My dance teacher ordered this for the birthday party of a girl turning 1…and predictably, the color theme was to be pink and white. Haha. After a lot of online research, I ventured forth to make it and I think I’m quite satisfied with the results. However, there are a few things I would change the next time I attempt this. First, definitely find a larger tin/bowl to bake the cake. Because I wanted a nice dome shape for the skirt, I ended up baking three cakes in various-sized bowls. It was a lot of work…and the large, medium, small bowl thing scarily reminded me of the three bears. I think a large, narrow bottomed Pyrex or aluminum bowl would work best. Second, definitely make lots and lots of buttercream, ‘cos there’s a lot of frosting to be done. I made three batches in all, over two days. Third, I didn’t like the look of the cream skirt and original doll blouse…it somehow didn’t flow so next time, poor Barbie’s gonna get naked and have her entire dress piped on. *grin*
All in all, it’s an okay attempt I guess but I’d like to do it again to perfect the technique. Speaking of which, I for the life of me could not get the frosting to be ultra-smooth because I kept having to work the palette knife upwards, rather than from side to side. Definitely did not like the ‘lines’ on the skirt.
And just for the curious, I baked three vanilla butter cakes, sliced and sandwiched all the layers with cream. Chilled the cake overnight, cut a large enough hole on the top and inserted the doll torso (wrapped in aluminium foil to keep it clean-and I also detached the legs so I didn’t have to cut that deep a hole) into it. Then frost the entire dome to make a skirt (I had to do two layers to get it smooth and relatively skirt-like) and pipe whatever designs you want. There are some sites which you can get your ideas from.