissors to cut hem of the skirt and press the extra up and around the torso and remove the extra.  Then use the dress she came with to cut out fondant pattern pieces for her top.  The nice thing about fondant is that you can kinda work it like play dough.  I made the fondant extra thin for her sleeves.

For the details I used royal icing.  I used a #2 tip for the white lace detail and a #5 for the stars and stuff.

This same tutorial can be used to make other princess cakes.

Good Luck! 

Want more Rapunzel Party Stuff?
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  1. You're a genius! They are gorgeous. I can't imagine anyone licking the last bit off the doll though - a little inappropriate.

  2. Oh funny. Licking off the frosting would be a little inappropriate. :) We usually just wash the buttercream off and then they get permanent sharpie swimsuits. After all with so many little boys in the house we don't need a bunch of naked women laying around the house. :)

  3. WOW! This looks amazing! I cant wait for my daughters birthday to try this!

  4. Oh my gosh, amazing!!! You do fabulous work! I love it! I've always wanted to attempt this. I may have to try it now. I'm bookmarking this post!

    I would LOVE to have you stop by and share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop on by!

  5. wow you are incredible at these! I am super impressed.

    I'm a new follower!

  6. These cakes are so cool!!! I just love them.

  7. These cakes are awesome. I am featuring them over at my Swing into Spring party. The link opens tonight at 8pm EST. Please drop by and pick up your "I've Been Featured" button. Thanks.

  8. I want a daughter, so I could make this...

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you back this week.

  9. Instead of cutting the cake, which makes it a little harder to frost because of all the crumbs, I just bake another 10 inch or 12 inch round layer cake and add to the bottom. This raises the wonder mold cake up about 2-3 inches to the standard 11" doll's waist, or pretty close that you can add a little icing around her waist. You can trim a little off where the two cakes meet to make the shape more uniform. This also gives you a little more cake to go around - usually 15-20 good sized slices. I also wrap the legs in plastic wrap so that the cake does not get into the seams and is easier to wash off. Include an outfit and the shoes, and you have an extra gift for the recipient.

  10. Thank you so much for the photos and the tip. I made my daughter's 4th Birthday cake following your instructions and was very happy with how it turned out :)

  11. This brings back memories. My sister made me a Barbie cake like this one over 40 plus years ago. Mine had a blue and white dress with blond hair. I didn't want to eat the cake, since it was so beautiful. I need to get with my Mom to find the picture of the cake and me...thanks for the memories.