Since the crown mold was otherwise occupied it became necessary to make a vintage throwback Barbie doll cake. (Okay, not really, but it seemed like a fun challenge.)
At first I was tempted to buy one of the cake molds specifically made for this purpose. But after a bit of research it seemed like a waste of money, personally. Two spring form pans, one glass bowl, and some patience also work. If you are missing any of these items, you can purchase a pre-made mold here.
2 Chocolate Cake Box Mixes
2 Cups Unsalted Butter (Softened)
6 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
2 Tbs. Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Baileys
Red Food Coloring
12 Oz. Coconut Flakes
Green Food Coloring
Various Cake Decorations
First, make peace with yourself for using boxed cake mixes. The final product will require a lot of work on the backend. Be nice to yourself.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare your hardware. Grease and flour two 8" spring form pans and a glass Pyrex bowl. Verify that the glass bowl, when inverted, will sit nicely on top of the spring form cakes.
Prepare chocolate cake mix per directions. Pour half of the batter between the 8" spring form pans. Pour remaining batter into glass bowl. Place all three cakes into the oven. The spring form cakes will be done in 30 to 35 minutes. Leave the glass bowl cake in the oven and begin checking every five minutes with a toothpick for doneness. Mine took an additional 20 minutes.
Allow the cakes to cool completely.
While waiting for the cakes to cool make your frosting. In a stand mixer whip the 2 cups of butter until light and fluffy. Slowly begin adding the powdered sugar. Once combined add the Bailey's by the tablespoon until a spreadable consistency is achieved. Add red food coloring until desired pinkness is achieved.
Now that the cakes are cooled, they need to be removed from their molds. The glass bowl cake can be easily removed by firmly inverting the bowl onto the counter and giving it a couple good thumps.
Use a shot glass to make an impression in the center of all three cakes. Reserve the crumbles for bodice building.
Place one of the spring form cakes in the center of your serving platter. Frost the top generously and add the second spring form cake. Frost the top of this cake and then add the bowl cake inverted. Place Barbie in her new home, using the cake crumbs and frosting to fill any gaps and give way to a smooth bodice.
|I promise this gets less Cakes Gone Wild soon.|
Apply a 'crumb layer' of frosting to the entire cake. This is a thin layer of frosting that is allowed to harden so your final, outer layer of frosting will be crumb free.
Use your various cake decoration to build the embellishments on the dress. A steady hand, tweezers, and sense of humor will be required.
Dye the cocounut green. Place coconut into a plastic container that you don't care about or have outright disdain for. Add a couple of drops green food coloring. Shake vehemently and spread around the cake to hide any sins of messy frosting that may have occurred.
It was determined by majority concensus that the Princesses in our neighborhood drink beer. I think the mini Bud Light is my favorite embellishment of this cake.
Please be warned that your Princess may become a bit saucy as the evening wears on...