The doll cake is top on the list for most little girls’ birthday parties and its definitely one I would encourage anyone to attempt as the shaping of the fondant can hide a mass of errors!! The fondant folds of the dress don’t have to be precise so its great for amateur bakers and it will always look impressive!
Ive made this cake a few times now baking four layer cakes and cutting out a small circle in the middle of each layer. Once assembled, I would clingfilm wrap the legs of a barbie doll and stick it in the middle of the cake and then shape the cake layers into a dress shape. But now its so much easier. This time around I had my new Wilton Classic Wonder Doll cake tin specifically for doll cakes to try! It even came with half of a doll on a spike that just sits in the cake. Only problem with that is you need to get the doll back so make sure you buy the birthday girl a barbie doll to take home!
I used the following quantities, this a recipe for Victoria sponge.
- 6 eggs
- 340g caster sugar
- 320g unsalted lurpak butter
- 360g Self Raising flour
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 6 tbsp semi skimmed milk
I cooked it at 160C in a fan assisted oven for approximately 50 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. This tin comes with a heat conducting central pole to help cook the cake thoroughly which is great as there is a lot of cake batter. I have cooked half sphere cakes before and the timings can be all off so if not cooked after 50 minutes be patient and keep trying in 5 minute increments to see if fully cooked. If worried about the top burning just cover with tin foil – it will cook eventually!
To decorate I used three lots of regal ice fondant in sky blue and one in baby pink. First add a layer of buttercream (I chose chocolate of course). Then after kneading the fondant until it was pliable I rolled out the blue fondant into a circle and dropped this across the cake. With the smoother I have shaped the dress, but having overlapping sections show movement in the material. With the excess fondant cut out a strip to wrap around the body of the doll to form the bodice of the dress.
Next comes the decoration. With this design you can do as much or as little as you choose. I love the hearts in the pink, and also in the same blue. If I’m honest the seam at the back of the bodice was a bit unsightly so by adding a trim of blue hearts down the back of the dress not only hid this indiscretion but also looks pretty. I then added a heart trim around the base of the dress and for extra sparkle and bling added some jelly jewels. The beauty with this cake is you can get as creative as you want with the decoration and maybe even get the little ones involved. Its perfect for a birthday cake as it’s deceptive how many slices you can get out of this cake!