Does your little princess want a Princess Cake for her birthday party? Don't worry, you don't have to hire a cake decorator! This cake recipe is easy—you can make this Princess Cake yourself (even if you’re a cake-decorating novice!). This recipe will wow your little one and make her birthday extra-fabulous, so bake up this treat for your precious princess!
- 1½ cake mixes and the accompanying ingredients to make cake batter for 1½ cakes
- Wilton Wonder Mold Pan or large Pampered Chef Batter Bowl (or any oven-safe mixing bowl that is approximately 8 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep)
- doll pick, or Barbie-sized fashion doll
- pink food coloring
- 3 cups decorator icing
- 12 inch round cake board
- foil to cover the cake board
- Wilton #104 Decorator Tip
- Wilton #16 Star Tip
- Wilton #4 Round Piping Tip
- sugar pearls
- wax paper
- 2 decorator bags
- 2 inch strand double strand decorative beads
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350F. Assemble the Wonder Mold Pan according to the directions on the box.
Step 2: Mix up your cake batter according to package or recipe instructions, and pour about 3/4ths of the batter into the Wonder Mold, or until the pan is about 2/3rds full.
Step 3: Bake the cake for about 40 – 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Step 4: While your cake is baking, cover a 12 inch round cake board with cake foil, using tape on the bottom to hold the foil in place and set it aside.
Step 5: Color about 3/4th of your decorator icing pink by adding a few drops of pink food coloring and mixing the color thoroughly through the icing. Keep adding drops of food coloring one or two at a time until the frosting reaches your desired color. Set icing aside.
Step 6: Once the cake has baked, let it cool for a couple minutes in the pan. Then, remove it from the pan and use a serrated knife to level the top. Flip the cake over onto a cooling rack so it is cut-side down, and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Step 7: Put a dollop of icing on the center of your cake board, and spread it around. This will act as an adhesive to hold the cake in place.
Step 8: Place the cake, cut-side down, in the center of the round cake board.
Step 9: Ice the cake with the pink icing. You may need to add a second layer of icing to cover the cake thoroughly.
Step 10: Let the cake sit for several minutes so that the outside of the icing begins to dry. Then, use a square of wax paper to smooth out the icing by pressing lightly with your fingers over the paper along the edges of the cake. If you prefer a more textured look, leave some icing un-smooth.
Step 11: Use the 2 inch strand of decorative beads to make the princess a tiara, and wrap it around the doll's hair. You can use a piece of thread or a small drop of glue to fasten it in place.
Step 12: Insert the doll pick or doll into the top of the cake. If you're using a doll, wrap the bottom half with plastic wrap before inserting it into the cake.
Step 13: Ice the doll’s body with pink icing to make the bodice of her dress.
Step 14: Use the wax paper to flatten the icing on the doll’s body, or leave it a little rough to add texture, if desired.
Step 15: Fill a pastry bag with pink icing and add a Wilton #104 or similar tip to make a pink ruffle around the shirt of the doll (base of the cake). Make the ruffle by gently squeezing the icing out of the pastry bag while you wiggle your hand slightly back and forth all the way around the base.
Step 16: Fill a pastry bag with white icing and add a Wilton #104 or similar decorating tip. Use the tip and the same technique to make a second ruffle in white, right above the pink ruffle on the doll's dress.
Step 17: Attach the Wilton #16 Star Tip, or another small star tip to the pastry bag with white icing. Use the tip to make small flowers on the dress by pressing down slightly on the pastry bag then lifting straight up and releasing pressure.
Step 18: Add a small round sugar pearl to the center of each flower.
Step 19: Use a fine piping tip (like Wilton #4) and the pastry bag with white icing to pipe around the edges of the doll’s neck, and sleeve.
Step 20: Wipe any excess icing off of the cake board and you’re ready to present your pink Princess Cake!