Ann Reardon

Pink Barbie Car Cake


When I started making doll cakes they were simply a doll stuck in the centre of a cake, piped with swirls of buttercream (my first buttercream doll cake), then they evolved to using fondant (my first fondant doll cake). Several years ago I looked at the actual characters and thought the cakes would look heaps better if you moved the doll to the front of the cake so the dress flows out behind them (cinderlla cake, belle cake, Elsa cake), a style that caught on with cake decorators everywhere. In a quest for something new I decided to make a barbie doll car cake. This cake is a bit more complicated to make than the traditional buttercream ones but worth the effort if you’re after something stands out.

To make this barbie car cake you will need:

Barbie Cake Template

Template for cutting the cake and fondant details


My Moist Lemon and Blueberry Cake Recipe

780g (27.51 ounces) margarine
630g (22.22 ounces) icing sugar
18 eggs
780g (27.51 ounces) almond meal
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
rind of 3 lemons
6 tsp baking powder
270g (9.52 ounces) flour
1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Preheat the oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the margarine, icing sugar, eggs, almond meal, vanilla essence and lemon rind into a bowl. Whip until smooth and really well combined. Add the flour and baking powder and fold until just combined. Spread evenly into 3 baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and sprinkle with frozen blueberries. My trays are 15″ x 10″. Bake for approximately 23 minutes.

Lemon Buttercream

360g (12.7 ounces) or 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine
1kg (2.2 pounds) or 7 1/2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Mix together the icing sugar and margarine until smooth and fluffy, add the lemon juice and mix until just combined.


1kg (2.2 pounds) pink fondant for the car
700g (24.69 ounces) black fondant for the tyres and inside of the car
50g (1.76 ounces) pale pink fondant for the dashboard
20g (0.71 ounces) white fondant for the lights


isomalt for the windscreen
500g (17.64 ounces) compound white chocolate for the sides of the car and the wheels
5 x 1cm (0.39 inches) blocks to hold the cake board off the base and one slightly bigger one to hold the back of the car up
Base board to put the cake on
Thick board for under the cake (size and shape of this is on the template see top of page)
Silver luster dust for the tyres
black gel food colouring to paint the lights
edible pink glitter (optional)
A Barbie Doll (preferably new, wash and wrap legs in plastic wrap before adding to the cake).

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I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy:

All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

16 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 3.5

    I had a question I was going to make the lemon and blueberry cake but the directions say vanilla extract but in the recipe doesn’t tell you how much do use. Is it possible to get the measurements?

  2. Rating: 3.5

    The instructions call for vanilla essence (extract in the book version), but there is none in the ingredient list, and there was none shown in the video. I made it with none, and it seemed to be OK.

    Curious why you didn’t try various kinds of flour in the book, like cake, all purpose, bread, gluten free, and almond meal — and sifted vs. unsifted. I think those would have been interesting experiments.

  3. Rating: 5

    Do you have any recipes with a template that doesn’t cost money. Love your channel.

  4. Rating: 5

    Absolutely Love your cake. How much Isomalt did you use? Thanks so much.

  5. Rating: 4.5

    Hi Ann, just followed your link here, would like to clear one doubt, almond meal is almond ground with skin right?

    • Hi Sana, almond meal here is blanched almonds (skin off) ground.

  6. Rating: 4

    hi would this cake be nice without blueberries..? how else can it be flavoured?

    • Hi Hannah, yes you can leave out the blueberries, you don’t have to add anything just have some lemon ring, or try orange rind and raspberries.

  7. Rating: 3.5

    How many does the Barbie cake serve please

    • Hi Antonia, It will depend on the size of the serves you cut. You should get 15-20 serves of the size shown.

  8. Rating: 4

    Hi there

    I am interested in the template for the barbie car.
    How will i receive it after i paid for it

    • it comes via a digital link for you to print out at home 🙂

  9. Rating: 5

    Hi Anne, I just watched your chocolate shoe cake. Its Epic! But it looks weird having only one shoe, it needs 2 ? ? ? ?

    • haha, there was so much chocolate in there! ?

  10. Rating: 4

    Hi , can we use butter for the cake instead of margarine

    • Hi Rehana, Yes you can!

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