Doll Cake Tutorial

Decorating By PinkLisa Updated 17 Feb 2013 , 8:39pm by jiya11

PinkLisa Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 6:12pm
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I've done a seach on CC and on google for a doll cake tutorial using fondant. I've found a few but wanted to see if anyone else has one they like. THanks!

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bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 6:26pm
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Here are the instructions the gal who made this Barbie cake sent me (unfortunately this was a long time ago and I don't have her name to give proper credit.)

Of course I will try to tell you how to do it; just bear with me and let me know if you have questions as I may leave things out with realizing. I think these are quite simple to make, really. Start with any regular size barbie doll, a Wilton Wonder Mold pan and a 9"x3" round pan.

Day1: Bake the cakes. The wonder mold takes more batter than the instructions say and usually comes up a bit short, so you really need a 3" high pan for the 9" round. I use so many different recipes that I'm not sure how much batter to tell you for the 2 pans. If you are using box mixes, I would say probably 5 and use the leftover for cupcakes.
Cool the cakes and refrigerate overnight.

Strip your Barbie . Color fondant or gumpaste, roll out a small amount and cut a strip as wide as the length of the doll's torso and long enough to wrap around her; probably about 6"x3". This is the bodice of the dress. Wrap it around the doll and use a paring knife to cut off extra at the back. Once you have the right shape and size, brush a little water on the piece and wrap it on again to stick. Mold it to the doll with your fingers and polish gently with fingertips. The seam down her back should be pretty even so be gentle. Set her aside somewhere to dry overnight.

Day 2: Take the tube out of the wonder mold cake. Stack the 2 cakes and carve the sides with a good bread knife to a more even slope. Mostly, you will be carving the bottom cake at a slight angle, don't carve straight down, you want it to look like a natural curve. When you are happy with the shape, separate the cakes and cut into layers. I cut the bottom cake into 2 and the wonder mold into 3. Fill and stack all of the layers, then ice the whole thing with buttercream. Use the hole from the wonder mold tube as a starting point and, carefully cut around it and straight down through the middle of the cake to make it about a 1 1/2" wide at the top; she has wide hips . Scoop out the cake from the hole. Put it on whatever base/plate/cake drum you want to use and refrigerate for at least 30 min.

Roll out enough fondant to cover the cake. Roll it as round as you can; you can trim to a circle if necessary. Thin out the edges of the circle somewhat, so it will look more like fabric at the bottom of the dress. Find the middle of the circle and make a small hole or mark. Place the circle over the cake with the hole in the fondant on top of the one in the cake. Smooth out the areas you want and fold the areas you want to make it look like a dress with folds and ripples. What is great about these is that it doesn't have to be perfectly smooth, you want the little folds going down the sides. Also, having been in the fridg, the buttercream will have set up and if you need to pull a side of fondant up and rearrange you can without making a huge mess. When you are happy with the skirt's shape you are almost done!
If you made a hole in the fondant to mark the middle, cut it a little more and push it down into the hole in the middle of the cake. Get Barbie and wrap her legs together in platsic tightly. Hold her by the neck or shoulders and gently push her down into the cake. There will be a gap between her waist and the cake so make a sash out of fondant or gumpaste to cover.
Brush the entire dress with Super Pearl Luster Dust- dry brush.

I used small edible pearls as finishing touches and attached them with royal icing. I made her wrap with gumpaste, since it dries harder and will hold the free form shape. I put coarse crystal sugar in her hair to look like pink crystals. These are fun, there are a lot of options when you think about it, especially with the hair and accessories. Check out the websites with collectible Barbies for dress ideas. That's it

Cristi-Tutty Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 6:42pm
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wow...great instructions!!! thank you!!!!

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 6:47pm
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I just wish I could give proper credit -- I saw that Barbie cake here on CC some years ago and wrote the gal who did it asking for instructions (I had never done a doll cake to that point.) She wrote what you see and gave me permission to share it (which I have on occasion.) Unfortunately I tend to delete my PMs and hence forget who sent what to me and I (for whatever reason) didn't write her name down. icon_cry.gif When the galleries are back up you can look for that cake and get her name. Hope that helps! icon_biggrin.gif

P.S. -- I did two doll cakes using her instructions and I have come to the conclusion I have NO aptitude for doll cakes and certainly no talent for them so I've since given up. Maybe someday I'll resume, but not today! icon_biggrin.gif

Djor Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 6:51pm
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Here is another kind of doll tutorial is in spanish but you can see the fotos an have an idea icon_biggrin.gif

bobwonderbuns thaks for that explication, very nice thumbs_up.gif

anamado Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:00pm
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Originally Posted by Djor

Here is another kind of doll tutorial is in spanish but you can see the fotos an have an idea icon_biggrin.gif

bobwonderbuns thaks for that explication, very nice thumbs_up.gif

Were is the link???? icon_biggrin.gif

anamado Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:09pm
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Well, I made once a tutorial using a 3d pan.
Not a barbie one. Maybe you've seen it 'cause I "reposted" additional information not long ago :

anamado Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:26pm
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And what about this one???


I think it's amazing!
Unfortunately I lost the track of the page were I found it. I am really sorry I don't know who made it. If someone knows I'd appreciate it because I'd love to give the credit



Djor Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:30pm
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sorry, Anamado is your tutorial, that I like so much

Djor Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:34pm
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Thaks anamado that one is very nice too thumbs_up.gif

patticake1951 Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:46pm
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I have that cake in my favs. Here is the link to it.
It is one of the first doll cakes that I saved. I think it is beautiful.
It belong's to kat0916

anamado Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:49pm
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Originally Posted by Djor

sorry, Anamado is your tutorial, that I like so much

icon_redface.gif Thanks...

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:49pm
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That's her!! Kat0916 gave me those instructions! Thanks Patticake! icon_biggrin.gif

patticake1951 Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 7:51pm
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you are very welcome. I knew when I saw that, where it was.

PinkLisa Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 8:16pm
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Thank you all for you help..

bobwonderbuns -- I have that cake printed out as a guide! Thanks for the instructions. They are very helpful. I pretty much had it figured out from the tutorials I looked at online, but I like to gather a lot of information before I begin a project. I haven't figured out what the dress style will be yet. All I know is that it will be pink!!

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 9:46pm
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Even with her instructions my doll cake looked scary at best! icon_lol.gif

cylstrial Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:11pm
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anamado - i love the girl with the easter egg tutorial! It's great! Thanks for sharing!

bashini Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:56pm
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Here is a great video,

HTH. icon_smile.gif

proudmommaof3 Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 4:12pm
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Thanks for the tutorial! SOOOO helpful!

PinkLisa Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 9:31pm
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Thanks everyone for your help. I just finished the cake. I'm happy with it but will make a few changes next time.

bobwonderbuns Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 11:29pm
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Pink that doll is gorgeous!! You did a great job on her!! (They're a lot harder to do than they look, aren't they?) icon_biggrin.gif

Cristi-Tutty Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 11:36pm
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beautiful job...congratulation!!!!!

pattycakesnj Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 12:12am
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great job Lisa, she is so pretty

Djor Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 2:51am
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beautiful!!! thumbs_up.gif

TooMuchCake Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 9:25pm
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Your cake is lovely!!!!!

The standing doll sculpture tutorial was taken from my website at


KMKakes Posted 14 Jul 2011 , 3:54pm
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Thanks for posting the instructions to this type of cake. I have always wondered how to do them. Each of the photos looks amazing that are posted on here.

arianka Posted 22 Jul 2011 , 4:46am
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arianka Posted 22 Jul 2011 , 4:48am
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arianka Posted 22 Jul 2011 , 4:49am
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arianka Posted 22 Jul 2011 , 4:51am
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