I have a little silver bowl that I purchased to make Tasha a Barbie cake. That little bowl is only used for these cakes. I panicked yesterday when I couldn't find it. However, after a thorough search of the kitchen I did find it in the back of a cabinet. It is the perfect little bowl for the top of the dress.
The three other pans are all different sizes. It requires two cake boxes and many frosting tubs (Yes, I do boxed cakes and frosting's).
For this cake we had one box of chocolate cake and one of yellow cake mix.
As I stack the cakes I cut a little rectangle in the middle and have them match up. This is where the doll will go. I used chocolate frosting between the layers because we love chocolate here.
After the layers are together I wrap the bottom portion of the doll and put it in the cake.
I did a little trimming of the cake to give it the dress shape I wanted. I also saran wrap the top of the doll just to keep the hair out of the way. I like to have the doll in the dress before decorating because it helps me with the decorating and I put frosting up to the side.
I put on a coating of frosting to lock in the crumbs and different color of frosting between the layers. I then put it in the fridge for a little while to firm it up.
Next comes the fun part. Decorating the dress. I try to use as little food dye as possible because of the taste. The pink is strawberry frosting. I do very little black. If I feel it needs black I just use chocolate. My cakes are always tasty. At this stage you can decorate with whatever you want. Candies, marshmallows, only frosting, whatever strikes your fancy. Just remember it is a dress.