Monday, December 13, 2010

Barbie Doll Cake - My 1st attempt

This Barbie doll cake was made for dear daughter to celebrate in her school at Mid November but was delayed until now then I managed to post it up :P.

Dear daughter's birthday is at mid December but if she is celebrating her birthday in school, she has to do it in advance during November before school shut down for school holidays. Dear daughter always requesting for changing of her birth month, she doesn't want it to be December, she wants a much earlier month so that she can have a birthday celebration faster rather than wait till end of the year, she has not much patience as usual :P. She will always come to me with different birth dates, telling me she wanna change to this and that date for her birthday hahaha...

After I promised to bake a barbie doll cake for dear daughter to celebrate her birthday in school, I was regretted that why am I inviting for trouble. Looking at the barbie doll cakes that I surf from internet, I started to get panic, it seem to be quite complicated and challenging that I was fear that this is beyond my capability. But since I had promised, I have to keep my promise so die die I must come out one for her. I was thinking, the most I will get is a barbie doll cake with not so nicely frosting and decorating, and not so rounded gown. Guess dear daughter and her classmates should not be so "sharp" and "smart" to spot the flaws :P. Thus, all the self consoling thoughts making me still went ahead for this challenging project.

Well, compared to the 1st birthday cake - 2 tier Princess Castle Cake that I made for dear daughter last year, the making of barbie doll cake was actually quite smooth, it was very time consuming but not as difficult as what I think of. I baked 3 chocolate cakes in day 1, day 2 done all the slicing, layering, trimming, frosting and decorating of the cake and day 3 early morning, sent the cake to the school for the celebration.

Although there are a lot of flaws on the cake but I am very happy and contented with the end result, dear daughter was very happy so mission has accomplished. What's more, everyone who saw the cake were so impressed and seem unbelieveable that I am able to churn up this cake heeheehee...

The height of the chocolate cake was about 5.5" with 10" base, after the layering of chocolate butter cream and frosting of the whipping cream, the cake was about 7.25" tall with 11" base. I forgot to weigh the barbie doll cake but reckon should be at least 2.5kg.

Recipe adapted from Aunty Yochana's chocolate marvel cake :

Ingredients: (for 10")
Chocolate Cake :
5 egg white
5 egg yolks
150g sugar
94g cake flour
38g corn flour
2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1.25 tsp baking powder
63g corn oil

Ingredients: (for one 9" round cake pan & one 8" chiffon cake pan)
Chocolate Cake :
8 egg white
8 egg yolks
300g sugar
160g cake flour
64g corn flour
4 1/4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 1/8 tsp baking powder
106g corn oil

1. Sift cake flour with cornflour, baking powder and cocoa powder.
2. Whisk egg white until soft peak forms and then add in sugar gradually and whisk till sugar dissolved and mixture is thick and glossy.
3. Drop in egg yolks, one at a time, making that it's evenly combined before the next addition.
4. Fold in 1/2 of flour mixture and mix well.
5. Pour in oil and mix well, fold in the balance flour mixture and mix till well combine.
6. Pour the mixture into round cake tin and bake in pre-heat oven at 175C for about 45 mins or till skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
7. Leave cake to cool on a wire rack.

Chocolate Butter Cream :750g butter
130g icing sugar
300g melted cooking chocolate

Beat butter and icing sugar till light. Then pour in melted chocolate and mix till evenly mixed.

For Frosting :550g non-dairy whipping cream
some pink coloring

Beat whipping cream and pink coloring until stiff.

Assembly :
1. Slice cake into 3 and apply chocolate butter cream onto each layer.
2. Chill in the fridge for 15 mins to harden the butter cream slightly and trim the cake to your desire shape - dome shape.
3. Frost the cake with pink whipping cream and chill the cake in the fridge.
4. Frost another layer of pink whipping cream for bette coverage and insert in the barbie doll.
5. Use some pink whipping cream to cover up the waist area of the barbie doll for touching up.
6. Decorate the cake as your desire.

This cake is soft and moist, even chilled it didn't affect the texture. It tasted delicious with the chocolate butter cream, luckily I had reduced the sugar for the butter cream, the sweetness is just nice. Dear daughter told me she had 2nd serve of the cake and one of her classmate, ate 3 servings. She said the cake finished by her class, 29 students and 3 teachers.


  1. So cute of your daughter to request to change birthday month.

    The barbie doll cake is very pretty, I like the "gown" and the sweet pink colour. It's perfect.

  2. Hi Jess,
    This is a lovely cake and I am sure your dear daughter is proud of the cleve mama :) It is beautiful and a labor of love cake :) Thanks for sharing the recipe and tips on how to make this doll cake.


  3. WoW! Jess, I'm really impressed!! This barbie doll is very pretty and beautifully done. I've been thinking of making barbie doll cake too but there are more males in my home so no chance to make it. But I definitely want to try it out one day :)

  4. Heehee, it seems like baking a barbie doll cake is quite a popular thing. Very nice Jess, I love the sweet pink...I'm sure any little girl would love to have this pretty cake. The dress domes very nicely I must it! :)

  5. You got such a gorgeous barbie doll cake! Forget about the flaws in the cake. I'm sure your daughter appreciates your hard work as it is made with love *^_^*

  6. So pretty ... how much time did you spend decorating this cake? I can never make such a pretty cake.

  7. very beautiful cake! hehe i guess girls will always want barbie dolls! happy birthday to your daughter!

  8. Gosh, that's a great job superbly well done. Your daughter must be so happy to have that cake for her birthday.

  9. So pretty and impressive! You did a great job! I'm sure every girl would like this as their birthday cake. :)

  10. What a beautiful barbie doll cake! I'm sure Prince Charming would fall in love at first sight! :)

  11. Very pretty! Great job for first attempt !

  12. Wow! Good that my daughter did not see this. Am sure I don't have that much patience to do all what you have done :) Simply awesome creation, Jess.

  13. Beautiful Barbie Cake! Lovely gown you made for her :)

  14. Very beautifully done Jess! Where is the flaw? I can't find it! Good effort, what a lovely mother you are! Till date, I still haven't got the guts to make one for my daughter. :P

  15. The cake is so beautiful! Wouldn't know it is your first time attemtping it if you did not mentioned it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. so beautiful!! (: your daughter must have love it did she? do you want an overage daughter? (: (: hahah

  17. ...and I love the accessories you put on her especially the two little shining stones (or whatever you call that) on the shoulder. So creative!

  18. Great job, Jess! I'm really impressed with your baking skill. I'm sure the whole class appreciate and enjoy your cake very much :)

  19. this is so pretty and i love the colours of barbie's gown. everyone must be so impressed!

  20. Wah Wah Wah, this cake is awesome!! :)

    Hehe, your girl is so cute, maybe next time she will get to appreciate that her birthday (Dec) is not during the exam period :)

  21. Oh my goodness~ I'm so impressed!!!
    Is this really your first time?
    your work is just so neat and pretty!!

  22. Wow! Very impressive! So pretty and sweet looking!

  23. hey Jess,

    congrats on the beautiful cake. It is very well done! I love how your do the mini spikey patterns on the buttercream.

  24. Wah Wah Wah!!!!
    Very very nice for 1st attempt.
    I wish my planned 1st attempt (soon) will be ok.

  25. Well done on your 1st attempt, looks gorgeous!

  26. Very Impressive! I'm scared though as I promised a friend to make her daughter's birthday cake! I think it will be a Princess Castle Cake or a Doll Cake like yours. I've never made these before. Luckily, the birthday is NEXT Sept - I have a few months to practice! ;0)

  27. OMG! That's perfect! Your daughter must be so proud of mummy's cooking :D

  28. WOW! This is super beautiful cake! I think many girls hope their mum could make this for them too! That's really amazing! I don't think I can do this :(

  29. This is like from the pro, seriously :)

  30. WOW WOW, this is so beautiful! I don't think i can do this too..

  31. wow what a wonderful cake bet she loved it

  32. You are an excellent baker! Two thumbs up!

  33. Hi Jess.

    This is super excellent! I'm sure it tastes great!

  34. The cake is so pretty, cant believe it's your 1st time doing it. Btw, did you put the cake dowels?

  35. Thanks Angel, the pink color was decided by my daughter :).

    Thanks Elin.

    Ann, do make it, you will feel achievement after it. Since no many females in your hse, I am glad to share the barbie doll with you hahaha...

  36. Thanks Bee Bee. Yes, the gals in my daughter's class nearly went "crazy" when saw this cake :P.

    Thanks Yummy Koh. I never monitor the time but roughly spent about 4 hrs including the waiting time cos I chilled the cake a few times to harden the buttercream & whipping cream for easy frosting so there were a lot of waiting times involved.

    Thanks Jess.

  37. Thanks Swee San, so happy to hear all the compliments especially from you, birthday cakes expert.

    Thanks Cheah, yes my daughter was very happy but she doesnt want it again for her actual birthday celebration cos she said I dirty her barbie doll heeheehee...

    Thanks SSB.

  38. Thanks Busygran.

    Thanks Honey boy.

    Thanks Somewhere in Singapore.

  39. Thanks Sanjeeta. If your daughter request for it, I am sure you will use all your patience to make such cake for her :).

    Thanks Peng.

    Thanks DG.

  40. Thanks Jane. Do try it to make for your daughter, is really not so difficult as long as you can frost a cake, what you need is time and patience. If I can do it, so can you.

    Thanks Jet.

    Thanks Sweetylicious. Yes my daughter love the cake and so happy about it. I dun mind to have an overage daughter, I am sure my daughter will be the 1st one who horray about it, she wanted a jie jie so much :P.

  41. Thanks Bake for a Queen. The 2 crystals were actually done by my friend, the barbie doll's hair was tie by her too, she is a very creative designer :).

    Thanks Happy Flour.

    Thanks Min.

  42. Thanks Lena, I actually love the pink color too.

    Thanks Hanushi. I do think she will appreciate her birthday month when she grow up. As for now, she still very impatience to wait till end of the year :P.

    Thanks Coraine, yes is really my 1st time I swear heeheehee..

  43. Thanks Wen.

    Thanks ZY.

    Thanks Wendy. I am sure your planned 1st attempt will be far beyond ok, definitely will turn out gorgeous.

  44. Thanks Little Corner of Mine.

    Thanks Plum Leaf. I had baked castle cakes before too. If you are ok with the frosting then I will say is not difficult at all, I am sure you can make it too. All the best!

    Thanks Zoe. I am going to ask my daughter is she proud of my cooking and baking heeheehee...

  45. Thanks Grace. If I can do it so can you, you are so much an expert than me.

    Thanks tigerfish.

    Thanks Sonia. You can do it, cos to be honest, this is not difficult to make it as long as you know how to frost a cake plus you have enough time and patience.

  46. Thanks Rebecca, yes my gal love it.

    Thanks pigpigscorner.

    Thanks Quay Po Cooks.

  47. Thanks Hann. Yes the cake tasted good, I managed to eat some of the cake that I trimmed off :P.

    Thanks Neyeeloh. I didnt put any cake dowels, just insert the whole barbie doll in the center of the cake.

  48. You are a genius! I would have never be able to make such a cute cake!

  49. Wow! I'm impressed! The barbie doll is so beautifully done!

  50. Jess! I think this is good enough liao! Flawless! If only I have patience and skills for cakes like you do ... Hahaha!

    Eh, your daughter so cute lar ... LOL! Born in December is also a bless! I bet she'd come to realize that as she grows up!

  51. This is gorgeous! I've always wanted to make a barbie doll cake but both my girls don't like barbie. It is more of a challenge to me, and to build up my own "portfolio", it's like telling myself I've done this before and at least I've tried mindset. Alas...

  52. hahah. no prob! (: (: many many thumbs up! i want a younger girl too! i have 3 nephews (brothers and sis's son) like an army! i want niece! can doll them up (: (: (:

  53. She is gorgeous! You are as good as the pros. I'm really impressed. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  54. omg the gown is gorgeous! you did a great job! :D

  55. OMG! I am about to turn 22 and have been searching for the perfect cake. I think I have just found it. 22 and definatly not too old for a barbie cake.
    Thank You Thank You Thank You

  56. Beautiful Barkie cake! Love the patterns you have created for her dress.

  57. That's SO inventive and adorable! I bet your little one loved it.

  58. OMG Jess, you're getting there! Your barbie cake looks stunning. I love the colour so much. Btw, do mind making one for me too! haha.... You're the best! & congrats.
    Cheers, Kristy

  59. Thanks Angie, I think I have beginner luck :).

    Thanks Ah Tze.

    Oh Thank you so much for your nice word Pei Lin. If you like me have to please and make daughter happy, you will definitely have patience. As for skill, you definitely have it :). Yes I do think born in Dec is a blessed. I born in Feb so I always want my child to be year end baby and for her case, I actually planned for it keekeekee...

  60. Thanks BH. I believe you can do a fantastic job if you going to embark on barbie doll cake!

    Sweetylicious, I always want a daughter and I am lucky to have one :).

    Thanks Mary.

  61. Thanks Wiffy.

    Thanks Mycookinghut.

    Ruby, you are definitely not old for a barbie doll cake. I had baked one barbie doll cake for a friend who is over 40 yrs old heeheehee... and you are most welcome!

  62. Thankls Ellie.

    Thanks Indie.Tea and yes, my daughter love it.

    Kristy, thank you so much. I definitely more than happy to make one for you, come visit Singapore lah.

  63. Oh Jess you are so talented! The Barbie doll cake is just gorgeous! I wish I'm your daughter. LOL!

  64. what a lovely cake! I have been thinking of making a barbie doll cake for my girl's birthday, but wonder how do I store it and deliver to school??? does phoon huat or anywhere sell such tall boxes? Could you kindly share with me how you store the cake?

  65. Hi Fong's Kitchen Journal, no I had been sourcing for tall cake boxes but unfortunately, the suppliers only mass produce for the commercial usage. I DIY myself, I used 2 12" or 13" square cake boxes, over lapped the base of 2 cake boxes, for the cake box covers, I let them formed a triangle, so the 2 boxes formed and become a house alike shape. I am not sure my explanation is clear enough. If you still have doubts, do give me your email address and I will use 2 boxes to form the shape and take photos for you to take a look.

  66. Thanks for sharing, Jess. Yes, I understand what you mean. I just form a house-shaped cake box! Brilliant idea!


  67. Hi Jess, thanks for sharing your idea of the DIY box. I made the Barbie doll cake for my daughter's birthday and she loves it!

  68. Hi Fong, you are most welcomed! I will drop over your blog to take a look at your barbie doll cake when I am available :).

  69. Hi Jess

    Lovely cakes!
    Do you have any idea how long does it take for non-diary whipped cream to start melting. I'm planning on using fresh cream to decorate my daughter's bday cake but afraid it might melt too soon.


  70. Hi Nagina

    I am not sure how long does it take for non-dairy whipped cream to melt cos normally we will cut the cake within an hr out from the fridge.

  71. hi jess, you have any vanilla sponge cake recipe to share with me to make this cake? Thank you! (:

  72. Hi Sweetylicious, you can refer to or

  73. is it difficult to trim the cake? I wish to make one for my girl in April..

  74. Hi Irenelim, no I dun think trimming the cake is difficult. That was the 1st time I got to trim a cake and if I can make it, I believe everyone can. But the tip is must use serrated knife, really easy to slice the cake.

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  77. Dear Jess, do you mind sharing your tall cake house box construction? My email address is shotbyfau at gmail dot com. Thanks!

    1. Hi fau I will take a pix on how to DIY the tall cake box and email you ok, but I can do it only during weekend.

  78. It looks so pretty. It made me think you used fondant.


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