For Rachel’s 1st birthday she had a princess birthday cake with a Barbie-type doll in the centre.
It has only taken me 6 years to make her a similarly styled cake, and here is how to do it!
A real doll is in the centre of the cake and the cake itself forms the puffy skirt of her princess dress.
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1kg icing sugar
ready to roll icing in white and another colour
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Cream together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.
Stir in the eggs and vanilla essence.
Sieve in the flour.
Divide the mix into 5 bowls.
(If you wish to colour your cake, add some food colouring to each bowl.)
Allow each layer to cool and then pop into the freezer to harden for an hour- take particular care when removing the dome shaped cake from the bowl.
Insert your doll into the centre of the cake.
Now you are ready to complete the icing, however you wish to and dependant on your piping ability.
I piped blue icing in a circular motion starting in the centre and working outwards – it vaguely resembles roses.
Then I star-piped pink icing around the waistband and base of the dress.
I used the playdoh sweet shoppe moulds to make some decorative items for the dress – mini roses, flowers, butterflies and hearts – with the ready-rolled icing and pressed one into the centre of each of the swirls of blue icing. I also used ready to roll icing to fashion the corset top of the dress on the doll.