How to Make a Princess Cake Using Fondant

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How to make a princess cake step 1

Make your cakes and gather what you need

You will need:
A round and a bowl shaped cake – see recipe at end of post
1 quantity of buttercream - see buttercream recipes here
Doll to go inside you cake – or you can make your own out of fondant – the video below shows you how to make a fondant face.  Lots of people seemed to be having trouble finding the reusable food grade molding gel, you can get it here: Food grade reusable mold making material

Cake board or cake stand to put the cake on
Large serated knife to cut the layers
Simple syrup - see recipe at end of post
Fondant and red gel colour FONDANT RECIPE CAN BE FOUND HERE or you can purchase it ready made
Royal Icing – see royal icing recipe here
silver chachos (edible little silver balls)
flower cutter or small round lid or icing tip that you can use for cutting a circle
fine paint brush
baking paper
rolling pin
plastic wrap
small circle cookie cutter – you can use a knife to cut a circle if you do not have one

How to make a princess cake step 2:

Turn your cakes out of their baking dishes and allow to cool completely (warm cakes will melt the buttercream).

To shape the bowl cake place it flat side down and then slice off the bulging round bits at the top edge so that it looks more like flowing hooped skirt and not a bowl.  Hooped skirts are tailored in towards the waistline.

how to make an easy princess cake
Cut this cake into 3 layers – that is make two cuts through the cake. Split the bottom layer round cake into two layers. Then take a round cookie cutter and cut a circle out of the centre of all of these cake layers.

To construct the cake place buttercream between the layers and stack. Make a very thin ‘crumb coat’ of buttercream on the outside of the cake and place it in the fridge to harden – this helps to stop crumbs mixing through the icing which makes it hard to get a smooth finish. Then apply a slightly thicker layer of buttercream and use a strip of baking paper to smooth – stretch it out firmly and drag it up the cake.

princess cake instructions

Place in the fridge to firm.

Roll out a strip of white fondant and wrap around the base of the cake creating creases and ruffles as you do.

Roll out the pink fondant into a rectangle and wrap around the cake. Making a rectangle helps you to get the fabric gathered look at the waist of the cake.  If you roll your fondant into a circle and place it over the cake it results in a skirt that is smooth at the top and ruffled only at the bottom which is not how fabric on these skirts fall. Around the base of the cake at even intervals push up the pink fondant to create a swagged look.

Take your doll and make the hair how you want it to be – this is easier to do while you can hold the doll rather than when you can’t hold it because it is iced.  If you are having the hair down then you may like to loosely put it up while you are icing.  Surround the legs of the doll in plastic wrap.

Cover the body of the doll in pink fondant and then using a knife shape the top of the bodice. Place the barbie doll into the cake – bending the legs slightly if it needs to sit lower in the cake. Roll out some white fondant and cut it into a circle. Using the base of an icing tip or small round cutter cut a scalloped pattern around the edge of the circle. Cut a small circle out of the centre of this and then split one side and place around the waist of the doll, cutting of any excess.

how to make a princess cake step by step

Using either a flower cutter or the technique shown in the video make fondant flowers, place a silver cachous in the centre.  You will need one for the waist and one for each swag on the skirt, make a couple of extra just in case you break one.
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Place your royal icing in a ziploc bag (royal icing recipe here), cut off a tiny corner and pipe details onto the cake.  If you want to do rows of dots like shown pipe three dots down then two dots next to it in line with the spaces, then another three… when you reach a swag pipe a few more dots going up the dress.    Attach the flowers using the royal icing.

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Vanilla Cake Recipe
princess doll cake recipe(you need to double this recipe to make the princess cake. If making cupcakes this recipe makes twenty)
20ml (4 teaspoons) oil
120g (4.23 ounces) margarine or butter
1  1/2 cups or 330g (11.64 ounces) sugar
2  1/4 cups or 370g (13.05 ounces) plain flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups or 312ml milk
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
3 large eggs (59g (2.08 ounces) each)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
For best results put the butter, oil and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 3 minutes on high speed until pale and fluffy. Add all of the remaining ingredients at once and beat on low speed for 1 minute only so it is just combined.  Just over half fill a 20cm (7.87 inches) round cake tin and spread mixture over to the sides so dips slightly in centre.  Pour remaining mixture into an ovenproof mixing bowl.   Bake in moderate oven until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Tip: For the mixing bowl cake once it looks done – but when you insert the skewer it is still gooey – move it to the bottom shelf and place an empty baking tray on the top shelf to allow it to keep cooking without the top burning.

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Buttercream recipes for various flavours of buttercream area available on the buttercream post.

Simple syrup recipe
100g (3.53 ounces) sugar
100ml water
Optional – 1 tablespoon of vanilla
Heat sugar and water stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Continue to heat until makes a syrup (approx 220 degrees F). Remove from heat, allow to cool completely and put into squeezy bottle.

princess doll cake recipe


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170 Responses to How to Make a Princess Cake Using Fondant

  1. Farah says:

    Love ur tutorial that’s my second time using fondant but it came out really good my girl loves it thanks alit for making it easiar

  2. Amy says:

    Hi – just a quick question… I’m wondering if I could make the cakes a week in advance (without the buttercream and fondant on) and freeze them? I would pull them out the day before I needed them and do the decorating then. Do you know if this cake recipe freezes well and tastes just as good defrosted? Or am I just better off being less organised and doing it all the day before? Thanks!

  3. Nishi Bowan Saville says:

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks for your great tutorial. I recently made the cake for my daughter’s 4th birthday and she and everyone loved it!
    This was the first time I’ve ever baked a novelty cake and I was able to do it because of your clear instructions and great tips.
    I must say you made it look a lot easier and the final result wasn’t quite like yours but I was still pleased with the results!

  4. Brooke Burn says:

    Thanks so much for your easy to follow video. This was my first time making a fondant cake. This Disney frozen Anna cake was for my daughters 4th birthday. Thanks again, I am so happy with how it turned out.

  5. TJ says:

    Thank you so much I followed your fantastic recipe tutorial and I made a princess belle cake for my daughter for her 4th birthday party. I love all your hints and tips. My little girl loved it and everyone loved the taste too. Here’s a photo of the finished cake. Thank you again.

  6. Nantia says:

    Hi Ann! I am Nantia from Greece! You videos and recipes are very helpful!! Thank you! I start to bake and decorating cakes a few months ago. i love that you use plain tools and make such beautiful thinks!! I will try to make these for my niece! Her birthday is on Friday, but I’m working from the morning till afternoon… Can I make it from Thursday?? Please answer me!!

  7. ayesha says:

    I made it on my aunts dauther birthday who is very close to me she loved it and at time to time when she was eating she was saying hail Ann Readom

    Thank you for such a nice tutoriol

  8. ruhee khan says:

    Hi , the cake looks very good and very well explained, i am trying to make a doll for the first time so would like to know how many persons can be served .I would be thankful.

  9. Djorj says:

    I made ​​it for my daughter’s 6 th birthday

  10. Janette Grosvenor says:

    I made it & very proud my first attempt at any thing like this. Thank you for your incouragement

  11. Rosalie Anglog says:

    Hi Ann,
    Your website is very inspirational and is very helpful. I made this cake during my daughter’s 4th birthday and she just love it! Here is the photo.

  12. Nat says:

    Hi Ann,
    First of all, thanks for a great tutorial. Im planning to make my daughter her 1st birthday cake and im all new to baking. Can you please let me know when should i start baking. Birthday party is on saturday but i would like to get it done abit earlier, thinking thursday. As i have other food preparations to do. How long can i keep a cake like yours out at room temperature (buttercream filling). Would i be better of using ganache? Do i refridgerate the fondant or ganache cake?

    Sorry for throwing these many questions at u. Thanks in advance for your help.

  13. Aileen says:

    Here is a photo of the first one in pink.

  14. Aileen says:

    I made this cake in pink for my granddaughters 6th birthday. She LOVED it. Her cousin also fell in love with it and I have made it again in pale purple for her birthday today. Your video is so informative and easy to follow. Thank you for helping me make two lovely little girls happy.

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