Sunday, May 11, 2014

My First Princess Doll Cake

This post has been long overdue! I had made this Princess Doll Cake for her birthday in March. She is at that age where everything is about princesses. So I decided to have a Princess theme for her birthday party. She could not make up her mind as to which is her favorite princess , hence, I decided to give all princesses a fair chance. She wanted a princess cake. I have recently ventured into baking and this gave me a good chance to test the waters a little more. I have very little baking experience. But being a mother, I wanted to give my baby girl her heart's desire. I had seen so many pretty princess doll cakes online! I decided that I will atleast try to make a Princess doll cake. I started my extensive research regarding how to make a doll cake. I had to learn several things: 1. How to make the doll shape,2. How to ice a cake, 3. How to make buttercream icing, 4. How to decorate a cake, 5. Whether to use fondant or buttercream for the dress, 6.Different kinds of tips and their uses, 7.How to fill a icing bag.. Wow! There was a lot of learning to do... But I was determined. I am like a dog with a bone. Once I set my mind on something I eat, breathe, sleep with that agenda on my mind. I found out there are several ways one could make the doll shaped cake. You could bake one or two 9 inch round cake and another dome shaped cake in a 4-quart  oven-safe Pyrex bowl and then stack them together or just get the doll-cake bowl from Wilton and bake the cake in it. I didn't want to have too many unknowns in my doll-cake equation. I decided to go the easier route. I just went and bought a Wilton doll-cake pan and called it a day. I also decided to use readymade cake mix instead of making the cake from scratch. I chose the Pillsbury devil's food chocolate cake. As for the buttercream icing, I decided to make it from scratch as I knew that I would need a lot of icing! I also decided to use buttercream for the doll's dress as I didn't know the first thing about fondants! I looked at various designs of princesses online make with buttercream. But my daughter wanted Aurora. I decided to copy Aurora's dress. Funny, I didn't know how I was going to make the pleats on the dress!! As I was toying with the icing on the dress, my husband woke- up and happened to come into the kitchen. He saw me trying to make the pleats with a spoon and came to my rescue! Once he suggested an idea, I was able to do a decent job with the pleats on her skirt. Only regret is that the pink on the dress could have been a little deeper. Then again this was my first time coloring icing and I was apprehensive. Well, the end result was a surprisingly pretty Aurora and a ecstatic Kavya!

This is how I made the cake:

Servings: 12-15


For the cake:

Boxed cake mixes: 2( I used Pillsbury Devil's Food)
Eggs: 6
Water: 2 cups
Oil: 1 cup ( I used canola oil)

For the butter-cream icing:( to make 5 cups icing):

Confectioner's Sugar: 8 cups
Butter: 2cups ( at room temperature)
Vanilla essence: 3 tsp
Milk/water: 4 tbsp

For decorating the doll:
Small edible pink beads: 24 nos


For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.

Assemble the dome shaped cake pan as per instructions.Prepare the cake pan by spraying non-stick spray. Keep it aside.

Prepare the cake batter as per instructions on the cake box.

Pour the cake batter into the cake pan until 2/3 rds full.

Place it on the center rack of the oven and bake for 70 mins at 350 deg F.

At the end of 65 mins, check if the cake is done by inserting a skewer into the center of the cake. If done, the skewer will come out clean. If not done, bake for additional 5 mins and check again. Repeat this in 5 min intervals until the cake is done.

Remove the cake out of the oven and let it cool on the cooling rack for 15 mins.

Next, slice the dome shaped top and level the cake.

Remove the cake out of the pan and let it cool down for atleast another hour on the cooling rack before icing.

Place a thin layer of icing on the center of the cake board .When cooled, invert the cake onto a cake board.  The icing will keep the cake in place and prevent it from moving.

Crumb-coating the cake:

Take 1 cup of icing in a bowl and thin it. Now apply a coating of this icing to the above cooled cake.

Crumb-coating the cake makes it easier  to ice the cake.

Once you have applied the crumb coating, place the cake in the refrigerator for atleast 2 hours so that the coating can set.

Icing the cake:

In the mean time you can prepare the icing. All icing is of medium consistency.

Take 4 cups of icing and color it light pink using gel color.

Keep one cup of icing white. Fill the white icing in a bag and set it ready with tip 101.

Using a spatula, apply a 1 inch thick coating of light pink icing. Using the back of the teaspoon create the pleats on her skirt.

Now color the remaining light pink icing into dark pink using more pink gel color. Fill it in a bag and fit tip 3.

Now using tip 3 make the bodice of the dress on the cake doll. Keep it aside and let it set for 30 mins.

In the mean time you can make the white ruffles at the hem of her dress. When done move the tip 101 to the icing with dark pink icing and make the next layer of ruffles. You can make as many layers as you wish. I had to improvise as I was running out of icing.Using Tip 3 make another layer of the arches above the ruffles.

Now stick the doll into the cake. Now do the dark pink of the dress around her waist. You could be as creative as you wish with the dress.

I then fixed the pink decorator sugar pearls around her dress.

My daughter gave me a small tiara/ crown that I could fit on her head . You could make the crown with card paper.

Voila ! the princess cake is ready!

 Let it set in the fridge until the cake is ready to be cut!

Cooking made easy:

You could make any disney princess from the above method. I used the Wilton cake-doll that came with the set. If you want an authentic look, you could use the actual doll that is available in the stores ( as I did with my Tinker Bell cake). In this case you will have to wrap the doll in Saran Wrap and then insert the doll into the cake.

Tip for healthy living:

For naturally exfoliating your skin, make a home-made scrub by mixing together 1 tbsp oatmeal powder, 1 tbsp milk and 1/2 tsp honey. Mix it into a paste. With your fingers rub your skin in circular motion with your fingers. Wash off with lukewarm water. You will have naturally radiant skin.

Food for thought:

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to  beat others. Ayn Rand