Keely’s mum’s princess cake recipe

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serves: 8
Skill: medium
Prep: 1 hr
Cooking: 20 min
(may need an extra 5 mins)
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  • We love Keely’s mum’s idea for a little girls’ birthday cake using Barbie as a princess. You could also use this idea for a wedding cake


    • For the
    • sponge:
    • 3 medium eggs
    • Approx 175g (6oz) butter, softened
    • Approx 175g (6oz) caster sugar
    • Approx 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
    • For the
    • icing and decoration:
    • Barbie doll
    • (use our recipe)
    • White fondant icing, plus any other bright colour (we used pink)
    • Edible silver balls and other decorations like ready-made iced flowers
    • You'll also need:
    • Pyrex bowl or dome-shaped cake tin


    • Set the oven to moderately hot (gas 5 or 190°C/375°F). Line a Pyrex bowl or dome-shaped cake tin with baking paper. You can watch our video on how to line a round cake tin if you need help.

    • Weigh the eggs and then use the same weight for each of the caster sugar, butter and flour.

    • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and the mixture is pale in colour. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each egg. Fold in the remaining flour.

    • Pour the sponge mixture into the lined cake tin, and level the surface. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25mins, or until the sponge has risen, is a golden colour, and springs back when lightly pressed in the centre. Then leave to cool completely before icing.

    • When completely cool, cover the sponge with a thin layer of buttercream icing and then lay the white fondant icing over the top and make pleats in the front to look like a skirt.

    • Remove Barbie’s legs and cut a hole in the top of the cake and slot her in.

    • Decorate Barbie’s top with the coloured fondant icing and the top part of the iced sponge cake to look like an overskirt and top.

    • Add silver balls and other decorations as required to make the skirt look pretty.

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