Friday, July 15, 2011

Do It Yourself :: A Cinderella Dress Cake

"Five hours to make, five minutes to hack to pieces".

The words out of my mouth while I served up Denay's 3rd birthday Cinderella cake at her party. But, the look on her face when she saw it for the first time, and the fact that she is still thanking me, makes it all worth it.

So, here's the rundown on how I fashioned my little homemade creation.

I did a lot of research, looked through dozens of photos and watch numerous YouTube videos and after considering many different combinations of pans and bowls, I decided on an angel food cake pan and a four cup pyrex mixing bowl. I used a super moist boxed cake mix, and found that it was very crumbly and ended up having to make two because the first one fell apart out of the angel pan.

Our cast of characters......
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I mixed up the cake mix and distributed it between the two pans.....
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I think I should have mixed in some flour to firm up the cake a little to make it easier to work with.
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I made the cakes a couple days ahead so I wrapped them REALLY well with plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. On Thursday afternoon, I took them out and while they were still frozen, started shaping them.
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I took the smaller of the cakes, that would become the top, and cut the dome off so that it would lie flat on top of the angel food pan cake.
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.....just like that!
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Then I did the same for the larger cake. This is where I ran into major crumbly cake issues. It just seemed (as you can see) to not want to stay together!
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Then I placed the smaller cake upside down on the narrower part of the larger cake. I then took a large serrated knife, and keeping with the angle of the smaller cake, I cut around the bottom cake and ended up with this.....
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Then I cut a hole in the top of the small cake for the doll to be inserted into.....
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Then, while I re-whipped my buttercream icing (made the day before) I took a second to wrap my Cinderella Barbie's lower body to keep it from getting ruined by icing.
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In order to get in another layer of icing in, I cut the bottom layer in two.....
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I used my glass cake platter and placed the lowest layer near the back (so I'd have room for three cupcakes) and then wriggled some tin foil underneath to keep the plate clean during icing.
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Yummy buttercream icing, dyed the "color of moonlight".
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ThenIwenticingcrazyandforgottotakeanypicturesoftheprocess. Phew. This is post icing.....it's a crumby crumb-coat, I know, dang crumbly cake.
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I got his idea from a "How To...." channel on YouTube. I used pieces of the carved cake to create pleats, that once the fondant was laid, would create a full look to the dress.
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The finished icing project.
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Just a little "real life" shot of my kitchen.
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The next morning (the day before the party) I brought the pre-made marshmallow fondant (that I also dyed a lovely blue) our of the freezer a while before I planned to work with it so it wasn't rock solid. I was told numerous times to use copious amounts of corn starch on the counter and I'm glad I listened. I used some on my hands and rolling pin as well so I didn't have any issues.
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Then I evenly rolled the fondant until it was about 1/4 of an inch thick......
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Then I got my hands and arms underneath it for support, and draped it over the iced cake. I smoothed it out, used a pizza cutter to trim the edges (up to the edge of the platter, not the base of the dress) and then used a dry, rough cloth to get rid of the starch residue and then squished Cinderella in! The reason I left the bouffant out of the plastic wrap was so that it could sit overtop of the fondant and make the transition from doll to dress a little smoother. I used sewing needles to discretely pin then down.....
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THEN.....(I know, you've left to grab something to eat, you've been sitting reading this post for so long) then next morning I made (a mess) a batch of royal icing and proceeded to (try) ice swags on the dress. I just couldn't seem to get the consistancy right.

But, the end result is just perfect.....
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4 comments:

Barb said...

That's amazing! I think I know what I'm going to be making for Sonia's third birthday

Meg Baxter said...

This is beautiful, Christy! You must have been exhausted afterward! I'll definitely do this for Heidi once she's old enough to appreciate it. :)

Carmelle said...

Wow! Awesome job! So special for your daughter :)

Melissa said...

AMAZING! Your creativity is inspiring! What a beautiful cake for your daughter. I love how she is hugging her cake - she looks so pleased!