I made this Rapunzel Doll Cake for my daughter a couple of years ago. To this day, it is one of my favorite cakes! I hope you enjoy this doll cake tutorial.
How to Make a Doll Cake: I used the Wilton Wonder Mold Kit to make the doll's dress. The kit comes with everything you need to make a doll cake to include a doll pick; however, I decided to use a Rapunzel doll instead. The pan takes 6 cups of batter (just over 1 box of cake mix). Never wanting to waste batter, I used the excess to make some cake balls for some Halloween cake pops and put them in the freezer for later. After baking the cake for 55-60 minutes, you are ready to start decorating.
I purchased a standard sized Tangled doll, undressed her, and wrapped her face and body in plastic wrap to keep the doll clean and the cake free from hair. Don't worry: no dolls were harmed in the making of this cake:
One thing I did not plan on was the doll not fitting in the cake! I thought it would so I was feeling panic when I realized she was too big. AHH!!
If I would have known this, I would have probably baked another cake as a base. However, I was out of time and needed to think quick. I grabbed some styrofoam, put a whole in it for the feet, wrapped it in some pretty wrapping paper, and used it as a base. Some times you just have to punt it!
I then dirty iced the cake with buttercream. The dress itself was made from marshmallow fondant. I do not use fondant very often but thought it was the best option so the hair did not get frosting all over it. I put the dress together a piece at a time. I would like to say I had some precise way to make it, but I really just kind of winged it. Make sure you roll out more than you need for each section to you can trim excess.
My fondant work is far from flawless so I decided to embellish the dress more than I had originally intended. It made it look great and covered up small tears or bubbles. The great thing about the dress look is that slight folds in the fondant actually help it look more like real fabric! I did things like punch out tiny flowers, add ribbons for a corset, and details to the sleeves. Then, I let down her hair and enjoyed my creation! By the way, having a long haired doll is another great way to hide some imperfections!