Princess Cake : Baked by my Little Princess

Vanilla Cake covered in chocolate ganache and molded to look like a princess...
Vanilla Cake covered in chocolate ganache and molded to look like a princess…

Come Summer and it’s time for school vacations. My daughter wanted to do something exciting, besides learning Spanish that is. All the Masterchef shows and Ultimate Cake Off episodes she had been watching must have excited her, when one fine day she told me she wanted to make a cake which resembles a princess. All she had ever baked was cupcakes, but the excitement in her tone not only made me give her the permission but also gladly become her assistant. Honestly, even I had never ever made a ganache or a fondant. But I loved taking up the challenge. Thus started our journey into making the Princess cake. I named it the princess Cake not because it resembles a princess but because it is the hard work of my little princess.

Both of us knew how to make plain cakes and butter frosting but my daughter wanted to do a chocolate ganache icing and we had to learn that first. That part was easy. The tougher part was making the fondant and coloring it. When we were confident enough, we donned our aprons and the caps , armed ourselves with baking weapons and marched into the kingdom (spell kitchen)with a single goal in our minds ‘ CAPTURING THE PRINCESS ‘

First things First :

  • A plastic doll
  • Ingredients for making two large cup cakes
  • Ingredients for making the chocolate ganache
  • Ingredients for making the fondant
  • Cake board
  • Edible colors and Gold dust
  • Baking equipment
  • Leaf cutter

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It would be preferable to choose a plastic doll with plastic clothes so that none of her accessories would fall into the cake. But we couldn’t find one. So had to make do with this one by taping her clothes tightly.

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Next we baked two large cup cakes.

 

We made a hole in the center of both the cup cakes and slipped the doll into it. To avoid her swaying my daughter slipped in some M&Ms/Cadbury gems to fill the gaps.

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Next we baked a round vanilla cake for the base.

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My daughter made the chocolate ganache icing all by herself. It was easy so I let her do that alone. I will be posting the recipe soon . You can use Butter cream frosting too, but I vouch by this one. The fondant sticks beautifully on this.

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Now comes the toughest part, that of conquering the fondant. I just watched while my daughter did the most messy bit of work. First she with the air of a seasoned baker made the fondant without the marshmallows (recipe will follow soon), colored more than half of it and rolled it out. I like a humble assistant cut out leaf shapes with the help of a leaf cutter.

Then came the assembling part. We placed the dolled cupcakes on the base cake and covered it  and the base cake with the ganache. Then we started sticking the fondant leaves starting from the bottom of the cupcakes to the top. The leaves stuck beautifully as we worked our way up. make sure the ganache doesn’t dry up. but if it does put a fresh layer.  Our imagination was finally taking shape.We sprayed some edible gold dust on the dress to give a final royal touch to the dress. The base cake was decorated by making some leaves and flowers out of the white fondant we had saved and sprayed them with some edible colors. We could have done better but this was the first time, so the sloppiness could be excused I think.

But on the whole, it was a beautiful experience which we will both cherish for a lifetime…….

 

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LO and Behold! The Princess was ours…..

 We made two more Princess Cakes for Fiesta Friday 38

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31 thoughts on “Princess Cake : Baked by my Little Princess

  1. Adorable and impressive! Your little princess already appears to have skills leaps and bounds beyond my own. The cake is incredible. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day – together! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for all the kind words Nancy.She will be very happy to hear this. Years down the line, when she has grown up,this will be one memory I think I would love to cherish.
      But your Sweet heart Cupcakes will be my all time favorite 🙂

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      1. The best part of your Princess cake is you now have the documentation too! A simple look at this post will always hold the beautiful memories 🙂 And thanks for your sweet comment about my cupcakes!

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  2. Impressive. I used to help my mum in the kitchen but we just did basic cakes. It’s nice quality time.Your princess will remember it forever.

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  3. I made a similar cake once, with my friend.
    Her child asked us, “Why didn’t you guys made me a Spongebob instead?”
    LOL!

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  4. Hey sis!! Checked out Ur website today!! I am gonna try the princess cake recipe but will substitute it with a Spiderman instead ofaprincess like I told u today.. my tiny prince. Got all excited just looking at the princess cake but wants a Spiderman doll instead.. do u have any ideas for a blue and red Spiderman web I could make for my cake? Do tell.. 🙂

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    1. Thanks a ton for stopping by. All the best for your Spiderman cake. Your little Prince will definitely love it.
      🙂 For the web you can experiment with spun sugar (caramelize sugar and spin it with the back of the spoon fast enough to make threads ) and maybe spray it with blue and red colors.. Another option would be to build a mini wall with cake cubes and chocolate ganache and design a web with butter cream icing to which you can add blue or red color. All the best Lubna.!!! I am sure you Prince will love his mom even more for this.

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    1. Awww! Thank you so much for your nice words. It was the first time we tried something like that. hopefully it should be a neater job next time. Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to appreciate. It matters a lot 🙂

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  5. Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m going to start my own blog in thhe near future but I’m having a
    difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.

    The reason I aask is because you design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely
    unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I haad to ask!

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    1. No probs. I am using WordPress and so far it has been hassle free. It has many themes, both free as well as premium. Plus, the WordPress community is super awesome. It gives a lot of support. And the helpdesk was prompt too, when i needed them once. Take your call. All the best 🙂

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