Posts Tagged ‘birthday cake’

Bundt Cake Barbie

March 12, 2012

Looking for an easy way to make a Barbie cake without buying a special mold (Wilton’s Wonder Mold) or making and carving lots of layers, I hit upon the idea of topping an extra high bundt cake (this kugelhopf Bundt pan) with cake made in a half dome mold (Wilton’s Sports Ball pan). Okay, I used two specialty pans instead of one, but these were pans I already owned.

The kugelhopf pan tapers sharply, which makes it ideal for a more realistic skirt, plus it has swirls that look like the skirt pleats. The half ball was a little too wide at the base, and I thought of cutting the cake until the diameter of the bottom of the ball matched the top of the bundt. Then I thought of making the top piece like a swirling pouf over the skirt.

So this was my original game plan: carve the top piece to look like an overskirt and then frost the bottom to show of the swirls. Not a good plan! It was very hard to frost the cake this way. In the end, I smoothed out the frosting, hiding the swirls. This looked neater, but it wasn’t a perfectly smooth cover for the swirls–the top edge showed a little bit in places. And the carved part of the overskirt never looked right. In retrospect, fondant might have been the only neat way of covering this cake.

So, I wasn’t completely happy with this cake. On the other hand. It was easy to bake a bundt, and I liked that there was already a hole in it for Barbie to stand in. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t try to carve the overskirt. I would go with a whipped cream frosting and try to slather a thick layer that covered everything. That would have been easier to get smooth. Alternatively, I could have tried a fondant covering.

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Happy Birthday, Leon!

October 25, 2011

Three layers of flourless pecan cake, two layers of chocolate mousse, a chocolate¬† frosting, and praline crunch (Marzipan plaque with “Happy 8oth Birthday Daddy!”). This would be great for Passover (scaled back down, of course!).

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Happy Birthday Barbara!

March 13, 2011

Happy birthday, Barbara!

Barbara is teacher who is also very artistic, excels at calligraphy, and is very involved in Israeli dance. For her birthday, I made a fondant top to her cake in the shape of a blackboard, with a piece of chalk, a pencil, and stickers to reflect her teaching background. I added in a fondant sticker about Israeli dance, plus a palette and brush, and a calligraphy pen and paper to indicate her other interests.

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Happy Birthday!

January 4, 2011

This birthday cake was a collaborative effort. The kids mixed the cake (Amazon cake–mixed right in the foil pan), I baked the cake and made the frosting, and the kids helped decorate. My kids directed the design–blue smiley face, with a nose–and added blue piping on the sides and sprinkles on top.

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