Last week I was so busy, because I have to make three Birthday cakes (all my niece and nephew Birthday mainly fall on August and Sept). And this Barbie Doll Cake took two days to complete. This cake was specially for my niece who celebrate her perfect 10th Birthday last week. And I was pleased with the result and all my family was impressed with my first Barbie doll cake ^_^.
The most headache about this cake is to decide what type of frosting to be used. Because i want a buttercream that can withstand in this hot weather and also I can display this cake throughout the whole party. So non-dairy whipping cream definitely out ( have to store inside the fridge and melt when weather is hot) and Fondant also out because it will be turned wet if store outside the room temperature ( since the party is in open air area). At the end, I decided to use Swiss Meringue Buttercream which can withstand in this hot weather. I noticed the buttercream of this Barbie doll cake still look stable and not melted on the 3rd days.
If you intend to try this buttercream, when you notice the buttercream is watery, do not panic and don't throw it away, just place it on top of another bowl filled with iced water, continue to beat till curdles, then stir with a spatula and it will become smooth buttercream like below picture.
Total you need two days to complete this cake. Day 1 is to prepare the cakes first.
I decided to use sponge cake for Barbie doll body (lighter than butter cake and easy to trim if compare to chiffon cake) and butter cake for the base (butter cake is compact and firm so it can withstand the weight from sponge cake).
I chosen the most simple pattern to pipe the buttercream ^_^
I can't store this cake inside the fridge (due to the height) and also wonder how to carry this cake back to hometown which is 30mins away from my house. Luckily i saw the brilliant idea shared in Fong's kitchen (she has few beautiful Barbie doll cakes, check it out at her site) of using two cake boxes to DIY a Barbie doll cake carrier. Simply overlap the base of the boxes and use the covers to form a "house" for the Barbie doll.
Updated on 28 Aug- actually just Barbie doll cake alone is sufficient for a small party, don't need to make the cake base. If you just make only the Barbie Doll cake without base, I will suggest you to make butter cake instead of sponge cake.
Barbie Doll Cake 芭比娃娃蛋糕(recipe source: by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)
Day 1 – bake the cakes
For the base- two chocolate butter cakes ( 1x8” , 1x7” square cake pan)
400g butter160g sugar
8 egg yolks
340g cake flour
30g cocoa powder
1tsp, 1/2tsp and 1/4tsp double action baking powder
8 egg white
Method- followed to the old fashioned butter cake steps, 170C (fan forced) for 45mins or till cooked
For the Barbie Doll body- 3 sponge cakes (whole egg method)
1st bake-1x7” and 1x6.5” round cake pan
8 eggs (large), cold from fridge
240g caster sugar
240g Top flour or cake flour
80g melted butter
Method- followed to orange sponge cupcake steps, using KA mixer, beat for 30mins.Bake at 160c (fan forced) for 45mins
2nd bake- 1x6” round cake pan3 eggs (large), cold from fridge
90g caster sugar
90g Top flour or cake flour
30g melted butter
Method- followed to orange sponge cupcake steps, using hand electric mixer, beat for 15mins.
Day 2 –decorate the Barbie doll cake
To prepare Swiss Meringue Buttercream300g egg white
680g unsalted butter
Method- followed to swiss meringue buttercream steps, using KA mixer.
To decorate Barbie doll cake
- Wrap lower-part of Barbie doll with cling wrap.
- Trim one side of the 7” butter cake and place it to the empty space and arrange with the 8” butter cake to become a rectangular shape). Frost two butter cakes with buttercream (~250g buttercream)
- Start with the base of 7” sponge cake, measure the centre ( I insert a skewer to mark the centre), then making a hole ( I use a paring knife, and insert to Barbie doll to measure the correct size of the hole). After made the hole, cut each sponge cake into two layers. Repeat the same steps for 6.5” and 6” sponge cake.
- Stack each of the layers and insert the Barbie doll, use a sharp knife and trim the cake to form a dome shape. Once the dome shape is done, remove Barbie doll, and remove each layer of cakes. (If you did not make the base, then you can spread buttercream, then stack and trim )
- Spread buttercream on top of each layer of sponge cake. Start to stack each layer on top of the frosted butter cake. Insert back the Barbie doll into the hole. Frost the whole body of Barbie doll (~200g buttercream)
- Now we can start to decorate the Barbie doll
- tip 35 star–for the whole body from waist ( Dark Pink-Wilton Rose+AmeriColor Tulip red (~250g buttercream), pink-AmeriColor deep pink (~150g buttercream) , original buttercream (~150g)
- tip 5 round hole –for the upper part and back of the body
- tip 20 star-for the skirting
- tip 5 round hole – for the side of the square shape of butter cake
I am also submitting this to the Little Thumbs Up "Egg" event organized by Bake for Happy Kids, my little favourite DIY and hosted by (Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out). You can link your egg recipes here.