How to Make a Princess Cake at home
A princess cake makes a perfect birthday cake for any little girl no matter what Disney princess she loves. While it is a sculpted cake it is one of the simplest and easiest cakes to create. Fondant designs with ruffles, frills, swags, and bows are the easiest additions to make a girls dream dress. The best part is that you can even get the little girl to be part of the making process.
This year, one of the birthday cakes my Rhea chose was a Princess Cake! She had one when she was 2 and then one at 4. This year at 9 she still had not had enough of Princess cakes so we had another one. Honestly, I don't blame here. These are such pretty cakes and making it is so much fun.
Since this was just one of the cakes that she chose I decided to keep it simple buttercream but then my little princess decided she wanted a few extra frills and swag and patterns. That' when I decided it was time to get the camera out and collect some footage to share.
Working with kids
Usually, I'm very particular with my cake orders and both my kids know the rule. Touching mama's cake order is a NO, NO!! But, when it's my kids' cake? Ah well, no one's listening to mama. We are changing our mind over and over again. Changing colors over and over again. Of course, we want to be a part of the whole process. Hands-on deck. We had somewhat a similar situation with this cake.
And you can see that in the fondant on the cake. See those billow ruffles on the left? Those were made by my Rhea! Do you know what happens to fondant when you keep it out too long? It gets elephant skin. It took a while for her to understand how to make the billow ruffle so we had a few really bad wrinkles there.
The little-folded trim on the front? Well, this is the second one that Rhea made. I made one to demonstrate on the video but what I added to the cake was the one Rhea made. The middle ruffle on the back has a few extra folds too. You guessed it. Yup, she made that.
One of my first cakes on YouTube was a Princess Doll Cake Tutorial back in May 2011. When I just started cake decorating. My work was really very mediocre but It was the first free Princess cake tutorial on YouTube which got a million views in the very first year. It encouraged me to share my cake journey and do more tutorials. Fast forward today, another Princess cake tute with 50K YouTube fans and over 10 million views. Thank you so much to all those of you that have supported me all these years.
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- Cake - This is my Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe. You can also use my One bowl chocolate cake as well as simple moist chocolate cake.
- Frosting - We've used my velvet American buttercream in between layer and cake decorators chocolate ganache on the outside.
- Fondant - The white fondant I used to cover the ganache cake is my homemade fondant recipes and the blue is marshmallow fondant. I just was using up what I have left from my previous cake orders.
- Gold Luster dust - We spoke more about luster dust in this post so all I'm going to say is please read the label and make sure you use one that either edible. If not, it must be removed before serving.
I have used a doll cake pan for this cake. While I am a person who does not like to buy a pan for one cake. I do think that a doll cake pan, ball cake pans are two that are a must for any cake decorator. There is so much you can do with these pans.
Having said that if you are making this just one off. Don't go buying a doll pan. Look in your cupboard, and I'm sure you will find an oven-safe glass bowl or pudding basin that's deep and tall. Grease and line it with parchment paper before you bake. You may need to taper it a bit the top but that's easy no matter how new you are to cakes.
These stencils are a great way to add more interest to your cakes. They are not really expensive. If you don't have a stencil you can emboss the fondant with any embossed tools you can find. We spoke about embossed fondant on this post here.
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- Bake Cake in one 6" ball pan and one 6" round cake - see 30 plus layer cake recipes here
- Cool cakes completely before decorating.
- Prepare filling and frosting - see 30 plus frosting recipes here
- Prepare simple syrup
- Torte cake sphere in half
- Brush each layer with simple syrup
- Stack the cake layers on the cake board - spreading a generous amount of frosting between each layer.
- Place in the fridge for 15 minutes so the layers do not move.
- If you plan to use a doll with legs - hollow out the top end of the skirt making space for the doll legs (alternatively you can just use the top half of the doll body)
- Then frost the cake with chocolate ganache or more buttercream - use a spatula to smooth the layers.
- Chill the cake in the fridge for an hour of more so the ganache sets firm
Cover with fondant
- Brush the cake lightly with water - wipe off any excess
- Roll white fondant and cover the cake smoothing all around -
- Cut off any excess.
- Decorations - Billowing technique
- Roll more white fondant - cut into squares or rectangular pieces
- Pinch the two short sides as shown in the video.
- Arrange each billow on the cake - front of the dress
- Continue to make these until you have a tapered design from top to the bottom. As shown in the video.
Decorations - Ruffles
- Roll a long strip of fondant about 4 inches in width.
- Pinch or pleat the fondant as shown in the video
- Use a rolling pin to press the center (length wayin. This will fuse the fondant as one
- Cut the pleated strip from the center so you have two ruffles
- Place these around the cake
- Adjust the ends of the ruffles with the fondant billows placed earlier.
Decorations - Skirt
- Roll some fondant strips in turquoise fondant
- Stencil a pattern using gold luster dust as shown in the video
- Cut the strip to the size needed for the skit.
- Attach pinched on the top and flared over the skirt.
- Decoration - Front Ruffles
- Roll and cut two long strip of turquoise
- Fold it to create pleats
- Arrange in front of the skirt as shown in the video
- Making sure to arrange all the previous fondant designs neatly.
Decoration - Swag
- Roll a long strip of turquoise
- Fold it to create pleats as shown in the video
- Cut into smaller sections to create swags around the dress.
- Wrap a plastic doll in cling wrap
- You can use only the top half of the doll or insert the doll into the cake
- If using only the top use a skewer to anchor the doll in place.
- Cover the top of her body in with fondant - as shown in the video
- Gently place the doll in place
- Add a fondant belt for the doll to cover the seam between the body and skirt.
- Add a fondant bow on the back.
- Turquoise fondant can be used to create accents like bodice lines and sleeves.
- To finish the dress add some dragees over each fondant billow
- Small roses over each swag.