My daughter turned 4 last week and we celebrated with a cowgirl themed birthday party (stay tuned for that post)! But that was on Saturday. The day of her actual birthday was in the middle of the week, and she had been asking for a Barbie cake for her party. So on her birthday I surprised her with a mini version for dessert.
I must say, it was really easy and the perfect size for our kids to share. I thought it turned out pretty cute, especially being I had only a few minutes to decorate! If I had the time, I would've spent a half hour perfecting the icing dress, but my daughter was more than thrilled with it as is.
I used 2 cupcakes (I baked a batch of Pillsbury Funfetti), 1 can of Wilton Ready-to-Decorate Icing, and a "Madison" Barbie doll (less than half the size of a regular Barbie doll). Start by wrapping the doll with some sort of cling wrap. Wrap her up tightly, and as high up as you want the skirt of the dress to go.
I placed one cupcake upside down, and with the other I cut the top off to level/narrow it to be used as the upper portion of the "dress".
Forget the creepy cake picks, and the molds. Use a real doll and the birthday girl not only gets a fun cake, but also a doll to keep. I don't know any child that wouldn't be disappointed to learn the "doll" in the cake was just a pick!
The icing went on nicely too. The can actually came with 4 frosting tips for different types of decorating.
The cake was moist and the frosting, from a can, was actually delicious! I will do this again.