Princess Cake Help Needed

Decorating By maurerba Updated 2 Aug 2008 , 11:47am by maurerba

maurerba Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 2:03pm
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My daughter's 3rd birthday is next month and she wants a princess cake. I was thinking that I would make the classic standing doll/dress cake but I need some help. What is the best way to make it. Should I buy a wonder mold or is it better to just carve the cake? Should I buy a doll pick or can I carve out the middle and put a real Barbie type doll in the middle? Any other suggestions about the dress and the rest are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all of your help!
Beth

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jammjenks Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 2:11pm
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I do not have the wondermold pan, but I have used a glass mixing bowl. Lots of people also use the Pampered Chef batter bowl, if you have one of those. As for the doll, you can do either. I have done both depending on the design. If you choose to use a real doll, you should just carve a small hole and wrap the doll's legs in plastic wrap.

tabicat21 Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 5:01pm
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I think real barbie dolls look better than the picks. You can use a bowl instead of buying a mold.

Joyful1216 Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 7:39pm
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My daughter (4) loves these cakes! I think in part because she gets a Barbie, and Barbie's always 'beautiful' no matter my decorating icon_smile.gif This year I put on the base dress and she decorated it.

I've used my KA mixer bowl and two nine inch pans to make it tall enough to accommodate her legs (so two batches). It ends up looking proportional height-wise, though maybe a little bulbous on top. I might trim if I were more particular.

maurerba Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 7:42pm
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Thanks for your ideas and suggestions. I think I will use a "real" doll because then she can play with it after.

I have tried baking in bowls in the past and it seems to take forever to get the middle done. Is there a trick that I do not kown about?
Thanks again!

maurerba Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 7:45pm
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The KA mixer bowl would be great!!! I just got a KA this week and I think that would be perfect!

step0nmi Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 7:54pm
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you can use a flower nail that is greased and flowered to get your centers done better. Just make sure the flat part is laying on the bottom and the nail pointed up icon_biggrin.gif

fb_cake_diva Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 8:01pm
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The wonder mold works best. It comes with a metal cylinder that helps to bake the outside & inside of the cake evenly (if you use a bowl, you can burn the outside of the cake trying to get the inside baked). I used a real doll for mine (http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=122045icon_cool.gif.

Just cut a hole into the cake no bigger than her waistline or else she'll wobble. I used two different pieces of fondant to cover her bodice & skirt, so you don't risk it breaking from the weight of the fondant (the flowers on the skirt are hiding rips/cracks in the fondant icon_razz.gif ). Any other questions, just email at [email protected]

Good luck!

stephaniescakenj Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 8:06pm
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My middle daughter loves barbie and the disney princesses. She's had a doll cake for the past two years and I invested in the wonder mold from the start. I would recomend getting that, you can always sell it on ebay afterwards if you don't think you'll use it again. The only trouble I had was the first time I made carrot cake and it took forever to bake, I used vanilla the second time and it was perfect. For both cakes I let her pick out her favorite doll, the first was cinderella and the second one was a rainbow barbie. I bought two each time since they were under $10 and then broke the legs of one and shoved the top half of the doll into the cake without making a hole, I just mushed it down a little, that way the middle of the cake doesn't have two holes in it from the legs. Then I wrapped the other one and gave it to her for her birthday, being that she was just 2 and 3 yrs old, she forgot about the doll as soon as we got home and I hid it until her party. She loved it both times.

FromScratch Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 8:07pm
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Personally I'd stack 4 rounds with a cake board and dowels every 2 layers and carve it. The wondermold, even with the heat core, is a pain to bake and it's a lot of cake with not a lot of icing unless you torte it and then why not just bake 4 cakes.. it goes faster and then you can make it as tall as you want. icon_smile.gif

Jakap2 Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 8:10pm
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If you buy wonder mold pan, it would not accommodate the real Barbie, because doll is taller. Some people just cut legs off (as it ruins doll anyway) or put round cake underneath. I used a doll pick and it worked just fine.

FromScratch Posted 2 Aug 2008 , 12:29am
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Just pop the legs off and wrap plastic wrap around the "stumps".. then you can just take off the plastic and pop the legs back on. icon_biggrin.gif

tomsmom245 Posted 2 Aug 2008 , 1:56am
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I have used my large Pampered Chef batter bowl. Worked great!

maurerba Posted 2 Aug 2008 , 11:47am
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Thanks everyone for the wonderful ideas! What woudl I do with out my CC support!! The birthday is not for another month but I wanted to start thinking about it. I might have to do a trial run to see how it comes out. icon_wink.gif

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