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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183 Responses to How to Make a Princess Cake Using Fondant

  1. Jennifer Kopecky says:


  2. Jennifer Kopecky says:

    Your beautiful cake inspired me to make a Cinderella cake. Thank you for your how to video, it was invaluable. This is my first doll cake, and I honestly could not have made the cake without your help. Thank you!

  3. Hi – can anyone tell me the size of the ovenproof mixing bowl needed for the Princess cake. This looks amazing and I want to attempt (!) it for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party?

  4. angelica says:

    Thanks for sharing your amazing baking skills.
    You inspired me with the confidence that I could do my daughter’s Disney Princess Sofia cake.
    It was my first experience with fondant icing as well and I was pretty happy with it.
    Thanks Ann

  5. Anne says:

    First time working with fondant and buttercream. This is what I ended up with……a mix of the dora video, the fondant video and the buttercream video. Thank you very much……

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