I talk very fast, read constantly, take on too much and make plenty of mistakes. Thanks to your princess dolly cakes, both the girls will be thrilled with their cakes and so will my wallet!

I was really worried about my twin neices birthday cakes coming up.

I am sure they were willing to “help” with the frosting beaters and bowls…..

I like the picture of your helpers the best. Our little man turned 5-can you believe it?Then the whole thing went into the fridge to harden the frosting up.

You don’t have to worry about how it looks, just get it on there. This makes your final layer easier, and you don’t have to worry about all those crumbs mixing in with your pretty frosting. This is where you apply a layer of icing to the entire cake to lock in the crumbs. This is actually a good thing, as it means any frosting you pipe around the waist to hide the seam between the skirt and the doll will rinse right off!

An extra note on the doll-the cheapo dollar store dolls have dresses that feel like they are made out of plastic.

If you do decide to go the paraplegic route, either keep the doll “nekkid” and create her top out of icing in a later step, or make a small hole to stuff the bottom part of her dress (covered in plastic wrap) into. My girlfriend pointed out to me later that it would have been easier to simply remove the doll’s legs and then reattach them after the party. It will come off right before the guests arrive at the party. There is no point taking it off before then, why tempt fate?

I didn’t worry about how messy it looked, it was all going to be covered with frosting in the end anyway. The top portion (use some tape to keep it on) keeps the doll’s bodice and hair clean and out of the way. At this point it looks pretty mess, but remember-frosting fixes everything. The bottom skirt portion will stay on while she is in the cake.

I had to work in small chunks, then empty out the glass, then continue to get down to the bottom.

I used a shot-glass to hollow out a hole in the center for the doll to stand in. After all, what 5 or 6 year old was going to complain if they got a bunch of extra frosting in their slice?

I also put a blob of icing on the platter to help “anchor” the cake. It may be easier for you to plan your baking one day, and all your frosting the next. It took one box of mix for the layers, and another for the domed portion. The cake batter only came about 1/3 of the way up the bowl-but that was fine with me.