Princess birthday cake

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.

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Ingredients:

for cake

500g butter

500g sugar

7 eggs

500g flour

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

for topping

1kg icing sugar

500g butter

food colouring

ready to roll icing in white and another colour

How to:

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.)

Bake 4 of the layers in greased and lined 7 inch cake pans for around 25-30 minutes per layer.
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The 5th layer is to form the top of a dome so this needs to be baked in a glass, ovenproof 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.

Stack the cakes on top of each other and use a small round cookie cutter to cut a whole into the centre of each cake.
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Layer the cakes with icing in between and then use a spatula and pallet knife to crumb coat the cakes with your frosting. Cover completely and then pop into the fridge overnight.
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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.

I think she was happy with the overall finished product!
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