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! 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.
Here are some details – How to make a Princess Cake at home (Save/Pin)
- 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.
Princess Cake Video Tutorial (Save/Pin video)
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