So I wish I could say that this cake was for my niece who’s 3… but it was for my sisters 26th birthday instead. We’ve always called her Little Miss Perfect so it just seemed apt.
This is the finished product… isn’t she beauty-ful?
Because the birthday girl loves a simple victoria sponge, we decided to make a basic sponge to layer with jam, build it up to her waist and then go nuts with the decor.
The recipe we used was:
200g (7oz) butter, preferably left out to go soft
200g (7oz) caster sugar
3 medium eggs
200g (7oz) GF Self Raising flour blend (I use Doves Farm)
Just beat the sugar and butter til they are light and creamy, then add the eggs one at a time with a spoonful of flour, before adding the last of the flour. You’ll need to repeat this a lot, I doubled up each time but I find if you more than double up it just doesn’t quite come out right.
We were baking at my parents house so only had limited cake pans available to us, and chose a large square one.
However… after a few layers we realised this was going to take AGES:
So we changed tack, doing one large thick layer and ending up using a measuring jug for the final layers:
This went a whole lot faster. The alternative would have been to cut off barbies legs at the knee, but we wanted to keep the proportions right, so we persevered.
As you can see we then had the fun job of shaping the cake and making a hole in the middle for Barbie. We actually made a hole in each individual layer as we thought that would be easier than trying to hollow out a tall cake. It also meant that the cake cooled quicker as we were DESPERATE to decorate her! Now, obviously it looks very messy at this point, but have no fear, all those messy layers get covered up!
That’s pretty much it for the baking, now you just cover her in pre-rolled icing and create your fantasy dress that you’d wear every day if they weren’t so darn constricting and people wouldn’t judge you.
This is how she looked with our first layers. Pretty terrible. we warmed a spoon over the kettle to smooth some of the creases and tears in the icing before we added all of our decor.
I had a lot of fun shaping the bodice. You can’t see it, but it has a low back, and those little pearls go all the way round. Like a dream.
The final step is to pose her like she’s thinking about her prince (or how shes going to save the world tomorrow depending on the kind of princess you’ve built) and present her to the birthday girl.
Are you going to have a go? Any tips for making it easier? let me know in the comments below!